The Complete Interview List
1 - Tell us how your project(s) were started.
Waifle started as a summer project back in '97 between my brother and myself to combat boredom and to help out friends Jason and Shelby, who were doing a band called Mancake at the time and wanted to start the Breakfast Violence movement. God, what was I thinking?!?? Anyway, that quickly turned into a 4 year journey - an absolutely amazing time filled with stories I'll have with me for the rest of my life.
Corn on Macabre started in 2001 as Waifle was breaking up. There were a few awesome, yet criminally insane guys who had just been kicked out of or quit such bands as pg.99 and Darkest Hour. So we all found each other and decided to do a grind band based on lyrics that Billups (our singer) had been writing. Again, a fun little project just blew up into something that stole all of my waking hours in maintaining.
Forensics is the tentative name for my new project and that came from me hand-picking the people I wanted to play music with at this point in my life - Mike Harbin (formerly of Admiral and Burning Airlines), George Crum (formerly of pg.99 and Possessed 13) and Wookie (formerly of the Blue Line, Trial By Fire, and many I don't know). All 3 of those guys are really laid back and I kind of wanted that for right now, as the band experience for me through Corn on Macabre was just wall to wall insanity. I needed to bring it down a bit.
2 - What does music, in it's entirety, mean to you?
It's meant everything to me and it's honestly my life and a catalyst for my actions in a given day. It's pretty crazy. It's certainly allowed me to define myself and become the person I'm comfortable being.
3 - What does art, in it's entirety, mean to you?
It is one and the same as music to me. I'd say both aspects are balanced in what I do. Good music accompanied by cool art... Magic Bullet is kind of known for the combination of the two and I really wouldn't have it any other way. I'm a big fan of the belief that one form of expression can enhance another into something greater.
4 - Who is your favorite author, and why?
I always say Camus. I guess because his writing really helped me put some thoughts and perspective together at certain points in my life. Maybe made it a little easier to figure all of this out...
5 - As your best friend, describe yourself.
Well, she'd probably be like "Meooow. Meow. Meeeeeeowww."
6 - As your worst enemy, describe yourself.
"Fuck that guy. He's just some money-hungry asshole in shitty bands that are only popular because of his stupid label and because he knows everyone. Like, even normal people who aren't punk. Now I'm going to put a fake name next to my comment because when I see Brent in person, I prefer to either be silent or kiss his ass so that he'll give me free stuff."
7 - If your persona were immortalized as a cartoon character, who would it be?
For some reason, all the bands I work with call me Superman and Batman... I guess it's the mild mannered/normal dude facade contrasted with the crazy music. Who knows. But honestly, I'm striving to be more like Drinky the Crow (www.maakies.com).
8 - Do you think there are conspiracies against the "everyday person"?
Maybe not so much conspiracies as lack of VALUE placed on the "everyday person."
9 - What do you do with your spare or free time?
There's not a whole lot of spare or free time in my life, but whenever I feel the need to slow down, it's all about movies! And just hanging out with friends...
10 - Please give us your interpretation of "the meaning of life".
That's a really funny question now that I cited Camus as my favorite author. I guess I've cornered myself and have to say that there might not even be a meaning to it and that's it's not even worth it contemplating it. But truthfully, for me the meaning of life is realizing potential ethically (and sometimes selfishly).
Corn on Macabre