Joe Minard II
Joe Minard II
Where do you think your passion for music came from?
Pete: Ever since I was a baby I just loved music.
Zach: It's way better than doing drugs
Joe: I've always been into music.
Doug: I’m not quite sure, there has always been something enticing about music whether it be writing or listening.
Who are your biggest influences?
Pete: Mastodon, Between the Buried and Me, Rush, Frank Zappa, Intervals, Chon
Zach: Blake Richardson from Between the Buried and Me is my idol as far as drummers go.
Joe: Metallica, Primus, System of a Down
Doug: Death, Voivod, Exodus ect ect.
To you, what is the most important thing about playing live?
Pete: Sounding tight and not having gear issues.
Zach: Playing well and leaving a lasting impression on whoever is watching.
Joe: Playing good and having fun.
Doug: Getting your crowd going whether it’s a full house or the few friends left at the end of the night, the crowd is so important to a performance.
What is the one song you wished you had written?
Pete: Between the Buried and Me’s whole Colors album.
Zach: Selkies: The Endless Obsession
Joe: There's too many to name.
What are the biggest lessons learned over the years?
Pete: Don’t drink too much before going on stage.
Zach: Keep your friends close. People die way too often
Joe: Practice makes perfect.
Doug: Live your life now or don’t bother living at all.
Are there any bands/artists that you recommend that don’t much attention?
Pete: Epicenter is pretty great.
Zach: Plenty. Check out An Unction in Braille, Valence is incredible, Capture the Sun, Pathogenic, Aegri Somnia.... I can go on all day
Joe: Humdinger and the Bucksnort.
Doug: Ice Giant, Alions, Black Absence to start.
If there is one thing you would like to achieve in your career, what would it be?
Pete: I’d like a custom shop guitar at some point.
Joe: World domination
Doug: I’d love to play Wacken Fest before I die.
What’s the one thing you hate about touring and the music industry in general?
Pete: Driving really sucks when touring. The music industry is just focused on the money and not good music.
Zach: Driving for hours and hours
Joe: Long car rides when touring sucks.
Doug: The music industry is pretty garbage, everyone is selling their souls for a minute of fame. Thankfully we have the underground metal scene.
What are your biggest interests away from music?
Pete: Magic the Gathering, Tolkien’s books, and comics.
Zach: I fish and hunt constantly. The wilderness is my home.
Joe: I don't do much I just enjoy hanging out with my friends and family.
Doug: I really enjoy hiking.
What is the hardest thing you have had to overcome and how did you overcome it?
Pete: The pain in my knee when I broke it in the mosh pit before our set and still played that night.
Zach: Opiate addiction. I did the methadone thing for a couple years. These assholes and my sweet lady gave me something wonderful to live for and now I've been free of that garbage for a couple years.
Doug: For the last 5 years I’ve been a victim of neurological pain onset of surgery and because my injury is in my face, it's been a big struggle for me to honestly just exist day to day. But with a strong support system and a strong will, I am able to face day to day life with little struggles and I’ll be damned if this will keep me down anymore.
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