First off, who are you and what genre of music do you make?
Wills Weller. I play drums in Toothgrinder and the genre of music we make has been called Progressive Metal/Rock.
If you had to describe your music with a color, what would it be?
Orange and Blue.
What’s the biggest struggle you have when it comes to creating?
When I go in with the intentions of creating it does not seem to happen as easily as I would like. Creating is something that just comes naturally, and off the cuff when you are feeling inspired. It’s something you cannot force and if you do it will probably sound like it.
If you could play any show in the world, what would it be?
Madison Square Garden in New York City.
What do you consider your biggest musical success?
I feel like we are just at the beginning stage in our career as a band. So taking that into consideration, in my opinion, one of the biggest successes as a band was getting signed to Spinefarm/ Universal Records. They have been nothing short of incredible as a label and as people, it really feels like a family with them.
What inspired you to start making music?
The pure joy and feeling I get while playing. It doesn’t matter what instrument or what genre I’m playing it all evokes a different emotion that’s completely addicting.
If you could hear any person living or dead sing to you, who would it be?
James Brown or Muddy Waters.
Who, aside from any band or musician, is your biggest influence?
BANKSY (Modern Artist). He creates whatever kind of art he wants and people eat it up. He’s very creative with a simplistic style and that, in my opinion, is very hard to achieve. Not only has his name exploded the past couple years he’s kept his style honest.
What’s your favorite book?
Eeeehh *starts sweating and adjusts shirt collar*…. I’m not the biggest reader to tell you the truth, but I’ve been listening to books on long drives on tour and my favorite so far probably because it was very fitting was ‘ On the Road ‘ By Jack Kerouac.
What do you like to do other than music?
I’m a big fan of Art so in my spare time, I like to paint and draw. Lately watercolors have been my go to but that’s ever changing.
Who is your favorite musical artist?
Jimi Hendrix (all time)
The Budos Band (recent)
What’s one piece of advice you have for young musicians?
– Make music you are proud of.
– Go on tour.
– Have fun.
– Brand your band with a Font, Logo or better yet both.
– Push your own musical boundaries in every aspect as much as possible.
– Update your social media and build content for fans.
– Don’t take yourself so serious but take your music and craft serious.
– A big part of the “next step” is essentially turning your band into a small business something that people are always thinking about and want to check out.
Lastly, what’s your lucky number?
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