Interview with Keith Feulner (Drums) of WarClown andPete Devine of Pete’s Rock News and Views (http://petesrocknewsandviews.com)
PD: How would you describe yourself or your band as an artist?
KF: Our band, WarClown, has always been blessed by having music enthusiasts as the heart of the writing process. Each one of us has a slightly different taste we can added to the songs taking influences from groove metal, death metal, thrash, metal core, black metal, nyhc, even some stoner and progressive rock. This all comes together to form a unique, but familiar feeling, sonic adventure.
PD: Can you tell us briefly about your background – i.e. where you’re from, how you came to make music, etc.
KF: Although we all reside in the Knoxville area, a few of us has been transplanted from other areas and just happened to end up here. Keith Is from Long Island New York, Jared from Michigan, 2nd album we had Tim from Tampa fla area. Most of us a long history of top notch regional bands like Disarray (keith), Absent From The Body (Fuzz), Downslave (brad), VanKale (Jacob), and Jareds played bass in a few bands like Scent of Remains, Facelock, etc.
PD: Who and what inspires you to make music, both in terms of musical and other influences? What do you like to write about in your songs?
KF: Emotion. Hands down the number one reason to write music. We like to incorporate dynamics, energy, and maybe dabble in some sort of emotional journey in some way. We as a whole, work very hard to try and take a riff or an idea and mold it into something, then making the parts transition to one another in a tasteful way and not to lose the listener. We often achieve the greatest compliments when playing live with decent pits, kick flips, stage dives, old school 2 steppin, and a sea full of mean mug faces. That energy is what feeds us.
PD: What are your aspirations as an artist?
KF: Some of the things we wanted to achieve in the early days, was to land a label and just put an album out. That happened the first year of the band. Getting some good headlining shows and a hand full of nationals, we decided to strictly do a DIY band.
PD: What is the proudest moment in your music career so far?
KF: I (Keith), always had a small home studio to help get ideas down here at the jam room. We invested some band money into some upgraded gear and set out to record the 2nd album. I then tackled tracking the album. That one we had Juan Urteaga (testament, machine head, exodus…) mix and master that album. But I’d have to say our proudest has to be this last album, the 3rd full length Agents Of Chaos. That one the guys talked me into doing myself at EleventySeven Studio. We did that one start to finish by ourselves. Our good friend Jacob Veal put the mastering touch on the mixdown. We are very proud that WE did that one, and did it our way.
PD: Promoting one’s music is such a challenge these days, especially with so many new artists emerging from bedrooms in the day of the home studio. How is that going?
KF: Takes me about a minute and a half to weed out the bands that are all edited and samples. You see them live and nothing works. Tones are terrible, drums duct taped and out of tune, singer off key…… it’s a science getting guitars, bass, and drums to work together in real life. We are pretty dumb and old school hauling around a 6505,XXX, and 8/10 ampeg rigs, but I guarantee you will “feel” it. I think it’s both a blessing and a curse being able to have quality recordings in your basement.
PD: And how do you book and promote your live shows and tours? Any performances coming up?
KF: As far as booking and promoting goes, we have some wonderful venues here in Knoxville such as The Concourse, Open Cord, and the Brickyard that have very good promotors and booking agents. We try to give as much time sharing and pushing on social media as we can, show the venues we are professionals and treat them accordingly. Do our jobs quickly and efficiently all the while giving 110% on stage.
PD: What do you think about downloading music online? What about streaming sites like Spotify?
KF: Let’s talk about digital sites…. Let’s be honest here, the absolute best way to support these bands is to purchase from them, and a show they play. Merch, physical copies, everything helps there and 100% (usually) goes right back to the band. That’s how we stay turn key and diy. Even if ordered from the band like us, ourselves. That goes into a PayPal account and gets us travel or food money while out and about. Now, the streaming site…… I’ve had this conversation with a lot of bands that are just up and coming that I have recorded or mixed albums for. Put it everywhere. Not only bandcamp or monetized sites, but everywhere free. Just my 2 cents but people are gonna find it free anyway. Might as well make it easier to find for obscure audiences as let them be able to grab a song or 2 and hopefully show their friends. We are not getting rich here, no matter how you do it so get your music out as easily accessible as you can.
PD: What song do you wish you’d written and why?
KF: What song do I wish we were a part of? Anything first sabbath album. Why? Cause it’s fucking sabbath and changed the course of history. 🤘
PD: Is there anything you don’t like about the music industry, which you would change if you could?
KF: Pet peeves about the industry? Well, I do wish more people would come back out to support all these businesses. Bands, venue, promotors, it’s all usually privately owned business that are full of struggling people that just flat out have passion for what they do. Record labels are a thing of the past for bands. You’ll get trapped in a debit collecting sinkhole that you will never return if your not careful. It takes work, research, more work, time, and dedication but you CAN do it on your own just as good. It costs money, but if your smart with that, you can run the band like a business and make it happen.
PD: So, what are you working on at the moment?
KF: As of late august here, we wrote a new some we are getting ready to track at our in house EleventySeven Studio, trying to give a big push for our new album, and working on putting a cd release show together and a small run to support.
PD: Where can we learn more about you and buy your music/merch online?
KF: Any and all of your favorite streaming sights will have Agents of Chaos, downloadable from iTunes, google, Amazon, cdbaby, wherever you purchase your mp3s. We also have this album up on bandcamp as well for purchase and support to the band. Visit us and follow at https://www.facebook.com/WarClownBand/ https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCzMesQyUmLU90vxHiRjH-0Q. https://open.spotify.com/album/630An7qXcGjx6kCuVbL2dj
Band/Artist location – Knoxville, TN USA
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