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Interview with Kill Whitey!

Band: Kill Whitey
Genre: Hardcore / Thrash / Punk
Q: Why did you choose the name “Kill Whitey” for your band name?

Mike Williams, lead singer of Kill Whitey: We thought it would be funny, thought we’d get a lot of crazy reactions from it, because we’re a bunch of crazy white boys in a metal band. That’s pretty much the idea behind it. We’re not racist in any way, like some people have thought, because of the name.

When we were at Corktown Tavern in Detroit, we were playing at a punk show, and this drunk girl started yelling, “you guys are racist!” I was like, “we’re white. How is that racist when it’s our own race?” The majority of people see the humor in it though, maybe 95 percent.

Q: What bands play an influence on your music, and how did you get started in music?

Mike Williams: Influences, I’d say Pantera, Slayer, Minor Threat, NOFX, Misfits, Black Dahlia Murder, Gwar, Hatebreed, S.O.D., for sure… Cannibal Corpse. I did not come from a musical family at all. How I got influenced: I went down to Texas, partied at Pantera’s strip club, and we were pouring beers on Dime’s grave at night. There’s a light in one of the pictures that got bigger, then it was gone. Eery. The hair on the back of our necks stood up. I feel like Dimebag came from heaven or hell or wherever he came from, at that moment, and I could not get the idea out of my mind about jamming with a band. I don’t play any instruments.

Travis Yoakum: What about the skin flute? Yes, I come from a musical family, my mf’n dad plays mf’n keys, yo. I actually started playing guitar first, at 12. I always wanted to play drums, because it looked sweeter. I got my first set of drums around 13 or 14. My cousin Jimmy was better than me. I sucked, but I kept practicing. Next thing I know, many moons later, I’m in Kill Whitey. Influences, Travis Barker, for sure. Shannon Lucas of the Black Dahlia Murder. Blink 182, those are definitely my two favorite drummers. I play guitar. If I picked up a banjo, I could play; I piano, drums, death metal vocals, and I’m pretty much an all-around musician.

Bill Causey: No, I do not come from a musical family. Uncle plays guitar, but… another uncle is a Chip n’ Dale. Not anymore, but he was. Started guitar at age 12, influences then were Jimmy Hendrix and influences now are Slayer, Minor Threat, Misfits. That’s all I gotta say about that.

Mike: Add Devil Driver to my list.

Travis: No FX.

Q: You describe yourself as “the raunchiest dirtiest band in the state,” why is that?

Mike Williams: We bring the party. That means bringing crazy shenanigans. There’s tons of crazy every show. There’s always an exciting memory and never a dull moment. From the tampon shots to… there’s a whole list on our website of all the crazy stuff that happened. That can be found at www.facebook.com/killwhitey1. We pour blood on our heads sometimes, we throw skulls at our shows, we’re very vulgar, not the type of band you want to bring home to mom. We had a dildo fight at Marisa’s 100th book release party in Toledo, strippers pissin’ in guy’s mouths; sometimes I feel like we’re a modern day Motley Crue.

Q: How is the local metal scene in Monroe?

Mike Williams: Monroe, MI, is smack dab between Toledo, OH, and Detroit, MI. At first, there wasn’t a lot of places in Monroe to play metal, but then the Nuclear Lounge opened up. They’ve been helping the metal scene, and we’ve been bringing in bands from out of town to play there. They’ve expanded the scene with all they’ve done. Abe, the owner of the Nuclear Lounge, kept getting bands to play at his bar, which gave him the idea to turn it into a venue by building a stage and buying a big PA system. It transformed the bar. Bands around here asked for it, they supported it, and now we have acts coming in from out of the area to play little old Monroe.

Q: When can we expect new material from you and what are your plans for this year?

Kill Whitey: We have our full length, self titled album coming out March 23rd.. Our CD Release Party will be at the Crimson Lounge in Riverview, MI. We also plan on coming out with a documentary called “Wake Up N’ Fart Filmin’”. We were trying to come up with a name, and someone yelled that out, and we decided that was the name of it. We’re recording more in September; plus, there are new music videos in the works. Our video, “Burn Shit Down,” it was directed by Campfire Pictures with an awesome zombie theme. They will be doing our second video as well. Our plans for the year also include going out of state to do more shows in OH, IN and IL.

Q: In regards to your video, “Burn Shit Down,” what was your best, or worst, experience with that?

Travis: Worst experience was the toothless stalker bitch. Look everybody got to uh, I was the last to get picked for the final scene, but I got stuck with a toothless stalker, who thought I would bang her, because I did back in the day, but she wound up on top of me during the video, and I had like hooker hair in my mouth. That was nuts.

Bill: The worst part was that we filmed on April 1st, and people thought it was a joke. They didn’t show up, even though people were on their way, people posted it was a joke, so people didn’t show up, but getting bloody was fun, too.

Mike: Best experience was the making the video, the experience of getting killed, making our own music video, to make it look good, the whole experience, all about it. It’s kinda surreal in a way. There wasn’t a bad experience about that, only good.

Q: Any shout outs to give?

Kill Whitey: Sam Thomas of the Crimson Lounge for giving us good shows and always treating us well at the new venue, hooking us up with drinks and paying us well. Keith Wampler from Wampler Booking and Management, for helping us book shows and getting us in touch with the right people. We’re looking forward to working with him for a long time. Nick, our graphic designer, for making our album art; he did an excellent job. It’s like a bloody tampon hit the wall, and our name is written in blood; it’s a bloody mess. He pretty much did exactly what we wanted. Marisa Williams, for helping us out with this interview; her website is www.lulu.com/spotlight/thorisaz. If we put everyone we worked with, we could go on for ever. J. J. Jizzum and Mingus for making our CD Release party flier. Make sure you check out Mingus; they’re an old school punk band.

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