Wednesday, February 11, 2015

The Inquisition: 040.Waypoint

1. How did you came up with the name of the band? 

When we started the band, we decided we wanted to use some sort of nautical term for our band name. After a couple hours of hard Googling, we found Waypoint and it just kinda stuck. 

2. Do you have a standard procedure of creating a song? Do you just jam around or is there a main riff and the track is build up on it?

We usually just jam around, but lately our songwriting has gotten a bit more structured and we start with a main riff and see where it takes us. 

3. What are your influences and what kind of music do you hear when you are at home? 

We're influenced by a pretty wide variety of music. Anything from post-rock and shoegaze to jazz and blues. Here in Jackson there's a bunch of different kinds of bands, so you never really know what kinda of music you're gonna see when you go see a band somewhere. It keeps it interesting for sure. 

4. Which is the one album you can't live without? 

I probably couldn't live without "Come Now Sleep" by As Cities Burn. It's been my favorite album since the first time I heard it. 

5. What's the first record you've ever bought? 

I didn't start collecting vinyl until a few years ago, so my first record was O'Brother's "Death Of Day." The first CD I ever bought was probably P.O.D.'s "Southtown," which still jams just as hard by the way. 

6. Name a band that you would like to share the stage or tour with? 

We would love to tour with O'Brother. We played a show with them one time in Jackson and it was awesome. Really cool guys that make incredible music. 

7. Did the internet and specially the blogs helped to spread your music around the world? Name a place (country) that you were surprised to know your music has reached to? 

Definitely. The internet has a crazy way of helping people find out about your band and it's always surprising. We have had a few people buy merch from us in Australia and I think that is totally insane. 

8. Do you support the idea of Bandcamp where fans can decide the price or services like Spotify? 

For sure. I love getting free music, and any way people can get their hands on our music is a positive thing, whether they paid for it or not. 

9. Where do you see yourselves in 5 years? 

Hopefully not still in college (haha), and out of Mississippi touring full-time. A lot can happen in five years though, so who really knows. 

10. Is the artwork of an album important nowadays in the digital era? 

I definitely think so. I do all of our artwork for Waypoint and I know how seriously we all take it and how important it is to us to have designs that reflect the band, so hopefully other people feel the same way. 

11. What is you favorite album cover? 

That's a hard one. Probably Wild Nothing's "Nocturne" or Title Fight's "Floral Green".

12. It seems that a lot of people are turning on vinyl again. Why do you think that is and which is your preferable media format? 

I think in the digital age where people can pretty much get any album they want for free online, people are realizing that it's nice to get something concrete that you can hold in your hands and see in person. That's why I started buying vinyl. The artwork is cooler, you're actually supporting the bands, and you get the whole experience of listening to a record.

13. How does it feel for a band, to see their first vinyl released? 

It's incredible and really surreal. As big supporters of vinyl, it's something we've wanted to do since the band started. Can't thank John and Spartan Records enough for making it happen for us.

14. What's the most vivid story or moment as a band? 

That's another hard one. All we do is goof around so it's amazing that we get anything done at all. I guess the most vivid story for me that doesn't involve us screwing around is when we played a show with As Cities Burn on their reunion tour. Playing a show with my favorite band ever was a huge deal to me and pretty much all of our friends were there. It was just a really special moment for me. Also I vividly remember throwing up like 4 times before we played because I was so nervous.

Waypoint released their latest EP "Creature Of Habit" on Spartan Records.

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