Q & A With Gary Stautmeister From Nuclear Winter

Q & A With Gary Stautmeister From Nuclear Winter

Tell me about the latest band news? Any new projects coming out, live shows or announcements?

I’ve been working on an EP which will be out fairly soon. It’s a little different and rougher than Night Shift I think.


How long has the band been together?

Well, the ‘band’ is really just me and the first album I worked on was in 2013 so that’s the year it really started.


What was your main motivation for starting or being in a band?

I finally decided I needed to start recording my own stuff and work on my own ideas. I felt after all the years of playing guitar, I had nothing to show for it – so Nuclear Winter became my solo project where I could experiment and do my own thing.


What is your music background?

I was always into music from a young age. I starting learning the violin and classic guitar when I was about 9 but I didn’t stick with them for too long. It was when I was 13 I realized the electric guitar is what I really wanted to learn and that’s been my main instrument since then. I went for a few piano lessons as well but it wasn’t really for me. I did also play the drums for a bit at one stage.


What image do you think your music conveys?

On Night Shift the tone was quite pessimistic – but also just acknowledgment that things are not always good.


What are your immediate music career goals? (Next 1 to 3 years.)

Just really to get another album out.


What are your long-term career goals?

I’m still trying to figure out what I’m hoping for in the future. My life’s been quite hectic recently and I’m planning to go and work out of the country for a while so once things settle, I’ll have a better idea of what I want.


Which do you prefer? Writing new songs and recording or playing for a live audience?

I really like the creative process of recording new stuff. That for me takes precedence over playing live


What are your songs about? (What specific themes do they cover?)

Well on Night Shift the songs cover death, breakups and some philosophical stuff


Do you have any outrageous tour stories from the road? If so, please fill us in.

No – never been on the road. I work as a 3D Designer and just record at home in my spare time. I wish I could just focus on music because I’m quite bored of that line of work lol


What’s the strangest request that you’ve ever received from one of your fans?

No ones ever requested anything strange from me that I can remember.


Were your parents supportive of your aspirations to play in a rock band?

They were supportive – especially my mom – even though she often didn’t like the music I was into. My stepfather was very against rock/metal but he was still supportive though.

What are your favorite tracks to play live?

I’ve not played any Nuclear Winter stuff live yet. I think I’d really enjoy playing the God Without Shadows though.


Which band or artist inspired you to perform? Why?

When I first got into metal at 13 years old, I was really inspired by the usual heavyweights – Iron Maiden, Metallica etc and then Nirvana. But now a lot of my influence comes from Wintersun. Other favorites are Devin Townsend, Lord of the Lost, Fleshgod Apocalypse


If you could design a dream tour for your band, who would be on the bill?

I’d really want Zimbabwe’s other metal band and good friends of mine Dividing the Element, along with any of those I mentioned above. Even though they are leagues ahead


What do you consider your greatest accomplishment so far?

Night Shift is the best thing musically I’ve done so far.


If you weren’t performing in a band what kind of career do you think you would have?

Perhaps a 3D Designer haha.


What type of equipment do you use for live shows?

Having never played any Nuclear Winter stuff live I’d have to do some thinking on what would be needed.


What do you think of the current music scene?

I find I have to sift through a lot to find something that I think is really good.


For anyone that doesn’t know you, what would they be surprised to know about you?

Maybe that I’m 41.


If someone had never heard you before, how would you describe your sound?

I’d just say I play heavy stuff with harsh/clean vocals while attempting to keep it melodic.


Is there anything that you’d like to promote or say to your fans out there?

I’d rather just ask them what stuff they think is cool at the moment.


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