XS ROCK: Tell me about the latest band news? Any new projects coming out, live shows or announcements?
Lukas Vitullo: Well, less than a month ago we dropped our new album Into Oblivion and it has done way better than we had anticipated. We are playing shows all around the north east and currently working on some things right now that we can’t really talk too much about right now. But the wheels are turning and we’re very excited.
XS ROCK: So how long has the band been together?
Lukas Vitullo: As Within, So Without was formed in 2014 under a different name, eventually there were lineup changes and we rebranded to what we are today. We had a rocky start in the beginning but things have been smooth sailing since 2017.
XS ROCK: What was your main motivation for originally starting or being in a band?
Lukas Vitullo: I don’t really know, I just knew I liked heavy music and I liked drums and that no matter what, this is what I want to do with my life. It’s just sort of been a mission of mine.
XS ROCK: What is your music background?
Lukas Vitullo: Growing up I was always into heavy music, ever since I can remember. But I didn’t get into Metalcore and Posthardcore basically until I was playing it, now it’s my life. I originally started playing guitar about 4 years before I got into drums. For those who don’t know I am the bands drummer.
XS ROCK: What image do you think your music conveys?
Lukas Vitullo: To be honest with you, the album art for our new record Into Oblivion. The album art has a dark and gloomy feel and that’s something the lyrics in the songs tend to convey more often than not.
XS ROCK: What are your current music career goals?
Lukas Vitullo: My current goals are just to keep growing as a brand, spread the message of our band, play as many shows as possible, and to connect with people who enjoy the music as much as me.
XS ROCK: Which do you prefer? Writing new songs and recording or playing for a live audience?
Lukas Vitullo: This is really tough. We all enjoy every aspect and have so much fun doing all of it. I can’t pick a favorite aspect, I love all of it.
XS ROCK: What are your songs’ lyrics about? (What specific themes do they cover?)
Lukas Vitullo: A lot of our songs come from a place of emotional distress. Feelings of doubt and sometimes self loathing and loathing of people who put other and ourselves down. It is an outlet like no other.
XS ROCK: What is the single most important thing to you as a musician?
Lukas Vitullo: This is another difficult question to answer. I will give you three things I find most important. The first being knowing how to market the band, engaging your audience, and being original.
XS ROCK: Do you have any outrageous tour stories from the road? If so, please fill us in.
Lukas Vitullo: Not really because we’ve never been out on tour, only on weekend runs but that will change soon. But I do have one funny story to tell, we played a show at a pizza place one time in Poughkeepsie, NY with our friends in Anahata, Second Nature, and Toxic Crew and we got there and the venue was closed. So the guy rushed over from an hour away and made free pizzas for us all night and then he got up on stage and did a guest spot on our song between me and you. It’s not that funny now that I think of it, but it was funny at the time.
XS ROCK: What’s the strangest request that you’ve ever received from one of your fans?
Lukas Vitullo: This isn’t strange, it was actually quite flattering. A fan asked us to sing happy birthday to them over a skype call and it made them so happy. We loved it, and we love our supporters.
XS ROCK: Are your friends and family supportive of your choice to play in a rock band?
Lukas Vitullo: For the most part, I removed the people who doubted me from my life because people like that aren’t needed. Nobody needs that negativity.
XS ROCK: What advice do you have for new bands trying to get started?
Lukas Vitullo: Take your time, and brand yourselves. Rushing music or content is the last thing you want. Post frequently because you’ll have a better chance of people following you and engaging with your band. Last but definitely not least is make friends with other bands in your scene, supporting each other and being friendly with everyone you can is very important.
XS ROCK: What are your favorite tracks to play live?
Lukas Vitullo: Definitely Hate Me, or Alone. Super fun and they never get old!
XS ROCK: Which band or artist inspired you to perform? Why?
Lukas Vitullo: I always loved heavy music since I was a baby, but I had two major periods in my life that impacted me heavily. When Guitar Hero Metallica came out my dad bought it the day it was released and watching him play Metallica songs and hearing those songs lit a fire in me, I thought “I have to do that” and that’s when I learned guitar. A few years later when I was in 7th grade I discovered Parkway Drive’s Horizons and it blew me away because until then I’d never really been exposed to metalcore, that day changed everything for me. If it weren’t for them I may have never gotten into metalcore.
XS ROCK: If you could design a dream tour for your band, who would be on the bill?
Lukas Vitullo: August Burns Red, Invent, Animate, Northlane, Architects, As Within, So Without. That would be a dream come true.
XS ROCK: What do you consider your greatest accomplishment so far?
Lukas Vitullo: Our new album Into Oblivion. In under a month we have broken 30,000 streams between Apple Music and Spotify, and while that may not seem like a huge number it is for us because our first ep was something we just kinda put out there and never really promoted but since 2017 we have built a decent following around the North East and we’ve quickly started gaining a following around the country and in other countries as well. Into Oblivion is a very well rounded metalcore album in my opinion.
XS ROCK: If you weren’t performing in a band what kind of career do you think you would have?
Lukas Vitullo: Jeez, I don’t know. I never gave it much thought because music has been the only thing I ever wanted to do with my life. But I have recently taken up audio engineering and been going to school for that, so that’s probably what I’d be doing.
XS ROCK: What type of equipment do you use for live shows?
Lukas Vitullo: I’ll give you a rig rundown of everything everyone uses and plays.
Mike (guitarist) uses an Axe FX by Fractal Audio, Orange Cab, Schecter Guitars 6 and 7 strings.
Matt (guitarist) uses a 6505 for his head, Blackstar cab, Jackson 6 string, and an ESP 7 string.
Mathew (bass/vocals) uses a Peavey 8×10 cab, Ernie Ball Bass, and Shure Mic
Mitchell (vocals) uses Shure Microphones.
I play an SJC tour series kit with Meinl Cymbals and Vater sticks.
XS ROCK: What do you think of the current music scene?
Lukas Vitullo: I think it’s very interesting to say the least, especially with the internet being such a huge tool now. If you know how to use the internet to your advantage you’re very ahead of the game.
XS ROCK: For anyone that doesn’t know you, what would they be surprised to know about you?
Lukas Vitullo: I don’t like pineapple pizza. I’m joking, something someone may be surprised to know about me is I am a very picky eater. My band mates constantly crack jokes about this one!
XS ROCK: Is there anything that you’d like to promote or say to your fans out there?
Lukas Vitullo: Thank you for your support and for taking the time to read this interview. We will not stop doing this anytime soon so hopefully we can catch you guys out on the road! If you’ve never heard of us before we are As Within, So Without we are a metalcore band and we just released a new album called Into Oblivion, it’s available everywhere you stream/buy music.
XS ROCK: Thanks again for taking the time to talk with us at XS ROCK!
Lukas: It was my pleasure!
As Within So Without:
Mitchell Lustosa: Vocals
Mathew Lustosa: Bass/Vocals
Matt Tzovolos: Guitar
Mike Fiorino: Guitar
Lukas Vitullo: Drums