The Last Witch is an Ohio Psychedelic Metal band that is giving us all the updates on all things music and more!
What has 2022 been like for you as artists?
This year has been one of fun, progress, and exploration. The songs we play live are always fun but recently we have taken to shaping them a little differently. Normal intros have been finely tuned and turned into a robust wall of expression, to give the sense of impending doom. Getting the wheels turning on booking, art direction, and investment in ourselves has been in leaps and bounds. All of this while discovering how far we can push ourselves to make music we all appreciate, that challenges us, and can just plain rock out to. Can you tell us from how you've transformed from the beginning to now as an artist?
To say that it's been a humbling change would be an understatement. In the beginning, each member took a vastly different approach. Our first bass player, Jeremy Reid (95-2020), was eager to jump into playing shows. Our drummer, Owen Quinn, would follow any direction we would go, even if he wasn't too sure on the style we were going for. Myself, Brandon Lewis, would take the totalitarian approach to avoid being like the band I was previously in, irony and all. After the death of our bass player, Chris Hottle of Northcoast Shakedown would soon fill the role of bass player and pragmatic older brother. Through our egotism, frustrations, camaraderie, passion, and drive, we would mould ourselves out of the realm we thought we were in. We became a brotherhood, but more importantly, a band. How did you come up with your latest project?
Simply put; a drummer and guitar player both LOVED Iron Maiden at the age of 14. An early love of classic heavy metal with a mix of System of A Down, sprinkled with Rush. What became of that since then has become a monster, but we love monsters. Where are you from originally?
Chris Hottle from Rittman, OH. Owen Quinn from Cleveland, OH. Brandon Lewis from Seville, OH. Where do you live now?
Owen and I live in Seville and Chris lives in Rittman. Do you think where you live impacts how your music is made?
It's possible. Sometimes we are a reflection of our environment. If you're living comfortably with no problems, you might get lazy. If scrounging to survive, there may be a lot to pour one's heart into. Where you live in your head matters the most. What was the inspiration to make music your career?
For all of us, we'd have to agree on live music. Live music has always been, and always will be, one of the greatest outlets we as music lovers get to experience. While musicians are jokingly referred to as merchandise salesmen, and that there may be some small joy in earning our keep through branding ourselves, the real thrill is expressing ourselves to those who came out for a drink, to listen to some new tunes, or that come to support their friends. The cymbal crashes. The pick scrapes. The bass fills. Its stimulation through emotion. In our case, typically anger. How do you want to shape your career?
We want to be a musicians' band. I feel the bands that get a lot of appreciation from the music community have incredible fanbases. The sky's the limit. Do you work on a tight timeline always or do you go with the flow when it comes to your music?
I don't think we've ever given ourselves a tight timeline for anything music related. Some things take no time at all to write and others have taken a few years. But in the end we either shelve it to be worked on again one day or it comes out matching how we feel in that moment. How did your latest title of music come to be?
Our newest song that we've made is called Half Life, which stems from the monotony of everyday life and sticking to bad habits. A reflection of past behavior that needs to be rectified. Keeping what gives us pure joy going where we want, playing what we want, and are what we want to be. A metal band of vagabonds. If we were to stop without even dipping our toes in the water or when offered resistance, then we wouldn't get very far in this career. On top of that, we wouldn't be doing what we want to do, doomed to a half life. Is it hard to let go of the music when it is done?
It's never gone. We make the songs, love them, and will always promote them. Do you feel an emotional attachment with your music?
Yes. An emotional tie with the music can make or break a song. Its good to push yourself to try and create, make something weird that may make you uncomfortable. If it doesn't feel like you're putting all the effort there, come back to it.
How would you describe your music in one word to someone who hasn't listened to it yet?
Groovy. Where do they go to listen NOW?
Spotify, Apple Music, Tik Tok, Instagram, Facebook, Pandora, Amazon, iHeartRadio, iTunes, Resso & Luna, Youtube Music, Twitch, Deezer, Tidal, ClaroMusica, saavn, boomplay, Anghami, KKBox, NetEase, Tencent, Qobuz, Triller, Yandex Music, MediaNet What has been the best fan reaction to your music?
The reception to our latest release Klaatu (pronounced Claw-too) has hands down been the strongest response. Though we hope to out-do ourselves with each release. Is there anything exciting coming up for you?
Our first EP, Loud and Noisy, will be out on July 15th! Are you performing the song anywhere LIVE?
We have been opening with Klaatu at every show! It's been a real crowd pleaser and always a great jam for us. Give us all your socials and links so fans can link up with you! Thank you for this interview! https://linktr.ee/TheLastWitch Instagram: thelastwitchrocks Facebook: The Last Witch