What´s the name of your band? 6 prong paw
Where are all band members from?/Who does what in the band? I (nick Williams) am the singer. I also play guitar and help with writing riffs. I also produce and manage the band. Dustin Cook is on guitar. Chad Rabideau on bass. Seth Earl on guitar and Josh Moore on drums. We are the town of Hastings in the state of Michigan in the USA.
What was the ambitions of the band when you started? My ambition with starting this band was to play with open, like minded people who were interested in variety and not the same ol' thang!
Could you explain your music to someone that haven't heard you? Well I would tell them its metal and if they are interested in metal with diversity, google us!....lol
Where was your first gig? Don't remember! Probably in the woods, where we were not suppose to be with generators roaring with 50 of our friends drinking beer that we stole from our parents.....
Where was the latest gig? The iconic I-Rock nightclub in Detroit Michigan. Place in museum with a stage. There is stuff on the walls in there you will never see any where else in the world.
Who writes your songs?/Who writes the music who writes lyrics? All of us really. I have a home recording studio so I am always writing. Sometimes I will write a song and we will all pick it apart. Sometime we won't. Sometimes we will write one together. There is no specific way we write. They all come about in different way at different times.
Who has the best since of humor in the band? Chad Rabideau definatly! If ever get chance to hang with anyone in the band, hang with him
What are your songs about? Girls and love! Just kidding! I like to write stories and poems then turn them into songs. I use be against writing about politics but there are a lot of fucked up shit going on now days, I feel like I need to let people know about them.
Do you write your own material or mainly covers? lol.. Yes we write our own material. Once in awhile we will play a tool or system of a down cover and we also do a metal version of white rabbit. Seth and I have actually started working on Acid Bath's "Scream of the Butterfly" that we will just do in the studio and release on youtube.
Have you made any albums?/If yes what are they? Yes we released a 4 song demo in 1999 called "Window of Opportunity" record with Mark Rehl at Rivercity Studios. In 2003 we recorded a 5 song self-titled EP and a 6 song EP called "Victim of Mainstream America" in 2005 with Jason Suecof at Audio Hammer Studios in Sanford FL. Then in 2013 we released "Auditive Levitation" with Wayne Tourville and Twisted Hillbilly Records.
Do you have any clips on YouTube? Yes we do. We have 3 offical videos and bunch of other cool stuff on our Youtube channel. www.youtube.com/sixthprong1
At what age did you start playing? I started playing guitar at age 10 and never stopped. i started to sing later on when I was about 17 or so.
How old were you guys when you first stood on stage? I can't speak for everyone but I had to have been 14 or 15.
What year was the band started? We started 6 Prong Paw in 1998.
Is it always the same songs live? No we do not always play the same songs live. It usually depends on the length of time we are given. But usually when you are on tour you don't change up the set to much so we can stay into a routine.
What are the plans for the rest of the year? The rest of the year we will be finishing up recording a new 7 song disc called "Mapping the Void" which is set for release in January 2015. We started recording the drums in our own studio on August 1st. Then at the end of August we will be going down to Tennessee again to do guitars and bass with Wayne Tourville.
How do you get psyched up for a gig? Gigs have become pretty routine and relaxed for us. It is really about having a good time with the crowd and melting some faces!
What are your goals with your music? First of all we always what to keep the good time element and have fun. Taking things to serious results in dry, flat song writing and pretty boring live shows. Second it's to keep writing the way we write and ignore trendy bull shit. We write what WE like for us and our fans. Third is to honor and respect our fan cause they bring our visions to the people.
Is it easier to get your inspiration from older bands or from bands more modern? I don't think time can define inspiration. Inspiration and influence are timeless. There are certainty a lot more manufactured bands in our modern times and I think that fake-ness carries over into some of the song writing. But inspirations can also come from not only other bands but art, film, the stars....life!
What's the first step when making a new song? There is not steps to writing our songs. Our songs are individual fingerprints or personalities that I feel take on there own identities and personalities. They really do all come about in different ways and from different inspirations. Some are written by individuals in the band. Some are written as a band. Some are written with just a couple of us. It's really just committing yout unit of band to writing and have a good time writing it.
How do you feel about the downloading of music instead of buying albums? I am a bit torn and feel a little bit stuck in the middle. What mean buy that is I see both sides. The fan and the industries point. But the bottom line is people. We got into this biz to PLAY music not sell it. If a musician or band has the opportunity to make money off songs so they don't have to work a day job, thats great and I think thats really every musicians unconscious goal.
What would be your dreams for the band? Tour, Record. Tour, Record............Tour, Record on a regular unlimited bases
Besides your own music, what genres and bands do you listen to? Shit man all kinds of shit man. I love Igor Stravinsky, a 1920's russian composer. Look up "The Rite of Spring" or the "Firebird"Like it so much I will cover a movement someday with 6 Prong Paw. I have been really into Witchcraft and The Sword lately. I really love a lot of electronic music too. I love Ministry. Really love some of the newer stuff too like Excision and Boregore. I am a big big fan of Cannibal Corpse but only Butchered at birth through Vile. Acid Bath, The Doors, Alice in Chains...just some of my fav's
What do you hold most dear? My Cock....lol...
What would be your greatest fears for the future? To die before I get to see my kid rip a bad ass solo!
When you are on stage, what do you fear most then? That computer will crash and my sample will be gone. Josh listens to click tracks the whole time we play live which allows us to ad effects and electronic elements that we have recorded to our live show. We also throw a lot of in between song skits, samples and sounds all the while keep the human interaction the most important thing.
What songs and what years were they released? We have 4 albums/EP's. 1998 we release the "Window of Opportunity" EP. 2003 we released a self-titled EP. 2006 we recorded the "Victim of Mainstream America" EP. in 2013 we released our first full length called "Auditive Levitation" Now in January of 2015 we will release "Mapping the Void".
Have you been part of any other projects? No.
Have you been in any other bands? Yes little shit when I was a ween lad. But this band has kept me going sense I was a kid.
What do you work with outside of the band and the music? ummmmm..well I like getting tattooed...lol....don't think I really do anything else. I paint once a great while.
What would you do if there was no music? I would probably try to be a porn star!
How important are your fans? As I stressed before in a couple of your previous questions. Fans are the second reason, besides doing it for ours selfs, why we do this. They add to the live energy that we get a sick show. Thats what this whole thing is about man! That we all get into music in the first place. To perform live and bring the crowd with you on a musical journey. Sometime that journey can be violent, peaceful, life changing, mind altering or religiou
Name 2 of your own songs you like at the moment? Well, we have been working on recording this EP at the moment, so the 2 I like the most at the moment don't have names yet....lol....
What do you feel is the best live band you've seen? Oh man. The Potatoe Babies probably...A sweet local Punk Rock outfit from Grand Rapids.
What drives a band that isn't all that famous and renowned to try to make a living on their music and to keep playing? Cause its fun man. Music is fun. Its fun creating and writing music. I love playing live shows. Anyone can be famous if they got the right amount of money and the right people working for them but not everyone can have fun doing this.
Do you have any webpages? Yes. Our official web site is http://www.6prong.com/ You can sign up for our mailing list and get 3 free downloads sent to you for free. You also check out our "photographers section" of local photographers that have shot us. There is also videos and touring info. We also encourage every one to follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and Reverbnation. If you "google" 6 Prong Paw, you will find a lot of different pages and info on us. As well as where tp buy our downloads etc.
Any pearls of wisdom for all other bands out there? Have a good time and don't listen to anyone but yourself and that's how you will stand out from the crowd of clones that are in it for the money, fame and girls!
Describe your show, visually and musically? Well we defiantly try our best to bring high energy while keeping a sense of mystery and wonder at the same time. It can defiantly be trippy, sexual, obnoxious, rud and funny. We have off days when we absolutely suck and we have good days when we rule that shit. But that's life and we kind of look at our band like its own entity, its own person. 6 Prong Paw is 5 guys coming together to make one personality that can fuck some shit up!
How do you view the musicindurty of today? I am starting the to view the music industry to as a vast entrepreneurial opportunity for people that Have the right drive. All it takes to get a band out there is one dude to invest in a starving band then start there own label together. From there its all about networking and getting to know
What are the biggest obstacles for a band? I think its staying band and finding dedicated people you share a similar vision. Not only that but finding open minded people. I think a band needs to be versatile which will keep your opportunities abundant. I think a lot of band get caught up in classifications and them become limited. This plays right into listening to yourself.
What is best/worst with playing the clubs? There is nothing bad about playing clubs. There can but there can always be unforeseen challenges.
How would you describe your sound in one sentence? A pissed off and misunderstood cradle of rage and knowledge.
What is your favorite crappy instrument? I play this Rogue acoustic guitar I got $25. It's a vary cheaply made fiddle. But man it always sounds so good. Anytime I play an acoustic it get compared to it. But yeah I have had it for a long time and my body and hands have worn it down to fit me very nicely.
What was one of the most quarrelsome times for you in the band? One time Josh and I got in a fight on stage. It was about 6 years ago. Some PA equipment and broken down and I was trying to get him to let me use his Trigger/bass drum monitor. We pretty much ended up brawling behind his drums. Some friends of ours pulled us apart. We laugh about it now. Him and I have know each other sense we where kids. It was no big deal really but everyone else thought it was.
Whats your Pre-show ritual? Making sure there is nothing around me that's going to get broke!