Hi everyone! Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview with Muncie, Indiana based Hippy Metal band Glostik Willy. Huge thanks to vocalist/guitarist ‘Jay Moe’ for taking part.

What is your name, what do you play, and can you tell us a little bit about the history of the band?

My name is ‘Jay Moe’, I’m the guitar player of Glostik Willy. The band has been together since we were kids, two of us are brothers (‘Ralf Mowf’ & ‘Jay Moe’) and we met our bass player (‘Buddha’) in middle school band class. We all left home young and chased the dream of music and here we are nearly 20 years later, still doing it.

How did you come up with your band name?

Our band name was discovered by accident as nothing more than an insane rambling from a heavily intoxicated, glow stick obsessed group of kids.

What region/country are you from and what is the Metal/Rock scene like there?

We are from Indiana in the USA and the scene is very much alive here! No matter what part of the country you venture through, you are always sure to find some kind of scene alive there. It really is a beautiful thing.

What is your latest release? (Album, EP, Single or Video)

We recently released a music video for our song ‘You Won’t Last’ from our upcoming album “Hippy Metal”. We also dropped another power ballad from that record, ‘Here We Go’.

Who have been your greatest influences?

I have an incredibly wide variety of influences, but we were all pretty heavily influenced as a unit by Black Sabbath, Grateful Dead, Ozzy, Metallica, Phish, and Primus.

What first got you into music?

My parents were big 80’s metal fans. My earliest memories were riding in the car listening to Bon Jovi as loud as it would go. My brother Ralf and I were immediately obsessed. Our parents pushed us towards music from the start, I got my first guitar when I was 6 years old, never took it seriously until around 10 years old. Ralf is a year younger than me and was already an incredible drummer, so we pushed each other.

If you could collaborate with a current band or musician who would it be?

Probably Zakk Wylde or Steve Vai, I feel like we could make some awesome music together.

If you could play any festival in the world, which would you choose and why?

Glastonbury, that festival looks like it is a wild & crazy time.

What’s the weirdest gift you have ever received from a fan?

A 10-foot-tall metal rooster.

If you had one message for your fans, what would it be?

I love you.

If you could bring one Metal/Rock star back from the dead, who would it be?

Dimebag! That man was next level on his instrument and was taken too soon.

What do you enjoy the most about being a musician? And what do you hate?

Everything about being a musician is great. I can’t think of anything I hate. Even when bad things happen, something good usually comes from it.

If you could change one thing about the music industry, what would it be?

I would change the political-esque way the industry operates. It’s not fair that artists are only receiving a small percentage of what they bring in. Digital distribution is a great thing because it gives a potential to reach a much larger audience in a shorter amount of time. However, there are a lot of middlemen that take a cut of the artists royalties before they actually get it. I hope that changes soon because it’s near impossible to make a living with the current system.

Name one of your all-time favourite albums?

Ozzy – “Diary Of A Madman”

Metallica – “And Justice For All”

Crosby, Stills & Nash – “CSN”, (Self-Titled).

What’s best? Vinyl, Cassettes, CD’s or Downloads?

They all have their own unique sound. In my mind it’s all about preference. Some music, I prefer listening to vinyl on a super old speaker.

What’s the best gig that you have played to date?

Our very first New Year’s Eve party. The energy of the audience was just absolutely insane, and we threw a hotel party after that had 3 floors of party. It looked like an 80’s metal music video.

If you weren’t a musician, what else would you be doing?

I would be a professional gamer, or I would get into film.

Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?

Ozzy, Zakk Wylde, Jack Black, Steve Vai, and Doug Wimbish

What’s next for the band?

We are set to release our album “Hippy Metal” in late 2020 and our festival Willy Town is coming up in October 2020. We have also been building a podcast/performance show on Twitch.tv that is a lot of fun and keeping us busy.

What Social Media/Website links do you use to get your music out to people?

We try to use them all. Glostik Willy can be found on Spotify, iTunes/Apple Music, Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, YouTube, Twitch, and Discord. We also have our official website at; www.glostikwilly.com

Jaffa Cakes? Are they a cake or a biscuit?

They are cookies.

Thank you for your time. Is there anything else that you would like to add?

I just want to say thank you to Ever Metal for including us!

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