QUESTIONS WITH WAYNE FINDLAY
by: Peter Mondria
I recently had the opportunity to speak with
In this brief interview, we talk about the recording process of No
Sky Today's debut album, song-writing and lyrics,
future touring plans, the possibility of European dates, and much
Check out the interview below.
Hi Wayne, thanks for taking time for this
interview. So First, congratulations on your incredible new album
with No Sky Today! Hows the reaction been so far?
The reaction has been great so far! Everone has been very positive
with their comments. It makes me extremely happy to know that the
music we create has had such a positive impact.
With the new album, you have
started to write music and produce for the first time. How is that
process for you? Did you have a musical vision before you started
or did everything come naturally?
The process was very natural for me. I've been a composer/musical
director/producer my whole life. I'm just getting more credit for
it now. I've always had a musical vision since I was a kid. Seeing
or hearing the music in my head. I have tons of music I've written
in many different styles over the years, and still continue to. I
have tons of ideas and I just love to write. But...This is my first
official album as 100% producer, and it feels amazing to see and hear
what I actually envision... become real... Paul Jones is a huge part
of making that a reality...
Can you tell me more about the recording and production process?
How was it to work with Paul,
Scotty and kelly.
I wrote all the music and Paul Jones wrote all the
lyrics and vocal melodies. We are the core of the NST sound... For
this album, I would show both Scotty and Kelly ideas that I would
hear in my head...and they would do their own thing with it, for the
So basically, I'd direct, record them and myself, and arrange the
entire song, without vocals. Paul Jones and Joe Viers (engineer/Sonic
Lounge) would help in the arranging as well. Then Paul would lay the
vocals down and add harmonies. Guitar solos and overdubs last. Then
we start the mixing process. We mixed each song at least 3 - 4 times
to get it where it needed to be...and finally the mastering, Rodney
Mills (Masterhouse) did a fabulous job there.
Where did the name of the band come from?
NO SKY TODAY was the 1st track that Paul Jones wrote for the album.
And I said it in passing at dinner, what are we gonna call the band...NO
And we kinda looked at each other and went..YES!
As I mention on my No Sky Today review, I'm really impressed with
your guitar playing. You defintely have a unique style and easily
throw out the most technical solo parts and powerful riffs. So,
it must have been a great experience for you to express your creativity
by primarily playing the leads and melodies in your own band.
I've always done that
in all of my bands, since I was a 11. Written all the music and solos...
and producing as well. It's in my blood... It does feel great to be
completely in the drivers seat with Paul Jones. I think we make a
At most of the concerts I've seen you play a Dean Razorback 7. What
kind of equipment did you use on the new album, and what about effects?
Here's some of the equipment
I used for this record: Dean 7 string Razorbacks, Digitech Whammy
II and Expresion Factory effect pedals, Vox wah, MXR Phase 90, Ernie
Ball strings(.009's titaniums), EMG pickups, Steinberg software for
recording...and a big part of the entire album, Marshall JMP 100w
Amphead, Bogner Ecstasy 100w Amplifier head. Fender Telecaster(Escape),
Gibson Flying 'V, Takamine acoustic 6 string.
Could you please tell me more about the lyrics of the album? I noticed
that the title track 'No Sky Today' and 'Final Hour' for example
are still depressed and sad songs with some religious references.
Is there any concept on the album?
I thought Paul Jones could better answer this one...:)
response if asked directly...... " I was going through a pretty
rough patch in my life @ the time the record was being written.
Some heavy shit came out in my writing, ie. no sky today, into the
sun, heavy is the debt, etc . these songs were direct experiences
I was dealing with when writing the lyrics. If anything, the songs
may be too honest? I've always written that way, as most writers
do i guess? It is very difficult for me to sit down and write on
an issue or subject that does not relate to me or my surroundings.
Although, I would not consider Final Hour a sad song per-say. I
think that song in particularly questions peoples faith..but not
in a bad way. The song speaks directly to those that have none?
Faith that is...
I guess at first glance you could look @ the record and see some
of the titles and say, this is a heavy,sad record. It is very personal
and honest to write about dying, faith, spirituality. The record
deals with alot of these issues on a very personal level for people.
Really, it's an emotional progression ending positivley with the
song "pieces" with the song is being about healing, and
then of course a fun one with Gear Grinder!!!"
Thanks for your detailed answer, Paul!
You guys are doing your first gig at "The
Futbol Rocks Spring Fest 2011" in Columbus, Ohio last month
How was that experience for the band, and is
there a chance to see No Sky Today in Europe in the future?
It was killer!! It was very busy that day with the photo and video
shoot... But we had fun with it... Right now we are working on 2
seperate tours for NST in Aug and Sept. in the midwest again. And
we are definitely working on plans for NST in Europe and beyond...
9 How do
you feel about the current metal scene in the US. Do you listen
to the newer generation of bands and whats the most recent
metal album youve listened to?
I do try to stay connected what's going
on musically at the time. I listen to lots of different music...so
my influences are pretty diverse...even though metal/hard rock is
where my heart is. Hmmm. I'm not sure if you can call all of these
metal, but this is what I've listened to recently...Dillinger Escape
Plan, Latest Foo Fighters, Shinedown, Black Country Communion, Latest
Alice in Chains, Clutch, Messuggah (that's definitely metal!)
Besides your solo projects, you also are in MSG for many years now.
Is it hard to combine your solo-activities with being in MSG?
Yes and no...There are plenty of down times and
in-betweens...but things are starting to pick up with the scheduling.
That's a great feeling for me. Staying busy with both bands!!
Thanks a lot
for your time Wayne!, I wish you continued success and hope you
will have a great time on tour with MSG this summer. I'm really
looking forward to the shows. I got one final question. Do you have
any message to your fans out there?
I/We would like to thank all our fans for their continued support!!
we couldn't push forward without your help and sharing NO SKY TODAY
on the web...and WE CAN'T WAIT TO CRANK UP NST LIVE IN PERSON!!
sure to check out our worldwide video release of "FINAL
HOUR" by NO SKY TODAY on Wed. June 15th.
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