We finish up our Bamboozling with one final interview, a band that needs little introduction, at least from someone who can't scring (that's a term I just invented for screaming and singing, not to be confused with scrying). Have fun, children.
I sat down with Justin Aufdenkampe, guitarist of the hardcore band Miss May I
to discuss his passion for the music he gets to play everyday. -Hanna Kasper
Describe your sound.
As far as sound, I think we have a more unique sound as far as what's going on now. We have a lot of influences as far as like Darkest Hour and As I Lay Dying. We also have a lot of bands like Whitechapel who we really look up to, and The Devil Wears Prada, those guys are actually really good friends of ours. But that's as far as I can go as sound, I mean I can't really give you like a specific genre that we are. I consider us a metal band but I don't know of any sub-genres or anything like that but as far as our sound we're a metal band and we play metal music.
How did the band get started?
It honestly started when I was in high school. The four of us that are in the band right now, we all went to high school together so we all wanted to play music and play shows. We started playing local shows at one of the local venues in Dayton, Ohio, and pretty much started from there and started becoming bigger and bigger and bigger and you know that wasn't really the purpose at the beginning but now it's pretty rad to see 2500 3000 kids come out to see your band. It's nuts. It's pretty much what we do. I think I played my first show in 2007.
What's the significance of the band name?
Honestly, people ask us that and I think it was one of those deals, it was different, nobody had a name like that. Honestly, our name's more of a question than anything. I don't really know, it just kind of came from random stuff, we were young kids. It stuck and it's kind of unique in a way I think that's why kids pick up on it too. When they hear it it doesn't really get lost in their minds as much as say another name.
How do you think you've grown since being in the band, musically and as a person?
Musically, every single one of us have grown tremendously. Personally myself I've gotten so much better at my instrument and as far as writing I've got a better ear for music since I've been touring and stuff like that and it's the same with everyone else. Personally, as far as being on the road and stuff like that, being with the same people all the time you have to learn to kind of cope with things that maybe you don't like or that you're not used to and it makes you more of an easier person to be around. When you tour you meet a lot of people so you can't be mad and let things get to you, like you have to be pretty cool for them because they're your fans, you can't loose your head too much.
What are your plans for now?
As far as right now, we played 3 shows out to Bamboozle and we're doing a show back home to Dayton, Ohio. The day after we get home we go to the studio for a month and a week for our second album on Rise Records and we've pretty much written the whole thing, there's some little things that we're going through as far as putting tiny parts here, little parts here, just to make it structurally better as far as writing. I think the album is supposed to come out in fall of this year and we have a lot of touring coming up, we have a tour with The Devil Wears Prada in summer that's 2 months long called The Back to the Roots Tour. I know we're touring with Whitechapel this fall which is more of a heavier tour and I don't know what that tour name is as of right now but I know it's going to be pretty sweet. It's going to be mainly east coast and midwest, it's going to be a fun tour. I don't think anybody really knows about it yet.
Anything else you want to tell our readers?
I love what I do and I wouldn't have it any other way. This is something I've always wanted to do as far as a career choice and now it's starting to form into a career rather than just trying to build your name. It's starting to make more money and things and getting bigger crowds and things are just getting better. It's fun and playing a festival like this in New Jersey and to have a bunch of kids come out, it's just nuts. I'm very fortunate.
[Ed. Note: This concludes our Bamboozle coverage. Stay tuned for the Emo Band Naming Contest, to be judged by Hanna