How did you first get into music? Who or what turned you onto metal?
JayMoe – It was really my parents that turned me onto music in general. They were from the 80s so naturally, my brother/drummer Ralf and I really gravitated towards that heavier sound from the time we were just babies. My dad said we would cry until he put us in the car, driving around listening to metal as loud as it would go. A few minutes later we would be asleep, I guess this was preparation for life on the road.
What got you started playing music and how old were you? How did you choose the instruments you play?
JayMoe – When I was around 6 years old was when I first showed interest in playing the guitar but when I was 10 years old I secretly saved my lunch money for 99 days to get $99 to purchase my first guitar. My Mom bought me an amp and I was off to the races!
What are your influences personally and the band’s influences musically? Which artist has inspired you the most?
JayMoe – Glostik has such a wide variety of influences. Good music comes in many forms. We have been heavily influenced by metal of all kinds, country, hip hop, rock, jam-band stuff, you name it. I think it’s all those influences that create the unique sound that is Glostik Willy.
Are you proficient in any other instruments? Have you always been creative?
JayMoe – I have always wanted to create. I started writing tunes when I was about 11 or 12 years old and never stopped. My main focus has always been guitar but I have become pretty proficient at keyboards as well. Keyboard tones can control so much emotion in a jam so I tend to use those tools whenever I see an opportunity.
What was the local scene like where you’re from, was there a particular band you aspired to be like, favorite local bands back then, favorite local bands now? What do you think separates bands of today from bands of the past?
JayMoe – When we were growing up and starting our music journey we had a local coffee shop called Beatnik’s Cafe. We were 11 or 12 years old when we played our first open mic. After that, we played open mic every Thursday for years and years. One of the bands that played all the time there was Funkshun. They were absolutely amazing and always brought us on to their gigs, gave us lessons and encouragement. Great guys and all of them were teachers. It was amazing that they gave these little kids a chance and the encouragement to get on the stage. Now there are no local venues and zero local bands, it is a sad time for music in our hometown, even without a pandemic.
How did Glostik Willy come about? Where did you develop the name? Where is it derived from? What other band names were considered? How would you best describe your sound?
JayMoe – It was just really random, we were partying (pretty hard) and I remember turning to Ralf and saying Glowstick, but it’s spelled Glostik! The rest is history.
For those unfamiliar with the band, how would you describe your sound?
JayMoe – Hippy Metal! Very heavy metal and jam band influence so our music will go in ANY direction. We prefer to not be stuck in a box with our genre. If we write a good heavy metal song, release it. If we write a good country tune, release it. Musical freedom is true happiness.
Who living or dead is in your dream 5 piece supergroup? Who would you like to interview and what would you ask them?
JayMoe – I would say first thing, Ralf and Buddha would have to be the drums and bass. Ralf is the best drummer EVER and Buddha is the best bass player EVER. The 3 of us, Zakk Wylde on guitar and David Bryan from Bon Jovi on keyboards would change the world!
What kind of gear is bringing us the Glostik Willy sound? New endorsements and dream endorsements?
JayMoe – We have a variety of endorsements from great companies that help us out and take care of us! Spector Bass, Cusack Music pedals, Spaun Drums, Weber Speakers, InTuneGP, and SIT Strings.
Name the one album that epitomizes your style of metal above all others? What’s your go-to album for motivation? Why that album?
JayMoe – It’s always impossible for this question to be answered because Glostik is so unique that we sound like no one. I have tried to put my finger on it for years but have never heard a record and said, “This sounds like Glostik”
You’re on a desert island and only have three albums to listen to for the rest of your life, what are they and why?
JayMoe – Guns N Roses (Appetite), Metallica (And Justice For All), Grateful Dead (Workin’ Man’s Dead)
What does heavy metal mean to you?
JayMoe – To me, Heavy Metal is a way of life. It’s a feeling and usually a home for people who find trouble fitting into the normal molds of society. Heavy Metal helped me out many times in my life when I was young, aggressive, and confused. The sounds that come from that edgy crunch you get in that genre make you feel a certain way and even though it is very aggressive music, it makes you feel like everything is going to be ok.