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10 Quick Ones with GEORGE GUTIERREZ of WORLDWIDE PANIC – September 2018

| 19 September 2018 | Reply

According to a recent press release: “LA Based Heavy Metal Band WORLDWIDE PANIC has revealed a first listen to their newest single, “Party.” With production collaboration from GEMINI SYNDROME’s AARON NORDSTROM. Based out of Los Angeles, Worldwide Panic is a hard rock/heavy metal band that started out in 2016 with the aim of writing heavy, catchy music and personal, meaningful lyrics. In a world mired with social and political controversies, Worldwide Panic offers a more relatable take on everyday life and overcoming the trials and tribulations the common man faces.”  We get guitarist George Gutierrez the band to discuss new music, influences, and much more in our 10 Quick Ones…

1. Tell us a little about your latest release.  What might a fan or listener not grab the first or second time they listen through?  Are there any hidden nuggets the band put in the material or that only diehard fans might find?

So our latest release is our new single entitled ”Party,” which chronicles the throes of addiction and substance abuse as told by our lead singer, Lane. So other than some autobiographical lyrical content, there are a ton of cool guitar overdubs and keyboards and samples in the track. The breakdown and the outro have some awesome ambient guitar stuff!  I am definitely a big fan of little ear nuggets in songs, whether its a cool flange effect on vocals or a grandiose swell of guitar noise.

2. What got you into music, and can you tell us about the moment you realized you wanted to be a musician?

When i was about 15 or 16, a friend of mine got a guitar for Christmas, he would bring it to school and he would riff out during lunch or on our off periods. I thought it sounded rad and I had just started to get into music. So I would drop subtle hints to my folks that i wanted a guitar, so eventually, i got one. I started playing in various garage bands with friends and i was just having fun with it. I started writing songs, playing shows, so i guess the whole time i figured that’s what i wanted to do, no matter what capacity.

3. Who would be your main five musical influences?

In no particular order: Stephen Carpenter and Chino Moreno of Deftones, Adam D of Killswitch Engage, Kanye West (seriously), Dallas Green of City and Colour and Stevie Ray Vaughan. Oh wait, that’s six! But i mean, come on you can’t have Stephen without Chino and vice versa.

4. If you could call in any one collaborator to do a song with, who would it be?

Good question! I’d be happy to work with anyone, but i’d love to get someone from a different genre to try and have a wider appeal and make some of that artist’s fans check out OUR stuff.  I think it presents a greater challenge and a chance for something really cool to happen. Like, straight up, I’d collab with Drake.

5. How would you describe your music to someone who’d never listened to you before?

I would describe Worldwide Panic as guitar-driven heavy rock with a melodic edge and catchy hooks. Something to groove to, something to head bang to, something to party to! No pun intended.

6. What’s the best thing about being a musician?

Creating something that people will enjoy and having them sing along with your songs at shows and then talking with people in person or online about how much they enjoy your work.

7. When the band are all hanging out together, who cooks; who gets the drinks in; and who is first to crack out the acoustic guitars for a singalong?

Well, we usually hang out at Lane’s place, so he’s the host with the most. He’s got snacks or food on deck. I am usually the one prepping cocktails or grabbing beers for people, and myself, obviously. I would say George P (lead guitar) is strumming away on the acoustic.

8. If you weren’t a musician, what would be your dream job?

Ideally, it would be something in the music industry, working for a label or a publication or tour managing or something in that capacity.  If not, writing for TV/Film or comic books, actually. I’ve also gotten really into podcasts lately, so maybe i would do that too. I mean, of COURSE musician is a dream job, but I would like to think my talents aren’t only limited to music.

9. Looking back over your career, is there a single moment or situation you feel was a misstep or you would like to have a “do over”?

Like anything else in life, “missteps” are opportunities to grow and learn. I wouldn’t be who i am and where i am without them. It’s done. It’s in the past. Eyes front. Keep Walking.

10. If you could magically go back in time and be a part of the recording sessions for any one record in history, which would you choose – and what does that record mean to you?

You know, there’s so many. I mean, one of, if not my favorite records is Deftones’ Around the Fur. They are my favorite band, and that’s the first record i heard by them. It was full of awesome riffs and all the cool vocal effects Chino used and the eerie melodicism really stuck with me.  So to be out there with Terry Date and the boys and just hang out and sit in during writing sessions and just have fun with them while they made what is quite possibly the SEMINAL nu-metal album would be an experience.




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