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A Dirty Dozen with JAY MOE from GLOSTIK WILLY – April 2020

| 10 April 2020 | Reply


According to a recent press release: “Indiana based, Hippy Metal band GLOSTIK WILLY has released the official music video for “You Won’t Last,” the first single off of their upcoming LP, Hippy Metal. Glostik Willy is a Hippy Metal band from Indiana made up of brothers Jay Moe & Ralf Mowf, and lifelong partner in rock, Buddha Aguilar. Glostik’s unique style has helped them to become a top midwest rock band. A variety of influences combined with years of crafting, has created a monster that can be seen every time the band takes the stage.” We get singer Jay to discuss new music, influences, and much more…

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?

Our latest release, “You Won’t Last” is a look into our heavier more metal side. This song features Doug Wimbish of Living Colour on bass and Steve Sweney of ekoostik Hookah on lead guitar.

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

I am lucky enough to have members on both sides of my family be very musically inclined. I was always brought up around music, especially with my father being a musician. I remember sneaking upstairs to watch his band practice. And I knew then I wanted to be doing something with music.

3. Building on that, is there a specific song, album, performer, or live show that guided your musical taste?

When we were very young we were heavily influenced by rock music of all kinds, like Metallica, Ozzy, Zeppelin, Pink Floyd but in our teenage years we started getting more into jam bands and progressive music like Phish, Grateful Dead, and Umphrey’s. It was the influence from this wide variety of music that created this Hippy Metal genre.

4. Who would be your main five musical influences?

Sabbath, Metallica, Ozzy, Grateful Dead, and Pink Floyd.

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

It would have to be Steve Sweney of ekoostik Hookah, the guy is absolutely amazing at the guitar and his presence completely changes any song he performs on.

6. How would you describe your music to someone who’d never listened to you before? What is the one comparison a reviewer or fan has made that made you cringe or you disagreed with?

Hippy Metal, it’s like a Tie-dye brick to the face. Explosive energy crafted by 3 individuals, when together, becomes an unstoppable force of sound. Very progressive and funky with a slight metal edge. When we were young, we played a battle of the bands and two of the judges said, “Not my style of music AT ALL” and “Worst band I’ve ever seen”. That one was hard to forget!

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

The freedom you experience when your only mission in life is to create music and entertain people. Travelling and connecting with so many people from such different walks of life is something that you don’t get to experience in any other industry.

8. 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?

Cooking would be between Ralf and Buddha. We are always feasting. Buddha would be getting the drinks in, however he never actually brings drinks. Jay Moe will bust out the acoustic at any given moment, don’t test him.

9. When was the last time you were star struck and who was it?

We had the opportunity to meet Ozzy Osbourne and that made us pretty nervous!

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

Pro Gamer. Buddha, Chef.

11. 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”, even if it didn’t change your current situation?

I really don’t think there is. Everything that we have done has made us who we are. Without those battle scars, we wouldn’t have the stories, and songs that we’ve captured on our musical journey. We left home just boys with a dream and worked many years to build something worth holding. We’ve made many mistakes along the way but we’ve learned from them and that has made us a stronger band.

12. 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?

It would be Pink Floyd’s Animals. They were masters of crafting an album, and Animals is nothing short of brilliant, but would love to hear what some of our elements could contribute to that album.





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