Ibanez: Who were some of your earliest musical influences?
Way: I think for anybody it's Metallica and Pantera, especially for metal. Video games inspire me a lot, soundtracks and stuff. Another one was Captain Geech and the Shrimp Shack Shooters. Those were pretty much my main ones.
Ibanez: Do you think your playing style reflects those influences or is it a lot different?
Way: I think now that I ended up changing a lot. I don't really have so much style towards any of those right now. I've started listening to more European-based bands, and I don't really listen to much of the stuff that I used to. So now I'm listening to stuff from Finland. Scandinavia is where I get most of the music that I listen to now, that and Japan. But I still try to incorporate the video game stuff as much as possible. We probably should have spent more time playing our guitars when we were younger, instead of playing video games [laughs]. We'd be a little bit better than we are now. If we didn't do that though, we wouldn't have the kind of ideas and way we go about things.
Ibanez: What was the first band that you played in?
Way: The first band I ever played in was called Deadlock. I think we tried to start the band when we were in 10th grade. I had been playing since 6th grade, but I never really tried to actively play with anybody. I wanted to do something heavy ever since I started playing guitar, and everybody wanted to be in an alternative rock band. I liked listening to it at the time, but it wasn't what I wanted to play. Metal was more fun.
Ibanez: How did Destroy Destroy Destroy all get together?
Way: It was my first full semester at college, and I was just walking around campus. We all just kind of met up through a mutual friend, and they started telling me about this metal band that they wanted to start. It was all based off of one line which is, "Die! Die! Die! This is our battle cry!" I thought it sounded ridiculous and a lot of fun. They thought since I had a beard that I would work well in a metal band. The only reason I'm actually in this band is because I have a beard [laughs]. It's not really my guitar skills or anything.
Ibanez: What was the first show like?
Way: The first show was really weird. We opened up for Mastodon, which is really funny. We played this little place called Guido's Pizzeria. I wasn't a huge Mastodon fan at the time. I like them now, but everyone used to always talk about them. It was a really neat show, especially looking back and seeing where they are now. It actually just shows you that if you stick to it, you can play arenas or whatever they're doing now. Every time I get down about playing some crappy little bar, I think back to Mastodon playing Guido's Pizzeria with us. It's definitely an inspirational thing.
Ibanez: What drew you to the Xiphos as your guitar of choice?
Way: Cause it looks killer! It looks metal. I just love the way it looks. Jeremiah looked up the Xiphos, and I guess it was the swords that Spartans used to carry. So after we found that out, we were like, "Oh this is perfect." We're really in to Viking mythology and all mythology really.
Ibanez: If you could tour with any band, still together or long gone, who would it be?
Way: Captain Geech and the Shrimp Shack Shooters. I think I want that to be my final answer. If I tried to answer that seriously, I'd have to give you a book.
Actually I can give you another one right now. I don't want this one to take the place of Captain Geech and the Shrimp Shack Shooters, but I would love to go on tour with Stuck Mojo. We're pretty different stylistically, but they are some of the most genuinely nice guys I've ever met. I think we'd have a great time out on tour together. I think touring with bands that are a little different makes the show so much better.
Ibanez: What's coming up for Destroy Destroy Destroy?
Way: August 6th through August 31st we'll be on tour. It's going to be a lot of fun.
Ibanez: Any advice for young musicians based on your experience so far?
Way: You can never expect anybody to hand you anything. If you want to be in a band and be a musician, do it because you actually enjoy doing it. Don't do it because you want to make money. That's not always going to happen. Practice more than I did, and don't play video games all day [laughs].