Interview with Whit Millsap of 7 Stone Riot

Lisa Fredricks: Talk about how music has influenced you each individually in your daily living.

(Whit Millsap) Music has always been apart of my life my grandmother and my mom were both singers so I’ve always been around it. To me when I’m doing music that’s when I feel the calmest and relaxed. 

LF: Where do you each find yourselves listening to music most often?

(Whit Millsap) I spend a lot of my day in a car so that’s where most of my music listening happens. 

LF: What are your favorite brands to use when it comes to the instruments, mics, amps, pedals and so on? Why do you favor them?

(Whit Millsap) the microphone I use live is a Shure Beta 57a. They are usually used for micing snares and guitar cabs but since we’re a loud rock band with a heavy-hitting drummer it cancels out all the noise behind me so 90 percent of what’s being picked up through the mic is my vocals. 

LF: Talk about your current project. Its conception. How it evolved. The storyline behind its development or any anecdotes that may have occurred during the writing/recording process? 

(Whit Millsap) The story behind our EP scratching the Surface is about our journey so far in the music industry. With anything you do whether it is starting a band or starting a business, there’s going to be ups and downs and that’s the story we told with this EP. We know we are nowhere near where we want to be with our music careers but to us, we are scratching the surface and keeping our eyes on the prize. 

LF: there any conflicts during the recording process? If so, how did you as a band overcome them, if not what do you think is Another Days Armor formula to gel so well?

(Whit Millsap) We didn’t have many issues while recording this EP at all. We spend a ton of time making sure most everything is good to go before we hit the studio. We have a really good producer who we trust with our music that can take our idea and mold it into something Rockin. 

LF: there a particular part you enjoy more than another in the process of a project?

(Whit Millsap) one of my favorite parts about songs is the harmonies. Without them, songs just feel so empty. We have some harmonies in our songs that I wish I could sing live but I have to sing the lead part. Another part I really enjoy is building a melody there’s not a better feeling than when one comes together perfectly then gets stuck in your head all day. 

LF: How do you know when a song is done and ready to be taken to the recording studio and produced?

(Whit Millsap) We know a song is done when we send it to our producer and he says to stop writing I have ideas and if you keep going my ideas won’t work. 

LF: Looking towards the short and long term of where you might be currently- where do you see yourself (yourselves) as an artist/band in 2020 and beyond?

(Whit Millsap) Were going to keep pushing forward. We’ve got the opportunity to do a lot of cool things and play with some big name bands. Our goal is to become part of the big name band list. Hopefully one day selling out stadiums and arenas all across the globe.