Nytro Interview

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St. Louis based living room hard rock/classic metal. Lifelong friends Rod Weygant and Mark Williams formed Nytro in the late 70’s as kids. Forged in the flames by their influences of 70’s hard rock, 80’s metal, guitar orientated rock. The duo recruited drummer Dennis Gage and recorded Some Things Never Change in 2013. Straight ahead hard rock/heavy metal with a do it yourself attitude. In 2015 bassist Steve Wright joined the band.

What is your name?  Mark Williams

Where are you from?   St. Louis, Missouri USA

How long have you been making music?   38 Years

How many songs /albums have you released to date?   We released our first CD “Some Things Never Change” in 2013 with 10 songs. So far this is our only release.

Can you tell us about your upcoming release and the background and inspirations behind it?   We took ten of the songs we liked the most that we wrote in the 1990’s. The inspiration behind it is to have fun, keep it simple and play what you feel.

How have you ended up in the music industry?   We decided to do it ourselves. We don’t consider ourselves professional musicians, but I think that is what real rock and roll is really about. I think if you have the passion, like us, you shouldn’t wait until some guy in a suit says you are good enough. Record the music, get it out here and have fun with it.

What do you think of the music industry in 2015?   The actual music business is the same as it always has been, to them it is what sells the most. I am happy there are so many independent labels out there and bands like us who put out a cd and used cd baby to distribute it. The bad thing is that people need to buy the cd’s and the digital content to support the artists. I really love the stuff I grew up listening to. I have almost a thousand cd’s in my collection. It is rare I find something new that I really like.

Who do you think the most influential artist?   Kiss is my number one and it always will be. I am talking about the original 1973-78 Kiss. After that there is a small handful. Black Sabbath, Judas Priest, AC/DC and Ted Nugent.

Who have you collaborated with so far in your career?   We had a really incredible female vocalist, Angel Husbands from New York do a backing track on Fire Against Fire for us. That has been it so far.

Dead or alive, who would be your dream collaboration?   Ace Frehley. He is number one for me. that is my guy. i would love to make a song with him because he is a legend.

What was the first album you bought?   Kiss Alive. It is by far my favorite album of all time.

What’s your favorite song at the moment? Right now I really love the cover of 99 Problems by Body Count. I love that new album by them.

Who is the most influential artist now, and 10 years ago? For me today it is Hatebreed. Ten years ago it was Otep, who was pretty new then and I thought it had such a heavy cool vibe.

If you had to sell your music collection tomorrow, what album would you leave in your draw?   I am so predictable. Kiss Alive has to stay. To be honest, I have five or six versions of it on CD.

How do you think you differ from other artists?   We are unpolished. Our sound is raw and pure rock. We would call it garage rock but since we are older we can play anywhere in the house we want. That’s why we call it living room rock. It is not made to make anyone happy or unhappy. We play what we fell and what we like. That is the way it should be. We work with a really limited budget so its not over produced.

What is your favorite saying?   What would you do if you knew you couldn’t fail?

What other hobbies or interests do you have?   I play ice hockey. I love investing in stocks and bonds.

Do you have any tattoos or piercings?  I have a Chicago Blackhawk and the cover of Kiss Rock & Roll Over

Tell us more about your upcoming project or this new project?   We are going in the studio in August for our second CD. We have two songs already done that are going to be used in an independent movie with Bombshell studios in North Carolina entitled “The Endless Whispers”. I am not sure when the movie will start shooting. We should wrap up recording the cd before the end of 2015. I would love it if we could release it before the end of the year, but it may be early 2016..

What’s in the pipeline after this project?   I really don’t know. We have close to a hundred songs we could record. I would like to see us play more live shows and make a new cd every 1-2 years. It is going to depend on our schedules and how much interest our next Cd gets.

Thank you for your time and may you carry on making dope, fresh music. 

Thank you so much for having me. Please check us out everyone!

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