:: Interview with Municipal Waste
Interview with Municipal Waste
Dave Witte, drummer for Municipal Waste, Discordance Axis, Black Army Jacket, Birds of Prey and Burnt By The Sun has done his fair share of drumming in his life. Municipal Waste, with four albums, has become popular in the thrash genre. Black Army Jacket, in the grindcore genre, has enough demos, splits and EPs. They split in 1999 but are leaning towards a reunion show in 2010. This will be their first set within twelve years. Also, one of the metal cores’ favorites, Burnt by the Sun has their fair share of full lengths, a couple EPs and splits. Discordance Axis is no disappointment within the grindcore genre. Filled with tons of EPs, a couple of full lengths, and compilation albums to top it off, Dave Witte is sure looking good as a drummer. From thrash to grindcore, Dave knows what works with him between the two different genres.
Metalship : Dave, I’ve read that you are with four bands. How has it affected your life and touring life when you have four bands on your chest to worry about?
I don't worry about them. They happen when they can and need to. MW is full time and all the others are part time/projects.
Metalship : You’ve been in Municipal Waste since 2004, what are your future plans with Municipal Waste?
We've done a lot of touring for this last record (Massive Aggressive) and now it's time to start writing for the next. Who knows what it ill sound like, MW obviously, but creating it is probably the best part.
Metalship : Has been your most memorable moment with the band?
There have been many great moments in all shapes and forms. Playing with Suicidal Tendencies
was definitely a highlight, but I think the most recent is that we just finished filming a new video for the song “Wolves of Chernobyl.” It was the most fun time I've had while making a video. I also think it's our best one yet.
Metalship : I’ve seen the Municipal Waste DVD and saw that you wore a shark costume during “Terror Shark.” What made you decide that you would wear a shark costume?
It was a surprise actually; my girlfriend and I planned it. I think we talked about how I could wear a shark costume for the song and she has a friend who makes costumes. Well, she made the shark head and we didn't tell anyone about it, until I put it on, on stage. It was all in good fun
Metalship : You have played in three Municipal Waste albums, what album do you think you had the most fun and worked the hardest on?
I'm proud of all three. We spent the most time practicing the songs for Massive Aggressive though. We practiced every song, every day for about two months I think, so we were well oiled by studio time. I knocked the drums out in a day and a half, and the first day I recorded two songs on my own to a click (which I never use) 'cause Ryan had come down with food poisoning and I didn't want to waste the time.
Metalship : Would you mind sharing with us how much different it is to drum for Municipal Waste from drumming with Discordance Axis or any of your other bands?
It's not as fast as DA, that's for sure. It's different because I use different techniques for fills when playing the songs and the drumming isn't as busy either (besides Hazardous Mutation).
It's very focused drumming, without much volume dynamic I think, it that makes any sense. A quick example is in reference to Burnt by the Sun. BBTS tunes to C and with a 6 string bass, it's a low B. That's heavy, invokes a lot of emotional darkness, and makes me hit the drums way harder than I do in MW. I guess you can say I approach the drumming to each band differently, emotion wise.
Metalship : Are there any upcoming cross-country tours coming up that we should know about and be aware?
I'm not sure, but I think we are doing a short run with High on Fire in Oct/Nov. I'm not sure if it's been confirmed yet or not. This year is a very relaxed touring schedule for us and it's very welcome. I feel a little bit human once again and get to enjoy life at home. The last 4 years, we toured constantly with short breaks in between.
Metalship : Who are some bands that you would tour with again?
All the tours we've done have been great and in good company. My short list though, is Victims, Suicidal Tendencies
, Lamb of God
. The LOG and GWAR
tours were very good for us, we played to a lot of different people that we normally wouldn't have. GWAR
took us out on our first real tour and it was great to see them every night, it's quite the show.
Metalship : Who are some of your influences?
In a nutshell, Phil Rudd, Neil Peart, Dave Lombardo, Brandon Thomas, Buddy Rich, Tim Alexander and Nicko McBrain. There are so many other great drummers and musician's out there that have influenced me over time, but these guys actually changed the way I drummed and made me a better player.
Metalship : What are some of your all time favorite records that you would recommend?
I think Rush
: Moving Pictures is great example of a perfect album. Ability, skill, production and song writing are all top notch there. Even if you're not a fan of Rush
, it's quite an achievement. I'll never get enough of Slayer
's Reign in Blood, Maiden's catalog up to and including 7th Son, all of AC/DC
, The Cinematic Orchestra's Every Day, all Primus, Coltrane's Giant Steps, King Crimson's The Power to Believe and practically everything else they've done. Leviathan's Massive Conspiracy Against All Life is a masterpiece in my eyes. I could go on and on. Other greates include Rodan's Rusty, Metallica
's Kill 'Em All, the entire Frank Zappa catalog, Dalek, and Keelhaul!! I just love music and there is so much out there, soak it all up.
Metalship : Is there something about Dave Witte that your fans would be surprised to know about you?
Maybe that I own an Alisha Keys album. The album As I Am, is fantastic and the drumming on it is incredible, tons of feel.
Metalship : What is next for Dave Witte? Are you working on a new Municipal Waste album? Do you have any other projects in the works?
As of now MW has one contender for a new song and a zillion ideas and thoughts about new music, but none committed. I do have a few things developing that will surface sooner or later. When they do, they do. One in particular is a band called Winners where I get to explore an unusual side of my drumming. It's a lot of fun. Just jams have happened and there are a bunch of parts worthy of putting together for songs, but everyone involved (3 of us) have busy schedules that don't coincide with the others, so it's hard to get together. King Generator is very slowly working on new material as well.
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added by Christgrinder666, on August 9, 2010 for Metalship