We had the good fortune of connecting with Mike Bray & John Konesky and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Mike and John, is there something you can share with us that those outside of the industry might not be aware of?
Being in the music business has been even more tricky over the years. Musicians these days must have the willingness to adapt from just playing shows, recording and hitting the road to maintaining a social media presence, staying current online and balancing other projects along with what they’re #1 artistic priority is.
It’s pretty common knowledge that streaming services like Spotify, Apple Music etc… pay very little to the artists… and ironically our success is judged by how many plays or streams you have online. A real catch 22.
So many performers in the LA area have many projects going, just to keep them afloat financially. With high overhead, and low playing local gigs… We’re always having to find other ways to make ends meat. More lucrative option such as music licensing, songwriting, TV placements can be hard to pin down as well.
The Answer… Just keep creating quality music you are proud of, and enjoy the hustle of the LA lifestyle.
Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
We started Wynchester back in 2011 sharing a love for southern rock and country music. We didn’t want it to be like everything else, so lyrically we enjoy writing songs that tell crazy stories with questionable characters, and topics that make us laugh. However, a heartfelt ballad is never out of the question. We’ve been fortunate enough to have some of LA’s finest musicians join us on our recordings and really make our songs come life.
John has been playing lead guitar for the almighty “Tenacious D” since “Pick of Destiny…” and I (Mike) have been around opening shows, and lending a hand where I can since 2010. Those guys have always been good to us, and supportive of our “Wynchester” endeavors. John and I also play in “Kyle Gass Band” and have done two albums with Kyle as well.
Following the heels of Giants has never been easy, but it has given us some great opportunities over the years. Nothing keep you humble like opening for a huge band in a sold out arena, and traveling home to play a Sunday brunch gig from 12-3pm to a crowd of 30 people eating waffles… But hey, that’s how this business is, and we love it.
Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
We live in the Valley, so we normally stay on this side of Ventura blvd unless people are visiting! haha.
Places in the Valley:
Idle Hour (North Hollywood)
Bobs Big Boy (Car show on Fridays)
Salsa and Beer (Best Mexican food in the world)
Other places: (The usuals)
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
Everyone needs a little help from their friends from time to time… We owe a huge shout-out to Tenacious D (Jack Black and Kyle Gass) for having us open for them during their “Post Apocalypto” Tour.
Also, our great friend John Spiker has been producing, recording and playing bass on our albums since we started back in 2011. We are thrilled that he is mixing our new record as we speak.
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