Does the Wizzard foresee anything good in our future, threw Jake for a loop right off the bat. As he laughed, "I would hope so. We leave for Europe soon. We will be all over, from the United Kingdom to Barcelona. The last time we toured Europe, it was incredible." With new music out, they will have more music to choose from.
Making EP's are more common today than ever. Did it help with your transition to a full length album and making it more successful? Jake responded, "I'm not sure about before I got with White Wizzard. I played all the solos. I recorded an EP in 2010, so it it is hard to say which way is best." Jake asked for us to at it from a different perspective, "You can record two EP's in one verses one album in two years. It is cheaper to produce an EP and with the record labels it is all about numbers and money." Without the numbers being right, the label will not fund the tour.
Touring is where the money is, but it also costs a band a small fortune to tour. Roughly how many shows do you play before you see a profit? "We do not have a driver, we do it all. We get enough money to cover pretty much just our gas. Our money is gained mainly from the sale of merchandise. When we are touring the East Coast, most of the towns are a two to three hour drive, but when we are on the West Coast they can be up to a twelve hour drive. We find out at the end of the tour if we made any money. If we break even, we are lucky. At this point in our careers, we are doing it for fun and for experience." It is hard for people to understand that not all bands are making money. When you complain about the rising costs of concert tickets, everyone else gets paid before the band does. Fans make and break a band.
By giving their fans some insight to their music, particularly their guitars, on August 26, 2013 Jake participated in Shreds Of Insanity. "It was an event to get us out there. We spent years in rooms playing our guitars. The Shreds Of Insanity was a clinic. We discussed our playing styles, people asked us questions. It was almost like a riff that speaks to someone and then we break it down more and incorporate it more in my music. It was good to hear feedback from our fans."
Jake shared a story that ALL of the members of White Wizzard would remember vividly, "On our first tour, we were in the mountains in Ottawa, Canada and our drummer was driving and we were running late, as usual. We did not realize that there are not as many gas stations there are we have here. We ran out of gas in the middle of nowhere. The Mom & Pop's Store was not open and our next show was in twelve hours. It was October, it was freezing cold outside. I got a gas can and we started walking. I almost gave up! I fell asleep and we were fortunate enough that a cop took us to get gas." If running out of gas in the mountains in Canada is not bad enough, Jake shared another incident also, "We were touring in Europe and we were supposed to have money wired to us each show, but we did not receive any money for two weeks. We had to use the Merchandise money. When we were in Rome, guitarist Paul Gilbert had a conversation with them and their money had been sent to the wrong band (Mr Big)."
Though controversial, Bullying is a big part of society and many bands are taking a stance on it. Jake explained, "We would if we had to, but poor taste to do it. Our music is Philosophical and Symbolic. Bullying should not be tolerated, but actions speak louder than words! I believe that if you are a good person, people will know it!"
On the current White Wizzard album, "The Devil's Cut", Jake has co-writing credit on two of the nine songs. Jake helped with the writing on "Forging The Steel" and "Storm Chaser". That was only the beginning though, on August 26, 2013, Jake had the opportunity to participate in "Shreds Of Insanity." If he was given the opportunity to do it again, would he? "I would 100% love to do another one. I will do a clinic anytime. Europe and Japan would be awesome. I would have a huge smile on my face."
If you do not love what you do then it becomes work, but enveloping yourself and being sought after for your knowledge, is a whole different level of cool!
Jake Dreyer - Guitar
Jon Leon - Bass
Giovanni Dürst - Drums
Joseph Michael - lead Vocals
Will Wallner - Guitar