Hollywood, CA plays host to some of the biggest names in the music industry, both residentially and commercially. Without a second thought, plenty of people can rattle off the prevalent and affluent members of the Hollywood scene, but what about the underground? What about the unsigned, brick hitting, dues paying members of the Cali metal machine? While some struggle in perdition, a fortunate few manage to make their way into the limelight and break the barricade between the musical outlands and the world at large. Thrown Into Exile (TIE) is just such a band. Having treaded up hill more rapidly than most, TIE made their appearance on the Rockstar Energy Drink Mayhem Festival for the second year in a row and hung in there for the long haul. ventwing.com caught up with the incredibly humble Evan Seidlitz (vocalist) before the end of the tour to find out more about these up-and-comers, their journey to Mayhem, and their educational connections.
So, why don’t you tell us about your band?
ES: Hi. We are Thrown Into Exile out of Los Angeles, California. We’ve been together about a year and a half. This is our first nationwide tour (Mayhem Fest), which is really killer because this is probably the best tour we could possibly be on as far as a first tour. So, we’re real blessed as far as that’s concerned. All the other bands have been really, really cool to us…It’s been really cool. We’ve got a self-titled EP that’s out. You can find it on iTunes, you can find it on Amazon as well, or Spotify.
What has been the best thing for you about being on Mayhem and a tour of this size with bands like Amon Amarth and Rob Zombie….whom I hear you get mistaken for?
ES: Yeah, everyday on the tour since San Bernadino I get mistaken for Zombie. And you know it’s people from the press that come in and it’s also just walking through the crowd and stuff like that. About half the time it’s Zombie and half the time they know me from Thrown Into Exile. So, you know, either way once I introduce myself I gain a new fan regardless. So, it’s not the worst reference you could say. It’s kind of funny because Rob and I met for the first time a couple of weeks ago and we shot a picture together. It was my profile picture on Facebook and it ended up that he reposted it on his Instagram saying, “One of these is me and the other one is not for all you confused folks.” (chuckles) So, I thought that was kind of funny that he recognized it, and he hash tagged our band in it which was really, really cool of him. So, Rob’s really nice. I think just getting received and accepted…that means more than anything because it means we’re doing something right and that even though we’re the only unsigned act on the tour we belong out here.
“We’re not entitled to anything. We worked our a**es off to get here.”- Seidlitz on getting onto Mayhem Fest 2013
How did you guys end up on Mayhem?
ES: Well, last year we did a battle of the bands, the “Headbang for the Highway” for the Sumerian stage and we did in Hollywood at the Key Club, and we beat out a dozen other bands and we opened up the Sumerian stage last year in San Bernadino. So, this year, we teamed up with the Musician’s Institute (MI) to come out for this and um, my guitar player Mario, he graduated from the Musician’s Institute with a business degree in 2009 and he actually works at the school as an Industry Relations Coordinator now. MI has always been a big sponsor/supporter of Mayhem, but this year they wanted to go even bigger so they decided to put on a second stage next to the Jager stage, which is the coolest thing ever…Jose who’s the president of the school is a big fan of metal…he was just like “You guys can play first everyday and in return work the tent to just inform kids and educate kids about MI and what it is.”
So, what initially got you into music?
ES: I guess initially it was just rooting around in my parent’s records. You know, listening to their vinyl records and just being exposed to music at a very young age. And then as I became a teenager, just a melting pot of every kind of music you can imagine from hair metal to classic metal to metal punk rock. You know, all that stuff. So, I guess just starting to idolize, look up to rock stars as if they were superhuman. That’s what did as a kid and then I got into Pantera. I was definitely looking up to Phil (Anselmo) the way he controlled a crowd, the way he delivered it and stuff. I started playing bass at 13 and played until I was about 19, and when I was 23 I moved out to Los Angeles to pursue music and singing, being a front man. And I’ve been working at it for the past 10 years, so for Thrown Into Exile to have done what it’s done it the past year and a half, I’m really glad I didn’t quit before then because I wouldn’t be here.
Do you remember your first music festival or concert?
ES: First concert was probably when I was like 13 years old. I think it was Green Day at the Blossom Music Center in Ohio, which would have been cool if we’d been on Mayhem a few years ago because they (Mayhem) actually played Blossom Music Center. So, that would’ve been full circle and that would’ve been really, really cool.
Any last words?
ES: Follow us on Facebook, Instagram and twitter so you can keep up with us and all things Thrown Into Exile. Thank you!
Evan and the boys of TIE are currently shopping labels in the hope sof finding a home for their music. They also hope to follow Mayhem up with another kicka** tour in the Fall, as well as another tour in the beginning of 2014. You can check them out on Facebook and watch the video for their current single “Not Alone” to find out more about them.You can also learn more about the Musician’s Institute here for more about their offerings and mission. For fans of Killswitch Engage and DevilDriver, definitely give these guys a listen and see what you think, because Thrown Into Exile may be coming for YOU next year!