Spotlight Interview with Split66
A new release from Split66 come sin swinging with hard hitting head banging trudging and epic pulse pounding drums that come together with both screaming, growling and melodic choruses.
The release is comprised of 3 tacks that all have some brutal heaviness to portray, and it's all delivered with a powerful impact on all parts.
The songs each have something a little different to show and new stories to tell complete with raw emotion.
You get some killer power ballads, bone crushers, bangers and it's done with this intricacy and energy that's pretty unbeatable.
The riffs are melodic but also sharp, deep and heavy.
You get pulled into the bands absolute love for the craft which you can clearly hear with every minute that passes on this release.
Some songs hit in a cinematic and anthemic way, but they all have this blistering drive behind them that always helps them push the envelope a little more.
With such a great release, we wanted to have a sit down with Split66 to find out where this all came from and what may be next for them.
Here's what happened.
RAG: Okay so let's start with "Revitalized". This track had a killer array of metal styles in one song! Where did this single come from?
Thank you, that's one of the things we want to be know for, the vast mix of styles, so that's awesome to hear. There are six of us and all of us contribute to the music. I guess when there's that much compatible flavor in the room something is bound to happen. Most of our music just comes out, Jameson will share some lyrics, Chris, Mike or myself may share a riff, and it just sort of takes shape.
RAG: I'm hearing some great styles on this release. Who are some of your biggest musical influences?
Well, our influences vary from each of us. Some of us have a punk/alt background some of us have groove backgrounds, others have classic rock and country backgrounds. As far as personal influences, Randy Blythe, Dimebag, Joe Pass, Slash, Jeremy DePoyster, Ivan Moody, Mick Thomson. The list could get really long, we have love for so many different expressions.
RAG: So how did this all begin for you really? When did you fall in love with making music?
We all started at a very young age but really covid is what got the wheels on the ground. It gave everyone the time to really dive in and hone in on our craft. Although, we have only been officiated since October 2021.
RAG: What's next for you as a band?
We will be playing Creekfest in Belleville Illinois June 25th, 26th. Thus is an amazing opportunity and we aim to make the absolute best of that. After that, we will resume finishing our full length album, and plan to tour the Midwest U.S. next spring.
RAG: What inspires you to write a song?
Past experiences, that's huge. But our main goal is to reach someone and let it really hit home for them in a way that allows them to feel understood.
What are you all doing when you're NOT working on music? We work full time, provide for our families. Sometimes we get to have fun going to the lake or something, but that's what the music is for, fun.
RAG: Who are you all listening to right now?
Fit for a king, Slipknot, The devil wears Prada, Our last knight, BFMV
RAG: Are you doing live performances?
YES! All our upcoming shows are found here:
RAG: This single seems like a big undertaking. What kind of advice might you have for other up and coming bands out there?
Be prepared to put in the work. Not just writing and recording, but promoting, marketing, afterwards follow ups, the push can't stop. Just be ready , push on and if your asked to play, then play.
RAG: Before we go, what would you like to say to fans of the music?
We would like to know what they want more of! As well as the fact that we thank everyone eternally. Without them, there is nothing. We are so grateful for every moment we get to do this and just hope that we can reach them in a way that they can get a bit of hope, joy and release out of. Thank you, 66 fam! Yall are the best!