Thanks Mike for doing this it means a lot as Taproot is one of, if not, my favorite band. I have been a fan since seeing you guys for the first time at Middle East in Cambridge, Ma in 2000.
Boston Pete Rock: How has the “Fall to Action” Tour been?
Mike: So far so good! It’s coming to an end now and I’m really excited to get home, but it has been a lot of fun. Over all. It has gone really smoothly for us. So I am grateful.
BPR: When you guys are on stage it seems like you are having just as much fun now as say 5-10 years ago, Would that be fair to say?
Mike: For sure. I mean, it’s definitely been a long road, and we’ve had our ups and downs. But no matter what is going on in our lives, when it’s time to hit the stage, all that kind of goes away and it’s time to have fun and put on a rock show.
BPR: The tour is coming close to ending, what is the plan after it?
Mike: We have a nice little break at home, a few shows mid November, and then we will be heading back out at the end of November through December.
BPR: For a band to be together as long as Taproot and only have lineup changes at the drum position, what do you think has kept Taproot and the core together for so long?
Mike: Passion, hard work, and commitment. They say if you get knocked down 8 times, then you need to get up 9. And that’s what we’ve always done.
BPR: As everyone knows the music industry has changed a lot due to the internet. Do you think that has helped or hurt Taproot?
Mike: Both. When we started out, the internet was pivotal to us. We used it to reach a much much larger audience than we could have ever without it. On the other end of the spectrum, it’s made it so people can get our music for free. Is that a bad thing? Yes and no. I mean, the reason we started playing music was to reach out and try to connect with as many people as we could. We’ve done that, and the fact that now people have free access to our music at any time is neither good nor bad in my opinion. It just is, so we roll with it.
BPR: Who did you look up to when you chose to learn the guitar?
Mike: My brother started me out nicely with Led Zepplin, Sex Pistols, Clash, Motorhead, AC/DC, etc. I grew to have a healthy dose of rock and punk on a daily basis. At the time, I was listening to a lot of really really heavy stuff. But I credit Van Halen with my decision to pick up a guitar.
BPR: Is there someone that you have found to impress you more recently say last few years?
Mike: Not really one person or band or anything like that actually. I try to sample a bit of everything so I can truly appreciate the broad spectrum. There is a ton of great music to find out there if you’re open to it.
BPR: What is something people may not know about you that you wouldn’t mind sharing?
Mike: I’m not sure haha that’s always a tough question. I’m on twitter a lot @DeWolfMichael / So you can find out what makes me tick on there. I like to run/jog.
BPR: What advice can you give a band that are about to break away from their local area and get in the van and hit the road? Some thing you wish you knew early on?
Mike: Work, work, work. And when you get a break, work some more. In the wise words of Britney Spears:
You wanna hot body
You wanna Bugatti
You wanna Maseratti
You better work bitch
Mike again thank you for taking time to do this and look forward to seeing you guys live soon.
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