Hi guys, welcome back! How have you been?
We are both doing very well, thanks! The White Mystery Japanese tour was an incredible journey and we’re happy to be home.
So you guys are about to release your new film That Was Awesome – how did this come about?
We wanted to challenge ourselves in 2015 to top our previous effort, the double album “Dubble Dragon,” and to also push the envelope on what rock band is capable of in the modern age.
Can you talk to us more about it? Is this like a Generation X type of movie?
We created the film, White Mystery “That Was Awesome” to capture the essence of the classics like The Monkees “Head” and “Kiss Meets the Phantom,” as well as tell our own stories from tour.
How was the recording, writing and film experience?
It was an absolute whirlwind to put the movie together, organizing the team of film makers, editor Nathan Christ, animators, actors, and everyone else involved was a herculean task. We recorded each song in one take, in between tours, at a pop up studio we built in St. Andrew’s Greek Orthodox Church, filmed scenes while on a nationwide tour, and worked to edit the feature-length film while still on tour. So there was definitely a, “flying by the seat of your pants” feeling. Every time I think about the process, I’m impressed that we pulled it off, and that we captured our vision so closely.
Did the album inspired the film or was it the other way around?
We knew we would have to build the film and soundtrack simultaneously from the start, so the script influenced the songwriting, which flowed into the filming, lyrics, mixing, and editing. It was organic.
I am getting this very 90s Alternative vibe – what role did this decade play in the album and the film?
It’s easier to understand the spirit or feeling of a decade as it comes to a close, so we wanted to take the opportunity to inject our own ideas and art before it solidifies into something else.
Speaking of which, where else did you find the inspiration for the songs and lyrics?
We find inspiration in the beautiful American landscapes we drive through year after year. There is a lot of mystery hidden in the deserts, forests, and mountains of the country and imagine what they’re trying to tell us.
Having toured throughout pretty much the whole world – what have you learned from all these experiences?
Calculated risks are inevitable, stick together, stand up for yourself, transcend rejection, bring people up with you because you’ll see them on the way down, cover the gear in your car with a packing blanket, respect yourself, love your family, question authority, keep it clean, keep your eyes on the road.
I understand you are on the road oversea – how has Japan been treating you so far?
It was an honor and a dream to bring our message across the world to Japan. It was a lifelong goal for White Mystery to tour a third continent, and the ultimate adventure. The musicianship, generosity, and warm welcome exhibited by our Japanese brothers and sisters was absolutely astonishing.
It was an honor watching Don Matsuo of the Zoo Bombs perform every night in Japan.
Does your performances or set list tends to change depending if you are playing nationally or oversea?
It depends in the set length— in America we play a half hour and get the hell off the stage, in Europe sometimes you’re the only band playing and they want an hour and a half-long concert.
What else is happening next in White Mystery´s world?
New songs, new record, new tours, same rock’n’roll attitude.
White Mystery “That Was Awesome” Movie
Download the Soundtrack http://whitemystery.bandcamp.com/album/white-mystery-that-was-awesome
Watch the Trailer https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ee3NVcdvvI4
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