A long-awaited conversation has finally taken place, 20 years in the making. Chris Garza of Suicide Silence sat down with Brandan Schieppati, the singer of Orange County metalcore band Bleeding Through. The two titans of heavy music came together to discuss the origins of OC metalcore and the influential role Brandan played in shaping it.
The discussion included some interesting insights about Brandan’s time in both Eighteen Visions and Throwdown, and the challenges he faced juggling the two. They explored the music that shaped Brandan’s tastes and influenced his work in the Orange County scene, and discussed the concept of “heavy shit” music and Brandan’s reputation of being easy or difficult to work with.
The interview delves into the personalities within the bands and the unique sounds found across Eighteen Visions, Throwdown, and Bleeding Through.
Garza and Brandan discussed working with Devin Townsend on Bleeding Through’s 2008 album, Declaration, and the pitfalls of getting pigeonholed in the industry. The conversation then moved to their experiences at Ozzfest 2004 and the inspiration that drives their music.
Brandan shared his experiences of being straight edge and talked about his fitness business, Rise Above Fitness. The interview concluded with a discussion on the importance of authenticity and connecting with people in both music and life.
What an interesting and inspiring conversation. Be sure to check it out.