Mean High Level

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Mean High Level is a 4 member Progressive American Hard Rock band which produces music combining a broad variety of genres and styles including: Progressive Rock/Metal, Hard Rock, Southern Rock, and various Acoustic guitar compositions. As a general rule, Mean High Level is not bound to any styles or formulas during the creative process, although the band produces a majority of Metal/Hard Rock tracks, it has no restrictions as to the constitution of a composition’s mechanics. Despite familiar influences, the sound signature is unique unto themselves. Members: Vocals, Lead Guitar – Doug Wolfla Rhythm Lead Guitar - Dan Wolfla Drums – Randy Humphrey Bass Guitar – Jeff Runchel

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What is music to you? What does it give you?

Music is quite mysterious; abstract tones organized in a rhythmic fashion. Yet, it moves us, it stimulates and inspires, it evokes thought and emotion, in addition to its ability to stimulate memories. What it is? I feel like it's the sound of life, the human condition, and the soul. What it delivers to me? Peace...among other things. A unique calm no matter how aggressive or loud music is as a performer or listener.

What is your music dream?

To continue making ever better music, ever improving and to remain inspired. Ultimately, as writers we want to entertain or enrich others with our talent and short stories in the musical framework. I subscribe to this dream or ongoing pursuit.

If you could change the world - what would you start with?

Me

Which is the most memorable song from your childhood?

Boston's "Don't look back"

Who are your favorite musical artists or bands?

Honestly, far too many, spanning too many genres to list. From Mozart to Black Label Society. SRV, Iron Maiden, Alice and Chains, Dream Theater, Rush, Led Zeppelin, Faith No More, and others.

What inspires you to make music?

Mostly a creative idea or spark will drive me to the console or rehearsal room. Many times, me and the guys simply spend hours just jamming for the love of it and with no clear direction or song in mind. It's what I do and have always done, pretty much my entire life beginning at 9 years old. So I really can't put a fine point on what the driving force is precisely.

What is the message you want to send with your music?

I let the lyrics tell a story unique to the song itself. I lean towards content centered around mythology, or a concept which neither hurts nor heals. It's as though a person is standing in front of a painting within an art gallery. A story is created in their own mind. I take the listener on a short ride, triggering emotion and returning them safely; like a roller coaster.

How do you feel when you perform in front of an audience?

Best feeling of all. As the lead guitar/front man/lead vocal, I have a sweet perspective as compared to my band mates. I love it.

How do you see the musicians’ reality nowadays? What could be improved?

It's bleek. There is work to do in fine tuning the DSP space. I was a full time musician at a time when you could make a living gigging a few nights a week. Selling CD's and make a nice return was never an afterthought. That is not a reality for musicians entering the industry today. Yes, they save money producing a product on their own, although the odds are against them seeing any significant ROI or profit. This is money needed to simply survive and pay bills. Tough times. This is my very short answer.

What do you think of Drooble?

I like the concept and I like the layout. I'm only 10 hours in so I need to see it work for how the creators envisioned. So far, I really like it.

What frustrates you most as a musician?

There are no curators, no gatekeepers. There is a saturation of creators who do not play an instrument, are not passionate, and in a few weeks will give up and move on to their next get rich quick idea. Leaving millions of poorly produced tracks out there which make it impossible to find the great musicians whom are serious and whom are in it for the long haul. Your song is 1 in 80,000,000 today. Each day, add another 40 thousand uploads... Yet the reality is that the 4 or 5 thousand bands (probably far far less), who truly rock, are buried under it all, and struggle to see the light of day.

Do you support your local scene as a fan? How?

I do. I assist with recording, I watch shows, I interact on media. All of the above. I'm here now...

What qualities should a musician nowadays have in order to get their music heard by a larger audience?

Marketing cash & Shows: Like festivals, multiple bands performing. Form partnerships with those bands. A healthy mix of both. One or the other will not be enough.

Share some awesome artists that we’ve never heard of.

American Bombshell