Backstage Pass: oneclipleft

The Ourtunez Backstage Pass is a weekly series where we introduce an artist exclusive to Ourtunez. This week, we talked to oneclipleft and discussed his unique recording methods. You can check him out on our Indie Rock Station on Ourtunez.com

Here’s one for all you metal-heads out there. oneclipleft, a one-man band from Georgia, delivers that well-orchestrated, hard sound with inspiring and enlightened lyrics. It truly is amazing that one man can produce all this authentic music.

Will Prowell, 28, is the name behind oneclipleft. Besides music, he teaches college writing courses. Not only are his writing skills displayed in his music, but for our interview he typed two full pages of answers to our questions, full of thoughtful responses and google-worthy vocabulary. He has lived along the east coast his whole life, from West Virginia to Florida. He now resides in Georgia.

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Will grew up a fan of all genres of rock, but at age 12 his tastes began to shift. He received Metallica’s “…And Justice For All” and played it ’til the tape wore out. “Metallica has been, and still is, my biggest influence, but I am very open to various rock and metal genres,” he said. He begged for a guitar and finally got what he was asking for. He’s played for two bands, The 13th Floor in high school and Firehead in college.

Firehead (2006-2007) did not last long. But the sound of it, they had a great time, especially during their live shows. “We focused on not only playing to the best of our ability, but also having fun with the crowd as well….We even finished one set by destroying some of our unneeded equipment with our guitars, old-school Nirvana style,” he said. Will, who now makes all his music on his own, would in the future like to form a full band for live performances. “I would love nothing more than to return to the stage.”

Will writes the music to every instrument heard in oneclipleft’s tracks. His process is pretty unique. After recording a guitar part he can’t get out of his head, he starts layering. After the music is finished, he comes up with a lyrical theme fit for the song, and writes thought-provoking lyrics, one of which is a sharp criticism of our nation’s government. This theme is evident in his debut album “A More Perfect Union” (2011). He is currently working on a new album which he plans to release late 2014 or early 2015. The message he aims to send with his music is as follows:

“I aim to inspire people to question their surroundings and think for themselves. Blindly accepting or rejecting anything can be disastrous, as is being unwilling to say ‘I don’t know’ or even ‘I was wrong.’ If my music can persuade even one person to begin challenging their assumptions, then I consider my message wildly successful. No authority figure, no book, no outside source should replace what people can discover on their own if they try. Challenge everything.”

Well said.

 

-Nino Munaco (nino@ourtunez.com)