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Conversations with Thundermaier

Today we’d like to introduce you to Thundermaier.

Hi Thundermaier, we’d love for you to start by introducing yourself
We started out as two nerdy 6th graders in concert band. That’s about it. We weren’t popular in middle school or high school and we both were the quietest kids in the class. Wes (singer) played trumpet and Nathan (drummer) played saxophone from middle school to high school and we created this shared dream of writing the best songs humanly possible. We have always been completely and utterly obsessed with music and songwriting since we were ten and eleven years old – whether it was dissecting Beatles, The Strokes, and Led Zeppelin albums our parents gave us or Wes Montgomery and Bach pieces we picked up through school band. On a Friday night, our friends and other kids would be out partying and playing video games, but we were in our bedrooms working on music. Throughout middle school and high school we played for different concert bands, jazz bands, and rock bands and before leaving for different colleges we agreed to pursue this music thing after graduating college with full time jobs. We have been doing this now for 12 years and counting.

We are currently in full on grind mode with releasing songs, videos and about to play shows. We are doing this until we cannot physically hold our instruments (which should be around 90 years old but who knows), and even then we will find a way to write and play music (probably using Elon Musk’s Neuralink device). We are the biggest band on the planet in our minds and visualize playing sold out stadiums across the globe every day. We see ourselves working with Julian Casablancas, Ed Sheeran, Justin Bieber, Russ, and Stevie Wonder. Everyday after work we practice and write on our own, and come together every week to record songs and videos. We are completely and utterly obsessed and will not stop. Never. Ever.

Can you talk to us a bit about the challenges and lessons you’ve learned along the way. Looking back would you say it’s been easy or smooth in retrospect?
It wasn’t easy at the start of the pandemic. We were ready to play shows at the start of the virus and in response to all of the venues closing down we bought a battery system and have been busking in Ocean Beach, Seaport Village, and Downtown San Diego.

Appreciate you sharing that. What else should we know about what you do?
We are the biggest band in the world (in our minds) and will keep poking at the universe until this happens and the world realizes it. We want to work with the Strokes and Julian Casablancas of Cult Records and write life changing records with or without them. Nothing sets us apart from anybody else other than we do not give up and will never give up. We and our music gets stronger and better every week, and when we mess up we learn from it. That’s about it.

Risk taking is a topic that people have widely differing views on – we’d love to hear your thoughts.
We are huge risk takers. We put ourselves on the line every week when we release a new song or video people may not like. Most artists take weeks to perfect a song. We take a few days. We don’t spend a ton of time polishing everything we do because we believe our songs are strong enough to not need granular production polish. The strength of our songs won’t be evident until years from now. Most major label artists have teams of people calculating every move for the artist to take as well, and we are just two dudes with some basic equipment. We love it.


  • Our music is free to stream on spotify and youtube and be purchased on all online music retailers.

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