Kool Kats feat. Isaiah Mitchell (Earthless)
To say this man shreds is an understatement. He’s the six string slinger for one of the most epic rock bands today, Earthless. He took the time to give us a little taste of his world. We talked music, food, coffee, and the spirit of rock n roll. He also shared bands he thinks folks should keep an eye on, now that’s fresh!
Make sure you snag a copy of Earthless’ latest album BLACK HEAVEN out on March 16 via Nuclear Blast Records!
Fresh Pots!: To some you’re considered somewhat of a legend, but some have yet to be engulfed by the cosmic chaos that is Earthless. Tell them a bit about yourself?
Isaiah: Well I love Mexican food and extremely spicy foods. I like growing vegetables and mushroom hunting. I’ve been eating a lot of cheeseburgers lately for some reason. Being from the Texas Hill Country my family makes some of the best carne guisada you can find. I guess my secret power is eating.
People keep saying rock is dead, it’s probably just because they ain’t living. Do you have any opinion on the current state of rock music? Where it’s going? New artists that inspire you?
Isaiah: Yeah there’s a whole lot of insulting music in the world today that TV and radio are force feeding to us but if you dig a little bit you’ll find music being made by people who are doing it from the heart and you can tell when it’s genuine. I think rock will never ever die. At least the ethos won’t. It’s rebellious music and there will always be someone who will give the middle finger to the safe and formulaic norm. I like any kind of music that’s rebellious. It’s real. No bullshit. I’m into a lot of friends bands like Once & Future Band, Hot Lunch, Kikagaku Moyo, Jjuujjuu, Monarch, Radio Moscow, Joy, High on Fire.......it’s endless.
FP: Your new record is about to drop, tasty licks as always. Anything different you guys went for on this one?
Isaiah: I don’t think we were intentionally trying to except make a better record than the last ones. Or at least keep progressing in some way to keep ourselves and everyone else on their toes. The record turned out way different than I expected it to. 4 tracks with vocals on an Earthless record?? Very different.
FP: It’s always so awesome to see great artists collaborate with each other. You’ve collaborated with Jon Theodore. Any other awesome dudes you’ve gotten to work with? (Also definitely feature Theodore on the next album and have him and Mario drum battle)
Isaiah: Man Jon is one of my favorite people and one of my all time favorite drummers. Him and Mario would have a blast having a drum off!! We’ve played live with J Mascis a handful of times. That’s always been a great time. He’s such a great guitarist and he’s down to get REALLY loud.
FP: Last question, melting faces is a full time job, I can only assume caffeine plays a role in your life, so how do you like your coffee?
Isaiah: I’ve been getting into mochas lately because my friend makes a chocolate sauce that’s all organic, gluten free and dairy free. It’s the best chocolate sauce I’ve ever had despite being “healthy”. Whenever I’m home I go to my local coffee shop and get me a mocha but otherwise I’m an Americano black coffee drinker. My palette is calibrated to the brand Palio. Espresso!!