RIVALS is a dark pop-rock band from Los Angeles, CA formed in 2014 by vocalist Kalie Wolfe, drummer Josh Alves, bassist Sebastian Chamberlain and guitarist Micket Woodle.
Fronted by powerful Wolfe’s voice and contagious sound, the band is full of a strong pop energy.
RIVALS has previously toured the country with bands like Red Jumpsuit Apparatus and The Word Alive on 2014 Vans Warped Tour.
In 2016, RIVALS gained huge attention with their Twenty One Pilots, “Heathens” cover which has over thousands of listens across Spotify and YouTube.
Damned Soul, the first full-length LP was released on February 2, 2018 via SmartPunk Records. Damned Soul was produced by John Espy (Red Jumpsuit Apparatus) and Aaron Edwards (Sick Puppies, Elohim, The Cab), with additional drums and mixing/mastering by Cody Stewart (The Browning, Rings of Saturn, Falling in Reverse). This is an album full of realistic lyrics and dark sound.
We had the opportunity to talk with Micket Woodle, guitarist of RIVALS. We discuss his music career, his main inspirations, musical influences and his dream collaborations. Check out the interview below!
How did you become part of RIVALS?
Four years ago, Kalie and I started RIVALS just out of luck. We both came from different styles of music, but shared a love for rock music and decided to give it a try.
Can you share a little bit about your life experience as a musician? How and when did you start playing instruments and in what other bands have you been before RIVALS?
I started loosely playing guitar when I was around 11 years old and for the first ten or so I played metal music. I’ve been in an assortment of bands but none worth mentioning.
Has playing instruments helped you in some aspects of your life?
Playing music and meeting the people that I have because of it has helped me through most of my life. Music really helps everyone get through many things like depression, anxiety and personal problems. If it wasn’t for music, I don’t know who I would be or where my life would have taken me.
For you, personally, what is it like to be on stage? How does it feel to be in front of such a large audience?
Being on stage for me is the best part about being a musician. The 30 minutes on stage is what makes the 12 hours in a van worth it.
What are some of your main inspirations when it comes to composing?
Musicians who have really inspired me over the years include Black Sabbath, Bring Me The Horizon, Led Zeppelin, 30 Seconds to Mars, Red Hot Chili Peppers, and so many more.
All bands and musicians start with a style, but as they grow the style could change. Do you think the style has changed ever since you started playing guitar for RIVALS? If so, how do you describe RIVALS’ current style?
Oh, definitely; we started way more poppy with a light-hearted rock influence and since then evolved into the dark pop you hear now.
RIVALS have already worked with a lot of famous and talented musicians. For future projects, who would you like to work with?
Personally, working with Jared Leto, Adam D from Killswitch Engage, or Jonah from IKTPQ would be awesome. All great musicians and stellar writers.
What bands and musicians would you like to share the stage with?
There are so many bands that would be amazing to share the stage with. Parkway Drive, New Years Day, Bring Me The Horizon, Panic at the Disco, Killswitch Engage, Avenged Sevenfold, 30 Seconds to Mars, A Day to Remember, and so many more.
If you had the opportunity to open for a band, what would that band be?
Avenged Sevenfold! Their live shows are always amazing and being able to share the stage with them would be a bucket list check for me.
Do you have a message or advice for the people who are just starting out?
Check out the latest music video for their song “Damned Soul” from their album of the same name.
Also check out Micket Woodle guitar class and U.S.A tour dates below – and be sure to follow their socials to keep updated on new music, tours, and videos!