Drummer Jamin Wilcox says his band Audiovent is trying to make a name for itself. "We want to get a nice fan base going," Wilcox said, "and we hope we find ourselves an important band in the music industry."
Wilcox joined Audiovent nearly a decade ago, while he was still in high school in the 10th grade. But he already had some musical experience under his belt. "My dad (Willie Wilcox) was the drummer for Utopia," Wilcox said during a telephone interview from a McDonald's "somewhere in the middle of the United States."
He said his father "had the motorcycle drum set. I'm going to bring that back one day. And I had grown up with music in the house."
Audiovent Wilcox, vocalist Jason Boyd, guitarist Ben Einziger and bassist Paul Fried will open for Our Lady Peace in Xscape, 115 S. West Temple, on Thursday, July 25. Doors open at 7 p.m.
Wilcox cited Led Zeppelin drummer John Bonham, Meters drummers Joseph "Zigaboo" Modeliste and Russell Batiste as his personal influences, but he also said that the band was influenced by the Beatles, Pantera, early Metallica and Slayer.
"When we first got together as a band, we had to develop as a band," he explained. "We waited awhile before we began playing gigs. It was during those practice sessions we learned how to write songs."
When writing songs or playing music, Wilcox said the Audiovent band members have only one rule to follow their hearts. "We're making music that makes us happy. And that's what I believe is the most important thing in life. I don't care if you're a park street sweeper or a millionaire, it's happiness that's most important.
"We're lucky, because we're doing a job that makes us happy. And when we see our audience happy, it's the best of both worlds."
That philosophy followed Audiovent into the studio, where the band worked with Gavin Mackillop, the man who has produced Goo Goo Dolls and Toad the Wet Sprocket. "We were looking for a producer who could be a fifth member of the band," said Wilcox. "And Gavin helped us. He guided us musically and lyrically."
It was a bit unnerving to turn over all the songs to Mackillop, Wilcox confessed. "We worked so hard on the songs, and it was hard to turn over our babies to Gavin. But it worked out fine, and we're pretty happy with the album."The album is "Dirty Sexy Knights in Paris," released earlier this year. "It was a great experience," said Wilcox. "And the album is satisfying to us musically. We're a collection of musical snobs, and we are very hard on ourselves. We criticize everything we do. But the album made us happy."
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