One of the greatest and most inspirational figures in punk rock history, Doyle Wolfgang Von Frankenstein, offers his key advice for aspiring musicians and tells us what he’s working on next.
Here’s a recap of Doyle’s key takeaways for musicians (and artists of any kind)
- Do you. Don't get too caught up with (music) theory. Doyle knows 2 chords - that’s it. A 30+ year career entirely built on 2 GUITAR CHORDS. But, as you can see, you can do a lot with two chords. It hasn’t limited him in the slightest as he has a very distinctive guitar sound. So Find your style, fuck everything else. If it sounds good stick with it.
- Focus on output. Every time Doyle picks up a guitar he aims to write something new. He doesn’t spend a lot of time practicing theory and other people’s songs. When he sits down to play, he aims to be productive and create. There’s a big lesson in this, and that is to focus on output. It’s so easy to get lost in theory and practice, and nobody is knocking that, but, if you’re serious about music, make sure when you pick up a guitar you’re getting down to business and actually making songs.
- Stay in character. For heavily theatrical acts like The Misfits, and other bands like Kiss, Rob Zombie and Marilyn Manson, it’s important to uphold the aesthetic and remain in character. Doyle talked about how goofy it was when Kiss took their makeup off on tv. If you have a stage persona, stay in it as much as possible. It makes you more mysterious and ultimately it’s way more fun for the fans.
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