Member Spotlight: Stevie Schmidt

Stevie Schmidt Member CardName: Stevie Schimidt

Club Name: N/A

Rank: 5SRC WI Warrior

Time Served:
⦁ Began Prospecting – Feb 1st, 2014
⦁ Patched – Feb 21st, 2015

Interests: guitar, going to shows, hanging with friends, going to the gym and hurting himself, camping, playing with his dog, bbq, chocolate milk…etc

Bands: Towering Abomination

Instruments: Guitar and Vocals

Favorite Genre: Brutal Slam

Favorite Bands: Dehumanized, Putrid Pile, Dying Fetus, Lividity, Gorgasm, Disgorge, Suffocation, Cannibal Corpse, Morbid Angel, Viseral Disgorge, Gruesome, Death, Vader, Immortal, Iron Reagan, CKY, Gorgatron, Abysmal Dawn, Opeth… too many to name

Stevie started listening to rock and metal at a very young age. At first it was just something he had on in the background while he was skateboarding with friends. That all changed when he was about twelve years old and his parents gave him his first guitar. He started playing then and wasn’t very serious about it until he was in high school. Once he committed, he couldn’t put the instrument down.

Since Stevie was playing so much he got into all kinds of music, but metal was the one that really stuck with him. He started getting older people to copy albums for him and found himself becoming a fanatic about brutal music. The first album that he idolized was Blackwater Park by Opeth. Something about that one got him hooked and it’s been metal for him ever since.

Stevie never played in a band until he was older. He did jam with a few local guys, but nothing serious. When he was nineteen he joined his first band, Wings to Burn. They sucked, but it was a great summer. From there, he played in Ending Eris and Anomaly. Now his main project is Towering Abomination.

Having always lived in Milwaukee, Stevie has watched its metal scene grow and change. He remembers going to shows at shitty venues when he was younger, but they gave local kids a chance to play out. It’s always funny to Stevie to look back at how things have changed over the years. These days it’s not a problem getting onto show, but Stevie can remember a time when he had to beg promoters to give his bands a shot. When he was about seventeen, if you didn’t play metalcore no one would book your band. For that reason, his bands ended up booking a lot of their own shows back in the day, particularly at coffee shops. Over the years, Stevie has met a lot of great people who have helped him get where he is today.

Stevie was twenty when he heard about NYDM. He saw a few guys in vests at shows and he didn’t know any of them, but he thought it was a really awesome idea to have a heavy metal club in town. It wasn’t until his buddy, Alex Rausa (NYDM 5SRC WI Warrior), started to prospect that he finally took the leap and talked to the 5SRC leaders. After spending time at a few shows helping out in any way he could, he was invited to a meeting. He was given a shot to prospect and the rest is history.

Stevie has never lost sight of why he joined this club. NYDM does so much for the local bands and local fans of the scene he grew up in. He is honored to be a part of it!

Favorite Quote: “The status quo sucks.” – George Carlin

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