EMURG’s Interview with Maximus Whyman of Among The Betrayed
For many successful bands, the word hiatus sometimes proposes a band’s needed time off from the music scene to refresh their creative minds, but for Stealing Eden guitarist Maximus Whyman, time is of the essence and he is wasting no time with bringing fans new music. In an EMURG exclusive, we sat down with the talented guitarist to find out what he’s been up to and what fans can expect from his newest venture, Among The Betrayed.
EMURG: For many who do not know, you are also the guitarist for the band, Stealing Eden. How does playing in your newest band, Among The Betrayed, differ from your previous material?
Maximus: I’ve always played metal, ever since I picked up the guitar when I was 12 years old. Among The Betrayed’s music has no boundaries, we play what we want and things come together very naturally. We are from the same town and have know each other since high school. Stealing Eden is different in the sense that monty and I joined shortly after they were formed and we were like the hired guns to begin with, then we ended up writing most of Truth In Tragedy.
EMURG: What made you decide to form a new band? Can you give our viewers a little history about the band and how it came to be?
Maximus: We actually played together before but never took it very seriously. Monty and I started jamming in grade 11, we met through mutual friend. We both played hockey and loved the Deftones so we clicked right away. We played in a couple bands until ATB came together. I taught guitar at a music shop right out of high school and was substitute teaching one day when I met our singer Nick. Shortly after we were at a buddies party and he happened to be singing in the band playing. We snagged him that night and our mutual buddy was pretty pissed lol. We found our bassist Steve-O on Craigslist, the first guy we tried out!
EMURG: For this album, you worked with well-known producer and engineer Chris Hollywood Holmes (Veer Union, Korn, Ashley Tisdale). What was the experience like working with Chris and how did he contribute to your newest EP?
Maximus: It was a great experience working with Chis! He is an easy going dude who is incredible at what he does. I’ve never seen someone that fast at protools. He also had some good arrangement ideas. His workflow in the studio is unlike any producer/engineer we have worked with. The whole EP was done over 4 days. We did drums the first day then for the next 3 days I would come in early and work from 9am-1pm, then Steve-O would track bass for a few hours and we would finish off the day with as many vocals as we could get done, without burning out Nick’s voice, then repeat. Everyone would be in the same room throughout the whole process.
EMURG: Your debut EP, The Need To Make A Change, seems to divert from your previous work in Stealing Eden. Can you describe the concept of the EP and the inspiration behind some of the songs such as The Need To Make A Change, Save Me, and the hard hitting song Cold and Jaded?
Maximus: We didn’t have any plan for a concept we just jam and whatever comes out, comes out. Those two songs started out as rough ideas that I laid down on my iphone in garageband, then we just jammed them out and everyone threw in their 2 cents and viola.