Episode 001: Mercyful Mike Smith, Days of the Doomed festival, Castle

Our guest today is Mike Smith, a show promoter in Milwaukee, WI, and creator of the Days of the Doomed festival. I met Mike when Earthen Grave played the first Days of the Doomed in 2011 and got to know him a bit as he booked us on shows in Milwaukee, Kenosha & Cudahy. Earthen Grave ended up playing the first three DotD festivals. They were all very smooth-running ships and Mike was always a very straight shooter, which is why we’re talking to him.

Mercyful Mike Smith, rallying the troops at Days of the Doomed IV.

Show Notes


  • Music from Castle (San Francisco), courtesy of Van Records
  • About the show – What are we doing here?
  • About the host, Jason Muxlow — Who the hell is this guy?

Interview with Mike Smith

  • Working with Castle (San Francisco)
  • Days of the Doomed Festival
    • Announcements for Days of the Doomed V coming in April!
    • How the fest got started
    • Why he does it
  • Planning a festival
    • Logistics
    • Crew
    • Sound & FOH
    • Backlines
    • Sponsors & sponsorships
    • Working with local businesses
    • MHX Radio and live broadcasts
  • Booking local shows
    • Metal Grill / working with venues
    • How to approach a promoter
    • How not to approach a promoter
    • Working with other promoters
  • Milwaukee metal scene

Music Played

Castle, “Black Widow” from Welcome to the Graveyard (2016, Van Records)

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