Justin Stubbs is a ridiculously prolific musician / band leader / label owner / designer / DIY death metal guy from Atlanta, GA best known for his work with Father Befouled (death metal) and Encoffination (death/doom). He and I have been friends for a long time, before and after my short stint as bassist in the earliest days of Father Befouled. Like a lot of creative people, he always has a bunch of ideas churning around in his head, but what makes him really interesting for this podcast is that unlike most of us, he actually gets an incredible amount of them out of his head and into the world. It was really great to reconnect and talk shop for an hour.
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.