Name: James Ratliff
Instruments: Guitar, Vocals
Equipment: Dean Dave Mustaine Signature United Abominations V, Warmoth Nomad with Lace Alumitone Pickups, Peavey Valveking (Modded), X-Vive Wireless System, X-Vive Analog Memory Delay, TC Electronics Polytune 2, Crybaby Wah, BBE Crusher, Boss PS-5 Pitch Shifter, Delta Labs SC-1 Chorus, MXR 6 Band EQ, Marshall 4×12 Cab (Generic)
How did you become a musician?: My grandparents were big into gospel, so there was a ready supply of instruments. I didn’t start playing until middle school. Around that time I became obsessed with thrash metal. It evolved from there. Got big into recording during High School and College.
Where do you see yourself 20 years from now?: On a boat
Musical Inspiration: JRPG video games, early Megadeth and Metallica, old Disney songs, classic rock, and any band or song that sticks out as something too abnormal to ignore.
What’s in your music folder on your phone/computer/etc?: My own stuff, Protest the Hero, Holy Grail, Animals as Leaders, Sikth, and I often look up Ar Tonelico music.
What is your favorite song from your albums?: (TBR) Campaign: RIP. It had a big role in stabilizing my mood after I finished college.
Favorite song to play live?: I’m with Scotti on this one. RIP is a godforsaken challenge, but that makes it fun. Breathe.
Best Venue you’ve played?: Good question… My basement. It’s comfortable, and I can focus on the music.
Warm-up ritual before getting on stage?: Talk. Meet and Greet. Mingle. A single beer. A quart of Gatorade. And screaming inanely in the car.
Favorite food/drink: Food: Hot Buffalo Wings Drink: Eeeeehhhhh…. Not water?
Favorite movie/series: Movie: Shrek. Don’t judge me. TV Series: Metallocalypse… Maybe
Favorite reads: If it’s a halfway decent fantasy novel or series, I like it. Callouts to A Song of Ice and Fire, and Mistborn.
Favorite cartoon/comic: Cartoon? Simpsons and all of its modern derivatives. Anime? Mirai Nicki. Manga? … Sasameki Koto … Don’t judge me.
Favorite game/sports: Video Games: FF6, 7, 9, 12, and Tactics, Star Ocean 2, Wild Arms 3, Shovel Knight: Plague of Shadows, Shadow of the Colossus. Sports: Sleep. It’s a sport to me. I practice a lot.
Your kind of heaven: A wonderful girl, an engaging job, and to see an active improvement in the world.
Your worst vice: Gluttony, Procrastination, and Sloth. I’m bad on all three fronts.
Hobbies: Manga, Sleep, Guitar, Sleep, Designing Electronics, Sleep
Place(s) you’d like to visit: Iceland, Canada, Japan.
Wise words: Fuck it, Let’s do this.
Last but not least: I used to be a lot happier. I need that back.
Things to know about me: I care about pretty much everybody.