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17 Jan 2013

The Lucky 13: Daniel Wheat of Boycott Radio and Remnants of Man

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By day, Palm Desert resident Daniel Wheat, 28, works in pest control. By night, Wheat plays bass and sings backup vocals in “anthemic pop punk-esque rock” band Boycott Radio, and “melodic death metal” band Remnants of Man. Catch Boycott Radio as part of “Bar-Nival” at 9 p.m., Friday, Jan. 18, at the Hood Bar and Pizza, 74360 Highway 111 in Palm Desert. Admission is free, but please bring donations for two causes. According to the folks at the Hood, “Half of the money raised will go to fund supplies for an after-school arts literacy program that integrates creative writing, art, music and drama for elementary school children throughout the Coachella Valley. The other half of the donations will be used to create 'homeless care packages' in order to help those without adequate housing get through these next few winter months." For more information on the show, call the Hood at 636-5220, or visit thehoodbar.com. For more info on Boycott Radio, visit www.facebook.com/boycottradio.

What was the first concert you attended?

Good Riddance, Dead Kennedys and Strung Out at the Orange Show in San Bernardino.

What was the first album you owned?

The first album I ever bought with my own money was Green Day, Dookie. I was in fourth-grade. My mom hated it (lyrically), so I had to hide it. The first was ever given was Michael Jackson, Bad. I was 5, I think.

What bands are you listening to right now?

Bracket, Coheed and Cambria, Sky Eats Airplane, Atmosphere, and Belvedere.

What artist, genre or musical trend does everyone love, but you don’t get?

Anything with Auto-Tune. Just don't get me started.

What musical act, current or defunct, would you most like to see perform live?

The Dillinger Escape Plan. I've seen them before, and, by far, it was the best set I've ever seen. Pretty much a re-birthing experience.

What’s your favorite musical guilty pleasure?

Dubstep. I don't know why.

What’s your favorite music venue?

The first that comes to mind is the El Rey Theatre in Los Angeles. Went there last year on a solo mission, and it was fantastic.

What’s the one song lyric you can’t get out of your head?

"But you forget that in your fairy tale, bitch, I'm the wolf. All this attention got you thinking you were a queen. You thought that everything in life you want should be free, but nothing is what you think," The Dillinger Escape Plan’s "Black Bubblegum." A bit dark, I know, but so meaningful to me.

What band or artist changed your life? How?

NOFX. Fat Mike was the first person who made me want to play bass. He was doing it differently than anyone (that I had heard at the time) in the punk scene back then. I was given my first NOFX album (So Long and Thanks for All the Shoes), and shortly after, got my first bass.

You have one question to ask one musician. What’s the question, and who are you asking?

Victor Wooten: “What the hell, man? Who'd you sell your soul to? Because the devil couldn't make you THAT amazing.”

What song would you like played at your funeral?

Victor Wooten, "The Vision."

Figurative gun to your head, what is your favorite album of all time?

A Wilhelm Scream, Ruiner.

What song should everyone listen to right now?

CB4, "I'm Black Ya'll.” Hahahahaha!! (Scroll down to hear it.)

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