Band Members
Brandon Castillo
Dan Reitz
Gerardo Ortiz

ITN Magazine: Let's talk a little about the history of your band. When did you originally form and is this the original line-up?  

  • We formed in 2015 and released a 8 track demo titled “Vendetta” which circulated in the Chicago scene. Our line-up is the same since then except for Michael Boyer who used to drum for us. Now we play with a bunch of incredible drummers in our area.

ITN Magazine: How would you categorize the style of the band?

  • We would just call it metal since we like to borrow elements from several styles of music. Some people have called us everything from Metalcore to Industrial Metal to Nu Metal.

ITN Magazine: What image do you want your music to convey to your fans?

  • If a listener is going to read into our music they might get the image of anti-greed and pro-individualism. We come from a big city and I think the sound of the music itself conveys that image.

ITN Magazine: Who are your influences and how have they shaped your bands sound?

  • Our core influences would be Disturbed, Slipknot, Korn, Lamb of God, System of a Down, and EL-P. Dan handles the majority of the programming and pre-production so we would say that his influence of EL-P have certainly shaped our sound. We like the catchiness of Disturbed, the insanity of Slipknot, the groove of Korn, and the heaviness of Lamb of God. We try to sprinkle as much in as we can when we take a step back and look at the song we’re writing.

ITN Magazine: Let's talk a little about your latest album what are the listeners in store for with this release ? 

  • The latest release is our single “In Chains”. They’re in store for a “in your face” intro, a laid back verse, a groovy pre-chorus, and a heavy chorus. The rest of the material we’re working on definitely has some of those elements as well.

ITN Magazine: Where did record your latest release at? 

  • We recorded it with Joey Vana at his studio in Downers Grove, IL. You can check him out on Instagram at Joey Vana Music!

ITN Magazine: Producers are a very important factor in recording a good record. Who did you use to produce your record? 

  • Joey Vana produced “In Chains” and will be doing the rest of our songs that are to be released as well. We totally agree with you, working with a good producer is key.

ITN Magazine: Does the entire band contribute to the writing process? 

  • More or less absolutely. There’s not one song that is written by only one band member.

ITN Magazine: How do you feel the band has evolved musically and personally over the last year?

  • We’ve realized that the One Steel Wound that writes by being in a live room is not the same band that writes while sitting down and recording. We totally like the version of the band that sits down and hashes things out much more haha. Every song we are writing now starts with a small idea, but it’s always written part by part in long recording sessions. Personally, we find ourselves becoming more adaptable to obstacles every year. There’s little to no panic mode when shit hits the fan now.

ITN Magazine: Where do you draw the inspiration for the songs you write?

  • It’s usually Dan sitting with a guitar and jamming for a few hours until he comes up with a solid riff or consuming hours of youtube videos of other artists we like being in the crafting in the studio.

ITN Magazine: How important do you rate the lyrical side of your albums? 

  • Equally as we do the instrumental. The lyrics and vocals are usually the last part added to our songs. It’s a majority vote, we won’t green light anything that we feel brings the song down in anyway. They’re there to enhance the song.

ITN Magazine: What are your current tour plans, if any? 

  • We’re opening up for Combichrist on May 5th at Bottom Lounge here in Chicago. There aren’t any tour plans until we kick out some more new tracks. We don’t want to play the 2015 demo stuff forever! hahaha.

ITN Magazine: Describe your live performance for those who have never seen you live? 

  • Energetic and engaging. Gotta give props to our lead vocalist Brandon who does a phenomenal job and keeps getting better every year as a frontman. We want our shows to feel like an overall relaxed environment with the most inclusive mosh pit.

ITN Magazine: What do you think of the music industry right now?

  • We’re in the middle of another evolution so it’s a little hectic, but we’re doing our best to keep up and are excited every time we hear something new emerging. Right now it’s streaming and how close the creator can get to the consumer. Glad to see vinyls are still kickin’ though. That’s always rad.

ITN Magazine: Did you find it hard to break into the business and what was the biggest obstacle you had to overcome?

  • It can be difficult because you have to basically trial and error who you work with in the beginning. There’s plenty of those who want to take you for a ride, but after awhile you start getting a nose for that. That was probably our biggest obstacle because it’s costed us some money, but in return the lessons learned have saved us thousands.

ITN Magazine: Tell us about your thoughts on your local music scene? 

  • Our local metal scene is fantastic here in Chicago. The suburbs are basically dead, however we’ve had some pretty great shows over in the Rockford-area in the past. You get what you give and it’s easy to give here when the majority of the bands we play with hardly have egos, are fun people, and have quality music.

ITN Magazine: How has Social Networking (Facebook,Twitter, etc.) impacted your band? 

  • Until very recently we didn’t prioritize social networking as much as we should. It can seem almost like a chore at times, but it’s such a necessary powerful tool. The fun side of it is talking and engaging with fans. It’s of course difficult to get your name out of all the clutter to new listeners so you have to constantly rethink your process of networking.

ITN Magazine: Where can our readers find you on the web?

  • They can find us on Instagram at onesteelwoundofficial, our website onesteelwound.com, or Facebook, Twitter, Youtube just at One Steel Wound.

ITN Magazine: What equipment is the band using and do you have any endorsements currently?

  • Gerard is endorsed by DR Strings. The rest of our endorsements aren’t gear, although we love em anyway! Brandon uses Telefunken mics, Gerard uses Schecter basses and Darkglass Electronics pedals. Dan uses an EVH 5150IIIS amp, Ibanez Iceman IC400 modded Guitar, and a custom 212 cabinet by Atlas Cabinets over in Colorado.

ITN Magazine: Thanks for answering these questions. Do you have any last comments for our readers? 

  • Thanks for interviewing us, this is definitely more of an in depth one and we loved it. We greatly appreciate and are humbled by any of your readers that check this out.