Dan Wetmore is the singer of Pittsburgh‘s Mantic Ritual, their debut album Executioner was released on Nuclear Blast Records in 2009. They recorded in Germany at Andy Classen’s Stage One Studio. They have toured with Destruction, Exodus, Rotting Christ, Krisiun, Marduk, Pro Pain and more. Dan Wetmore quit the band at the end of Summer 2009 to return to college, pursuing a BFA in photography.
He has confirmed that he will be performing with Mantic Ritual as their front man for the first time since 2009 at the May 11th Thrasho De Mayo Concert in Los Angeles this year. The forthcoming concert has currently been promoted as a one off performance, yet the possibility exists for new recordings and shows if the reunion goes well.
You left Mantic Ritual to take up an education on becoming a photographer at the end of summer 2009, how long did you have an interest in photography, and what types of things do you mainly focus on as a photographer? I’ve been interested in photography since I was a kid. Even when I was in the band I always carried around a camera and photographed pretty much all the time. When I quit, I decided to dedicate my life to that instead. The body of work I’ve been focusing on deals with the rust belt in the American Northeast, about post industrial landscape and economic decline. In life, I tend to do things that I like. I just work off my passion. I love photography just as much as making music. It’s kind of a natural thing for me to do.
What type of camera equipment are you currently using?
Well, equipment isn’t that important, but… I use a Hasselblad 500CM. It’s a medium format camera. I also use a Mamiya Six which is a medium format range finder. I carry those around with me everywhere when I am out shooting, as well as a 35mm Nikon FM with some black and white film. When I am having fun I use a Nikon N70, a fully automatic film SLR, like when I’m hanging out with my friends.
Do you expect to take many pictures at the Thrasho De Mayo concert?
Yeah I mean I will for fun. Like, I’ll probably bring that N70 which is a piece of junk. It’s like a $14 body, and I’ll probably have a decent wide angle. I will bring that and take photos. But I am not going to do any serious work when I am there.
Anything you want to add on your favorite pieces you have shot as a photographer?
I don’t really have any favorites. It’s about having a body of work and how the images work together. I mean, right now photo books are a pretty big deal. That is what I am aiming toward. I definitely have some that I am somewhat proud of. Until there is some recognition and this goes somewhere, it’s not particularly meaningful. People can find my work pretty easily and decide what they like. It’s up to them.
How often do you contact your old drummer Adam Haritan?
I talk to Adam now and then. When I am in Pittsburgh I usually see him in passing, not that often. Not as often as I’d like. *laughs* But we both are really busy so that is kind of how it works. I know I was in town about a week ago and intended to meet up with him but it never happened. But you know, that’s how it is when people are busy.
Have you heard if he is still in school or pursuing any new musical projects as of late?
I don’t think Adam is playing music right now. I know he is still in school and going for nutrition and I imagine that is probably more than a 4 year degree? I would think he is nearing the end of it, but maybe not quite, maybe another year to go. I don’t think Adam is necessarily passionate about school but he is very passionate about nutrition and health. That is what he has dedicated his life to. So yeah, Adam is very dedicated, he is a very focused guy. I think that takes up a lot of his time.
Coming in pt 2
Dan gives updates on bands that he was been playing with. He spoke about the Thrasho De Mayo concert and how the initial connection was made. Ideas on how to promote the Thrasho De Mayo Concert and more.