Brandan Schieppati recently spoke with the Orange County Register about Bleeding Through’s nomination at the 2012 Orange County Music Awards in which they’re up for “Best Metal” against their friends in Avenged Sevenfold and both bands’ success in the Orange County music scene.
Schieppati says it wasn’t as easy as people think for the band to break into the scene at the turn of the millennium. There weren’t social networking sites, nor much ability to release music via the Internet. Bands like A7X, Atreyu, Thrice, Throwdown, Eighteen Visions and Death by Stereo struggled to get shows and exposure.
“I love what we all accomplished back then because we really made something,” he says. “We put O.C. on the map for heavy music, and now the music scene here is very good. Shows are always good, whether it’s local bands or touring acts, and everyone gets received well – it’s refreshing for bands from other places to come here because they know Orange County is one of those places that’s very awesome to play.
“I like to think that I’ve had something to do with that and that all of these bands had something to do with that. The only thing I’m concerned about is that people thought it was easy for us. It wasn’t. It’s like, ‘Oh, Avenged Sevenfold, they’re millionaires, and it must have been so easy.’ No, no, it took a lot of hard work. There wasn’t MySpace, there wasn’t Facebook. Back then it was ‘hey, let’s get on the phone and talk to a promoter and book a show in a basement, and then go play and not get paid.’”