The Metropolitan spoke to Winne before his April 11 show at the Hi-Dive about what’s next for The Maykit.
WR: Wait, so what was this list of rules you made for tour?
MW: One, to tell stories that end in “you a trick” or the crowd saying “no he didn’t.” Two, drink whiskey. Three, play as well as I can. Four, make new friends. Five, give everyone a high-five and, six, have fun.
WR: Are you excited to play the Hi-dive?
MW: I love playing at the Hi-dive, the sound is great, the staff is great and turnouts are normally, too. It’s the first time since tour I’ll really be able to hang out with my friends. WR: What is your favorite live song to play?
MW: My favorite song to play right now is one off of the new album. It actually doesn’t have a name yet; it’s just a confessional piece, as they usually are. I still identify with the things I sing about in it and the guitar lines are pretty great.
WR: Who are your favorite musicians to play with locally or nationally?
MW: My favorite musicians to play with live are Jesus or Genome and Laura Gibson. I’ve played with so many people that I like, it’s really hard to decide but I will [list] them for now. I love their music. My favorite people to write with are Noah Matthews, Ryan Brasher and Dwight Forcey, at least so far.
WR: What is Hangs all about. Why did you decide to release a “split” EP?
MW: Hangs is something I wanted to put together since Adam Fisher [of All Human] and I toured together last year. I knew he had some new songs and I had some songs that weren’t going to go on the new record. We recruited Angela [Bachmann] towards the end of the two-week period that it was put together and it just kind of worked out. I couldn’t be happier with it.
WR: Are you working on more recordings?
MW: I’m actually recording my new record right now. It’s going really slowly but I have faith in it. There’s more percussion and I use my voice a little more. I played mostly new songs on the tour and they seemed to go over well. I think people will enjoy it
WR: All artists have their own style of songwriting. How do you write your songs?
MW: My songs normally start with me writing the guitar [parts] first, then after I have that, I’ll hum some melodies. Then I try to fill the melodies in with lyrics. I then normally mess around with it for a while and make changes until I feel I’ve done as much as I can. Recording them is when I really start messing with them, adding guitar leads and pianos and anything I can think of.