Lewie Snyder and Joel Wanasek met in college and started playing as a metal band based out of Milwaukee, Wisconsin, in 2001. Over the years with the addition of Benjamin Preuss, Jordan Lee, and Charlie Wepfer and a complete shift in genre, they became the rock band Silvergun.
Rhythm Guitar player Lewie Snyder’s path in life wasn’t carved in stone from the cradle, “When I was a kid I hated making music, singing in choir and playing the recorder was lame! Then in fifth grade, I had the option to be in band and I chose the sax. In sixth grade I got my first guitar.” From then on, he was hooked, “I was in band and choir from fifth grade through college. I was also a classical guitar major for a while in college. It’s what’s in my heart, and nothing else feels right. Music just comes naturally to me.”
“My folks got divorced when I was younger and I think growing up in two different homes, has taught me how to adapt to my environment,” Lewie explains. “Not everyone gets to live their dream, and if I can just rock every night then I'll be set! Music is why I'm here, it is what I'm here to do.”
Lewie and lead guitar player Joel, played together about eight years before they met drummer Benjamin. “I knew those guys because Joel had done some recordings for the band that I was playing with in Atlanta,” explains Benjamin.
“That's how he got to know my drumming and how we got to know each other on a personal level. When I moved back from Atlanta, Joel gave me a call because his band was looking for a new drummer. I took the job. In early 2009, Joel discovered Jordan. “We had kickass members with solid talent and real dedication to the band. The music just started flowing immediately. Chuck D was one of Joel's guitar students and had proven himself to be a phenomenal musician. When we needed a bassist it was a no brainer- Chuck D on bass.”
Benjamin describes their music, “Our music is rock that comes from within. It is not contrived. It does not come from an analytical mind that is trying to figure out the “formula” for good music. It comes from the human soul and that's why it sounds good. It's human and it expresses real emotion. But I can't really put our music into words. You're just gonna have to listen to it. We enjoy the fact that we've managed to create a sound that is completely our own.”
Benjamin started playing drums at the young age of eleven, but didn’t really develop his passion for music until high school, “That's when music really started sinking in and when I began developing real feel. My school had a jazz band with a top-notch instructor, James Beckman. I learned a lot. But, the biggest thing was that I had a mom that encouraged me every step of the way. She is a prime reason I was able to really get into music and make it my own.”
He continues, “I have a father who I never see. My dad, leaving when I was 13, had a huge impact on me. I think I started drumming a lot more because he was gone. Drums became something where I could put a lot of focus and release a lot of energy. I have an awesome mom who taught my brother Tim and me, principles and gave me a real solid foundation for life. A lot of who I am comes from her years of love. Also,” he adds laughingly, “when I was a kid I fell seven feet head first into the pavement... I wonder if that has anything to do with who I am?”
“I don't believe in fate, but I was meant to do music. I have tremendous faith in God and Jesus. I live my life one day at a time and try my best to enjoy every moment that comes my way. I just want to share my gifts with the world and I hope that somehow, in someway, my addition to this vast world of music has some kind of meaningful impact. Music is a means of expressing life. You have different emotions, circumstances, and issues, whatever. There is always a way to express life through music. To me, music colors life. Without it, my life would be lacking severely.”
Lead singer, Jordan, is also the principle songwriter for the band. “I’ve been writing songs for about 10 years. I fell in love with music; it just kind of came natural. I’ve always loved music,” says Jordan. “I came into music at a very young age. I was about six and half. It just kind of happened, I guess. I had an uncle who was in a lot of bands.”
Charlie Wepfer plays bass for Silvergun. “I was always way different from the rest. I found my love for music in second grade. I was nine years old. I saw Pantera's ‘Walk’ video on MTV and that changed my life,” he says. “Ever since then, I have been the Rock/Metal kid on my block. Instead of skipping class in high school to smoke pot and do drugs, I practiced my instruments. I think that it definitely paid off for me!”
“I am a very humble person. I like to joke around a lot, but at the same time, get stuff done,” Charlie says. “Music is my life. I worked hard and hooked up with great musicians. I just want to play music for the rest of my life for a career. That is all I want to do. I want the world to know that rock n' roll is what I breathe!”
Named from a Stone Temple Pilots song titled, "Silvergun Superman", Silvergun is performing with the bands Papa Roach and Buck Cherry and is now in the process of cutting their second album, “It’s definitely a lot more mature than our first, we’ve all come into our own, and it’s very natural,” explains Jordan. “Every song we do, we all love it. It’s got ballads, mid tempo rock, some screaming, something for everybody.”