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*Heavy Metal HitMan*: https://www.facebook.com/Heavy.Metal.Hitman/
*Tampa Bay Mosh Team*: https://www.facebook.com/TAMPABAYMOSHTEAM/
*Central Florida Concert Freaks*: https://www.facebook.com/CFCF407/
*Central Florida Metal Fest*: https://www.facebook.com/Cflmetalfest
*Heavy Metal Brotherhood*: https://www.facebook.com/brotherhoodofheavymetal/
*I Am Metal*: https://www.facebook.com/latemmai/
Anzzia: How long have you been a supporter of the music scene on this level?
Billy: Started supporting local bands and from there I graduated to Nationals and eventually discovered the magic of festivals. I've been moshing for 20+ years but my pursuit at becoming the world's best mosher has been a 10 year investment. Daytona is the worst place for metal shows. I don't think they ever forgave Pantera fans for tearing up the seats at the Ocean Center. My range goes as far north to Jacksonville, West to Tampa and South to Melbourne with everything in between. This is the first year I organized pits over the Florida Georgia line.
Carolina Rebellion was my first show and I actually discover a Costa Rican tourist who follows me on social media. I was beyond flattered and decided to go all out.
Anzzia: What do you love about the atmosphere at the shows most?
Billy: I have a strong sense of justice. My mother was relentless in beating clichés in my brain growing up and her compassion seeded in my heart. Generally, I like the fact that I can put hands on someone and not go to jail. I can release aggression and confront the ghost of my past while inspiring people of step outside their comfort zone. When a band's on stage it is OK to lose your mind. They want people to react to their music and we show our appreciation through the homage of the pit. I have an infectious energy at shows. I honestly get high on the music. I interpret the music and share it with the crowd. The whole time I meditate and fall into a trance. I have little memory of concerts because of the extremes I put my body through. The camera is a great asset to my memory.
Anzzia: What does the Midnight Mosher do at live shows? (For those that might not know.)
Billy: I go to shows as a metal gladiator dressed for battle. I have a play book in my mind but all my actions are spontaneous. My goal at shows is to create a safe atmosphere for mosh pits and crowd surfing. My goal is to be front stage center. Sometimes the crowd is too congested and I surf to the pit at festivals. Venues are much easier to navigate. I am a gentleman and apologize for rushing through. "Mosh Pit coming through, pardon me, excuse me, I'm sorry. MY apologies". When I'm in position I simply begin dancing by myself and start showing my ass. Naturally, people give me space, which is our ultimate goal. I'm borderline obnoxious and get away with doing what I want. Draw lines in the sand, shooting the finger and asking "where the men at?'" is effective. I ping pong myself between individuals and ask for a wall. Like a moth to the flame, I attract other moshers. I'll pick one and start pinging to create space. Huddles, propellers, circle pits and wall of deaths are also used.
We go with the beats of the music and follow in rhythm. The main goal is to have fun with injury. I preach Mosh Pit of Love; "when some one falls down we pick them ail back up" and teach pit etiquette. I am quite gentle. Except when someone is crowd killing; I tend to hit them harder. There are grounders who get in but deliberately cause pile ups. I'll sneak behind them and shove them in when shit hits the fan. My record is 3 for 1.
It takes endurance to be able to pit for every band and you have cowards that run in and buck out. I try catching them before they leave. And the hardcore kids can't fight imaginary ninjas elsewhere. It does belong at a metal show. We are a family and a family supports each other. Often, crowd surfers are maliciously directed towards the pit. When this happens I'll stop the pit and we'll carry them to safety. It gets crazy when it's in waves. Eventually my philosophy spreads and surfers begin parting from the pit. When I see a kid I'll let him run into me and bust ass. I love the joy I see in people's faces. Having someone tell me that it was their first mosh pit, crowd surfing, or that I'm their inspiration, is my nourishment. I invite the mosh teams that I've met at CR and LTL come to WTR and show their moxy against Cogs of War and to encourage the formation of mosh teams world wide.
I have a GoPro and people want me to stay, I honestly get taken easy on. People recognize what I'm doing and are mindful of my camera. Except drunks. I can't stand it when an artist walks out on stage blitzed. The mosh pit isn't for you. You can be drunk sure but when you are on a mobile black out I'll show you the door. I have seen too many people go down. I'm lucky that I responded quickly and people keep a close eye on me. When tragedy happens I have an armada of bothers and sisters in attendance.
was could only communicate one on one. I'm hypersensitive and went experienced not only my own pain but others as well. I've often referred to myself as the Blind Man of Empathy because of my willing to take the hit rather than see someone else suffer. I spent many years in isolation basically would escape into video games and t.v. rather than lose myself in the chaos of school and home. When I was 12 my older sister introduced me to see my very first metal show with Nonpoint and Headway at Orbit 3000. I got in there and fell in love. I released so much pent up rage and I was honestly reborn. That shut down and I really didn't start going to shows regularly until I was 19 in 2004 on a local level. I'm a Daytona native; shows are scarce here. I was 27 and was shopping at Marshals. There I was going through the rack and found a padded white/black Nike Combat Wear jersey. I don't step out the pit and have sustained my fair share of injuries so my inspiration was instantaneous. From there I added PPE and developed a theme of sorts. My friend Josh called me the Midnight Mosher at a Black Label Society show. I fell in love with it and ran with it. I was tired of super glueing my brows back shut and invested in an air soft mask. The inards scalped my face and I began customizing my mask with padding. From there I added MMA Gloves, Elbow & Knee pads and a Gopro. I would always try to look up videos of our pits and could never find them. Recording the video myself first hand was my other option and it actually sparked a trend. Im seeing more and more GoPros being introduced at shows and I'm all for it.
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