"On a national level, they don't give you breaks, man. I don't know what to chalk it up to. It's these mountains, I guess."
Q: What are your feelings going into the festival?
A:"Since I'm one of the only people involved, I've set things so there's only one person to point fingers at if this fails, so it's a great amount of stress, but I've signed up for it. I am extremely stressed. I am extremely excited. I'm nervous as hell. I'm looking forward to it being over, but dreading it ending. It's a whole big mess of emotions.
"If I had to bring it down to one statement, I would just say I want people to hear songs that matter as much to them as much as they do to me. And I want them to hear something new that maybe they wouldn't if they were just a Byzantine fan. Maybe they'll hear The Demon Beat and say, 'Holy s--- these guys are great.'
"The goal is for people to walk away with a piece of merch from a local band they've never heard of. That's my goal: that it goes well and people leave having a new band to like."
West Virginia Independent Music Festival schedule
Noon: South on 10
12:30 p.m.: Farnsworth
1:10 p.m.: The Big Bad
1:50 p.m.: Talk Is Cheap
2:30 p.m.: Horseburner
3:10 p.m.: Tyler Childers
3:50 p.m.: Tim Browning and the Widowmakers
4:30 p.m.: AC30
5:10 p.m. Sasha Colette & the Magnolias
5:50 p.m.: The Demon Beat
6:30 p.m.: John Lancaster
7:10 p.m.: Split Nixon
7:55 p.m.: Byzantine9:00 p.m.: Bobaflex
Reach Nick Harrah at wvrocksc...@gmail.com.