Lake and Sumter Style Magazine
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Thursday, May 13, 2021

EXTRAORDINARY PEOPLE: Seth Blake—Please Allow Me To Introduce Myself…


Local rock band, Wage War, produces music that’s a weapon in the fight to stay above negativity. Seth Blake, the guitarist from Lady Lake, is quickly becoming a hometown hero. His bandmates are Leesburg singer Briton Bond; guitarist and singer, Cody Quistad, from Ocala; bassist Chris Gaylord from Palm Beach Gardens; and drummer Stephen Kluesener from Apopka. Together, they are making a positive name for this area.

Like so many musicians, Seth’s first outlet was church. He played the bass in youth ministry, but an incident altered his path—someone stole the bass. An event Seth is now grateful for, because it led him to a new instrument.

“I was given the choice to get another bass or move to electric guitar.” He took lessons on the electric guitar and soon found himself amid the local rock scene.

“[Wage War] played shows for five years before anything came of it,” Seth said.

That was until national recording artists, A Day to Remember, from Ocala, came to see a show. This was the start of the band’s success. “It’s a very clear origin. Josh and Jeremy from A Day to Remember came to a show and liked what they heard.”

Then came the setbacks—a drummer quit and legal trouble concerning band names. Seth and the band considered walking away, but continued with the thought of divine intervention. “I still get chills thinking about it, on May 1 we got a record deal offer, the exact day we said we were done if nothing happened.”

The band now has a lot to celebrate with the recent release of their debut album, “Blueprints,” from Fearless Records, which produces big names like Pierce the Veil and the Plain White Tees and an international tour with Seth’s idol, August Burns Red.

“The reaction I’ve heard of from people I’m not even friends with [is] they think it’s cool to see someone from our hometown actually do something.”

PHOTO: Fred Lopez


About the Author

Michelle was born in the heat of South Florida, but has called Lake County “home” for the last 9 years. Latching on to the idea that “if you want to be a little bit of everything, be a writer,” Michelle found her focus in a Leesburg high school Journalism class. Fascinated by the model of a renaissance man, she has since had her hand in many areas such as dance, travel, food, film, theatre, history, as well as costuming and Fashion design. But Michelle’s focus has always been the written word. While garnering a Bachelor’s degree In English Literature from Flagler College in St. Augustine, Fl, she was a part of The International English Honors society, Sigma Tau Delta and a regular contributor to the literary zine, Paperfinger. She is now, at 24, nearing the end of her Master’s program In English & Creative Writing at Southern New Hampshire University, with a particular interest in poetry and the Romantics. As many of her interests are culturally fueled, she finds it important to fully absorb the world around and let her writing reflect these varied influences. Also believing “lower standards will lower the culture,” Michelle aims to keep standards high in her writing by being in tune with the community. She is ecstatic to be associated with the quality people and publications at Aker’s Media Group, who have their finger on the pulse of the community.

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