Inside Music Podcast #152: Of Mice & Men

Inside Music Podcast presented by Haulix

Aaron Pauley and Valentino Arteaga from Of Mice & Men discuss how their band is evolving to stay relevant in a quickly changing industry on our latest podcast.

Metalcore is a fickle genre where many acts rise and fall overnight. Of Mice & Men has endured the changing trends of the industry for more than a decade, and the group show no signs of quitting anytime soon. Their latest single, “How To Survive,” speaks to this mindset in a rather tongue-in-cheek manner. Check it out:


Name something that threatens to break bands and this group has not only faced it, but emerged on the other side of the storm stronger than before. Of Mice & Men know what it’s like to take to steps forward and one step backwards. They know how losing a member or two can threaten to undo everything that has been built. More importantly, they know how to use the lessons learned from the past to inform future decision making, and that has made all the difference in the trajectory of their career.

On this episode of Inside Music, host James Shotwell sits down with Aaron Paul and Valentino Arteaga from Of Mice & Men at 20 Monroe Live in Grand Rapids, MI to talk about all things music. Aaron and Valentino discuss their group’s recent recording efforts, the legacy of their band, and how they’re evolving to embrace changing trends in the industry at large. The pair also tell us about their new single, “How To Survive,” and how it relates to everything else the band has planned for the months ahead.

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James Shotwell

James Shotwell is the Director of Customer Engagement at Haulix and host of the company's podcast, Inside Music. He is also a public speaker known for promoting careers in the entertainment industry, as well as an entertainment journalist with over a decade of experience. His bylines include Rolling Stone, Alternative Press, Substream Magazine, Nu Sound, and Under The Gun Review, among other popular outlets.