WAYLAND is Mitch Arnold, Phill Vilenski, Joey “Champagne” Clement, and Kai Chambers.
WAYLAND is working class music hailing from the town of the same name in West Michigan. Frontman Mitchel Arnold and lead guitar player Phillip Vilenski met when touring the world teaching children music with Bill and Robyn Brawley of Heart Global. They left the UK with their first batch of songs and set off to build a fanbase that nobody could take away from them.
They toured the country independently for seven years selling out venues as a headliner all over the midwest, opening for cross over acts like Aaron Lewis, Shinedown, Lifehouse, Colt Ford, Blackberry Smoke, and Buckcherry, securing slots on major, national festivals, and building relationships with radio stations all over the country by singing three part harmony at seven am live on air on radio and television.
WAYLAND’s “Welcome To My Head” hit #32 on the active rock charts followed by “Reno” which reached #54. They followed up these successes with “Get A Little,” which debuted at #6 on the iTunes rock charts while simultaneously hitting #49 on media base active rock charts with a viral music video to match. “Bloody Sunrise” reached #30 and was followed by their single, “Through The Fire” which reached #29 on the Billboard Music Charts. “Ghost,” co-written by Brent Smith and Zach Meyers of Shinedown reached #28 on BDS active rock
After coming off the road for the first time in seven years, WAYLAND was called to the Mojave Desert in Joshua Tree, CA where they produced their own record for the very first time. With the sound of WAYLAND defined, they relocated to Nashville, TN where they spent their days in the studio finishing their next release and weekends on the road with the WAYLAND WARRIORS.