There are memes about family life, friendship and work environments, but few cater to the music world—until now. Meet Bandmemes666, a dedicated memer and musician in NYC who mines his personal experience as a musician to create a relatable, hilarious Instagram account.
On the account, viral memes get turned into jokes about being late to rehearsal, songs with too much reverb or bands aiming for fame. Musicians can already be way too full of themselves, Bandmeme666 brings himself and these “rockstars” back down to earth.
He tells BTRtoday that he just does it for the “lols.”
“As a musician I was a little frustrated with the lack of content I could relate to,” Bandmemes666 says. “I kept seeing the same stupid dad guitar jokes about wives who can’t understand why you could ever want more than one guitar or some misogynistic bullshit about a woman automatically removing her underwear once she finds out you’re a guitarist—I wanted to see more self-deprecating memes about struggling in a small scene and even just struggling to play at all that are meant for every musician.”
He’s been building the meme page now for two and a half years and has gained almost 65K followers. He only follows 666 people and keeps his post count at 666—so if you see a meme you like, make sure to screenshot it because it might not make the cut next time.
After creeping on Bandmemes666 page for what felt like years and ugly-crying from laughter from all his memes, we had to reach out and talk to this music-meme god. Read the entire interview below on Bandmemes666’s inspirations, favorite memes and why he does it all for the lols.
BTRtoday(BTR): How the heck do you come up with all these original memes?
Bandmemes666: [Laughs] I’ve played in a lot of different bands with a lot of different dynamics and styles. The memes are mostly just from past personal experiences with the reactions cranked for a few more lols
BTR: What’s it like being a viral meme page? I mean, you’ve got over 60k followers, did that all happen at once?
Bandmemes666: It took a while but that’s mostly due to my own experience and involvement. I started bandmemes666 about 2.5 years ago, but for a long time I just used shitty overused images with impact font. At this time last year I was at around 10k. I think it’s taken off the last year or so because I’ve really been trying to keep the content relatable with a mix of really specific niche jokes combined with some broad jokes that anyone who listens to music can understand.
BTR: How did you end up creating the account Bandmemes666?
Bandmemes666: [Laughs] Oh man, I was a “casual meme fan” and I just followed all the big meme accounts. But as a musician I was a little frustrated with the lack of content I could relate to. I kept seeing the same stupid dad guitar jokes about wives who can’t understand why you could ever want more than one guitar or some misogynistic bullshit about a woman automatically removing her underwear once she finds out you’re a guitarist. I wanted to see more self-deprecating memes about struggling in a small scene and even just struggling to play at all that are meant for every musician.
I went to a then-bandmate’s show with their other band and the lead singer/ guitarist was doing these ridiculous hand gestures during verses when he wasn’t playing guitar and I thought they looked incredibly stupid and phony and I whipped out my phone and took a note of it. That’s the first band meme I ever made and I still repost it every year on my “memeiversary”
BTR: What’s your favorite meme you’ve made?
Bandmemes666: My favorite I’ve made is this one where this guy is wondering why his guitar sounds like shit and assumes he’s out of tune so he checks his tuner and it tells him he sucks. It delivers what I think the account is all about. Denial of how shitty your playing is, blaming the gear and a little absurdity.
BTR: What’s your favorite meme?
Bandmemes666: My favorite meme is really stupid and old [laughs]. It’s this one where Kanye West is reading a newspaper headline that says “turtles turn up…” and he unfolds the paper to see “… dead on beach” and he looks really sad.
BTR: Why do you think our generation is so obsessed with memes?
Bandmemes666: I think it’s mostly because they’re shared so frequently and freely. Most of them are pretty relatable and put a positive spin on some shitty or boring situation and people need an escape from reality more than ever.
BTR: As a musician, tell me how memes play into your band life.
Bandmemes666: [Laughs] It’s a little weird. Everyone thinks the memes are directly based off my weekly experiences with my band and that’s true to a small extent. I’m the main songwriter/singer/guitarist in my band and anyone who follows the account knows that for every joke I make on another band member’s role there’s like 10 making fun of myself. There’s been a few times when I’ve posted a meme about lending out a pedal or my extra patch cables and my bandmate is like, “dude, do you want that stuff back?” and I just laughed and said no ‘cause sharing that gear is what’s best for the band. To be honest a lot of the stuff I joke about doesn’t even bother me. I rip on bassists a lot but the bassist in my band is an incredibly solid musician and a great guy. I’m not even embarrassed to say I’m the least skilled musician in my band and those guys know I’m just playing around. It’s all for the lols.