The band’s longtime guitarist Nick Hipa has explained why he left As I Lay Dying after all those years and sent a social media statement for his and the band’s fans.
As you know, Hipa joined the band in 2003 at first. After an 11-year career with the band, the guitarist had left the band in 2014. Four years later, in 2018, the guitarist had rejoined them and break-up with the band once again in 2020.
Recently, he updated his official Instagram account to explain why he left the band. He penned a long letter to talk for his fans. He apologized to people who wanted to reach out to him for answers via social media regarding his disassociation from As I Lay Dying.
Why Nick Hipa Left From As I Lay Dying?
Sending a letter he’s written for the fans, the guitarist said that he left As I Lay Dying respectfully because the story and meaning they built for their reunion was broken. He also touched on the band’s future and said that they will continue to make great music.
“I am deeply appreciative for the love, care, and concern I have been messaged with over the past year while being largely absent from social activity,” the musician revealed.
“My days have been occupied with a motion design career, deep focus on my family, taking care of my health, and working on other creative projects.
“Real life has a way of crowding out time for things like social media, so I apologize to those of you who reached out to me for answers regarding my disassociation from As I Lay Dying and never heard back. I’ve been trying to move on peacefully in life.
“At this point though, it has been well over a year since I have distanced myself from them on a personal and professional level. In that time they have only given fans merchandising posts and show announcements. This sort of activity highlights and reinforces our differences.
“Respectfully, I left because the story and meaning we built our reunion upon decayed considerably over time. What primarily endures is a superficial pursuit I cannot justify supporting or being part of.
“This is not an indictment on any who choose to remain or be involved. There is tremendous good that can be accomplished through singular focus on the power of music.
“However to my memory and recent experience, it comes at the cost of tolerating behavior which at times mistreats, disrespects, and hurts other people. I do not have it in me to walk that road again.
“The talent and unshakeable ambition of the band is undeniable. They will continue to release successful music and do great business. On a human level, I hope everything else fares well for them.
“I am grateful for the lessons I’ve learned and the incredible people I’ve been able to meet and connect with the past 17 years.
“I’ll still be around.
“Love to all -Nick Hipa.”