The Audition

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I'€™ve known about this next band I interviewed for a while now. It may have been from past friends touring with them to catching them when they opened for Cobra Starship in the summer of 2009 but it all led up to the chance to sit down with Danny Stevens, the lead vocalist for The Audition this past spring! Quite possibly one of the hardest working bands in the scene that I'€™ve encountered, they put out three full length records in the past three years along with their debut in 2005 yet still continue to tour over the country a million times over and show no signs of slowing down any time soon!

Sharing the bill with bands like All Time Low, Hawthorne Heights and Jack'€™s Mannequin just to name a few, the band has been releasing full length records since 2005 and EP'€™s even before then and we talked about it all in our exclusive interview below! Read on for everything from how they feel Great Danger is doing to what Danny would be doing if he weren'€™t in the band to what we can look forward to during the rest of this year!

If you could collaborate with any other band on this tour be it Anarbor, The Bigger Lights, Artist vs. Poet (who were on in the beginning) or This Providence, who would they be and what would the song be about?
Collaborate as in write a song or collaborate as in like sing a song with them?
Write a song.
Write a song! Okay, well I don'€™t know. I like the poppy feel of This Providence but I love the technical and like cool feel of Anarbor so either one of those two for sure.

And then how has the tour been going so far for you with the new album coming out so recently?
It'€™s been going really, really well. Tons of people are singing the words which is surprising because it'€™s only been out for a few weeks. You know, it usually takes a few weeks, a few months to pick up but a lot of the people are really just singing all the words to the new songs and it'€™s awesome.

How did the band actually come together?
Um, we got together in 2005. The Audition was a band before I was in it and they would come play shows with my high school band in Michigan where I'€™m from. I'€™m from Detroit and basically became really good friends, started hanging out when they'€™d come here. We'€™d go there and you know hang out and the guitar player, Bob from the Hush Sound. I don'€™t know if you'€™ve ever heard of them. He was actually the original guitar player-
Yeah, I'€™ve heard of them, I grew up in Chicago!
Oh okay cool! So he quit to start the Hush Sound and I joined to play guitar and then like two weeks into me playing guitar, I was singing! (laughs)
So, you joined to play guitar?
Then you became the singer?

And what made you first start wanting to do music personally?
Honestly, I don'€™t know. It was a weird thing because I was about twelve years old and I just got the idea in my head. I guess little kids do this all the time where they just want something you know and I just wanted a guitar. I didn'€™t listen to music, I didn'€™t grow up with Led Zeppelin, Black Sabbath and all that. I just didn'€™t and I just wanted a guitar so badly and so my mom was like '€˜yeah we'€™re not buying you a guitar. You'€™re going to work, if you really want it, you'€™ll do chores and you'€™ll buy it with your money.'€™ I was like '€˜alright'€™ and I did. It'€™s funny because they bring that up a lot, they'€™re like '€˜man, we should have just bought you the guitar now because now we feel bad because you know we thought that you were just in a phase and were only going to do it for so many weeks and just give up on it'€™.

Who would you say are some of your bigger musical influences maybe for this album or just over time?
Um, (clears throat), I'€™m huge into just really good singers. I mean, I guess it makes sense being one uh, not a really good singer but a singer. I love Rascal Flatts, I love Jason Mraz, I love John Mayer, I love Anthony Hamilton, Ray Charles, Stevie Wonder. I'€™m huge into country and I'€™m huge into soul music so a lot of people from those genres.

'€˜Great Danger'€™ just came out a month ago, and how do you feel it'€™s been doing so far with the kids maybe in comparison to the last records?
I don'€™t know man when kids know the songs, it doesn'€™t matter which album it'€™s off of. If they know it, they know it and they love singing along which is great because, you know you see a lot of bands that kind of..people know the words but they don'€™t really get into it but for whatever reason, whatever we play with some of our songs, people just go ape and just love it you know.

I don'€™t think you'€™ve put out a video for this album-
No we actually just recorded one in LA.
You just did?
Okay because I was going to ask you a question if you were to pick any song on your album to do a video for, what would be the craziest concept you could think of?
The concept we have is actually pretty wild. It'€™s something totally different then what we'€™ve done before. It tells kind of a story, it'€™s all about the fans. It'€™s going to be cool. I hope people understand it. It'€™s not too weird but you might have to watch it one or two or three times, well obviously once, to really understand what'€™s going on it but it'€™s definitely cool. It'€™s different.

What would you say is the craziest thing you'€™ve experienced while on the road or seen?
I think it'€™s just crazy. The whole thing is just crazy. You know like in a new city every day, you know what I mean. I'€™ve been to the UK almost twenty times, I'€™ve seen the world so that'€™s the craziest part about it. It'€™s just everything honestly.

If you weren'€™t in The Audition, what do you think you would be doing?
I'€™d either be playing professional ice hockey or I would be a English teacher.

Kind of random, usually just to end it off, what'€™s your favorite treat?
You know what? I don'€™t really like candy. I'€™m not a big like cake, candy, cookie person but the only candy that I really really love is Snickers bars. For whatever reason, I fucking love Snickers bars.

What was the first show you went to as a kid?
Uh the first show I went to was New Found Glory, H2O, Rx Bandits in Detroit at what is now the Fillmore which used to be called the Safety Center.
And then the first CD you ever bought?
First CD I ever bought with my own money was probably like a Limp Biskit album (laughs). Probably.
Bringing it back!
I honestly think it was a Limp Biskit album.

And then I know you'€™re going to be going out with The Rocket Summer or Bryce Avary in the UK. What else is planned in 2010? Just a lot of touring and shows?
I mean yeah just pushing the album as much as we can. You know, touring. We have some really big things lined up for the end of the year, this year. Really, really big things that I can'€™t really talk about. I'€™ll either get sued or it won'€™t happen, so we'€™ll keep that under the radar for now.

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