Eric Benet

Eric Benet is back with a new album "Lost In Time", a new single "Never Want To Live Without You", just back from a tour and on top of that he just got engaged! Happy times for Eric and I had the opportunity to congratulate him. Naturally, I asked a couple of questions about his engagement, his album, his upcoming tour, and how he defines 'good R&B'. He even gives a inside scoop in the recording process and his typical day. Enough for a very interesting interview I must say!

[Q]: First off, congratulations on getting married! What inspired you to take the viewer behind the wedding (song: "Never Want To Live Without You")?

[A]: The song "Never Want To Live Without You" came from a place me wanting to spend the rest of my life with somebody. So when trying to come up with a video-concept, it was just hard to go around that. The song really reflects the plunge with the person you want to live the rest of your life with. That's why.

[Q]: Secondly, naturally congratulations on your new album 'Lost In Time'! How much time is lost when getting married?

[A]: Laughs... My fiancee takes great pleasure in all the minor details. I am like the person who comes in and is like "yeah, those tables claw are good". So, she is spending a whole lot of time and I am coming in giving my last minute approval. So, it's all good.

[Q]: Nowadays you constantly hear about 'breaking barriers/innovate' in music. Your new album is inspired by the 70's soul. In what way do you consider this 'breaking barriers'?

[A]: Well, a couple of ways. I think the music industry is going through some convining barriers. I think that, especially in the R&B genre, there seems to be a lack of authencity when it comes to music. There is a lack of instrumentalists playing the record and a lack of vocalists who sing without the aid of having their vocals over-processed/auto-tuned. I think that it is weird that thinking out-of-the-box is: playing the instruments and actually sing. That is strange but I think that the industry is - I won't say last leg but is defitinely limping.

A good remedy could be giving more time to the actual musicianship in making music. Maybe we could turn things a bit. I like to think that "Lost In Time" is a record that is holding the torch for that kind of artists. Hopefully record labels are taking notice and invest in artists that really want to have more 'music' in their music.

[Q]: You just finished your tour. How did it go? Any plans for another tour?

[A]: Yeah, I did a tour with Fantasia and Kandi Burruss which was extremely enjoyable, successful and we had a lot of fun. The audience really found our voices , unique performance styles to actually blend well together. I welcome the opportunity to work with Fantasia and Kandi Burruss again. I am actually going to be doing an international tour in April. It's going to be Europe, mainly France and the UK , Korea, Japan, and we may squeeze in a couple of countries along the way. Then when I get back, thinking May, I am goin to do another domestic tour. When those dates become final - check out my website at ericbenet.net.

[Q]: Are there goals you want to reach as an artist?

[A]: I just want to keep getting better. The biggest compliment for an artist, at least I am speaking for myself, when people tell me that stuff is classic or timeless. Somewhere in the back of my mind when I am in the studio that is usually what I am going for. I am not really going for something that is radio going to love. When I am in the studio I am trying to make something that I can imagine 50 years from now people still be able to relate to. So, I just trying to get better as an artist with every record I make.

[Q]: When creating a track, do you have a set theme and pre-written lyrics, or do you start with an idea or the music first?

[A]: I really don't have uhhmmm... I usually just let the music dictate the theme. Usually when I come up with an idea, once I iniatlly hear the melody I can hear how the musical arrangments should go around that melody. Then it is usually a race to try to get some version of that recorded before we start to get forget it. Once I have a foundation, some sort of blue print for the song, then the lyrics just start coming. The melody dictates what the lyrics are saying and how they saying it. It's a really interesting process.

It's strange that when coming up with a melody. Sometimes I get married to some vowl sounds. SO I just start singing scratched melody., There may be some words in there that mya or may not be used. If they are not real words then they are vowl-sounds. Usually I get married to those vowl-sounds - so I found myself trying to find words that match this vowl-sound that I am married to. You know... I try not to do this. Uhhmm, that is a too much information but anyways - next question.

[Q]: How do you define 'good R&B'? In what way has R&B developped since your debut?

[A]: I define 'good R&B' that really comes from someones soul and experience. I define 'good R&B' that uses dope musicians playing the hell out of a track. I think that 'good R&B' vocally you have to able to hear in the recorded voice the pain, joy or confusing that the lyrics are trying to portrait. Like I was saying before when vocals are too processed into auto-tune it's kind of hard to feel those emotions.

I really don't think it is processed since my debut record. I think that there have been artists out there that.... I mean what I listen to what they call R&B nowadays does not really feel like R&B in more cases then not. It feels more like techno, influenced hiphop with somebody singing auto-tune on top of it. I think there a few artists our there that probably have the similar philopsy that I do. That's not really touching my soul - I want to go into the studio with somebody who can really play the drums and play the hell out of the piano and/or guitar. And I just whale on top of that track. I think that is a good start for good R&B.

[Q]: Recently, what is a typical day like for you?

[A]: I wouild liuke to say that I am one of those songwriters who can't let a day go by without writing something. I always have to working but truth is I am much lazier then that. WHen I am come up with a record there is a lot of stuff to be done. A lot of promotion, going frmo a home for quite a bit but then there is downtime. There are two different realities: a reality where I am acutally promoting the record like now. The day would start, more often then not, in a city other then home. I have to wake up early to go to a radiostation, interviews, talking to people, somewhere in there work-out trying to take of my body, eat and drink right. I usually go to bed pretty early.

When I am not promoting anything, I wake up later, make my breakfast, and usually there is some mindless television involved. Usually reality shows, tht I am probably too embarrased to tell you the names of, some online poker. I have a thought in my mind about a song but it won't happen. I probably would go see a movie with my girl or India and then I'll be like "Ohh, it's bed-time!". So that is my life when I am not promoting.

[Q]: Final words?

[A]: Yeah yeah please follow me @ebenet. Come to my website at ericbenet.net and keep up with my (touring-)schedule (domestic and international). You can buy yourself some chocolate leg-draws, chocolate leg-panties, we have some other 'Eric Benet-stuff that you should have (ie., a nice Eric Benet-poster). THat's a nice item.

And if you like an artist's music, pelase support that artist. Please buy their CD if you download it. When that artist comes to your town please go see them. Please support them. And we'll keep making music for y'all.

Video Interview
The interview was recorded on video which has been put online at YouTube. Watch the video interview with Eric Benet here.
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Closure In Moscow

Since I first ran into this talented band when interviewing a past tour mate for them A Skylit Drive, I knew that they would be something to watch before they even took to the stage to play the show! Walking into the venue to catch them mid set, I knew that I was seeing something special and couldn'€™t wait for the opportunity to catch the band again.

It took a while but I ran into the band again at Warped Tour this past summer where I was lucky enough to talk to a familiar face in Chris De Cinque who does lead vocals for the band. The band is definitely something different from the rest at Warped Tour as you can probably tell from the accents alone! Hailing from Melbourne, Australia the band draws you in with their voices but then absolutely kills it live and was a common favorite on the tour this past summer. The boys currently are on a little bit of a break from touring the US but it'€™s worth it as they'€™re currently working on their sophomore full length record as a follow up to the incredibly successful '€˜First Temple'€™. To be perfectly honest with you, this was one of my stand out interviews of the day and I hope you enjoy it as much as I did!

Alrighty! So I actually caught a bit of your set when I was interviewing A Skylit Drive back on your fall tour with them and Senses Fail and I know you'€™ve toured a bunch since then. A bit in the US included as well with Madina Lake and Silverstein so how do you think those tours are helping your success here in America compared to Australia?
Chris: Well at every show, we definitely notice that we do have a Closure In Moscow sort of crowd that'€™s not just people walking by and it'€™s always consistent so I think that'€™s sort of evident of touring last year.

And then the first record '€˜First Temple'€™ it'€™s been out for a little over a year now. How are kids reacting now that they'€™ve really been able to grow on the record?
Chris: I think everybody'€™s grown to love it. I know there'€™s a couple of kids who it'€™s become really special to them-
Nick from the Swellers (walking back): A dingo ate my baby.
Chris: I know yeah! A dingo ate my baby.
So nice.
Nick from the Swellers: I bet it did.
Chris: No it'€™s become special to a lot of people and that'€™s pretty nuts because it'€™s really special to us.

Then now that it'€™s been out for a little over a year, are you thinking of working on a new record? Are you guys writing at all? What'€™s going on with that? I mean I know it'€™s only been out for a year but it'€™s quite the process.
Chris: Yeah I mean we'€™re sort of always writing. We'€™ve been doing a lot of touring lately so I think after this, we'€™re going to get pretty into it but we don'€™t really have any time that we want to do the second album. It will just be sort of like when it'€™s ready is when we'€™ll be able to do it because we don'€™t want to come out with a second album that'€™s like '€˜First Temple: Part 2'€™ or something like that. It'€™s got to be its'€™ own album and its'€™ own piece of music on its'€™ own.

Then how has the Warped Tour been going for you guys? This is your first year on the Warped Tour I believe so how has it been so far?
Chris: So far it'€™s actually been pretty good! We had a lot of people where you hear tons and tons of stories about how good it is and how bad it is. How tough it is especially because we'€™re doing it in a van so we had a lot of friends telling us like '€˜Ooh you'€™re going to hate it. It'€™s going to be rough'€™ but, I mean, so far it actually hasn'€™t been too bad. We'€™ve been having a good time. There'€™s showers and we actually get fed here better then on a normal tour so that makes it pretty good and pretty bearable.

So how is the van going? Being on the full tour and it only being three weeks so far, are you nervous?
Chris: Nah so far it'€™s been going good. I tried my hand at carpentry before we left and built a big flat panel in the back which we covered with foam so we just pretty much are driving around with a bed and any bit of floor space is just a bed so sleeping in the van'€™s been quite good.

Then maybe if you could tour with any three bands off of this tour, who do you think they would be?
Chris: Who do I think they would be or who would I want them to be?
Who would you want them to be? Any three bands!
Chris: I would say The Dillinger Escape Plan, Every Time I Die and Reverend Peyton'€™s Big Damn Band.
Always a good choice!

And then what'€™s one of the crazier things you'€™ve seen on Warped Tour so far this summer?
Chris: Actually funnily enough, nothing'€™s really been too crazy. There'€™s been a lot of car parks and setting up. I don'€™t think they'€™re on it anymore but there was the Beacher'€™s Madhouse that was out on the tour for a bit and seeing the Oompha Loompas walking around with a cigarette and a beer was just pretty funny. You know because you never really get to see that in Willy Wonka.

Then where can fans catch you this summer? What stage are you playing, are you doing signings at all, like what are you going to be doing?
Chris: Yeah! We'€™ll all be hanging around the merch tent all day and yeah we'€™re playing the Ernie Ball stage for the whole tour.

Perfect then what can they look forward to in these next few months? Are you going to be still on the road? Are you going to be touring here or in Australia?
Chris: No I think after Warped Tour I'€™m pretty sure that we get to just get some time off and as we said before get started on the next piece of the puzzle.
Well thank you so much!
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Rev Theory

Rev Theory just finished their tour and are ready to release their new album 'Justice' on February 15th, 2011. They will headline Monster Energy Outbreak tour starting Feb 16th. MusicRemedy spoke with Rev Theory's Julien Jorgensen about, yes, the album, the tour, (in-)justice, etc... On the new album they worked with producer Terry Date to grow to a whole new level.

[Q]: First off, congratulations with your new album 'Justice'. What's the story behind the album ?

[A]: Thanks, I appreciate it, we are all really excited and proud of the album. When we came off the road to write the album we were inspired and heavily affected about what was going on in the world. We were pretty pissed off in general. The state of the music industry, the state of pop culture. We felt like we had something say as well as something to prove on this album.

[Q]: Terry Date worked with a lot of big bands. In what way have you, as a band, learned from his musical talents?

[A]: Terry brought a whole level of experience and insight that we had yet to encountered as a band. As a band we have a great energy live and had yet to truly capture that energy in the studio. Terry has a way of capturing the rawness and character of bands and he definitely did that on this album. It's as raw and aggressive as we are live. Plus we learned a lot from listening to him tell stories, it was so matter a fact but so inspiring, talking about Dimebag and Chis Cornell we were like 'tell us more terry" haha.

[Q]: While the band grows to a new level, some fans will stand their ground on the previous level. What do you have to say to those fans?

[A]: I think if you were a fan of Light it Up you will definitely dig this new album. It really is a mature evolvement of the band and I think we just refined our sound. It's aggressive, honest, and and at times vulnerable, qualities that we feel like made up our last album. I think people will be happy across the board.

[Q]: "Honor, truth, love and respect define us". How did the band manage to get these 4 elements in the album? Could you point each element to a specific song of the album?

[A]: These are four ideals that I think everyone tries to live by. Every song on the album touches on some sort of personal experience or some emotion. I think the album overall has a more idealistic theme. Whether the songs were about overcoming addiction, or looking at what really matters in life, there is still a thread of resiliency and hope that binds it together.

[Q]: "Justice" is a call to action. In what way is recording this album your own call for action?

[A]: We wanted to evoke emotion from people, the same emotion that we were feeling when writing it. It was cathartic in writing the album and we hope that we could empower people in some way to take action in their own lives.

[Q]: Any plans for a tour? What can your listeners and fans expect from your tour?

[A]: Ya we are excited to headlining the Monster Energy Outbreak tour. It starts February 16, the day after our album comes out. It's going to be a great bill of up and coming talent for a reasonably priced ticket. Fans can expect a high energy show guaranteed to kick you in the teeth.

[Q]: What is your main goal to reach as a band?

[A]: World Domination.

[Q]: When creating a track, do you have a set theme and pre-written lyrics, or do you start with an idea or the music first?

[A]: Every song is a little different but usually things start out with a melody idea or a riff. Typically lyrics follow after we get a framework, I usually let the melody guide the feeling for the lyrics.

[Q]: "Everyone walking this Earth has encountered an injustice..." Which injustice have you encountered?

[A]: I feel like we have worked our asses off to get where we are. We feel really fortunate to be able to be making music for a living, however the industry is a tail spin with the downloading dilemma, the real injustice is that people steal music and it devalues the work that artists put into making an album. This jeopardizes the future of new music and music in general, to me that is really sad.

[Q]: Recently, what is a typical day like for you?

[A]: We have been on a radio tour for the past couple weeks in a Sprinter van, so a typical day is free continental breaky, then drive for a few hours, pull over at truck stop/gas station in search for the perfect snack, then midday subway, then have a smoke, then play the album at a listening event, hit a chipotle, hit a hotel, repeat.

[Q]: Final words?

[A]: Don't eat the fish, not in Lincoln Nebraska anyways:)
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Alter Bridge

Alter Bridge just released their third album "ABIII" and their first single "Isolation". We spoke with drummer Scott Phillips about his favorite song off the album, death, etc... Scott tells about his short and long term plans which includes naturally more tours and albums. Thankfully!

[Q]: 1) First off, love the song '€œIsolation.'€ What's the story behind the song?

Thank you! The song Isolation basically reflects the tone of the album overall. It's about the realization of finding out that something you believed to be an absolute truth isn't true at all, and the feeling of emptiness and "Isolation" that follows.

[Q]: 2) Congratulations with your third album. Any particular reason to keep the album's title so simple?

ABIII started off as a working title for the record. We would post updates online about the progress of the recording and would always refer to it as ABIII. Our fans then started referring to it as ABIII as well and it just began to stick. We considered a few different titles during latter part of the recording process but ABIII just felt right!

[Q]: 3) What is your main goal to reach as a band?
I think the 2 things that any band looks for as goals are some level of success, but more importantly longevity. We love making music and hope that we're able to do it for a very long time.

[Q]: 4) You explain that your third album's subject, "...realization that everything you once believed in might not exist", is not like your previous two albums. In what way can we see this process as some sort of puberty?

I feel like musically and lyrically we've progressed with each album. This album certainly took a darker turn from our previous 2. I think it just it's a reflection of what we, and more importantly Myles, were going through between Blackbird and ABIII. While not every song on the album deals with that specific subject matter, the album overall reflects the journey he's taken between the last record and ABIII.

[Q]: 5) When creating a track, do you have a set theme and pre-written lyrics, or do you start with an idea or the music first?

About 75% of the time we start with music that has some type of a melody attached to it. Mark and Myles are constantly writing, and with both of them the music and melody tend to go hand in hand. There are times where songs are born from a piece that Mark or Myles creates and it transforms into something completely different once the 4 of us work on it together. The original idea doesn't get used but it inspired the new song. Lyrics tend to be born during the process and finished before the recording starts. There are a few songs that already had lyrics established beforehand but most tend to evolve as the writing process evolves.

[Q]: 6) On the song "Words Darker Than Their Wings" Kennedy & Mark both were on the lead vocal. Any plans to make this happen more often?

You never know! That's probably my favorite song on the album. You can really hear the sincerity and passion in both of there vocals. I think it's what makes that song so special. I could certainly see that happening on future albums.

[Q]: 7) The song "Wonderful Life" is about the 'final' moment. What exactly is the final moment for you? What would you say?

I think my final moment will be my "Final" moment . . . Death is an awful subject but none of us are going to avoid it. I hope mine is many, many years from now, and I can be with friends, family, and maybe some type of high roller suite in Vegas!

[Q]: 8) What collaborations could your fans look out for in the future?

That's something we discuss from time to time. We've meet and become friends with some amazing artists on our journey. I could see some of them making an appearance on future recordings, but as of now there aren't any specific plans.

[Q]: 9) Over the years you established a bond with producer Elvis. In what way does the band bring out the best in him?

Elvis just really gets what this band is about. He's a brilliant producer and quickly became a great friend of ours. He's got great ideas and really let's us be ourselves as musicians. A lot of producers will take the bands ideas and "water" them down to make them more easily digestible to the listener. Sometimes that works, but that's never been our style and he really gets that. Hopefully we give him a great platform to work with and inspire him to be as creative as he wants.

[Q]: 10) What are your plans in the short and long term?

We're on a brief hiadous now while Myles is on tour with Slash. We've planned several tours through the U.S. and Europe for this year, and it looks like we'll be headed to Australia, New Zealand, Asia, and possibly South America as well. Long term plans will certainly include another album in late 2012 or 2013 and continued touring and albums to follow. Like I was saying earlier, we sure hope to be doing this for a very long time!

[Q]: 11) Recently, what is a typical day like for you?

Well, now that I'm home, a typical day consists of home repairs from all the stuff that broke while I was on the road, my daughters cheerleading competitions (she's only friggin' 7!), being a husband and father, and an attempt to get my golf game back in shape! A typical day on the road can be quite different from day to day, but consists of waking up and immediately searching for coffee, soundchecks, meet and greets, the actual show itself, hoping I didn't forget someone on the guest list when we're halfway through the show, and the ever challenging search for edible food!

[Q]: 12) Final words?

I certainly thank you for the opportunity to do this interview and hope that everyone has the chance to check out ABIII. I'll also send out a HUGE thank you to all of our fans out there! You guys are amazing and we certainly couldn't do this without you!
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Scars On 45

Brit-pop band Scars On 45 are about to release their debut self-titled EP on January 18th, 2011. We spoke with the band about their EP, forthcoming album, their desire to release more albums, and yes they are willing to write the 2014 World Cup Song! Last but not least you are given an advice which coffee to order at Starbucks and a request for the fans to go watch the movie 'Winter's Bone'. C'mon!

Scars On 45 Interview
[Q]: First off, congratulations with your single 'Give Me Something'. What's the story behind the song?
[A]: Thanks so much! It's basically about being a persistent f*cker who never gives in to be honest! haha. Seriously, I suppose the point I was trying to get across in the song is that even the best of relationships go through difficult times or periods where everything seems to be going against you, but more often than not, things works out for the best in the end..............but sometimes they don't!

[Q]: Your EP is coming out before the full album. What can we expect from the EP in comparison with the full album? (vice versa)
[A]: Well the EP has 4 songs, 2 of which will appear on the album in some way, shape or form. It also has an acoustic version of another song on the album and a b-side which didn't seem to fit in with the other songs on the record. The general theme of this record is mostly about relationships really, both the good and bad sides. We produced it ourselves so we tried to make it as uplifting as possible and fill it with catchy melodies, big choruses, plenty of harmonies.......and of course, male and female lead vocals.

[Q]: Which steps did you had to accomplish before getting signed up?
[A]: The biggest step for us was learning how to record ourselves. We never had the money to track demos in a $500 a day studio so we just gradually bought our own equipment and started to experiment with things. It enabled us to take things at our own pace and do exactly what we wanted to do with the songs. Eventually those recordings led to us sign with Chop Shop/Atlantic which kinda made up for the endless nights spent sleeping on our disgusting studio sofa!

[Q]: Most of the band members were on completely different paths before getting into music. Looking back are you glad you took a leap into this path (music)? Please elaborate.
[A]: Oh yeah, we're all chuffed to bits we ended up involved with music. This band's already enabled us to travel places and experience things we could only have dreamed of and to do it with your 4 best friends is the icing on the cake.......mmmmmmmmm cake! We'll never take it for granted.

[Q]: What is your main goal to reach as a band?
[A]: We want a career. The aim is to just carry on recording and releasing albums with Chop Shop/Atlantic for as many people as possible to hear. We feel extremely privileged and happy with where we are and where we're heading at the moment, we don't ever want it to stop. A multi-platinum album, a stadium tour and a few Grammy's wouldn't go amiss either of course!

[Q]: From soccer to band(-member). Did the soccerfans', and on the field, screaming helped you to get your voice high-pitched? Any soccer related influence in your music?
[A]: It wasn't so much the on-field screaming that enabled me to get my voice high-pitched, it was more the David Beckham style free-kick that blasted me in the groin during the summer of 2001!! No there's no soccer influences in our music.....but there can be if the US ask us to write their 2014 World Cup Song!

[Q]: When creating a track, do you have a set theme and pre-written lyrics, or do you start with an idea or the music first?
[A]: I always write with a dictaphone, so I just press record and see what comes out. I listen back to it and we usually stick with the same chords and melody whilst I just elaborate on the lyrics. For us, we always think the best songs pop out from nowhere in a near completed form. We've been known to spend an eternity writing a song, changing a single word or piano note over and over again because we thought we'd written something so monumental....................and it ends up sounding like it was written by a Donkey with no legs! Absolute rubbish!

[Q]: In what way are their comparisons to be made between making it in soccer and making it in the music bizz?
[A]: Apart from the fact they're the most unsecured careers around, I suppose you have to have a massive amount of belief and dedication to even stand a chance of succeeding. They're both obsessions more then anything, it's takes over your life. Most soccer players or musicians would carry on what they're doing without any financial gain whatsoever and most of them do.

[Q]: What collaborations could your fans look out for in the future?
[A]: At the moment, we don't have any planned for the near future but it's definitely something on our "to do" list in 2011 along with visiting Graceland and keeping Nova sober during SXSW 2011!

[Q]: Recently, what is a typical day like for you?
[A]: Ohhh, let's see. I usually wake around 9am, cup of tea and toast, shower, head to the studio around 10.30am (stopping for an Venti Iced Skinny Vanilla Latte with an extra shot of espresso from Starbucks!), we write and record ideas until around 4pm, have something to eat (usually a curry) and then we either rehearse or record until around 12am. Head home, Facebook, TV, bed. Perfect!

[Q]: Any advice for new bands?
[A]: The two best pieces of advice I can give is 1) Having a band where you're all friends and work as a team is essential. It's easy to turn a blind eye to a member you don't get on with for the good of the band, but it actually does a lot more harm than good. If you don't want to spend any time with someone outside the rehearsal room/studio or they're not pulling their weight, then it's probably time move on without them and start again, because it will never change. As difficult as it may be at first, things are always much better in the long run. 2. When on tour, don't share a bed with your piano player, they have a subconscious desire to take up the entire bed and knock the living crap out of you when you're asleep! So unless you have a part-time job as Mike Tyson's punchbag........just sleep in the bath!

[Q]: Final words?
[A]: Has anyone seen a film called 'Winter's Bone'? I saw this film by myself and absolutely LOVED it but I've never spoken to anyone who's seen it and I have things to discuss! There must be someone! Anyone??! Thanks everyone xx
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Lily Halpern

The talented Lily Halpern just released her debut EP 'Not Gonna Cry'. Just being 18-years old she already has worked with a couple of big producers! Having an open mind is one of the things she learned while recording. 2011 is going to be her year with a full album, stay an 'everyday girl' and maybe even collabo's with Cody Simpson and Jason DeRulo! No, I am not gonna cry either...

Lily Halpern interview
[Q]: First off, congratulations with your single & EP 'Not Gonna Cry'. What's the story behind the song?
[A]: Thank you so much! I'm really pleased with how it turned out. My story behind the song is really depicted in the music video. For me it was about a relationship I'd been in for a year and it had gone from something really special to just not making me feel good about myself anymore. The song empowered me to stop crying over what was going on and realize that a change needed to be made. The line near the end of the first verse really sums up my conclusion "we've got to decide which way to go, and I hope that you're going to come with me, but boy if you don't I'm not going to cry anymore." The great thing about "Not Gonna Cry" is that since I wrote it about that relationship it has also helped me through other situations. It really applies to any time in your life where you suddenly realize you need to do something for yourself and make yourself happy and just simply make your mindset, "I'm not going to cry anymore".

[Q]: When can we expect the full album? What can we expect from the album in comparison with your current EP?
[A]: I'm hoping by the end of this year there will be a full album, but there will definitely 100% be some singles from that upcoming album coming out in the next couple months. With my new music you can expect more feel-good dance songs. I graduated from high school this past spring (yay!) so as well as trying to take all my emotions from that part of my life and put them into song, I've been thinking lately about how tough adolescence is and how I really just want to put out some empowering songs that make you feel good when you listen to them, not just about the music but about yourself.

[Q]: Producers K. Briscoe and Alex Cantrall both have worked with major artists. In what way have their production (skills) influenced your music?
[A]: I am so lucky to have worked with such talented producers, and I've learned so much from them. I learned how important it is to be open to collaboration and not being set in your way. I went into the studio the first time with Alex kind of knowing exactly what I wanted to do, but after talking through my music with him and trying some of his suggestions I realized the power of collaboration and how much better something can become when multiple people are putting their souls into it and not just one person. Not only does it become a better song but it becomes more universal.

[Q]: What can your listeners and fans expect from your tour/show with Cody Simpson?
[A]: A lot of fun and a great way to get to know me. With each song I perform the audience will learn a little more about me, and the more I give to them, I hope they'll be able to relate to what I'm saying and give a bit of themselves to me too. I'm focusing primarily on doing upbeat numbers so expect a lot of dancing, I really want everyone on their feet for most of the performance. No matter how bad you think you are at dancing, I want to create an atmosphere where you can really just be yourself as goofy as you think you look dancing. For Cody's performance you should expect some awesome dancing from him- he really knows how to work the crowd, I hope I can learn a bit of that from him.

[Q]: In what way has your move from Boston to New York played a part in your music career?
[A]: It has given me opportunities that I'd never even thought possible. I've been able to meet the most amazing people and work with the most amazing people since I've moved to NYC. In Boston a typical weekend was hanging out with my friends, baking cookies and going to the movies; now it's a Kanye West release party or going to see Bruno Mars on SNL, or watching Michael Buble sing at MSG. A typical week day in boston would be going to high school, having dance practice and then doing my homework, and staying up late writing music; now it's having a class then going to the recording studio and actually working to make my song ideas i wrote in my basement a reality.

[Q]: What is your main goal to reach as an artist?
[A]: My selfish goal is that I would like to become successful enough as an artist that I can headline a tour, and be a commonly occurring name on the Billboard Top 100- but my actual main goal is I want to become successful enough as an artist that I can use that success to help people through what I had the most trouble going through- bullying in adolescence.

[Q]: You describe yourself as an 'everyday girl'. How hard is it to stay an 'everyday girl' while pursuing a musical career?
[A]: It's not as hard as you think. Especially if you have friends and family like mine. I am surrounded by the most amazing people in the world, my brothers are two of the most talented guys I know, I record in the same recording studio as some of the biggest names in the business, it's really easy to stay humble and normal when you're surrounded by people that you feel are so above you in a sense. Like I look up to my brothers, some of the people I'm working with, my vocal coach etc SO MUCH that it's easy for me to think I'm the normal one. Of course I'm not to the point yet where I have to deal with paparazzi or anything, but I've been recognized quite a few times in the city and instead of getting a big head about it i'm just so touched that people are listening to my music and like it enough to know who I am.

[Q]: When creating a track, do you have a set theme and pre-written lyrics, or do you start with an idea or the music first?
[A]: It really depends. I have hundreds of verses and ideas for songs written throughout my life that i have in journals and on my computer, and sometimes i have songs all mapped out and i know exactly what i want but most of the time i'll hear a track and immediately i'll get a feel from it and know the kind of song I want to write/the idea, and whether i have already ideas for something like that or not the song just gets written really easily as soon as i have a track i really connect with.

[Q]: What collaborations could your fans look out for in the future? Maybe a Cody Simpson collaboration?
[A]: That would be awesome. I would love to collaborate with Cody. I met Jason DeRulo recently and I would absolutely love to collaborate with him too. I'm also going to be infusing more r&b/hip hop into my music and hopefully collaborating with a rapper soon.

[Q]: Recently, what is a typical day like for you?
[A]: Wake up, shower, go to a class or two, then go to Warner Music Group headquarters in NYC and see my AMAZING manager Aja, check in with her, then either go to a vocal lesson or go into the studio and record or do an interview, really depends on the day or the week.

[Q]: Final words?
[A]: Go check out the EP and the music video, and thank you so much for supporting me!
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You Me and Everyone We Know

This next band was one I first caught while they were opening for Cartel in June of last year and I was instantly sold. You, Me and Everyone We Know have been known as one of the hardest working bands in the scene and strangely enough they have just released only their first full length record '€œSome Things Just Don'€™t Wash Out'€. Despite starting this project four years ago, Ben and the band have been touring constantly and since that show alone, they went out as main support to The Bigger Lights, did their own headlining tour with Man Overboard and played as main support to Sparks The Rescue which is when we did our interview with the lead singer!

With the next few months already announced and full of touring with Hellogoodbye, Gold Motel and The Ready Set be sure to catch them live as soon as you can and as many times as you can. The six piece band creates for an incredible live show and definitely one that got me interested in talking to the band. We talked about everything from how long the record has been in the works, their dream tour (or maybe a festival) line up to what'€™s coming up for them. Read on for everything you need to know about the band and catch them in your town soon!

We did, well it was just an email interview, before the record came out.
Feel like I remember that.
Do you actually? Yeah? Music Remedy!
Okay yeah! Music Angel? They'€™re also coming today so I just saw two different musics.
Yeah I'€™m not them.
So it'€™s Music Remedy?
Yeah.
Hell yeah!

Okay perfect so it was your first full length. You'€™ve had this band for four years being yourself. I know you'€™ve gone through a few member changes but how excited are you to finally have like a full length record?
It took basically three years to write. I don'€™t like to rush songs and I feel like a lot of the songs on this record I started writing when I hadn'€™t had enough writing experience so it sort of solidified my thoughts in each song. So we kind of went through it and it was like well you have this little section. I experienced enough of life to write the rest of a bunch of songs but it worked out really well. It was pretty cool how it happened. There were a couple that were, you know, like '€˜A Bigger Part of Pride'€™ that we wrote in two days and because we were under a deadline (laughs). MTV hit us up about a show and they were like '€˜we'€™re looking for a theme song'€™ and we were like oh we don'€™t know about this. We were like let'€™s just see if we can write a song in two days. So we did and it'€™s there and yeah it turned out to be a really good song. I'€™m the kind of guy who'€™s very big on not writing something that'€™s not directly related to my life. I can'€™t like imagine other people in situations. Why are guys walking around in Santa Clause outfits? It'€™s strange! I know it'€™s almost Christmas but..oh is there a pub crawl going on? Interesting!
You'€™re like '€˜I'€™ll see you later!'€™
'€˜Oh ah I'€™ll be back!'€™ I actually have a Santa suit in my backpack just in case. I have zombie make up too for Halloween but I'€™m very excited. I'€™m very proud of it. I think that everybody else who was involved with writing are also very proud and I think that the guys that are playing now are going to be around for a long time and are stoked to be playing the songs. So it should be a good reaction. We did exactly what we wanted to do with the record. We'€™re very comfortable with who we are. I think people are seeing that. It'€™s kind of like knowing somebody who'€™s very comfortable with who they are and it'€™s something where people are kind of like attracted to it. I think that'€™s what'€™s going on with the record. We know who we are. If you don'€™t like it, it'€™s fine by us.

That'€™s kind of different from a lot of the bands like the poppy stuff.
Yeah you know there are a lot of bands catering to others to make a quick buck but that'€™s not us. You know we'€™re in it for the long haul and we know there'€™s not much money in this. There'€™s really only life experience so you know at the end of the day are you going to have stories to tell your grand kids and your children or are you just going to be like '€˜Yeah I was around nineteen when I got a office job and then I started gaining weight. Mostly around my ass then I went bald at twenty three'€™. You know we'€™re living a life that, most people don'€™t realize, is very rare and we are fully aware of that and grateful.

Then how did it go for this record? Obviously you'€™ve grown in age alone since you started with your EP'€™s. How did it go for this record like the writing process?
The writing process, well nothing really changed. Like I said it was a very organic thing. I'€™ve always essentially brought very basic ideas to the band because I'€™m not a very good musician. Like I can play power chords. I can probably play anything that Blink 182 could play. That'€™s as far as I can take it. I know a little Johnny Cash (laughs) but I'€™m terrible with like good quality chords and like musical construction. So I'€™ll start it out with the basic stuff and they'€™ll come to me with an idea. You know it will all mix together and then songs will happen. Some in, you know, twenty minutes. Some in three years. Like it takes a lot of filtering through but I'€™m very stoked for the record then we had our long time friend and producer Trevor at Raywright in Maryland. He'€™s always been into the bands'€™ like whimsical side like when most bands are asking why are we adding something dramatic to a song, I'€™m like why the hell aren'€™t we doing this. Yes let'€™s do fifty five dudes shouting or nine harmonies here. Like why not? So our philosophy for writing songs is entirely different then I think a lot of other bands and it shows.

Perfect then maybe is there anywhere really strange that'€™s ever inspired you. Like maybe someplace that you write or something some one said.
It shouldn'€™t really surprise that if you pay enough attention, most of the hooks I write are like antiquated clichéd phrases. You know like, '€˜Some Things Just Don'€™t Wash Out'€™ I saw in a movie. I heard that phrase. '€˜Pick yourself up by the bootstraps'€™ is an old like line like you got to work hard for yourself. I wrote a song, started writing this song, about a puzzle that'€™s on the record. I was literally on the phone with someone and they were like '€˜what are you up to?'€™ and I was like '€˜Nothing. I'€™ve been working on this giant puzzle'€™. Literally it sounds so very goofy but I was like obviously I'€™m just picking apart this puzzle. I had one of those like '€˜what? Argh?'€™ moments so weird stuff like that. It'€™s nothing too like strange. It'€™s just very, I guess, serendipitous moments that occur.

Then like you said, you'€™ve toured with a bunch of bands that aren'€™t exactly like you guys. Like the Glamour Kills tour and that kind of thing. If you could take any three past bands you'€™ve toured with out, who would they be? You don'€™t have to be necessarily headlining or they can be huge bands.
Oh hell no I wouldn'€™t want to headline. I'€™d be embarrassed to play after them. If it was for me, it would be Paper Rival, The Graduate and well I can'€™t just pick three.
Okay you can pick a handful.
It would be a long day show. It would be The Graduate, Lydia, Anarbor, Dear and The Hunter and Paper Rival. We'€™ve played with a very wide range of bands. I mean you can'€™t imagine the selection we'€™ve had. From bands like Sparks The Rescue and Amely who we are on tour with right now, we tour with those bands and Forgive Durden and bands like Isetmyfriendsonfire.
Did you really tour with Isetmyfriendsonfire?
Yeah we opened up a tour for them and I think that shows, I guess, our sound that we reflect pulls from all of those audiences which is neat and we'€™re able to be like '€˜alright we'€™re playing this kind of tour. Let'€™s play this song because this kind of reaches out in that direction'€™ and '€˜let'€™s play this song because it reaches out in the other direction'€™. It would be a long show (laughs)!

I did not hear about the Glamour Kills tour yet but that'€™s after the Hellogoodbye tour?
Yeah we stop the Hellogoodbye tour around February 12th!
Yeah I think you'€™re here right at the end of that. Like the tenth.
And then we have two weeks off just about to practice what'€™s going to be like a five song set on the Glamour Kills tour and then we start on March 1st in Poughkeepsie and then finish out the rest of it. It'€™s going to be like two thirds of the tour. It'€™s going to be a good time!

Perfect then they are a little varied though. Like Gold Motel and Hellogoodbye, they'€™re a little bit-
They'€™re way more indie rock!
Oh they'€™re way more indie rock yeah so what do you think is going to be like the biggest difference between the two tours?
Hellogoodbye'€™s going to be a much smaller show, like smaller venues because Forrest loves playing small rooms and it'€™s great. You know we played a house show with them a couple months ago and that'€™s the kind of energy you want at shows like that. You don'€™t necessarily want to be playing a room where everybody'€™s standing around being like '€˜Should we get into this?'€™. It will be real rad, a hot tour. It'€™s going to be starting in California and going through the south like Texas, Florida which is cool during the winter. It'€™s crazy here in the winter. Too cold right now! But yeah and The Ready Set tour is just going to be, I think, more closely replicating our experience opening for Never Shout Never and The Maine in Chicago at the House of Blues. Just really big venues and having just twenty minutes to win over a crowd. You know it'€™s going to be very enthusiastic and you'€™re either going to have to get on board with us or not but I like to think that more people will get on board then just get weirded out by what we do.

There were a lot of different sounding guys on that tour though like Ace Enders and Carter Hulsey. They'€™re a bit different!
Carter is amazing.
Carter is so rad.
Carter'€™s fantastic. Man we did a couple shows with him on our headlining run back in October and I was genuinely bummed that I hadn'€™t seen them and they weren'€™t playing more dates. We'€™re kind of a stupid band that loves playing with bands that are better then us. Seriously just bands we want to watch which is kind of a great thing for us and a bad thing for us (laughs) because we look bad when we play but you know we don'€™t care. We don'€™t care about being the worst band. As long as we'€™re having fun you know and everybody else is.

Well obviously the record'€™s been out for at least two months now I think.
About. Maybe two months and a week now.
So how has it been doing? Like with the kids, not necessarily sales?
I think it'€™s been great you know. Like I said, we did exactly what we wanted to do with the record and people are aware of that and people I guess are satisfied I think. We have several different kinds of fans and depending on what kind of fan you are, there'€™s a song or two on this record you don'€™t like but the majority of the record you like and for the most part, people like it from front to back which is very flattering. Something really cool is happening I think. We'€™re kind of hitting a point where things are returning back to the old ways of this genre. Indie didn'€™t always mean hipsters who fucking sell their music to Ford or Chevy for car commercials. For a while, this was a very small and independent genre and it'€™s getting back to that. Money is drying up really quick and I think that we'€™re a part of I guess people starting to appreciate blue collared bands. I'€™m very excited about that. We'€™ve, I guess, asserted ourselves in that position.

And then these two are kind of strange to end it off, but they can be influential. What was the first CD or cassette you bought and your first concert?
First concert I went to I was fifteen years old. It was a local show at the Outer Banks off of Banks Street in Baltimore, Maryland. It was a band called '€˜Little Orphan Dusty'€™ who played. They were named after a pornography which was a parody of '€˜Little Orphan Annie'€™. Super Giant MD played. A band that I eventually played for at some point of time in my very young career and a band called P BR played and if anybody from Baltimore ever reads this, they'€™re going to be blown away. There were a few more bands that I can'€™t remember but that was my very first show and then my next like big concert was just a big radio rock thing called HFS festival in Baltimore. The first tape I ever bought, well I can'€™t remember the first tape I ever purchased, but I remember Bob Seger'€™s '€˜Old Time Rock and Roll'€™ was the first song I ever bought?
Really? And do you think that obviously influences you at all today? Like maybe just as a person or for your band?
As far as Seger goes (laughs)? Will you repeat the question? Sorry.
Did either of those experiences, like the first concert you went to or the first song you bought, influence you?
I think so! Nurture has a lot to do with how your attitude goes. Baltimore'€™s been a scene that'€™s struggled for attendance for years and years you know. We'€™ve always had a sort of '€˜hope for the best, expect the worse'€™ idea at every show and if the show went great, you were very appreciative. As far as appreciating old music goes, like Seger I can fully say that if I had to choose before or after 1975, I'€™d choose before. I was having a conversation with a buddy the other day and I was like '€˜I would give up listening to all music before 1973. If I had to choose between sex and any music after 1975, I'€™d pick sex and not listen to anything after that year. It'€™s just that you know it influences this band on such a unconscious and on a conscious level. It influences everybody you know.
Well thank you so much!
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Amely

While most bands take a break from the road at this time of year, Amely went right back on the road the day after Christmas with There for Tomorrow, VersaEmerge and Conditions! It'€™s just one example of how hard working this band has been this past year in the scene and why their name has already become known so I knew I should take the time to sit down with Petie from the band while they were here on their previous tour with Sparks The Rescue! The band has dropped their first EP and with their first full length record on the horizon, we talked about how they go about the writing process to how it will actually change with this release along with when they aim to have it out.

Petie let me in on '€œthe curse'€ that comes with their band along to letting me know what their Warped situation was and told me that they plan to be steadily on the road up until the record drops! Seeing that you'€™ll have plenty of chances to be able to catch this band live, I strongly recommend it and hope that you'€™ll take a look at our interview to get excited about everything that is coming up for the band!

Now coming to the end of this tour obviously and having Sparks The Rescue being from the same label, how has this tour been going?
It'€™s been great. Honestly we had no idea what to expect going into it because, you know, we had heard of Sparks The Rescue but we had never heard their music or really knew anything about their history but it'€™s been amazing though so far.

Then you have the EP '€œHello World'€ out so far. How has that been going over?
The EP has been great. It came out in September and this was actually the first tour that we'€™ve had to support the EP.
Really?
We probably haven'€™t really toured since the EP came out. We played some dates here and there but not a proper tour so this is the first and it'€™s been going great.

Perfect and the first full length. Is it like happening in 2011? Is it still going to be a while? How is it going?
Yeah the full length we'€™re actually, after this tour, going to start writing it. I'€™ve already started writing some of it. Got like maybe five or six songs. We'€™re trying to get as many songs as possible. We want to probably have like thirty or forty and just take like the best twelve you know but we'€™ll start writing that after this tour'€™s done. January and February will be writing and it will be out next year some time. We don'€™t know if it'€™s going to be like a summer thing or a fall thing or later who knows but it will be next year.

Good and then how do you normally go about the writing process? Is it just like one person, does it vary?
It kind of differs every time. Sometimes I go out and write by my self and like put together demos and bring them to the band or like sometimes they'€™ll come to me with like an idea, like a little melody idea, for like a chorus or something. Patrick'€™s really good at that so it all just kind of depends and in January we'€™ll be writing altogether as a band. Just like jamming it out so we'€™ll see!

So maybe what'€™s like the strangest place you'€™ve found inspiration? Like something some one said. Maybe recently because I know you said you'€™ve started writing a bit.
Yeah um, I don'€™t know like I kind of write like based off of every day experiences. I took a trip to Nashville recently and that was pretty inspiring. I wrote with some people out there, stayed in some crazy places so that was kind of inspirational. Seeing the ways that different people write and like where they write was cool.

And then you'€™re not really taking much of a break, well besides this next week. I know you go home, a week later you'€™re out with VersaEmerge and There for Tomorrow the day after Christmas (Petie laughs). I know you haven'€™t been touring a lot recently like you said for this record but that'€™s pretty crazy so how do you use that time the most when you'€™re home? Like what do you try to do at home since it can'€™t happen too much?
Write a bunch when I'€™m home. I, you know, hang out with my friends and stuff. We haven'€™t really had a lot of time. Like every time we go home from a tour, it'€™s like a week or two maximum which is cool because that'€™s about the time when I go insane. If I'€™m in one place for too long and after touring for a year, I start to just go crazy. I have to be moving around all the time. I'€™ll take like random vacations and just kind of like run around town but yeah it'€™s kind of hectic.

No that'€™s good and what are like the three things you must have while you'€™re out on the road?
Alright, three things I have to have on the road.
Doesn'€™t have to be like instruments and that stuff.
Yeah, um my phone. My iPhone 4, you know!
(laughs) So proud!
It'€™s pretty much the thing that gets me through the day. You know we get our daysheets for all the dates on the tour. Like emails and like all kinds of stuff. I do like everything on my phone so that'€™s one. Two, my pillow. I bring my pillow from home. It'€™s the best pillow ever except it'€™s like one of those Temper Pedic. Not a tempur pedic but it'€™s got like memory foam and I don'€™t know if you know but memory foam freezes. It gets really rigid and stiff in the cold so it kind of like turns into a rock when it'€™s in the van for too long but it softens up (laughs) and third item..man what would I need to survive? I think that'€™s pretty much it besides my credit card (laughs)!

Pretty much covers it and then if you could take, I know you haven'€™t been doing crazy amounts of touring well you'€™ve done them but-
We'€™ve done a lot of tours just not like recently. When the record came out in September, we did some dates after that and like a little solo run here and there but like this has been the longest tour we'€™ve done. What were you going to say sorry?
I mean maybe not like you headlining but if you could take any three like past bands you'€™ve toured with back out today, like if you all were on a tour together?
Past bands? I mean absolutely Sparks The Rescue. That'€™s currently going on but they'€™re like our best friends right now and they'€™re amazing. Let'€™s see what other bands. See the problem is we have a curse and I will talk to you about the curse. Every band that we'€™ve toured with, not every band, but maybe three out of four bands that we'€™ve toured with have all broken up. Like we toured with the band iRival last year they broke up.
They broke up? I didn'€™t hear about that.
Yeah! We toured with this band Mandy K. A few weeks run they broke up. We toured with Sing It Loud and they broke up so if you want to go on tour with us, it'€™s probably not a good idea because the curse may get you. So I wouldn'€™t recommend touring with us but Sparks The Rescue should definitely take us out again. I think we'€™re trying to plan something for next year maybe even. Definitely Sparks The Rescue and let'€™s see what others. There for Tomorrow, they were really cool and they'€™re from Orlando as well so definitely would love to tour with them again.

Then these next two are kind of goofy. What was the first CD or cassette you ever bought?
First CD I ever bought. Wow, it'€™s really strange but Radiohead was probably the first and it'€™s playing now which is strange but I bought the '€˜Ok Computer'€™ album or it was '€˜Kid A'€™ The was my first and well, it might have been Linkin Park'€™s '€˜Hybrid Theory'€™ actually. I can'€™t remember.

Then the first concert you went to and do you think either influences you? Like what you'€™re doing today or just personally?
The first concert I ever went to? NSYNC.
Aw! I get that a lot no worries.
I mean when you'€™re young like that. That was going on and what was the second half to that question?
Did either of those experiences like your first CD or your first concert influence you at all like today? Maybe as Amely or just like in general?
Definitely the CD purchase like Linkin Park and Radiohead. Two totally different bands but we try and draw from every thing. I try and draw from everything when I write and kind of get in different moods so it'€™s definitely been helpful in the writing process. Inspirational.

Then the last one! I know you have the tour with Versa and There for Tomorrow coming up and you say you'€™re going to be writing the new record so what can kids look forward to in 2011? Like we know the full length is going to come, are you going to be back on the road?
2011. What you can look forward to is us not playing Warped Tour because we'€™re not on it so stop asking.
Aww!
People ask all the time and it sucks because like we tried. We tried and it didn'€™t happen so there'€™s that (laughs) but yeah you can definitely expect a new record. We'€™re going to start touring in March most likely. Either the end of February or March and hopefully we'€™ll get on some good support tours and open up for some cool bands. We'€™ll be touring all the way up until the new record comes out. We'€™ll probably record the record sometime in the summer. So just expect a lot of touring and a CD.
Well thank you so much!
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Sparks The Rescue

I attended only one to two shows to round out 2010 this past December but one of the bands that was sticking it out on the road was a common face to Music Remedy in Sparks The Rescue and we sat down with them again to catch up on everything the band'€™s had going on..including the new record! With in the ten months that had come between our last interview and this new one, the band played all of the Warped Tour, toured steadily with Mayday Parade and wrote and produced the new record!

Sparks fans have been waiting for over two years for new material from the band and will get to have that new record in the spring. Considering how challenging it is to write a sophomore record, I knew it was a topic I wanted to cover this time around along with catching up on everything from the video for '€œHello Mexico'€ that we had talked about to their extensive time on Warped this summer. Read on for our exclusive second time around with Alex and Toby and look for the boys to be back on the road soon!

Obviously a lot has gone on since our last interview but a soft one to start. Take the person next to you, what would they be doing if they weren'€™t in music like as a joke?
Alex: Toby would probably be a teacher. A substitute teacher because he already is a substitute teacher so I think he would be pursuing his substitute teacher role even harder and just subbing like crazy.
Toby: And I think Alex Roy would open up a thrift store with all of his clothes in order to make money to buy sweeter clothes.
Alex: Yes!

Perfect and then I know you guys are making the new record. I don'€™t know if it'€™s finished yet, if it'€™s still in progress, supposed to come out in the Spring?
Alex: Yep it'€™s going to come out anywhere between March and May. We'€™re not really sure of the exact date yet but it'€™s all done now. It'€™s going to be called '€™Worse Things I'€™ve Been Cursed With'€™ and it will be out and we'€™re really stoked on it. We should have a single out really soon and a video out and we'€™re like super excited about it.
Yeah because you'€™ve had Eyes Set To the Sun out for so long. Like before you got signed to Fearless so how excited were you to like start writing and working on this record?
Toby: It was awesome. It was a lot different because last time we had written a record over like the course of two years and this time we wrote the record in like a month and a half. We all lived in a house together so that went pretty well.
Alex: Just home in Maine. It was crazy!
Toby: Yeah it was crazy and we got five weeks in the studio and it was all done. It was like the quickest we had ever written a record but I think it'€™s like way better then the last one.

So with this release, did you write it differently? Did people have more part in it?
Alex: Yeah I mean we went into it a little bit differently then the last one. The last record came together in two years and this record came together in four months. So there was just a lot more like pressure and it was more intense of a writing process like when we were writing. The last record was like we had jobs while we were writing. This record was just like write, write, write, write. Like we were in the house to write and that'€™s what we did so it was awesome.

And then you went on Warped Tour this summer which was your first time around and I know you were on it for a month I believe. Right, you guys stayed the same?
Alex: Yep!
How did it end up going for you? Like it'€™s such a crazy experience as such a young band.
Toby: It was awesome. Alex Roy was a hustling man.
Alex: Machine! Every morning I'€™d get up and sell CD'€™s to the line and be like '€œYou got to check out my band! You got to buy my cd'€ and it was great! I mean the hardest part of Warped Tour was us doing it in a van and driving it all ourselves. Literally we like lived, ate, slept in the van and then were outside in hot weather all day like all we did was just drive and be at Warped Tour. Drive and be at Warped Tour. There'€™s no hotel rooms, no crashing at peoples'€™ houses, no showers.
Toby: It was awesome!
Alex: But it was awesome!

Then maybe if you could take like any three past bands you'€™ve toured with on a dream tour today, who would they be?
Toby: Every Avenue..
Alex: Every Avenue, Mayday Parade and All American Rejects.
Toby: Yep! That would be my exact line up.
Alex: I think we'€™d probably open the tour.

Perfect then what is coming up for you guys in the next few months? Are you going to be back on the road after this tour, putting out the record, taking a breather?
Alex: Yeah we should be heading back on the road in February. We have a bunch of tentative tours that we'€™re not allowed to say.
Of course yeah!
Alex: Because they'€™re not confirmed but Bieber is probably going to happen (Toby starts laughing). Bieber tour going on and then the Tay Swift tour so we got some good things going on. But we'€™ll be back on the road and we'€™ll be doing just some club tours. Hooking up with some other bands just doing some like support slots. Maybe doing another headliner in the future but not in the near future.
Toby: Right now we'€™re just like focused on getting the record all wrapped up. Like artwork and all that stuff and getting that out. I think that'€™s priority number one is just getting the new CD out right now and then we'€™ll be hitting the road real hard I bet.

Are you playing songs off the new record right now or is still too early for that?
Alex: There'€™s like three or four songs on the record that we like choose one from every night and we play one new song a night just because most people don'€™t know it yet. They want to hear the old stuff so we'€™re trying to break it in slow.

Then you were talking about making a new video for '€œHello Mexico'€. Did that end up happening or is that still coming?
Alex: Yeah we made like a little video for '€œHello Mexico'€ on the John Lennon bus which was us like dancing around and stuff. It came out pretty cool. We had like a bunch of bands in it. It wasn'€™t like a video with a story line or anything like that.
Toby: It'€™s on you tube you can check it out. I thought it came out really cool.
Alex: Yeah it'€™s like me dancing like a goofball a lot.
Toby: It'€™s like every day on Warped Tour two people won a contest to go on the bus and be in our video and then at the end they made it all together. Like anyone in the past month who came on the bus like got in the video so it was like really cool.

Perfect and then being a band that does obviously tour a lot, I mean you guys have been touring for a few years now pretty steadily, what are like the three things that you must have while you'€™re on the road?
Toby: Toothbrush, clean underwear and my computer!
Alex: Yeah I'€™m a labtop nerd. I'€™m always on my labtop and I would say clean socks and clean underwear if I can group those together and pretzels.
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I Can Make A Mess Like Nobodys Business

Ace Enders has been one of the most talked about underground pop punk songwriters over the past few years in this scene be it with The Early November to I Can Make a Mess Like Nobody'€™s Business and lucky for me, I recently got the chance to sit down with Ace the second time around during his time on the Harmony Tour! We had previously talked at Warped Tour but knowing the craziness of that tour, this time around we really went in depth about how this time has been for him as a musician!

When you'€™re playing to audiences that really haven'€™t heard of you before on tours that most fans wouldn'€™t expect to see you on, it can be difficult and in Ace'€™s words '€˜It'€™s weird because I'€™m forced to be a young band once again'€™. He'€™s been known as an independent artist and we talked about his musical journey which includes him getting to a point in age and career where it'€™s about doing his job and doing what he feels he'€™s good at along with balancing the challenges of having an incredibly young son! Read on for our exclusive interview where we talked about it all and look for the new Mess record in early spring!

So you played all of Warped Tour this past summer! How did it end up going for you?
I'€™ll say, I'€™ll use football terms here. There was a lot of off the field ups and downs this summer at Warped tour. The shows themselves were pretty good you know. It'€™s weird because I'€™m forced to be a young band once again. Like a starting over band and if I was truly in that position I would have walked away from it being like '€˜Ooh my god that was the greatest thing ever! Rahhh!'€™ but being that I'€™ve already been on that roller coaster. It'€™s not frustrating it'€™s just like you know I'€™m not nineteen, twenty, twenty one, twenty two or twenty three, twenty four any more. So it'€™s like, you know, it is what it is. I came off the tour being like business wise I think it all helps down the line. You know I think it will be a positive tour. At the time of doing it, it'€™s one of those that'€™s like, you know, difficult things just because it'€™s difficult. It'€™s Warped Tour. You'€™re not looking at it like I'€™m having fun, I'€™m partying you know. I'€™m not going on it for that reason. I'€™m going on it to grow but it was good. It was positive overall.

Obviously you'€™ve been doing this music thing for so long starting with The Early November, Ace Enders and A Million People up until this with I Can Make A Mess. So how has it been playing to these kids that probably a lot of them haven'€™t heard of you before?
I think at these shows it'€™s a benefit of them never hearing of you because they have nothing to expect at all. You know and it'€™s like I can approach every night a little bit different. Like I can still use every night to learn off of and go to the next night. As though there is nothing I have to live up to because honestly maybe there'€™s like ten people in the entire crowd who have heard (of me). Who know what it is and it'€™s like in that respect, it'€™s easier for me to go out there and to be a turd if I want on stage. I could be, you know, like a cool dude. I could be a jerk. It doesn'€™t matter. I'€™m totally new to them every night. So it'€™s like just basically just using your emotions and having nothing to live up to. I mean in that way it'€™s like playing it out, seeing what works for them. I don'€™t think I'€™ll ever truly connect on that level but it'€™s been a learning process. A great tour so far.
I can see you'€™re getting along with everyone really well.
Yeah everyone'€™s awesome.


Then maybe what'€™s like the strangest thing you'€™ve seen at one of your shows?
The strangest? I'€™d say like a week ago I saw two thirteen year old girls get in a fist fight right at the front of the barricade. That was the strangest thing I'€™ve ever seen in my life. You really don'€™t see that every day.
No way!
Not, I mean you can if you go to a school and it'€™s sort of like a bad school. These were thirteen year old girls wearing like fuzzy weird hats and like you know blonde hair. You know shirts that were hand made. It'€™s not like what you would expect.

Perfect! Obviously you'€™ve done a lot of touring in the past and if you could maybe go out with any three bands you'€™ve toured with in the past not necessarily a dream tour, who would they be?
Copeland. I'€™ll definitely say them. I'€™ve done a few tours with them. Definitely Copeland probably number one. Steel Train are up there too. How many bands did you say?
You can do three.
Three? Okay so Steel Train, Copeland and I'€™m going to go back. I'€™m going to dig up aways to another band that I enjoyed very much touring with and I'€™m going to go..I had a great time touring with Maylae.
Maylae?
Mhmm.
That is taking it back!
Definitely that'€™s taking it back yeah. There'€™s so many really nice guys you know. Limbeck! Let me add both of those. I want to add both of those bands.
We'€™ll do a five band.
Yeah five band bill. Maylae, Limbeck, Steel Train, Copeland. I'€™ll just go to the show and watch. It doesn'€™t matter.


Perfect and then I know you put out an acoustic record which was like all requests.
Yeah it was all requests.
That'€™s awesome! How did that idea come about?
You know it came from Warped tour actually. I did acoustic sets every day and I did all requests. I just played whatever anybody wanted to hear and everybody had such a good time. Those were actually my favorite sets at Warped tour because it'€™s like playing in a tent that was packed with people every day just yelling and it was fun. So when I came home, I was on twitter, as awesome as that is, and was just like '€˜How about I do a all requests album?'€™ and everybody seemed to be really into it. That'€™s pretty much why I did it.

And then this is actually quite a different question. Along with self producing, there are a few bands that you have produced as well including a band from here View From An Airplane.
Oh yeah! That was good. I did a song with them.
So I don'€™t know how you went about it in the past but I know you self produce your records now. How was it to be like on both sides of it?
I mean that'€™s just how I'€™ve always known it. So it'€™s like for me, it'€™s weird. Like I'€™m just learning now how to produce myself you know and it took me-. I'€™ve been doing this for what eleven years, going on twelve years and now I'€™m finally learning how to produce myself. As far as other bands when they come in like (snaps his fingers) I can almost instantly hear something and be like you know and go have a direction. For myself, it'€™s like there'€™s so many strings attached to each thing. It'€™s like, you know, now I'€™m finally learning how to do that. I feel like when we get home we'€™re recording another record and I'€™m really, you know, excited about that because I know that, well I think I have a good grasp on it for this record. For the first time ever.

So when you say that, you mean that'€™s for the new record?
Yes!
So I know the last one came out a few months ago now. How has this one been different if you'€™re already working on the next one?
This one actually the response was really overwhelming at first. It was great. It was really nice to see like the amount of people that still remembered it and it was something special to them. You know other than the Copeland tour we haven'€™t really done tours that we sort of catered to but it was really overwhelming and really nice to see it. It really felt good to have like the amount of people that supported us and it just really felt good. It was cool.

And then where'€™s like the strangest place you'€™ve been inspired? Like you were sitting somewhere or someone said something and you got like a flash of inspiration.
You know it'€™s funny that it happens when I'€™m driving through the night most of the time. It'€™s like I'€™m in a weird place driving and everybody'€™s sleeping and I'€™ll pick up my phone and I'€™ll be like hummm, da da, da humm. I know that was a song right there. You know that song that goes like? I forget what that is but like that will happen and it will be like I'€™ll have a whole song in my head. Like the lyrics and you know melodies and what instruments would be played. Seriously like listening back to it like this is where the drums would be '€˜la puka puka pa ratata'€™ you know. Like doing all the instruments but it'€™s like that'€™s definitely like you know just driving in a weird place. You can'€™t really stop and you have nothing to record with it. Doing it in my silly phone.

And then obviously this has probably changed over the years. I'€™m sure you'€™ve written a million songs and they'€™re not the same way every time but like does it change every time, does it depend on where you are? Does that work for you being like '€˜I'€™m going to sit down and write a song right now'€™?
Sometimes. It all depends. Like anything really works. It'€™s like really the only thing I'€™ve ever been able to do. I don'€™t want to say like that'€™s all I'€™m good at and I'€™m not saying I'€™m good or better than anyone else you know what I'€™m saying? It'€™s the only thing that I'€™ve felt comfortable putting myself out there at and it'€™s like if I just sit down and think I'€™m going to write a song right now like knock on head I'€™ll write a song.

Then what would you say is maybe your favorite song, off this latest record, to play live?
'€˜Old Man'€™. Yeah. That'€™s my favorite song to play ever. I think it'€™s my favorite song I'€™ve ever made for sure.
Oh yeah?
Yeah I feel it'€™s my best.

Perfect then this is kind of a different question for you. I know that for a bit of the time you'€™re able to have your son on tour with you and your wife which is great because I know he'€™s so young but how has that helped you maybe? Like having your family out with you because most people don'€™t have that chance?
It'€™s kind of amazing for me in every way. As much as it would like be difficult, it helps and it'€™s really difficult and it'€™s really awesome at the same time. It'€™s like, it'€™s like reality at it'€™s finest you know. It turns into I'€™m not here to tour. I'€™m not here to be friends. I'€™m not here to do band stuff. I'€™m here to work. I'€™m here to-
This is your job.
Yeah I mean it brings that into it as much as you possibly can have it. I don'€™t look to have fun, I look to see how tomorrow I can be in a better place and along with that. Along with the pretty much twenty four hour check because you know like I mean everyone looks at you like you'€™re doing something completely irresponsible but it'€™s not.
It'€™s not! You'€™re working.
To provide for my family. I'€™m able to like when he was out here on this tour, we went to Disneyland then we had a day off in Santa Monica then we had a day off at like these beautiful gardens in Dallas. He took his first steps in Disney World. It'€™s really great like he'€™s already traveled pretty much every where in the country. He'€™s been on a few tours, he'€™s been in almost every state and it'€™s like we have pictures of him in almost every state with some type of landmark. You know it'€™s neat and it'€™s tough being away and it'€™s tough thinking about the stability factor but the thing is if we do this much longer, he'€™s going to start to realize he'€™s in different places and he'€™s going to start to take pieces of these places with him for the rest of his life. I think it'€™s going to have in his young adult life, it will be like something that he can really use to his advantage and to build off of. I try and look at it like that other than you know the fact that it'€™s hard. Sleeping in a different hotel room every night you know.
It will be a good experience for him to look back on.
Yeah and if things work out, if we achieve ultimate what we want to achieve then hopefully it will be a win situation. If not, it'€™s just a good time.

Then obviously like I was going to ask since you'€™ve been doing this for a really long time, you'€™ve had different projects and you'€™re sticking with I Can Make A Mess right now but what are your like-. Obviously your family is probably a big inspiration now but when you were first starting, what were your big inspirations to keep on going despite everything?
I think it'€™s like the same thing for everybody. When you'€™re growing up for me it'€™s like I'€™m so off the wall for where I'€™m from. I had such an off the wall thing that I wanted to do. Everyone was like '€˜You can'€™t do it. You'€™re never going to do what you'€™re going for. You just don'€™t have it.'€™ and that was what inspired me to be like '€˜No. Like I can do it'€™. I hate to narrow it down to something like that and I can glorify it as much as I possibly want. Like what you do when you'€™re in your mid twenties. You glorify things that you did and then you get to your late twenties and you'€™re like you know I'€™m not sugar coating it. What drove me was just proving that you don'€™t have to have a small mind and you don'€™t need a college education. All you need is heart and that'€™s what drove me pretty much.

And then you said you'€™re going to work on the new album. Do you think you'€™re going to take a break from the road? You'€™ve been pretty steady with touring lately. What'€™s going to be going on for you?
You know, I'€™m actually really excited. We'€™ve got a lot of ideas for the spring so not too much of a break. We'€™ll take off like December. You know we'€™re doing a few shows in December some holiday shows. We'€™ll take off December, January. In February, the record will come out and then we'€™ll probably pick up again in March.
I think that'€™s the good thing about doing it independently because you can put it out much quicker.
That'€™s been the greatest thing. Like I said, the only thing that I feel like I'€™ve ever been at all decent at is writing music and to be able to just do it at my leisure. It'€™s like I'€™m not in a rush to get a new label. I'€™m paying my bills, I'€™m saving a little bit of money. You know I'€™m doing things that normal twenty eight year olds do so it'€™s like I'€™m happy. You know, I'€™m excited to do that.
I think that'€™s all I have. I really appreciate it.
Of course!
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