This guy couldn't hear the music, I've never met him, don't know his name, and didnt meet him afterwards.
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Richie T caught up with Dan and Kyle from Bastille about new music, crashing Woody's honeymoon, and coming back to the U.S. Read a brief overview or listen to the full interview below.
Very soon, don’t worry. We’re working on it, we’ve got something coming out imminently and then a new album next year, hopefully as early as we can possibly get things finished. As soon as possible in terms of when that can happen, but before the end of this year we are releasing something else. Which may or may not be a mixtape.
Coming back to the U.S.:
We’re in L.A for the week, we’re doing some TV shows here, so we’ve just come. It feels nice, we haven’t been in the U.S all summer, we’ve been in Europe doing festivals. We did 40, about 40 festivals in pretty much every European country you’ve ever heard of. Which was really fun, it’s just nice to be back in the U.S., it’s so hot here!
Next U.S. tour:
We’re really excited about touring. We’re coming back in October/November as well so I’m sure you’ll be sick of us again very soon.
The reign of Bad Blood :
When we put out the first record we had no idea what it was going to do, we’ve kind of been riding it's wave a little bit for a while, so It’s going to be quite strange moving on to the next thing and seeing if It’s any good.
Trying to honeymoon with bandmate Woody:
Woody just got married a couple weeks ago, which felt very grown up. He demanded some time for a honeymoon so we all got a week off, which was wicked.
Richie T: Did you go on the honeymoon with him?
We tried, but his wife was not happy. We all do enough traveling together, the Honey Moon was a chance for us to be alone with our thoughts for once.
You hear lots of stories about people who at the end of tour don’t really know how to decompress. You’re so used to your whole day being planned out and scheduled and stuff and suddenly you find yourself back in London at home and you’re friends are at work and you’re like uh, what do I do? How do I feed myself?
Catch Bastille November 11th at the UCCU center. Get tickets HERE
Richie T talked with Isaiah Silva from Big Ass Show 2014 artist The Eeries about their single "Cool Kid", band origins, and growing up in a cult. Read a brief overview below, or listen to the full audio at the bottom of the page.
Being on a radio tour:
It’s been fun man. It is very very tasking, like I said I’m running on fumes right now but t’s all good. It’s a lot of fun and obviously, you’ve got to love it first and foremost before you do this. You can’t be in it for any other reason, you can’t be in it for hopes of making money, you can’t be in it for hopes of being famous or anything like that because you’ll be sorely disappointed if that’s your motivation. You really have to be passionate about it and love it because you’re going to be out here for weeks at a time and running on very little sleep – so yeah. That’s my two cents about being in a band.
Got guys from Chicago, got a guy from Italy, but basically we all met in Los Angeles… We all moved out to L.A. we’d all been transplants I guess if you will for ten years? So we had all lived here for ten years. We played in the local scene together and we’ve all toured, god for, we’ve been on the road for 16 years? So we’ve all, the rest of the guys as well, we’ve all played in different bands and toured in the past. So when people think of overnight success, it’s far from it. Not that we’re successful or anything, I mean we’re barely just getting started here.
“Cool Kid” getting the band together:
Basically what had happened is I had written a song, and I didn’t feel comfortable sharing it with the guys I was playing with, they were very close minded, and it made me feel uncomfortable, their attitudes. So I kind of hid it from them, kept it a secret and I decided to start to kind of make my way out of that band and as I was making my way out I sent it to a few very trusted friends, I kept it very close to home. I didn’t want any strangers in the band or anything like that or hired guns, so I kept it really close to home and sent it to a handful of friends. Luckily enough the song moved them enough to where they were able to get behind it and endorse it.
It’s like being in five relationships simultaneously. You see these people every single day, it’s actually a lot like marriage. You see these people every single day of your lives. You wake up next to them, I mean we sleep in beds together, come on. I know what these guys smell like, on their prettiest days and their not so pretty.
Catch The Eeries at the 2014 X96 Big Ass Show. Buy tickets HERE or at any Graywhale location.
Richie T talked with Fieldy from KoЯn about his aversion to heat, being a band for so long, and how the band was almost called Larry. Read a brief write up below, or listen to the full audio at the bottom of the page.
Formation of the band:
It’s kind of crazy because we actually grew up together and being that, we weren’t really put together, we’re kind of like brothers. We grew up in Bakersfield California and we’re all from the same town. I’ve known all these guys since like seventh grade, so it kind of makes it a little different. I think that’s why there’s such a chemistry and a bonding.
If KoЯn didn’t exist:
KoЯn started 20 years ago and we haven’t really stopped to even have enough time to think about - what would I do? On some down time I put out a book called “Got The Life”, I did another solo band called Stillwell, I play guitar in that, I’m working on a bass album that’s almost out. So on the side I guess I’m still, I’m an artist.
His aversion to heat:
If I’m not hot it’s great, but most of the time when we’re doing our show it’s either if you’re indoors or outdoors you’re dealing with heat… I mean my heart is singing I just have to run back between songs and maybe dry heave a little bit and overheat and not feel good. It just kind of sucks you know? I don’t know how much I can put my body through. Sometimes I feel like I’m going to die but I don’t know, maybe I’m dramatic. Who knows? I just know I don’t feel good.
Having a family and being in a band:
It’s one of those things where you’ve kind of got to take it as it goes. I’ve been with my wife for 13 years and we’ve got three kids together. It’s all that she knows and I know, so it’s kind of like it is what it is, there’s nothing I can really do about it.
The Band Name:
We were sitting around trying to think of a band name back in the early days. Somebody said Korn and we thought it was really such a dumb name. We were like well what if we put the r backwards and do the squiggly writing and then went to our manager and told him “hey we came up with a band name, KoЯn”. He’s like “You can’t name your band Korn”. At the time our manager’s name was Larry and we’re like “Ok well, then we’re going to name our band Larry, you go ahead and pick whatever one you want”.
Ellis Ludwig-Leone, the brain behind Brooklyn band San Fermin, sat down with Richie T before their show at Salt Lake's Twilight Concert Series. He explains what San Fermin means, (how to pronounce it), and if Richie can join the band as the 9th member.
--- Classical Music Training ---
I was a music/composition student, classical music mostly…Most people in the band have the similar sort of thing going on...I think there’s a lot of different ways to write music and they’re all equally valid as long as you’re being honest. For us, there’s a lot of training, there’s a lot of intention in how we go about writing.
--- From One Man to Full Band ---
I wrote the record right when I graduated and then I took a while to record it. I just got my friends and random people to play on it. We got a record deal before ever really playing…We played one show with 15 people or something at Pianos, this tiny place in New York. Once we got that record deal suddenly it was like, “Oh, this has to become a band”…Allen and I, Allen’s the singer - the male singer, he and I have been best friends for years, since we were really young. Everyone else it was word of mouth or people maybe I went to college with or just, if you’re a musician in New York there’s a lot of through-the-grapevine sort of recommendations.
--- The Band Name ---
It’s the name of the running of the bulls festival. It’s the patron saint in Spain…I liked the idea of people putting themselves in danger for really no reason. It sort of feels like performing...["San Fermin"] was a lyric before it was a band name. So it was in the song “Torero” I think. Torero is Spanish for bullfighter as well. I was thinking about that and once I finished the record I was like, “Well, we gotta have a band name.”
--- Coordinating an 8-person Band ---
There are upsides and downsides for sure. I mean getting 8 people to Europe is a pretty costly endeavor. But when I wrote the record it was for like 20 something musicians, so I figured if you go any lower than 8, you’re starting to do a disservice to the music. Honestly, I chose the musicians as we were putting the band together such that I knew that they were good enough players that they could actually each do a number of things, in terms of the sax lines now sort of encompass sax and trombone and tuba. I’ve sort of smushed them all together into one player. It was an interesting compositional exercise to do that.
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