A few weeks ago at Vans Warped Tour, Richie T and his team of expert producers recorded 5 straight hours of interviews - that's around 25 artists FYI. Over the past few weeks, we've been releasing videos of these interviews on the daily: bands like Less Than Jake, Real Friends, The Maine, Anberlin, and tons more!
In today's installment, we determine the appropirate amount of chest hair with For All Those Sleeping, how Hector of Lost In Society had a pet monkey, and Divided Heaven explains how to fangirl about bands without becoming a "punisher".
Watch the interviews and read a short write up below!
For All Those Sleeping
We all come from a small town, went to high school together. Sartelle, Minnesota. We played a lot of barn shows and things like that…it’s great to be out here, having a blast. Couldn’t think of a better way to spend my summer.
--- The Band Name Is A Joke. Really. ---
When we were younger, a few of us were in a punk band – a horrible punk band in high school – and we hated heavy music and screaming music which we do now, so we made this joke band to play like dumb songs and stuff that were heavy, and we just made fun of it. We were like, “What’s the dumbest band name we could think of that sounds like emo and screamo? Oh, For All Those Sleeping! That’s sounds so stupid!” Then years later when we started this band, we were like, “What should we call it? Remember that name that we made up a while ago, For All Those Sleeping?” And we just stuck with it. No significance, or nothing special to me. It’s a joke, to be honest.
--- Australian Warped Tour ---
That was our first time in Australia. We weren’t sure what to expect but they love music down there. Definitely we had some amazing fans, amazing shows…I remember we had this one girl who’s a big fan of ours, she literally flew to every single show on Warped Tour, bought a ticket to every one to see us. They have some diehard fans out there. Definitely a great place to play and a great first tour in Australia. Can’t wait to go back.
--- Fan Tattoos ---
We have people everyday that have our lyrics tattooed on them or stuff like that. Even further than that, what kids are liking to do now is they actually have you write down the lyrics that they want in your handwriting. I write a lot of our lyrics so I’ll write it down, and I have horrible handwriting and the kid’s like, “Cool! I’m getting this tattooed on me!” Then I’ll see them 6 months later on tour, and they’ll have my handwriting tattooed on them. It blows my mind ‘cuz it looks horrible a lot of times because I have horrible handwriting, but I try to tell them just get the lyrics done by an artist; have them look cool. But it means a lot to them.
--- Other Warped Tour Bands They Suggest
The Summerset, The Protomen
Lost In Society
Zach and Hector
--- Moving from Brazil to the U.S. ---
Hector: My family immigrated to the states when I was 10 years-old and I was always in to music. I played the violin and the piano when I was back home – back in Brazil. When I moved here, I started playing drums at 14. I met these guys, and we’ve been together for about 6 years.
--- Pets… ---
Hector: I had a monkey when I was in Brazil…A little spider monkey and his name was monkey.
--- Warped Tour ---
Zach: It’s weird because we just hopped on a week and a half ago so we’re still ready to go. Hector: We can go for another 3 weeks man! Zach: But everyone’s like done with it. And we’re like, “Come on let’s go! Let’s have fun!”
--- Sitting On a New Record ---
Zach: We have a 28 hour drive back to New Jersey from Denver, and then this summer we’re laying low a little bit, in the fall we’re gonna do some regional stuff. And then we’re going to Europe in March. We’re setting on a brand new record right now. We’re searching for labels…We really wanna take our time with this one and find the right way to put it out and the right people who really want to work
--- The Band Name ---
It was a book and a film by Christa Wolf who is a German author. I read the book while I was studying in Berlin in 2003 during a study abroad thing. The book was about a love story that was happening as the Berlin Wall was being erected – the guy wanted to go to the West, the girl wanted to stay in the East. I liked the idea of heaven – the word – being used in a secular context, so I stole the name. And the url DividedHeaven.com.
--- Abroad in Berlin ---
I was playing in a number of different bands. I left them all, just temporarily (in D.C., in Philly and on the East Coast) to go study for 5 months, and it was the first time that I was ever just a full-time student with no job, no band, no extracurricular stuff. I had my guitar with me, so I would just write songs, and that was the first time where I really started to write songs that didn’t fit the mold of any of the bands I was playing in. I just decided to start doing a solo project then. It wasn’t until really 2009 when it came to fruition, but the idea was borne in Berlin.
--- Warped Tour Tips: Don’t Be A Punisher ---
You will get sunburned, so you have to lather up. You will get dehydrated so you need to drink water constantly. You can’t be a punisher, meaning you can’t go up to bands, “OH MAN I LOVE YOUR BAND AHHHHH!”…You can’t really do that. You have to be a little more tactful than that, and you just can’t be a naïve jerk. If you get invited to play Warped Tour, you’re expected to carry yourself with a certain amount of dignity and respect, and a certain amount of – you should know what’s going on. You can’t be dumb.
--- The Warped Band He Fangirls Over ---
Saves The Day changed my life. Chris Connelly, their main songwriter, is probably my favorite songwriter beside John Lennon. Lyrically, he’s a tremendous guitar player too. But every record that that band has done has sounded completely different, and they’ve always been progressing. I think that says a lot for a band that’s under the punk and hardcore umbrella; it’s really easy to do the same thing over and over and over again. They’ve always pushed the limits: sometimes they’ve gotten a little weird, and sometimes they’ve brought it back to the roots. I met him the other night, and I didn’t have a freak out moment on the outside, but on the inside…He and I met in Pennsylvania in the late 90’s. Forever ago. He didn’t remember me, I didn’t expect him to remember me. So definitely Saves The Day. I came close to freaking out, but I didn’t do it.
This Saturday at Vans Warped Tour, Richie T and his team of expert producers recorded 5 straight hours of interviews - that's around 25 artists FYI. Over the next few weeks, we'll be releasing videos of these interviews on the daily: bands like Less Than Jake, Real Friends, We Are The In Crowd, The Ready Set and tons more!
Our first installment includes Echosmith - the family band behind the summer hit "Cool Kids", and local Warped Tour competition winners Sea Swallowed Us Whole. Clips of the interviews are below.
Head over to MeetTheBands.com to see the full interviews!
— This ain’t your typical family road trip —
Jamie: I think people get in their mind the idea of a family road trip, like what we’re doing is an endless family road trip. The big difference for us is that we’re all working and we’re not just being forced to be in a car together. We’re all doing it by choice and working towards a common goal, so it’s a different aspect than being on a 2-year road trip. We’re all actually working. When we’re all working, we’re all working together. When we all want to relax, we’re all relaxing together.
Sea Swallowed Us Whole
— Inspiration from the Provo Music Scene —
Chris: We recorded our last EP – the one that’s coming out on August 16 – we recorded it with our producer, Stetson Whitworth, and he’s actually pretty good friends with Quinn [from The Used]…So I have actually gotten a few chances where Quinn’s been in the studio – cuz they’re friends – and he’s sat down with me a few times and honestly has inspired me, in terms of being a musician. Especially coming from Utah, he helped realize that Utah bands can make it. You just have to be The Used or better.
LISTEN TO THE INTERVIEW HERE
How did you get involved with the Oddball Comedy Festival?
I’ve had a good relationship with Funny or Die and when they were formulating this tour they started grabbing people that they know and people that they like. That was pretty much it. It was pretty mellow. It was just like, “Hey do you want to do this thing?”
Did you start in comedy?
No, I had actually started in music and was very serious about it for a very long time, but I had done some comedy, drama, and improv in grade school and high school. It was definitely part of my upbringing; I just didn’t make it more formal until I moved to New York in 2003.
How did you get involved with Comedy Bang Bang?
I was involved from the beginning. I had done Scott’s LIVE show and Podcast, as well as written the Comedy Bang Bang Theme song when it was a podcast, so it was a natural evolution from there.
You were part of ‘America’s Next Top Model’ last year as a fake director and nobody knew who you were. What was that like?
It was a surprise to me too. It was really, really fun wearing a stupid disguise which I improvised before getting on camera since they didn’t have a wardrobe for me. I just told them to grab me these few things, so I grabbed a woman’s sweater to wear.
LISTEN TO THE INTERVIEW HERE
Hey, it's Organized Intern to share about my most exciting day as a Radio From Hell Intern (so far!)...
It was a morning just like any other Radio From Hell intern day. I got up before the sun and was pulling into the parking garage just as Richie T was arriving, which meant I was late. As he held the door open for me he said, "I have a special task for you today.”
That’s always bad news.
He walked me to a room I hadn’t been in and opened the door. I was mentally preparing my “no means no” speech when I saw the room and was stopped by a pile of crap. I really mean that: a pile of crap was impeding any further movement into the room. It was the most terrifying and glorious sight I’d ever seen – chairs, boxes, papers, chairs, garbage, CDs, electronics, chairs, rubber bands, room dividers, chairs, jingtinglers, trumtookas, slooslunkas, chairs, chairs, chairs, and more chairs.
“I think your mission here is clear,” and he probably said other things but my brain was too busy being excited. It was like the Room of Requirement in Harry Pottr but instead it was the room of Aquirement, because this isn't Hogwarts. Regardless, I got to ORGANIZE it!!
Christmas had come early.
As with any attempt to organize chaos, the first step was to gather my supplies. For this task I needed a sharpie, clean boxes, and some more interns.
To start, we needed to empty the room. With plenty of space to use in the hallway we emptied the room and sorted into two piles: Garbage and Keep. I have to admit, this was the hardest part of the job because you never knew if a rat, or a (shudder) spider was going to crawl out from underneath something.
Here’s some fun/disgusting/weird stuff that we found: A fake Christmas Tree; 4 boxes of white catalog envelopes; a red feather boa; one smut novel; a very old "On Air" light; 17 giant empty black binders; and one slice of half eaten pizza. I guess there is something so disgusting that even Smitty, the X96 Corporate Rat, won’t eat it.
Once we were rid of the garbage, we sorted the remaining stuff into boxes, and labeled the boxes. Sorting and labeling was definitely the fun part – I was so bummed I left my label maker at home! Good thing the nuns beat good handwriting into me! All the neatly labeled boxes were put back in the room, ready for the Big Move.
All in all, it took four interns, three hours, 4 new boxes, 5 old boxes, and 11 trips to the industrial garbage bins outside. Hopefully Richie T has more rooms like that for me to sort this next week – Hey, it’s better than getting paid! For me at least.
x Organized Intern
P.S. Thanks for reading this – you should email Richie T (firstname.lastname@example.org) and he’ll give you a prize!
Hey it's Richie T here! If you've been watching the World Cup non-stop like I have, you've been hearing XAmbassadors song, 'Jungle'. I talked with XAmbassadors on Monday about their new hit song. Here is a sneak peek of my interview with them:
“Jungle” Collaboration with Jamie N Commons
I had the track prior to ever working with Jamie. Alex sent me this incredible beat that he had produced with this guy, Mike Del Rio, and I sat down, I wrote this hook to it. I wrote it and recorded it right in my girlfriend’s kitchen actually. Those are the vocals that you hear on the track – those are recorded in a kitchen apartment…I sent it to Alex [Da Kid], and Alex was like,”You know what, I’m going in to the studio with Jamie tomorrow. I’m going to show it to him, see what he thinks of it.” Jamie wrote these verses pretty quickly, and there it was. It’s done.
Check out more with XAmbassadors and the full interview on the Meet the Bands website HERE
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