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
Want to know what FantasyCon is all about? I recently did a interview with Josh Patel, one of the masterminds behind the event. He talks about what you can expect from FantasyCon as well as why he decided to do this project.
You can check out the interview here
You can buy your tickets here
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