The Audition Interview

January 17, 2007 | By:


The Audition Interview
Bloomsbury Bowling Lanes
17/01/2007

After their extremely successful support slot with Aiden on the 2006 Victory records tour US band The Audition are back to hit the UK again as part of the Kerrang Tour, sharing the stage with Biffy Clyro, The Bronx and I am Ghost! We caught up with them at their first UK headline date at The Bloomsbury Bowling Lanes! And boy did they deliver the goods!

Do you think Myspace has been important to your success, and do you think it makes it easier to tour other countries as people have heard your music first?

Danny
I definitely think that Myspace is a huge beneficiary to any band, you can be a band that has never played a show before and have songs on Myspace and have fans in Japan, all over the United States and the UK, I think its an amazing tool for bands to get your name out there, you can add as many friends as you want, you can add a million people a day who have heard your music, it’s unbelievable. It is a good way to interact with your fans to keep that personal level with them, if you look back to the 70’s everything was so mysterious with Led Zep and Pink Floyd, and now someone can send us a message and we can reply and they are like “Oh my God my favourite band just replied to my message – it’s amazing”

Do you still respond to all messages and look after your Myspace?

Ryan
We are on it every single day, looking at messages and adding friends, even though sometimes it can be annoying sometimes, why do some bands have Myspace if it’s not for the fans, you know, some bands admit that they used to do it but now their label do it, what the fuck is that about, why do you even have one then?? If the kids wanna talk to you that’s what they use it for

Do you think that there is a risk with Myspace flooding the industry with bands, which means bands are constantly being dropped after the first album for the next big Myspace band?

Danny
I don’t agree on the next big thing, those bands existed anyway though I do think that it has become over flooded with bands, but there are a lot of bands that think Myspace is an easy way in, but I think that if you are really passionate about your music and really want to do something with it, it’s very good for you

Are the band a really tight unit – and is there anyone that is a bit of an animal at times?

Danny
Our Merch guy, we have to keep him in line

Ryan
Compared to a lot of bands you see where they don’t get along, a long time ago I saw an interview with Mark Hoppus and he said the only time on tour when you’re alone is when you’re in the bathroom, you live with six dudes 24/7 for like 300 days, we have been touring for the last year and a half non stop. Your gonna have fights – it’s like a second family, I consider all of the guys a friend, when we come off tour we keep in contact and talk, I mean Danny lives in Detroit so we have our space.  We’re really tight knit.

How are you finding the current tour with Biffy Clyro, I am Ghost and The Bronx, and what sort of reaction are you getting from the UK crowds?

Ryan
Biffy is like a cult following and some people are like “Fuck off, mon the Biffy” or whatever they say but, you know, the shows in Belfast and Dublin were like fucking crazy

Danny
I think the Astoria is going to be a big one, I mean on the last tour with Aiden, I think that was one of my favourite shows I have ever played, playing in a different country in front of so many people that knew who we were was unbelievable and I think, going back to the Myspace thing, a lot of that was due to online promotion whether that be from us or the record label.

What is the strangest venue you have played?

Ryan
Jacksonville we were playing with the Red Jumpsuit Apparatus and we go upstairs to the backstage room and there was a huge sex slave bondage room with video cameras facing this pedestal
Joe
North Carolina there was a venue with stripper poles and if it was an over 18 show they had strippers
Danny
Wichita, Kansas
Mexican Mafia chopped up a body and had put it in the freezer and there was still blood in the freezer, there are rumours that it’s haunted and our friend in another band was smoking a cigarette outside and he swears that when he threw the cigarette it was like someone batted it away

What albums can’t you boys put down just now – who’s listening to what?

Bayside, John Mayer, Brand New, There’s a lot of records coming out this year

What are you looking forward to in 2007?

Ryan
We are really excited about the Head Automatica and Jacks Mannequin tour, that is going to be awesome, being able to meet new friends, this tour has been amazing for that we have made so many friends

What would be your top tips for the industry?
Joe
Chiiiiill!!
Ryan
If you’ve got success don’t act like it, don’t become a cock sucker
Danny
Just be yourself

What is your favourite city to play?
Danny
Chicago our home town, the kids go fucking insane, it’s awesome, or Eerie Pennsylvania is mental too it’s like a second home

Is being famous important to you?
Ryan
Being famous is cool, but a lot of people who just want to be famous and there band doesn’t stay around for long, they have no longevity, we would be happy playing shows and doing what we love for the next ten years – money would be a bonus

These guys are due back later in the year for a headline tour and a support slot with The Academy Is..! These guys are going to be huge so make sure you catch them in a smaller venue, it’s an experience not to be missed!!

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