Keepin 6 (05 mai 2008)


Entrevue de Dave avec Jason



[DAVE]: Hey guys, we talked almost a year ago when the album was about to launch. A year later, what has been the response from the fans?

[JASON]:
We've heard nothing but good things from our fans and we're really stoked that people have taken to the album. The only people who seem to not like what we're doing are people who won't give the genre a chance.

[DAVE]: You've received a lot of attention from the press for the release of Uncensored. How did you deal with all the promotion? Is it something hard for you to do?

[JASON]:
Not at all - we don't really think too much about that kind of stuff. When you're busy promoting an album and playing lots of shows, you don't really even notice it. It's not like we see our faces on billboards or anything (laughs).

[DAVE]: Are you still very happy with the album you ended up producing? Any regrets?

[JASON]:
No regrets at all. The album was exactly what we set out to do, and I think it turned out better than we expected. Steve Rizun produced the album and added just the right touch - he didn't change what we already had, just built on it

[DAVE]: Uncensored was your first full-length album. Looking back, how does it feel to record your first record and then spend months on the road supporting it? What are the pittfalls that other bands should avoid while doing the same thing?

[JASON]:
The main thing is to just make sure you get out there and that people see your name around. One thing I think we regret is losing money while on the road. It's a complete bummer and we will be avoiding the from now on. It's annoying to put everything you have into touring, only to come back with nothing. I don't think any of us are down with doing that anymore and will be choosing our touring regimen a little more carefully from now on.

[DAVE]: To support this album, you've been touring like crazy over the past year. What are your most memorable shows of the past year?

[JASON]:
Just recently we did a few dates with THE AGGROLITES. Right now those are the most memorable because I've loved their stuff for the past few years. Another cool thing we did about a year ago was to play the Freedom Festival here in Toronto (over 20,000 people turned out throughout the day).

[DAVE]: Are there any funny story you could share with us of your life on the road?

[JASON]:
One time when we were doing a 20-hour drive home from Halifax, we had a pretty funny incident. It was like 3 am and most of us had fallen asleep except for Bryan (our singer). All of a sudden Dan woke up and started screaming (I guess he had a dream we were going to crash) and everyone else woke up and started screaming as well. I wish we could have videotaped it, because it was all silent then went to the loudest screams (laughs), and nothing had happened!

[DAVE]: You'll be back in Montreal on May 18th for a show with PICKSEID and STEPPER. How well do you know those two bands?

[JASON]:
I actually just heard STEPPER the other day for the first time and loved what I heard. Really looking forward to catching their set. PICKSEID I don't know that well but we will be seeing them in a few weeks, and from what I've heard they are excellent!

[DAVE]: Can you give me three reasons why people who are reading this just can't miss the show?

[JASON]:
We will put on a great show for you guys. If you haven't seen us before, this is your chance! We haven't been to Montreal in about 6 months, so people that have seen us won't want to miss this. The lineup is solid and none of the bands will dissapoint!

[DAVE]: Can we expect to hear some new songs at the show?

[JASON]:
Not quite yet - we're holding back our new material until we at least have some demos done.

[DAVE]: Talking about new songs, are you guys writing songs for an upcomming album?

[JASON]:
Yeah we have actually written half of the new album already. We have been working on the songs for about a year, and when we finally get around to doing the next record, I know fans won't be dissapointed!

[DAVE]: Friends of yours have signed with labels like Stomp Records and Fat Wreck Chords. Are you still happy with Stereo Dynamite Records?

[JASON]:
Totally. We love being from the same city as our label, definitely helps with communication. Plus, Jeremy Shum is the man! They treat us like gold.

[DAVE]: Did your view on the music industry change over the last year?

[JASON]:
Mine has for sure. I've realized it is more of a money-based industry than I had ever thought. It's not something you think about if you're not immersed in it, but seeing how it works now, I think all of us in the band value what we have going on. Our first priority isn't money, and you can see that just by checking out our record. Bands like us have to work so much harder to get places, but I think it's more rewarding. If we ever change our sound drastically from one record to the next, you'll know we're sick of working so hard and just want to cash in (laughs).

[DAVE]: How difficult is it still today for a band to be able to live off it's music? Have you made it that far?

[JASON]:
Definitely not. We all have jobs outside of the band, and don't really make anything off of our music. There are so many expenses involved in the band that the money we get from playing and selling merch goes right back into it. It would be nice to live off the band, but we're definitely not at that stage. I guess that's what punk rock is all about!

[DAVE]: What can we expect from you guys for the upcomming year?

[JASON]:
We will be working on a video quite soon, and you'll probably be hearing us a bit more on the radio. If you're not hearing us, request our song on your local radio station! Check out our myspace for links to radio station request forms - http://www.myspace.com/keepin6.



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