Interview: We came as Romans, Live Music Hall (Köln)18. Januar 2016
Kyle – Vocals
Dave – Vocals
Lest We Forget: How is the Tour going so far?
Dave: The tour is fun. One OK Rock has some crazy hardcore fans and it’s cool playing infront of new people every night.
Lest We Forget: Do you have hardcore fans on this tour with you, too?
Dave: Well yea a little bit, but not as much as them. Not that our fans are less hardcore, but they are the ones headlining. So they have the mojority of the crowd. But it’s fun for me and Kyle as frontmen to try to interact with them and get them involved into the show, even though they are completely there to see One OK Rock. It’s fun to try to win some people over every night.
Lest We Forget: What was your craziest fan experience?
Dave: I think the craziest was when we visited Manila in the phillipines. We had an appearance at a mall and as we showed up, they told us that we have to wait for the police to escort us into the mall. And we were like: „what’s happening? Why do we need police?“ Then 10-20 Policemen showed up and surrounded us by holding hands and walked us into the mall. As the doors opened we saw why. There was just chaos going on. There were so many people going wild about us, they immediately ran up to us and tried to touch us. The police started tackling them and putting them in head locks and stuff. It was just crazy.
Lest We Forget: What was the craziest thing, that happened on tour?
Kyle: I was left in a country one time and had to find my way back without even a phone. I was very drunk and a police situation blocked the streets so I couldn’t pass. The bus waited for 45 minutes and then took off without me. So when I finally reached the place where the bus was parked, I saw that they left without me. At that time I was in New Castle and had to go to Glasgow in Scotland, so I had to take a night train and sign in an apple store to charge my phone. But somehow I managed to show up right before soundcheck. (laughs)
Lest We Forget: What do you do on tour to keep yourself entertained?
Dave: Kyle likes to write a lot of music, he’s always on his laptop. I read a lot, I’m currently trying to learn spanish. Josh also likes to read.
Lest We Forget: So you don’t play video games on tour?
Dave: Well we can’t bring our gaming systems from the US with us on tour in europe so we are a little creative with what we do. But usually we also play games. Joshua likes „Call of Duty“, Kyle likes „NHL“, I love „NHL“ and „Destiny“ and sometimes when I’m bored I play „Starcraft“. Joshua is rather the PC kinda guy but I’m all consol.
Lest We Forget: How do you write your Songs? Do you first write the lyrics or the music?
Dave: In the past Josh wrote the majority of the music and lyrics. And then we put the melodies and more lyrics to his music. But now it’s a much more combined effort between the whole band. So it depends on what kind of song we’re writing. Our new melodic songs start for example with a melodic chord progression. Then we write a melody and from that melody we write the lyrics. After that we write the rest of the music.
Lest We Forget: Have you ever wrote a song and then noticed that the melody is already from an existing song from another band?
Dave: Well yea. Sometimes something sounds good to you because you heard it somewhere before without knowing. But when that happens someone from the band will say „hey wait a minute – that is already a justin bieber melody or something.“ (laughs)
Lest We Forget: Do you listen to your own songs?
Kyle: We played our songs for so long now live on stage that we do not listen to them in our free time. We all listen to different kind of music.
Dave: If it’s a new record, we listen to our new songs to pick which ones we like and to learn them. But once the record is out, we usually do not listen to our own songs anymore.
Lest We Forget: Do you have any songs in mind you want to do a cover of?
Dave: It would be fun to cover something from Linkin Park. We are all huge fans of them. If I had to pick a song from them I’d say Faint.
Lest We Forget: Who inspired you to play music?
Kyle: Well we all have different kind of influences, but the band we all could agree on would be Underoath.
Lest We Forget: Do you rather like playing festivals or club shows?
Kyle: Well I like playing festivals, because there is so much energy going around.
Dave: Yea I think our band always does better on a bigger stage. Then we have more room to move and go crazy.
Lest We Forget: What are your plans for christmas?
Kyle: I’m gonna be at my girlfriend’s house.
Dave: I’m gonna spend christmas with my family and my girlfriend in Detroit. Then the next day we will fly to Medellín, Columbia to visit the rest of her family. That’s why I’m learning spanish by the way.
Lest We Forget: What was the worst christmas present you have ever got?
Dave: My mom always seems to get me golf tees. She forgets how many she buys me and I end up with a ton of it. I have definetely more tees than I can use in my whole life. (laughs) She keeps buying me tees and I don’t have the heart to tell her to stop. (laughs)
Lest We Forget: Do you have any new year resolutions?
Dave: Read more. My goal is to read 30 pages a day.
Lest We Forget: Is there anything new you are up to release any time soon?
Kyle: Yea we are about to release a video to our song „Who will pray“ It’s a really funny video you will see. We are all super heroes in it. It was really fun to make. It’s cool and funny at the same time.
Lest We Forget: Has Captain Cannon made it into your video?
Dave: (laughs) We tried to get him in the video, but the way we imagined him would cost a lot of money. There is a mention in the music video about him but he’s not in it.
Fill in the blanks:
_______ is always late.
Dave: Me (laughs)
_______ takes the longest in the bathroom.
_______ drinks the most.
Dave: Andy! He’s a professional drinker (laughs)
_______ sleeps the longest.
Dave: Josh or Eric.
_______ snores the loudest.
_______ talks the most.
Dave & Kyle: Eric! By far!
_______ gets the most girls .
Dave: Andy. Especially when he’s drunk. (laughs)