Q&A: Issues at Slam Dunk Festival, Midlands – May 2016

Carrie Humphries


Hello Michael, AJ and Josh. What can people expect from your set at Slam Dunk Festival today?

Michael: Grooves and hopefully a lot of energy.

AJ: We’re going to be playing a lot of bangers. We’ll be playing some old and some new.

You have been doing your tour of the UK this month. How has that gone for you?

AJ: Yeah, it’s been fun. It’s been really great so far.

Josh: The support bands have been really cool too. We’ve been touring with Hacktivist and The Astroid Boys.

Michael: It’s not often that you like to watch the whole set all the way through, and it’s great because we’ve had that on this tour.

Josh: They are super nice guys as well; plus the UK is awesome!

When you are touring, you spend some quite long spells away from home. If you could bring anything from home on tour with you, what would you choose?

Josh: I’d take my wife and the dog.

AJ: I’d probably bring my girlfriend and my PS4.

Michael: I’d take my bed. When I’m on tour I really miss my own bed.

Do you prefer performing at festivals or smaller, more intimate shows?

AJ: Festivals are really good fun to play at!

Michael: Providing that a festival runs smoothly; festivals can be really cool.

Josh: They’re usually hectic, but when they do go well it’s incredible.

AJ: It’s just fun, because you see a lot of friends and you can hang and go and watch other bands. We like to try and get out as much as we can.

You released your album Headspace in the last week. how has general reaction been to the album so far?

Josh: It seems like the reaction has been good. We haven’t quite got the first week numbers yet, but we should have them by the end of today or early tomorrow. So far, it seems like people are into it.

Michael: We haven’t had any hateful tweets, so it seems like it’s doing alright.

You released the video for The Realist earlier in the year, which featured a lot of fun and action on motorbikes. Did you guys actually do any of the riding yourself or did you have stunt doubles?

AJ: Michael did a backflip on it!

Michael: Yep. I’ve been riding since I was about 5 years old… Nah, I’m just kidding. The guys riding in the video are professional guys, but it is fun to watch.

You are really well known for having really diverse musical influences. However, if disaster struck and you could only listen to one album for the rest of your life; what would it be?

AJ: That’s a really hard question! So, if I was on an island and I could only listen to one album… hang on, hang on.

Michael: We’d be chilling beneath a coconut tree. I know I’m going to say something, and then ten minutes later I’m going to be like, no, I should’ve totally picked this album!

AJ: Ok, I’m just going to say the Ultimate Glen Miller Collection because I really love jazz. It puts me in a good mood and it’s easy listening.

Josh: I think I’d have to choose Come Now Sleep by As Cities Burn.

Michael: I don’t even know. This probably wouldn’t be it, but if I had to say right now, it’d probably be Take Off Your Pants and Jacket by Blink-182.

What’s in the pipeline for you for the rest of this year?

AJ: We have a video coming out in the next couple of weeks for Slow Me Down. We also go straight to the Warped Tour after this, and then I don’t think we really have anything confirmed after that.

Josh: Yeah, we’re still figuring out what we want to do. We’d like to go to Japan.

AJ: We’re trying to go back to South East Asia and Australia fairly soon. In fact, we’re just generally trying to get out of the US more this year as I feel like we’ve toured it to death.

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