I was born on May 9th, 1979! I’m a Taurus bull and in the Chinese Zodiac I
believe I’m the Sheep. Or a wolf in sheep’s clothing. Or a ham steak in a
chicken cordon bleu cover-coat. It’s only a matter of how much swiss cheese
you can stuff inside the chicken chunk and still have room for the ham, but
remember to eat it hot or you’ll get solid swiss, and that can be a big time
bum out! Dunk your food in cider for a cool spiced apple taste with a
autumn kind of feeling. That is why this website rules!
2. What made you become a musician?
Well, I had a lot of things to do, you know? A lot of chores, and the first
chore was always the worst. When you first wake up in the morning and you
have a big list of chores slipped under your pillow and tucked under your
mattress you know it’s going to be one of those days… you know? Just a
long list of things to do before the sun sets and then some good old
fashioned traditional night-work to polish it off. The problem was
sometimes I would have dual double chores and I would have to finish the
first set chores before I could even think about getting to the alternate
lists of back up chores, and the stuff would pile up. I remember one
weekend when I had at least two dozen primary chores on the front lines with
a healthy stack of back up and secondary alternate chores that I was
supposed to do in the downtime between the setup and take-down of the more
important chores, the thing was I would already be working with my hands
dipped into at least two different pies, so even if I had some cross time
between a chore layover I was already over-commited to the chores that were
already underway, and once I committed to a chore I would never let it rest
until I could completely mark it off the list. One day I decided that I was
through with only doing other peoples pie work, and I decided to start
adding my own stuff to the chore lists. I marked down that I was going to
take ten minutes everyday to eat candy and to do some push-ups. And
everyday I always made sure to get some kind of candy in my gut, no matter
how small or rotted the candy may have been, I had to fulfill the chore.
And I would do one pushup before I went to bed as I chewed on the candy. My
Mom and Dad thought that I might like to start playing piano when I was
about five years old. So, I took some lessons and I really liked them, it
stayed with me through and through and I kept on playing the keys to this
very day. In high school I stopped taking piano lessons, but I was still
figuring out stuff by continuous playing. I’m not the greatest piano
player, but I can play enough to get by. I can make the first and last
moves and get the song going, and I can always figure out what I need to do.
I really would like to get better at playing, so I always keep practice
and playing high on the list of cool stuff to try and do. It made it become
what it is, and my parents made me become a musician and I made myself
become a kid and my parents made me become a man and then we all made me
become a maker. You know?
3. Who are your musical influences and why?
It really all starts and ends with pure grandness and large scale standings
and high production values and a cinematic vision to view things as they are
and not what they could be! All music that takes it upon itself to be as
best as it can be, all music that tries and tries and uses all it’s might to
build up the most fantastic power that music can build. No reservations or
doubts but instead absolute conviction and dedication and committment to
what is overwhelming and devine with a complete and total uncompromise to do
anything less than everything! You know? So like, it’s not an influence
it’s a belief! A belief that things can still be made and always made
better and that they should! And that’s the thing, the influence is all
music! The influence is music itself and life and possibility that music
isn’t a bunch of stuff that we talk about and look at, but an absolutly all
consuming and overwhelming magnificence that blows aways all other senses
that things should not be blasted! That’s the beauty of it!!!
4. What is your favorite instrument to play and why?
Well, I play the piano most often, and I guess at the end of the day it’s my
favorite one to play, but that’s probably just because it’s the one I can
play the best. I really like playing drums too, but I’m not as good at
that, but listening to drum parts and working on any kind of drum stuff is
what I really get floored with! I just love it! So I guess piano and drums
are my favorites to play… they’re both percussion instruments, so they’re
related. I learned to play drums from my experience with piano… any
instrument can help you play another one, except maybe wind instruments…
but I mean, it all ties in together at the end, right? Awesome!
5. What did you think of the Masquerade in Atlanta?
Any place that’s named the Masquerade is awesome! With a name like that,
it’s got to be good! Right? I thought it was one of the best concerts
we’ve ever played! We played in Tampa the night before (also at a place
called the Masquerade!), and then we went to Atlanta – it was a back to back
Masquerade ball and I couldn’t imagine it having been better! People went
totally crazy, the crew went into full-out stance and best of all, it
6. What is your stance on gun control?
Well, I’ve never owned a gun, and I’ve only fired some guns at shooting
ranges, so I can’t speak too much from direct experience. There seems to be
some stuff that’s really cool about them, but then again, they’re made to
shoot and shoot to get shot and shot to die… you know? So I think it
could be tightened up or maybe loosened a little bit, it seems that with
some help and pushing we could clean up the gun trouble… right? But you
know what?… this is a huge control thing that I can only just touch on – I
know that there are people out there that are working on this 24/7 on both
sides of the line! Keep up that work!
7. Have you ever inhaled?
Yeah! Totally! I didn’t do drugs until I was 21 and I didn’t get drunk
until I was 21, because it’s against the law, but then again, doing drugs is
always against the law, but you know what I mean. Sometimes I think I mess
up when I’m trying to inhale and I don’t get the smoke all the way in the
right parts of the lung. I think an open ported blow space is just waiting
for some smoke, and I’m still trying to figure out who’s responsibilty the
transport of smoke belongs to!
8. Do you believe in psychics? Why or why not?
Yeah, I totally believe in psychic stuff, and psychic people… but I kind
of like to think that everyone can do that stuff, not just special people,
and of course I also think that some people that say they’re psychics are
just trying to trick people… but that’s cool, because it can still be
really fun. Either way, I do believe that there are many things that happen
that tradional science cannot explain – there are some theories, including
the holographic theory that attempts to explain everything in a new
scientific way, like string theory too. I’ve had a nice handful of psychic
experiences myself and they’ve all been amazing and mind blowing. They’ve
been situations where I’ve had a similar dream as someone else, on the same
night, or where I’ve guessed what someone was going to say, before they said
it, out of no where… you know? It’s crazy when that kind of stuff
happens! I love it.
9. Tell us the story about how your band was born.
Well, I was playing all these songs and working on recording the record with
out anyone at first. I was determined to play concerts even if I had to do
it by myself. I really wanted a band, but at that time I was living in New
York City and I didn’t know anyone who really wanted to be in it. I put
some ads in the newspapers and I would ask around to see if anyone wanted to
do it, but it never really got rolling. Some people didn’t want to be in
the band because they didn’t like piano and keyboards and stuff, so it was
hard to find someone who liked it all… but I was patient, and in the mean
time I tried to play as many concerts as I could, hoping that I would meet
people that would maybe want to be in the band. I did start meeting some
cool people that helped me out, and over about a 6 month period, I assembled
the whole band – most of them came from Florida because that’s where the
drummer came from: Donald Tardy. One of my favorite bands of all time is
Obituary, and it’s hard to explain sometimes, but I mean it… it’s the
best! The guitar parts are amazing, the singing is absolutly insane, and
the drumming is some of the best drumming ever. They just have this certain
feeling that no other band has, and it’s pure glory. Anyway, so for years I
had loved Obituary and while I was looking for band members a crazy idea
came to me that I should write a letter to the Obituary drummer and see if
he would play drums on my CD I was making. It seemed really unlikely, but
at the time I had nothing to loose and I thought that you only live once so
I might as well ask him, you know? So, I wrote him a letter and sent him
some songs on a CD and just hoped for the best. About a week later he
called me on the phone and said he wanted to be in the band. I was so
excited I almost passed out! I couldn’t believe that Donald Tardy, my
favorite drummer, was actually calling me on the phone, and now he’s telling
me he’s going to play drums in my band? "This is crazy!" It was definetly
one of the best days of my whole life and every morning for weeks after that
I would wake up and just be happy because Donald Tardy had told me he would
by my drummer! It’s only gotten even better since then. Donald has taken
this whole thing and ran with it around the world! He’s the best dude and
just killing the drums every time. It’s awesome. Three of the other dudes
in the band: E. Pain, Gregg, and Sgt. Frank, are all dudes that D.T. knew in
Florida and they’ve all blown me away! We got Jimmy from a dude that knew
him from years and said "this is the guy to play guitar"! We couldn’t
this the way we’re doing it, without these dudes. You know? This is band is
so good I can’t even believe it, and it just keeps getting better! Wow!
And of course, while we’re on the subject, the crew that we have is amazing
too. Big Daddy is our stage manager and he’s told me he’s in it til death.
He’s on top of it and a real pro and the nicest dude you’ve ever known.
Thank goodness he’s doing this! And Kendall is our guitar and bass tech and
he’s definetly one of the funniest and nicest and coolest dudes ever, and
Rich our drum tech is a total wiz at the kit, and of course Big Shirt our
sound man, who’s the wisest of us all, makes the whole dream sound like
reality in fantasy! And Paulie, our tour manager, who keeps the show
rolling in a hard riding chilled out way. He’s very on top of things, but
also laid into a solid groove that makes panic attacks a thing of rare
beauty. It really is the best group of people. I’m so lucky to have them
10. How do you feel about the music industry and the way it treats you?
I feel great about it! How could I complain? You know? I’ve been really
lucky to have an excellent group of people (just like the band) who have
been incredibly supportive and involved from the very begining. The record
label I’m on is called Island Def Jam, and they’ve been awesome. They’ve
given me a lot of opportunity to do what we thought was right, and what
would make things best. They always tell me their thoughts on an idea, but
in the end, it usually comes down to me, and I am so happy about that. I
really respect it. I always want to have their input, you know? I figure
that they know a lot about what they’re doing – the actual business of
music: the promotion and that kind of thing… if I concentrate on doing
what I know how to do, and they focus on what they’re good at I think it
will all work out pretty good. A lot of people have bad experiences with
record labels, and I can understand why… all I used to hear about was how
major labels suck and that you shouldn’t trust them etc… and I am aware of
the potential for a lot of problems, as there are in any kind of business,
or just dealing with different people and different ideas… but for me and
this music it has been O.K. I think if you can get everyone focused on the
same outcome, and try to keep everyone involved, or at least hear them out,
things have a good chance of working… you know? It always seem to go
better when everyone’s working on it, but I can also see why some people and
some bands want to tell the record label to leave them alone. I just
figured, this is company that has a lot of experience and I might as well
take advantage of that. In the end though, I know that everything can
change in a blink of a watered eye, and next thing you know I could be
dropped from a record label, or I could wake up dead, you know? So I just
want to make the most of it while I have it. So many bands work so hard for
so long and they don’t ever get the kind of support I’ve been given. It’s
really not fair why some bands get more help than others… at least, I
can’t figure it out. I’m really glad that I’ve had so much opportunity so
quickly and so much attention from the people I’m working with, and I try to
use it and respect it… you know? Basic stuff. But sometimes I think
about my friend’s bands and all the bands I grew up playing concerts with,
and I think about how they would really be happy to have even a small
fraction of the resources I’ve been given to work with. I try to always
keep that in mind, because that’s where I came from and that is how this all
began, and I don’t want to ever forget how amazing this whole thing is.
This is a one in a million thing.
11. Tell me your feelings and opinions about America going to war with Iraq.
Do you think North Korea is more dangerous?
This is a huge topic and I want to admit up front that I don’t know as much
about this as I would like. But I’m working on it, and between research and
talking to friends that are very involved in politics and global affairs, I
feel like I’m getting a better grasp on it. I know some people who try to
ignore the whole situation, and then I have other friends who seem to think
of nothing else. I can understand both sides, but I tend to feel that the
state of the world, and the state of this country is intense and warrents a
lot of informed attention from everyone who lives here. But there’s so nuch
information coming from so many places, it’s hard to know who to listen to.
That’s definetly one of the drawbacks to the age of information – with so
many options, where do you begin? You know? But it just takes some effort,
and that’s what I’m trying to do. In my opinion there is no excuse for not
knowing something – if I don’t know about this stuff it’s my fault. All I
can say at this point is peace seems better than war. And I think it is
that simple, and even though I don’t know the best way to go about that, it
seems that with all the past experiences humanity has gone through, there
would be many ways to resolve conflict without force. But what do I know
about running a country?
12. Describe yourself as a person.
I am 23 years old, and I’ll be 24 this May… whoa for a second there I
actually wasn’t sure if I was 23 or 24… I was born in 1979 so it’s got to
be 23 going on 24! I’m 6’3" and I weigh between 200 and 205 pounds
depending on when I last ate and last went to the bathroom. My goal is to
get to 215 pounds, and I’ll take the weight however it comes. I’m
constantly on a build up mission. I’ve been trying to consume 6,000
calories a day and at least 200 grams of protein, ideally I’d like to get
the calories up to 10,000 a day, and the protein up to 350 grams. I need to
focus and dedicate more to this mission, but I am also patient and I know
that it is a mission with no end that will last to the end of time. And I’m
fine with that. It will happen as I long work to do it.
13. What is your greatest achievement?
Right now, my greatest achievement was drinking 3 glasses of milk, eating 3
cans of tuna, and 3 cups of plain oatmeal in one sitting… it took about 2
hours to finish, but when it was over I knew something great had happened.
14. How do your parents feel about your music career?
My parents feel really good about it. They’ve been supportive since the
very begining, after all, they’re the ones who started me on piano lessons,
so if they were bummed out about it now, it would kind of be their own
fault! But luckily they are very happy, and proud just like any parents
would and should be… and that’s awesome. I really lucked out again when
it comes to parents. I have a lot of friends who don’t really talk to their
parents or don’t get along too good, and I had times like that when I was in
High School, but over all I’ve been handed the world’s greatest Mom and the
world’s greatest weirdo Dad, but he knows he’s weird, so it’s cool. They’re
smart and wise and good. I feel really glad knowing that they’re not quite
as worried as they used to be. Both my Mom and Dad are equally excited, but
the biggest change in attitude has been with my Dad. He’s really excited
about the whole thing – I think it’s something that he’s getting to live
with me at the same time. And I think he feels really good about me being
happy. You know? I’m just glad that they’re not worried, because I used to
put them through a lot of concern, my Dad was expecially concerned about me
not going to college. He was convinced that I was going to wind up
miserable and doing something that I didn’t want to do, like some dead-end
job… but back then I told him that I was going to be happy no matter what,
even if music didn’t work out in a way that I could survive on, I would
always be able to do fun things that I loved, even if I had to have some
simple jobs at the same time. And I still believe that to this day. Things
change and lives change, but no matter what happens I’ll be able to find
happiness somehow, somewhere as long as I look for it, and the reality is,
it’s always right in front of you. You know? So now, even if the music
thing hadn’t happened, I think he knows that I would’ve been O.K. and I’m
going to be O.K. in the long wrong, and that’s good. I love my parents.
15. How does a Michigan boy end up on the streets of NYC?
There are several ways to go about it, depending on your unique situation
and where exactly you live in Michigan. I was living in South East Michigan
about 45 mintues aways from the Detroit Metro Airport, and I had enough
money to fly to New York, so I took an airplane. You can take the Amtrak
train too. I did that once and I got to ride in a sleeper car. It was so
cool. You can also drive, and that can be practical if you have a lot of
stuff to move. When I was 18 years old my Dad and I rented a van after I
had found a place to live, and we drove most of my stuff out to New York
City from Michigan. It’s not that long of a drive, but it’s definetly more
fun if two people do it. Not to get back on to Mom and Dad stuff again, but
thinking back to it now, it was really great that my Dad drove me out there
like that. It was a big deal for him, because he wasn’t too crazy about me
moving to New York City without a long term plan, so it took a lot for him
to go along with it. My Mom said it was like I was going to college without
going to school, meaning that I would learn a lot either way, and learn some
stuff that you can’t learn in a school… you know? She was right. By the
way, I know that to some people out there, me talking about my parents and
how much they helped me might seem uncool, or that it’s not the "real"
to do stuff… you know? Like, in High School people would think it was
weird that my Dad would pick me up and drop me off from shows I would play
at, or when people would laugh at me because my Mom would let me borrow her
mini-van to drive out to band practice in Detroit… but I was 15 and 16
years old, and I was SO glad to have parents that were willing to do that!
You know? I don’t know if I would let my son or daughter hang out in those
scenes… but my parents trusted me in some kind of crazy way, and it wasn’t
like they weren’t worried… believe me, they were very worried, probably
more than I’ll ever know… Sometimes I would get home from some long
distant trip, like driving to Chicago to play at a punk festival when I was
16 without even telling my Mom. When I got home 2 days later it was like 4
in the morning and she was up waiting in the kitchen, very upset. I told I
would never do that again, and I didn’t. I can only imagine, but I think
being a parent is probably the hardest thing in the world.
16. Is there a message you are trying to express with your music? What is
17. How did it feel to open for Aerosmith?
It was amazing and totally new. We’ve played at some big concerts around
the world, but getting to be on tour and open up for the same big band every
concert was really great. I hope we get to do something like that again.
Everyone was really nice to us, especially Joe Perry, who went out of his
way to get us on the tour in the first place, and he would always come up
and talk to us and just be super cool. I was so blown away by the scale of
their show! They had like 10 semi-trucks of gear! You know? It’s amazing!
And I know there are bands out there with even more than that… I love
being around that kind of energy. All the people working together to get
the concert up and running every night, that’s my favorite part about
touring besides actually playing the concerts and meeting people… I like
the way it works: the sound checks, all the equipment, the set up and take
down… I get a really good feeling from all of that. It rules. It’s
funny, because on the Aerosmith show I always felt out of place, like I
shouldn’t be where I was. You know? Don’t get me wrong, everyone on their
crew was super cool to me, but I would just feel like I was some weirdo dude
who creeped back stage and was lurking around! The best thing for me was
to see a band that was still doing what they had been doing for so long, and
they still killed it every night. Steven Tyler is one of the greatest
singers ever, and he was going out and playing every concert like it was the
last concert they would ever get to play. I mean, you could tell that he
really enjoyed it and there was no sign of them being lazy or bored. You
know? They were still excited about what they were doing! And so were the
people that came to see them. It was a huge honor to be part of something
like that. I think it went really well, and every night I got to meet
people from the audience, and it was cool because I think a lot of these
people never would have heard of us or gotten to see us otherwise. It was a
great opportunity that I’ll remember in detail for ever.
18. When is your next album coming out?
I hope it comes out in August or September of 2003.
19. If you were stranded on a desert island and you could have one book, one
person, and one cd with you who would that person be and why? What would
book be and why? What would that cd be and why?
The person would be any cool person that wanted to come out to a desert
island and hang out. It depends on how long I was going to be out on the
island too… if it was for a few days then it would be cool just to hang
out a friend, if it was forever than it should be a woman so we can make a
baby to carry on the tradtion of living on a desert island. Maybe it would
be cool to have a dog on the island cause they would help to hunt down food
and stuff. I would be cool with that. As far as a book goes I would like
it to be a really long book so that I can read it through out – I think a
condensed encyclopedia would be good. It would be one big book with a lot
of information. But those books usually have really thin pages, so on the
island climate they might not last long, but I’d take that risk. And for a
CD I would like to take a CD of really nice classical music I think, like
Bach or something. Something with a proven track record over time. People
have been listening to that music for hundreds of years, so it should last
me a good amount of time on the island without getting boring.
20. Who do you consider the greatest musician of all time?
George Howe. I don’t think he’s the greatest musician of all time, but I’ll
bet he’s a cool dude. He’s actually known for being a candy-maker, but I
seriously heard that he could sing really well too. They have a website
called George Howe (http://www.georgehowe.com) and it’s awesome. They have
a lot of great things on there, and if his singing is even half as good as
the candy, then he’s definetly got a chance at being the greatest muscian of
all time. I’m really into candy, and I like Bach, as I said above… J.S.
Bach made amazing music always… you know me though, there are so many
great people out there, I can’t possibly just choose one! How should I
21. Has your life been changed by Sept. 11? If so how?
Yeah, of course! I think it changed everyone’s life… you know? But what
more can I say that hasn’t already been said? I’ll say what I think: I
think it’s added a thick layer of uncertainty beneath day to day living.
Everything is not O.K., but was it ever? Maybe it’s just more obvious now
that the world is intense. It’s made me think more about what really
matters, what I really believe in, and what I’m going to do about it. It
makes big problems become little problems and it makes it very obvious that
as long as you’re living you’re doing O.K. You know? It makes it more
clear that I’m not invincible and that I should value every waking moment
even more – enjoy it while I have it. It makes planning for the future more
difficult and living for today a lot easier. You know? I don’t know where
to even begin on this… it was the first time I ever felt directly involved
in some kind of major disaster. You know what I mean? It was the first
world event that I was a part of. Everyone in this country was, and around
the world too I think. You know when you hear of a bombing in another
country, or a horrible disaster even in your own country, if you were not
directly involved you have a distance that makes it all a little less real
and less of an event in your life, because you weren’t there. But when
Sept. 11 happened everyone was there. You know? Most importantly for me
though was an intensifying of the stuff that I really love. It might sound
weird, but after Sept. 11 singing songs like Party Hard became more
important than ever. And while a lot of people around me were doubting
things and saying that people needed to get more serious and stuff, I felt
very differently… I felt like our only hope was too hold on to the things
that made us happy… whether it was music, or movies, or friends, or jokes,
or drawing, or comic books… whatever it was, hold on to it with dear life,
because those things are what make life worth living. The best weapon we
have in the fight against those people who wish to cause us pain and sadness
and above all fear, is to enjoy our lives and have fun. And I don’t mean to
be careless and irresponisble and I don’t meant that there isn’t time to
mourn and reflect, but to stop doing what you love on account of a major
disaster, is in my opinion, giving in and giving up. There has never been a
more important time than now to do the stuff that you love and believe and
to do it with all your heart.
22. What do you think of President Bush?
I don’t hate him as much as some people do, and I don’t love him as much as
other people do. It’s not that I have a neutral position, but I am not
completly against anyone who’s in his position. I may not agree with some
of his ideas, or I may not agree with all his ideas, but he’s got a lot on
his plate. He’s only a man after all. I couldn’t do what he’s doing…
maybe he can’t either.
23. If you could change anything in the world, what would it be and why?
I would think it would be cool if all restaurants were all you can eat.
This idea is not my own, instead it was presented to my friend Bruce who
runs a Yahoo Message Board Group about food and gaining weight. Some dude
wrote in that all restaraunts should be all you can eat and think that’s a
great idea. You go in, and you’re presented with a flat rate fixed price
and then you can just eat until you’re full. It makes sense to me. I
started a website with Bruce called http://www.hungrymanpowerhouse.com and
it’s all about gaining weight and eating more food. Bruce is this awesome
dude who has introduced me to a lot of cool information about eating more
food, and the site is totally free help on how to build it up. I grew up as
a really skinny kid, and I am absolutly determined to never go back there
again. I’ll do whatever it takes, but I will not rest until I’m well fed.
24. What is your favorite movie of all time and why?
I don’t have one favorite movie, luckily I have a bunch of favorites, you
know? As far as newer movies go, I really like the Lord Of The Rings
movies. They are so well done… you know? The visual craftmanship and the
commitment to something completely of it’s own. It’s a really big deal to
me, and I am so happy that they’ve been as succesful as they have. I really
like Dead Alive too, which is an older horror-mega-gore movie by Peter
Jackson, who directs the Lord Of The Rings. He’s awesome. I saw the movie
The Ring, and that was cool too. If you notice in that movie one of the
main characters has a sticker by the band The Refused in his locker. I
thought that was awesome. I like most movies, and I love most movies. I’m
the kind of guy who is really happy with any solid good movie. You know?
I’m not very picky. Movies are one of mankinds greatest achievements. It’s
so hard to make a movie and there’s so much involved that to me it’s a
minor-miracle that they even exist in the first place.
25. Where do you see yourself and your career in five years?
I would like to weight at least 215 pounds. If I can do that everything
else will take care of itself.
26. Describe your music.
I try to make it exciting and fun, as I said before, that’s the main thing I
want to do. I love music, and like most people, I love all kinds of
music… but in terms of what I want to do, I really want to focus on those
specific euphoric blasts that come from extreme happiness and excitement.
You know? The ecstatic realization, however brief, that life is amazing and
awesome, and that you are not seeing it from a distance, but you are in it,
in the middle of it, right in the core of the bleeding heart! And to fight
against that feeling is impossible and you might as well give into life and
live it! Spend less time figuring things out and more time enjoying them,
whatever they are! Loose control and let life live you, rather than you
live life. I want the music to be music. And I want it to overwhelm, but
you have to let it overwhelm you, you have to be brave and give yourself
over to the unknown a little bit, you know? What do you have to loose?
It’s not crazy… it’s fun. And it’s worth it. As always, I’m trying to
make the most exciting song ever, over and over and over and over and over
and over and over and over and over and over and over and over again… You
know when you hear a song that you love and it just hits you over the head
with power? You know how it fills up your whole body and you can actually
feel how good it is? You can feel how good it is! You know what I mean?
When music is really good, any kind of music, I get that feeling. A real
phsyical feeling that sends shivers all through out my body and I get chills
and butterflies and best of all, complete and total driving happiness… and
it could even be from a really sad or angry song… but that feeling makes
me feel good, no matter what kind of music it is, and I get happy. I think
people can get that feeling from all kinds of different things, and when you
get it, that’s it, you’re hooked for life. Being alive is the pursuit of
that feeling, and any little bit of it you can get. Maybe when you die
that’s the way that you feel all the time. That would be great… we’ll all
find out someday.
27. What was your most memorable live show and why?
Every concert is memorable for different reasons, and I’m glad to have good
memories from every concert we’ve ever played so far. I’m sure in the
future we could have a horrible crazy time, but even that’s something
totally memorable that I’m sure I will look back at and laugh at. You know?
Everyday is memorable and that’s good. If a day goes by and it’s a
forgettable day, then what was the point of living it? You know? Maybe not
everyday will be the best day of your life, but why not look at each day as
potentially the best day of your life and work from there? Live it all the
28. What song do you like to play the most live and why?
Wow, sometimes it changes from night to night, sometimes week to week.
There will be times when I most excited about playing the song "I Get Wet",
and then other nights I’ll be most excited about "Take It Off" or
Die", actually "Ready To Die" is always one of my favorites,
but I like all
the songs so much, not one will stand out as a favorite for me… but I have
favorite parts of the concerts, I really like its when I can play some piano
on the songs. I really love playing the piano on "We Want Fun", when
kicks in at the begining it’s so awesome! The next album has tons of parts
where I’m going to be able to play the piano for even longer amounts of
time. I made sure when I was writing these new songs that there would be
just huge parts where it’s just the most slamming killing music and I could
just bang away on the keyboard! I can’t wait to play these new songs
29. Do you have a special message you would like to send to your fans?
Thank you! THANK YOU! THANK YOU! THANK YOU!!! THANK YOU!!! THANK YOU!!!
Thank you very much for believing in the music and for liking it in the
way that you do. It means the world to me, it really, really does. And I
will do my best to continue to give you reason to love it. You have given
me some of the best experiences in my whole life that I would never have
been able to have without you. Hold on and don’t let go. This is only the
very begining, and I am honored that you’ve decided to be here with it.
It’s never too late to get it going! Thank you very much for coming the
concerts! Thank you very much for hanging out and making it fun! Thank you
for going completely nuts at every concert! That’s what it’s for! You know
it! Most importantly, always know that this exists for you. Not me, not
someone else, but you – you and your friends and what you like. This music
wants you to take these songs and make them what you want. Whatever you
think this is is what it wants to be. I can’t even begin to tell you how
excited I am about this whole thing. It is yours, it is because of you, and
you should consider yourself responsible for whatever awesome things happen.
You are not only a part of this, you are the whole thing! Everything and
anything that you’ve done is more than appreciated, it is loved and honored
and respected. You are the reason this exists! Let’s keep doing more than
we think we can, and let’s do it more than ever before. Thank you with all
my heart. You know. I know. WE KNOW.
30. Give me your favorite quote of all time.
"Life is short."