Yesterday, I headed out for the sixth year straight to interview some of the top bands in the game as well as the newbies to the Vans Warped Tour in Mansfield! I interviewed forty something fans be it main stage favorites like The Story So Far and The Summer Set to DJ Crizzly and rappers like Watsky and K. Flay to newbies like Dangerkids and Courage, My Love! First up though are familiar faces to Music Remedy in Mayday Parade. We’ve done countless interviews with front man Derek Sanders and considering we were the only one he did yesterday, we thought it was only run to kick off our coverage with this interview!
So you guys are on the main stage this summer, as well main stage has a lot of Fearless Records representation. How has it been going so far?
It’s been incredible. Warped Tour is the kind of thing where I feel like it kind of gets better each time you do it. At least for us, that’s been the case. As you get more comfortable with it, you know what to expect. It can be intimidating at first but now it’s just fun. First time on the main stage is huge. It really means a lot. It’s a special thing for us. The crowds have been amazing and there’s just nothing to complain about. It’s all good!
Then since we last talked, “Monsters In The Closet” did come out. It’s the highest on Billboard charts that you’ve hit?
Yeah, well it had the biggest first week numbers and sales. It’s done really well. Yeah it’s great. It’s amazing to be able to still keep on just going with it. It’s been a long time so it feels good to still move forward and keep on doing this thing.
Then if you could tell us a little bit behind the story for your current single, “Hold Onto Me”. Maybe the writing of that song?
Yeah to me that’s kind of a special song because I feel like it’s one that in the past we would have thought was a cool idea but wouldn’t have pursued making it a song for Mayday Parade because it didn’t really sound like Mayday Parade. We’ve been trying to take any ideas that are cool and instead of saying this doesn’t sound like Mayday Parade, let’s make a great song. So that’s one that at first people were a little iffy on because it was kind of different. A little more outside the box then other songs. It was actually one of the first ones that Brooks wrote that went from the idea into the full song that made it onto an album. So it’s been good things all around.
Then I know you guys steadily release new albums. You don’t normally go more then two years without an album. Are you even thinking about writing the next one yet?
Yeah absolutely! I mean that’s how it always kind of goes. Put out an album and then we tour for a few years on it. We will put up a lot of ideas and the rest of the guys I’m sure have a bunch of ideas but I have about over ten or twelve ideas for new songs. I’m really, really excited about it and I can’t wait to start getting together. We’ll finish that touring this year and early 2015we’ll start getting together to bring all the ideas together and write the album and go record it.
Then the band is very much a veteran of the Warped Tour. Maybe advice to bands just getting started, like on their first run?
I’d say to begin with, for everybody on Warped Tour, you got to drink lots of water. That’s the main thing. If you’re just coming to attend or you’re part of it. You’re out in the sun all day. As long as you drink plenty of water you’ll be fine but you got to make sure you do that. Then for new bands not to be intimidated or too afraid to do the wrong thing because at first we were like super intimidated. It’s like a whole new world and we didn’t know what to expect but mostly everybody is like super friendly and outgoing. A lot of camaraderie. Everybody is in this together. So just enjoy it and have fun and try to make the most of it. There’s a lot of opportunity to get people interested in your band and your music or whatever it is that you do. So try to take advantage of that and promote as much as you can. Just enjoy it!