OBM: Cheers for your time today. So, how are you doing? It sounds like a busy time in The Devil Wears Prada camp at present?
Thanks for having me, I'm doing alright. Prada just finished writing a few new songs, played a few shows, and now we're resting up and getting ready to come overseas.
OBM: Your live record, ‘Dead & Alive’ is due out pretty soon. What can we expect?
Dead & Alive is meant to capture what our band is live. There's never going to be something that can entirely complete that task, especially when your live show is as important as it is to us; but we put a lot of time and effort into the DVD to where it can grab a little bit of what we are live.
OBM: What made you decide to release a live record? Do you think it could be seen as cashing in?
We like to release things between full lengths to where fans and listeners don't get burnt out. That was a big part of why we did the Zombie EP. I could see how it is perceived as cashing in, but I can assure that it isn't for us. None of us are rolling in money, we make music and we made the DVD for our selfish expression and for folks that like our band.
OBM: What does the title ‘Dead & Alive’ mean in relation to this live album? What brought that title about?
We chose Dead & Alive primarily because it's built around our record Dead Throne, but it's live. Pretty simple. It also works well in regards to "dead to sin, alive in Christ".
OBM: A lot has happened/changed to the music industry over 10 years, do you think it is now a better or worse place for a band like TDWP?
I think it's worse, but I don't like to waste all of my time complaining about it. What was great about ten years ago is that I feel there was more conviction in listening to bands. People cared more for their music because they actually had to buy it, and I like that fans weren't always as fickle as they can be nowadays.
OBM: How’re you feeling about your upcoming European tour in October? It’s an awesome bill…
I'm very excited. Give me a little bit of time off and I'll soon be ready to start up again and play some shows. We're also pleased to be back working overseas.
OBM: What have been your best and worst experiences of touring Europe so far?
The toughest part of touring outside of the states is just losing comfort. I know it's petty, but not having the usual things that you're used to puts a weight on you. The best experience is simply playing incredible shows. I know that isn't particularly unique to a region of the world, but that's what keeps us going.
OBM: What essential items do you pack before you hit the road?
Nothing special, lots of clothes and toiletries and such. Of course there are books and laptop, too.
OBM: What five movies do you watch on the road?
We're always switching around depending on what we're feeling, but I'll say that The Big Lebowski is a TDWP staple.
OBM: Who has the worst habits in the band?
We all have our unfortunate quirks.
OBM: What is your favourite venue to date?
Too many to name, and the same goes for city to play.
OBM: What are your plans for after the tour?
Relax for the holidays and keep working on new songs early next year.
OBM: What’re your feelings about the touring lifestyle these days? Can you see yourselves doing TDWP this intensely in, say, ten years or so?
I love to tour, but I'm not sure how long I can do it. Honestly it's a fruitless endeavor to worry about, I just put my heart into working with this band and I believe that's most important.
OBM: Thanks for your time, anything else you want to say to finish off?
Thanks for having me, can't wait to be in Europe playing shows again!
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"I think it's worse, but I don't like to waste all of my time complaining about it. What was great about ten years ago is that I feel there was more conviction in listening to bands. People cared more for their music because they actually had to buy it, and I like that fans weren't always as fickle as they can be nowadays."
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