I sat down with Will & Dan from Against The Current at their Warped Tour stop at Merriweather Post Pavilion, where we discussed their music and the insanity that is the Warped Tour.
Q: How did Against The Current form?
Will: Dan and I formed the band in early 2011. We were always getting new bands together, but we were missing something. We eventually met Chrissy about five years ago through a friend. They went to the School Of Rock. At that point, we hit the ground running.
Q: What is your favorite song of yours and why?
Dan: Roses. Interesting lyrics. We haven’t recorded everything like that.
Will: “Roses” is nostalgic for me, but I’m going with “One More Weekend.” It’s super fun. It has a really cool sound.
Q: What is the hardest part of the industry in your opinion?
Will: The hardest is breaking in the US. YouTube is a bigger elsewhere in the world for promoting. So the trick is playing as many shows as possible here.
Q: Who do you look up to musically?
Dan: The bands that made me pick up a guitar was Green Day and Blink 182 for sure.
Will: I grew up on a 90’s rock. Counting Crows, Dave Matthews Band.
Q: How have you grown since your first EP?
Will: We’ve matured as songwriters for sure. Our first EP was songs that we were sitting on for a few years. “Gravity” was a little different. We linked up with Tommy English, who is an incredible songwriter and producer. We learned so much from him. We recorded a song a day. For the album, we had about forty songs we played around with in the studio.
Q: Where do you see your place in the industry?
Dan: We’re Pop-Alternative. There’s a little bit for everybody.
Q: Pros and cons of touring?
Will: Pros would be being able to meet fans every night, and of course playing our stuff for them.
Dan: Cons would be getting sick for sure.
Will: You have to be ready for not being able to shower at the same time everyday, going to bed at different times..
Dan: Don’t forget the ever changing weather!
Q: What has it been like so far on the Vans Warped Tour?
Will: It’s something we’ve always wanted to do. It’s a one of a kind tour. It’s a good test for us before we embark on our upcoming six month tour to promote the new record.
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