Interviews: You Know The Drill


In this new occassion we have had the opportunity to interview the Pop Punk band You Know The Drill, from UK. Check out this band and give them a like on their FACEBOOK PAGE.

1.Where did you get the idea for the band name, you planned it or came out just like that? 

Before ever even starting the band, I always knew I liked the name "You Know The Drill" and thought it really suited the pop-punk genre. I think I must have had it in my head for a year before ever actually thinking, "You know what? I'm gonna give this a go!"

2.Why did you want to play this genre? 

Ever since falling in love with blink-182 at age 10 I always wanted to play in a pop punk band, but growing up there didn't seem to be many pop-punk bands on the scene until around the early noughties. It was when bands like The Story So Far, State Champs and Man Overboard started to become popular and it made me realize that this is something there is actually a market for!

3. Did you know each other before the band was formed? 

I met Damo (Bass) way back in 2007 at the start of High School and we've been best buds ever since! I met Brad (Drums) at College where we studied music together, so when I knew I wanted to start a band I went straight to him because I knew how much of a sick drummer he is. Luke (Guitar) was actually recruited a little while after the band had been going, as I had decided to step away from playing guitar so I could focus purely on vocals and it turns out he can sing too which benefited the band in a huge way! 

4. Each band member favorite band? 

Benji: blink-182
Luke: blink-182
Damo: First choice is also blink-182 but in very close second place, Damon Albarn.
Brad: Enter Shikari 

5. Who or what inspires you to write songs? 

Emotions inspire me in a big way, literally any kind of emotion. Whether it's jump for joy happy, cautious skepticism or bottom of the barrel upset. I think emotion is what makes a song great. So when writing, I try to flesh out the vibe and feel of the song and really chase that idea, to the point of actually putting myself in the shoes/mindset of that emotion. 

6. Where was your last gig? 

Our last gig was at The Victoria which is a sick venue in Birmingham. It was with Shaded who are an awesome band from Surrey, as well as locals Fullshore and Dan Lamb. 

7. Where would you like to act? 

A lot of the first shows I ever went to was at the o2 Academy in Birmingham which I absolutely love, so to be at the level where we can consistently play different Academy’s across the country would be amazing!

8. Whom would you like to feature with? 

Well having Joey Fleming from In Her Own Words on our song 'Snake Eyes' is already a bit of a dream come true in itself, but if we were to have anyone else feature on a track I think we could all agree that working with Rou Reynolds of Enter Shikari would be a hell of a collaboration. 

9. Whom not? 

We're fairly open minded and would be happy to work with anyone!

10. Any of you has ever suffered from stage fright? Any tip for beginners on how to beat that? 

For me personally, I only ever experience stage fright moments before stepping on stage at big shows. As soon as I'm up there though, all the nerves disappear and I feel fine. My best piece of advice to offer is to be prepared and make sure you're  certain you won't mess up. If you know nothing can go wrong and you have confidence in yourself, then the nerves just disappear. 

11. What bands have inspired you the most? 

ROAM are a band who have inspired us in a big way as we have watched those guys go from being a small, unsigned band,  playing small 150 cap basement venues to playing huge venues all over the world! Seeing all this happen first hand has pushed us to go out there and do it all ourselves. 

12. What's the weirdest thing a fan has ever asked you for? 

At the last show we played in Birmingham, a fan came up to me and asked if I was feeling charitable and if I'd sell a cap to them for a £1 as that's all they had. I thought it was so funny and brave that they definitely deserved a cap for it, so the transaction was made!

13. What do you think of your fans? 

Our fans are crazy dedicated, they literally follow us all over the country wherever we play, make amazing art for us and even tattoo our band name onto their skin! We love them to pieces and would be nothing without them. 

14. What do you think of our site?

Love the layout, love the aesthetic and love what you're doing for smaller bands with less of a platform! Awesome work guys, keep it up! 

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