Responses from: Jake Bonham/bassist
1. How and when did you guys meet?
We all grew up playing in the same local scenes, but in different bands. Tyler actually had produced bands of ours in the past, so it was a really natural fit right away. It’s really awesome to all be in the same band now.
2. Why did you decide to produce the record yourselves?
Well, Tyler is a phenomenal producer, and a visionary, so I wouldn’t have had it any other way. At first, I think he was a little worried about tackling such a mountain of an endeavor, but ‘collapse’ was so important to all of us; there wasn’t really another option in our eyes. I think it definitely made him a better producer also, so I am very excited to see how the sound grows on the next album.
3. What was it like working with Joey Sturgis, who has worked with tons of
influential artists such as Miss May I and The Devil Wears Prada?
Some of us have been fortunate enough to work with Joey in the past, and Tyler even worked for Joey as an engineer at one point, so it was a very comfortable experience. Joey is absolutely the man and really took our album to the next level of sonic quality. Also, being from the same area, we are close friends with MMI and TDWP, so it has been incredible to see them experience all their success, and to get to work with the
same people they have.
4. Who has had the most influence on your music?
It comes from a wide variety of influences. From movie scores to rock, to electronic and industrial. Also, we get a lot of Linkin Park comparisons, and that’s a really inspiring thing.
5. Who is most likely to get caught in an awkward situation on stage?
I can imagine seeing Katie get confused one day and start to play the wrong song, haha.
6. Can you assign roles to each other (who would be the mom/dad/ etc.)?
Jamie is our tour manager and he would definitely be the dad role, haha. Tyler would be the wise older brother, Andy is the cool uncle, Jake Bryant is the younger brother that’s way more responsible than me, and Katie and I would be the hyperactive twins.
7. What is the music scene like in Ohio?
It’s a pretty cool thing because it seems like there is just absolutely nothing in Ohio, but yet you still see all these talented individuals coming out left and right from the wood work. Really inspiring!
8. What are your favorite and least favorite parts about touring?
Favorite: playing the shows/traveling/meeting fans and random folks.
Least Favorite: being drenched in sweat every single day/missing people at home.
9. What has been the craziest fan experience so far?
We’ve had fans getting tattoos already and that always blows my mind. Such an incredible connection! Someone actually got Katie’s signature inked on permanently! I think that says a lot for the waves we are making as a band, and that she is making as a drummer and as a role model.
10. Share some of your best tour stories.
We had an off date in Florida on Andy’s birthday so we got a hotel right on Daytona Beach. It started pouring rain right before we were about to go swim, but we jumped in anyways. The storm calmed down, and this huge rainbow formed up in the sky above us as the sun peaked through the clouds. I don’t know what exactly it was about it, but it was a pretty cool moment to experience with your band.
11. What do you hope fans take away from Collapse?
Some sort of clarity or piece of mind, or at least the motivation to not give up and to pull yourself up out of your own circumstances, and make your life be what it is you see for yourself.