Through Facebook private messaging I asked Jason Nott from the Califorinan band, Drive A, if he'd do my first ever interview with me. I kept it pretty short and simple, but I was happy with the answers I recieved. I asked mostly about thier music, and musical influences, as a lot of time you willhear a band but never really know anything about what inspires them. I hope everyone who reads this finds the information to be very interesting.
You guys seem to have a pretty unique sound, but does anyone inspire your sound or lyrics?
"We look up to many bands, some of our favorites though have always had a raw sound. Bands like The Clash, The Sex Pistols, and Sham 69 defenitly influence our raw, intense, "dangerous" energy. We don't want to limit outrselves to that though. We also like Green Day, Rise Against, Billy Talent, Muse, and Kings Of Leon. Lots of modern stuff.
For us, the message for the band has always been 'Do what you want, don't let anyone tell you that you can't do what you want.' We aren't an 'Anti-Christ' band, despite what our logo shows. We don't go around saying 'Fuck the government' we're more so saying, 'Fuck living a one sided life.' Do what you want, what makes you happy, not what you were taught is 'right'"
Who's the main songwriter of the group?
"Bruno writes all of the lyrics and musically he'll bring in a song idea or sometimes I will, and the rest of the band will build a song from there."
What's it been like touring with these big bands like Bullet For My Valentine and Escape The Fate?
"Every tour is a different experience because we always tour with different genres. The tour with Bullet and Escape was amazing, the crowds were very welcoming of us and defentily showed us a good time. We became friends with Escape The Fate, and eventually we toured with them again. Great dudes, and great friends of ours."
I haven't gotten to hear much of The World In Shambles yet, but I have to ask where did the idea for "Young Cunts" come from?
"The song came from seeing so many types of girls on the road, some only hung around the band for "certain reasons". We got sick of seeing social climbers and groupies hanging around, that's a bit of where Bruno got the idea for the song lyrically."
What has been your favorite tour so far?
"Every tour has been great in its own way. The current tour we're on with Hollywood Undead had defentily been the most fun I've ever hard on tour, but touring with The Used and Alkaline Trio was so much fun, because those are both bands we grew up listening to."
What's your favorite band, and why?
"I'd have to say The Clash have had the most influence on me as a performer and a song writer. Seeing early videos of them performing all those years ago made me go, 'Shit, that looks so fun. They're so dangerous.' They make music look like fun while staying passionate and having a great message."
So there you have it, a bit of information from Drive A's Jason Nott. I thank Jason so much for letting me do this interview. For more inflormation please visit their website, or Facebook. Both are linked below. Don't forget to check out their newest album, The World In Shambles.
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