Photo by Jeremy Adamo
How has the new tour been so far?
It’s been good. We’re just getting started, but it’s been cool. We’re finally getting to places we haven’t been in a while.
How did you guys get involved with the HardDrive Live Tour?
The people down there on the HardDrive show are really cool to us. They’ve always been big supporters of Sevendust. We’ve done a tour with 10 years before, so it seemed like a natural thing. They invited us to do it while we were planning to do a headline tour anyway. It’s good to connect with them as a supporter.
Cool. You’re friends with 10 Years?
Yeah. We’ve played some shows with them before and we have the same management company. We’re pretty tight with those guys.
What about the other bands on tour? Are you familiar with Anew Revolution, Since October, and Aranada?
Yeah, we all know each other a little. Since October — I haven’t really had a chance to talk to those guys yet. I’m looking forward to seeing Aranda, they’re a pretty good three-piece.
Do you find the need to rehearse anymore before going on tour?
We don’t do a lot of rehearsing; we’ve been doing this a long time. We do like switching it up for the fans to keep it fresh, but for the most part we don’t do extensive two week rehearsals.
For this tour we did one day of rehearsal. It was basically for going over what we wanted to go over and pulling it all together. Our time at home is always so small. We don’t like to spend a lot of time rehearsing because when we start the machine we’re out. When I fly in, I fly in to go. It’s good to have as much a break as possible to keep your sanity.
Are you playing tracks off your new album ‘Cold Day Memory’?
Yeah, we’re doing a few new ones. We’re doing a good amount of songs on this tour. We’re still gonna add a couple new ones as we go. We’re definitely trying to highlight the new record and promote it.
Do you watch a lot of movies and T.V. shows on the road?
Yeah, there’s certain movies we’ll get. Right now we’re digging Eastbound and Down. That show’s funny. We’re definitely a movie watching band, but nothing in particular. And, we’re always listening to different music.
Where’s your favorite place to tour?
We’ve been to a few crazy places. We’ve been everywhere from Afghanistan and Iraq to Australia to Korea. There’s some amazing places in the United States though. Most of the time I think the best place is when we’re driving through the mountains of like Colorado. You look at just these amazing places. You just have to be up and not sleeping the whole time and you’ll see some amazing scenery.
What’s going through your mind when you’re about to go onstage?
It’s weird, sometimes when you’ve been touring as long as we have it’s hard to find the enthusiasm to play. But, the second you go in it just puts you in the mind-set again. We do these prayers and have our little circle thing. We all hug each other individually, it’s a certain routine we do.Then, you get up there and you see the people and you just get into it. Every night there’s new enthusiasm that pops up right at the last minute. It’s funny.
Do you still get inspired after playing music night after night?
Yeah, I do. I just like writing. When I don’t write for a long time I start getting a little freaked out. I like to keep that muscle exercised. There will be certain things we’ll do live and I’ll think, “Man, I would like to have another song that does that or captures that type of energy.” It’s definitely inspiring to play live.
If you kinda view the show as testing ground for new stuff it’s cool too.
Awesome. Thanks Clint, have fun on tour!