Hi guys! Long time no blog. Well, here’s a new interview we did with Andrew McMahon. We talk about his new album, his songwriting for Smash and his favorite shows. 

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You Had Me at Nerd | Andrew McMahon Interview 3.19.13

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We’re back! To start off the semester, we got to interview Chris Demakes of Less Than Jake. Check it out!

Profile: Topshelf Records

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A few months back I had the chance to sit down and talk with Kevin Duquette, one-half of Topshelf Records. I whipped up this nifty little profile on the label. Topshelf Records is an awesome label that is really worth your time and money, so go check them out!! Thanks to Kevin for being so patient with everything!!

Feel free to read the article here: http://www.wtburadio.org/archives/389

Also check out topshelfrecords.com

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Rani and Livia had a chance to sit down with Matt and Brian from The Front Bottoms! Enjoy!

Rani and Livia got a chance to sit with the members of Black Taxi. They are a fantastic band out of Brooklyn, NY. Go check them out!!

Livia had a chance to sit down and interview with Alex and Steve from Go Radio. Enjoy!

Brianna, Livia, and Sherelle interview Jimmie Deeghan from Every Avenue. Enjoy!

Brianna, Livia and Sherelle got to sit down with Derek of Mayday Parade when the Noise Tour made their stop in Boston.They talk touring, the man on the album covers and the Occupy movement.

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Josh and Max of You Me At Six talk US tours, their new release “Sinners Never Sleep”, Snoop Dogg and The Inbetweeners with three of You Had Me At Nerd’s DJs before their Boston show on The Noise Tour on October 18, 2011. Check out the video!

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         Brianna and Livia from You Had Me at Nerd Interview Mayday Parade
 Mayday Parade released their new self-titled album on Tuesday, October 4! They will be on tour with There For Tomorrow, We are the In Crowd, and You Me at Six. Catch “You Had me at Nerd” on wtburadio.org every week! Photo courtesy of Maydayparade.com. 
Livia: So, congratulations on the new album. I should start off by saying that. [laughs]
Jeremy: Thank you very much.
Livia: So, you produced this album with the same guys who produced A Lesson in Romantics. Was the recording process different this time?
Jeremy: um, no. The recording process was the same. And, reason we went back to them was because we had such a fun experience with them the first time. They are very laid back.  You know and they’ll voice their opinions but if we don’t wanna do it they’ll say fine do it the way that makes you happy. They’re very laid back. We kinda bring across the ideas that we want. That’s one of the biggest reasons we enjoy working with them and love this album so much because it really is, you know just us doing it. Last album, the label had a lot of influence on it but this one is strictly just us.
Livia: Awesome. How does the song writing process work for you? Do you guys like compile the lyrics collectively as a band or does someone do it specifically.
Jeremy: Usually, we, for the writing in general, not even just for the lyrics, someone will come up with an idea and maybe just like a couple of chords with lyrics and if we think it’s good enough to work on we’ll take those chords and lyrics and work on it and try to branch it out to a full song. So, it doesn’t have to be a completed song. Anybody can come up with the idea. We all just work on stuff individually and then we come together as a group and we share with the rest of the band. You know, if we like it, we’ll work on it. And, then Derek will continue writing lyrics to it. You know change lyric, and the rest of the band will work on the music so, it’s kinda how it goes.
Brianna: How did you divide the backing vocals on this album?
Jeremy: Derek basically had all the parts in his head. He knew what he kind of wanted to have done as backing vocals. So he kinda knew what he wanted Jake to sing. So that was already planned out in Derek’s mind. We didn’t really see all that until we stepped down as far as vocal wise but for harmony and things like that, we got in the room and kind of picked parts that we thought it would sound best and just kind of threw them in there.
Livia: What’s your favorite song off of the new album? And, what’s the meaning behind it?
Jeremy: My favorite song is “When You See My Friends”. It’s about a relationship where it is a self destructive relationship that you know want it to go good but the entire time in the relationship it ends up going bad. You end up not being the person you want to try to fulfill the needs of you know the other person and the relationship the entire time is just continually crumbling on itself and it’s just about getting out of those types of relationships. 
Livia: Great. I know bands such as Defeater are writing concept albums while other bands are pulling from personal experience. As Mayday Parade, do you pull from both conceptual ideas and personal experiences? Or is it more like one?
Jeremy: For the majority of the stuff, it’s definitely personal experience. Every now and then you know, this goes for all the records, every now and then we’ll develop a storyline for a particular song that we think is kind of a cool concept and we’ll throw a couple of those on the album but for the most part it really is personal experience. Past people we have dated, just things that are going on with our lives at the time 
Brianna: So now, that we’re in October and the year is almost over, do you have a favorite album that’s come out this year so far?
Jeremy: I really like Manchester Orchestra’s album, new Dangerous Summer record that came out. Those are two on the top of my list. Obviously, a lot of our friends put out records that are really great. Every Avenue and A Rocket to the Moon and We are the in Crowd, so those particular albums I fancy I guess. [laughs]
Brianna: Favorite show. Whether you’re on the road or at home that you absolutely have to watch? Do you have one?
Jeremy: I really like Fringe. Can’t wait to watch the new season of Dexter, that’ll be great. I love the Breaking Bad series, it’s phenomenal. I heard they’re going to put out Arrested Development series, that got cancelled a few years ago. But, I heard they’re bringing it back for another season. So, I’m really excited about that.
Brianna: Definitely. Yeah, definitely.
Livia: What’s one question that you’ve never been asked during an interview that you’ve always wanted to be asked?
Jeremy: Um…I didn’t know I actually had to think about stuff. [laughs] Let me see…
Livia: You don’t even have to answer the question. You just have to come up with a question. But, feel free to answer it if you want. 
Jeremy: Let me think…I don’t know. You come up with a question that you think I’ve never been asked. 
Livia: Oh, man. Um… I don’t know.
Jeremy: It’s tough, isn’t it.
Livia: We’ve had the tables turned on us once before and it’s worked…I don’t know. This could be off the record, but I’m just curious, how you guys deal with fangirls. ‘cause I just  don’t know how you do it and I’m always impressed.
Jeremy: You can keep it on the record that’s fine. Basically, they just want to meet the band and have things signed. And, I mean if you do that they’re easy to, uh, I’m not going to use the word escape, because that’s the wrong word but, easy to please if you would give them some sort of  attention. And, if you don’t they’ll continue to follow you around until you do. So, it’s better to give them attention and you know, I’m not saying that’s a problem for us. We love going out after shows and signing stuff for them. We’ve been going out after every show, signing things for kids since the band started and we haven’t missed a show. And, you know they’re just looking to meet one of their idols. It’s like if you go and meet your favorite band and the lead singer gave you some attention that would be great. You do that and then they’re happy and then they’ll allow you to go off and go back to the bus or do whatever you were about to do. It’s not too hard, it’s pretty simple.
Livia: I just thought of a question that you might not have been asked. How do you feel about the whole Occupy Wall Street business? I don’t know if you get that many political questions.
Jeremy: No, we don’t actually. But, you know I think they’re trying to do something, you know, good. Their hearts are in the right place, I guess, you know. They’re doing it not just for themselves but, they’re trying to make a difference for everyone and I don’t know if it’ll work. Probably not. I don’t give them too much longer being on Wall Street before they all go home.
Livia: Yeah, I gotcha. They’ve been out there for three weeks. I don’t even know how they’ve done that. And, here’s the last question. I remember when you guys could only tour in Florida and couldn’t find any venues outside of the state and now you’re touring around the world. How does that feel?
Jeremy: It feels awesome. We actually do better outside of Florida than we did in Florida. It’s kind of a weird turnaround. We don’t really do so well in Tallahassee anymore. You know now we can sell out venues around the United States but we still can’t even have a sold out crowd in Tallahassee.  I don’t know if that has to do with the fact that we’re from Tallahassee and they feel like they could see us on the next tour or things like that. But, it’s awesome being able to do this and get to travel. Play shows that are you know, packed and do what you love. 
Livia: Awesome. Well, that was all of our questions. Thank you so much.
Jeremy: Oh, thank you. 
 

         Brianna and Livia from You Had Me at Nerd Interview Mayday Parade

 Mayday Parade released their new self-titled album on Tuesday, October 4! They will be on tour with There For Tomorrow, We are the In Crowd, and You Me at Six. Catch “You Had me at Nerd” on wtburadio.org every week! Photo courtesy of Maydayparade.com

Livia: So, congratulations on the new album. I should start off by saying that. [laughs]

Jeremy: Thank you very much.

Livia: So, you produced this album with the same guys who produced A Lesson in Romantics. Was the recording process different this time?

Jeremy: um, no. The recording process was the same. And, reason we went back to them was because we had such a fun experience with them the first time. They are very laid back.  You know and they’ll voice their opinions but if we don’t wanna do it they’ll say fine do it the way that makes you happy. They’re very laid back. We kinda bring across the ideas that we want. That’s one of the biggest reasons we enjoy working with them and love this album so much because it really is, you know just us doing it. Last album, the label had a lot of influence on it but this one is strictly just us.

Livia: Awesome. How does the song writing process work for you? Do you guys like compile the lyrics collectively as a band or does someone do it specifically.

Jeremy: Usually, we, for the writing in general, not even just for the lyrics, someone will come up with an idea and maybe just like a couple of chords with lyrics and if we think it’s good enough to work on we’ll take those chords and lyrics and work on it and try to branch it out to a full song. So, it doesn’t have to be a completed song. Anybody can come up with the idea. We all just work on stuff individually and then we come together as a group and we share with the rest of the band. You know, if we like it, we’ll work on it. And, then Derek will continue writing lyrics to it. You know change lyric, and the rest of the band will work on the music so, it’s kinda how it goes.

Brianna: How did you divide the backing vocals on this album?

Jeremy: Derek basically had all the parts in his head. He knew what he kind of wanted to have done as backing vocals. So he kinda knew what he wanted Jake to sing. So that was already planned out in Derek’s mind. We didn’t really see all that until we stepped down as far as vocal wise but for harmony and things like that, we got in the room and kind of picked parts that we thought it would sound best and just kind of threw them in there.

Livia: What’s your favorite song off of the new album? And, what’s the meaning behind it?

Jeremy: My favorite song is “When You See My Friends”. It’s about a relationship where it is a self destructive relationship that you know want it to go good but the entire time in the relationship it ends up going bad. You end up not being the person you want to try to fulfill the needs of you know the other person and the relationship the entire time is just continually crumbling on itself and it’s just about getting out of those types of relationships.

Livia: Great. I know bands such as Defeater are writing concept albums while other bands are pulling from personal experience. As Mayday Parade, do you pull from both conceptual ideas and personal experiences? Or is it more like one?

Jeremy: For the majority of the stuff, it’s definitely personal experience. Every now and then you know, this goes for all the records, every now and then we’ll develop a storyline for a particular song that we think is kind of a cool concept and we’ll throw a couple of those on the album but for the most part it really is personal experience. Past people we have dated, just things that are going on with our lives at the time

Brianna: So now, that we’re in October and the year is almost over, do you have a favorite album that’s come out this year so far?

Jeremy: I really like Manchester Orchestra’s album, new Dangerous Summer record that came out. Those are two on the top of my list. Obviously, a lot of our friends put out records that are really great. Every Avenue and A Rocket to the Moon and We are the in Crowd, so those particular albums I fancy I guess. [laughs]

Brianna: Favorite show. Whether you’re on the road or at home that you absolutely have to watch? Do you have one?

Jeremy: I really like Fringe. Can’t wait to watch the new season of Dexter, that’ll be great. I love the Breaking Bad series, it’s phenomenal. I heard they’re going to put out Arrested Development series, that got cancelled a few years ago. But, I heard they’re bringing it back for another season. So, I’m really excited about that.

Brianna: Definitely. Yeah, definitely.

Livia: What’s one question that you’ve never been asked during an interview that you’ve always wanted to be asked?

Jeremy: Um…I didn’t know I actually had to think about stuff. [laughs] Let me see…

Livia: You don’t even have to answer the question. You just have to come up with a question. But, feel free to answer it if you want.

Jeremy: Let me think…I don’t know. You come up with a question that you think I’ve never been asked.

Livia: Oh, man. Um… I don’t know.

Jeremy: It’s tough, isn’t it.

Livia: We’ve had the tables turned on us once before and it’s worked…I don’t know. This could be off the record, but I’m just curious, how you guys deal with fangirls. ‘cause I just  don’t know how you do it and I’m always impressed.

Jeremy: You can keep it on the record that’s fine. Basically, they just want to meet the band and have things signed. And, I mean if you do that they’re easy to, uh, I’m not going to use the word escape, because that’s the wrong word but, easy to please if you would give them some sort of  attention. And, if you don’t they’ll continue to follow you around until you do. So, it’s better to give them attention and you know, I’m not saying that’s a problem for us. We love going out after shows and signing stuff for them. We’ve been going out after every show, signing things for kids since the band started and we haven’t missed a show. And, you know they’re just looking to meet one of their idols. It’s like if you go and meet your favorite band and the lead singer gave you some attention that would be great. You do that and then they’re happy and then they’ll allow you to go off and go back to the bus or do whatever you were about to do. It’s not too hard, it’s pretty simple.

Livia: I just thought of a question that you might not have been asked. How do you feel about the whole Occupy Wall Street business? I don’t know if you get that many political questions.

Jeremy: No, we don’t actually. But, you know I think they’re trying to do something, you know, good. Their hearts are in the right place, I guess, you know. They’re doing it not just for themselves but, they’re trying to make a difference for everyone and I don’t know if it’ll work. Probably not. I don’t give them too much longer being on Wall Street before they all go home.

Livia: Yeah, I gotcha. They’ve been out there for three weeks. I don’t even know how they’ve done that. And, here’s the last question. I remember when you guys could only tour in Florida and couldn’t find any venues outside of the state and now you’re touring around the world. How does that feel?

Jeremy: It feels awesome. We actually do better outside of Florida than we did in Florida. It’s kind of a weird turnaround. We don’t really do so well in Tallahassee anymore. You know now we can sell out venues around the United States but we still can’t even have a sold out crowd in Tallahassee.  I don’t know if that has to do with the fact that we’re from Tallahassee and they feel like they could see us on the next tour or things like that. But, it’s awesome being able to do this and get to travel. Play shows that are you know, packed and do what you love.

Livia: Awesome. Well, that was all of our questions. Thank you so much.

Jeremy: Oh, thank you.