Paul from Jet Pack speaks to Miss Ali Blah Blah

by MissAliBlahBlah

How did you all meet?
WE LIVED TOGETHER AT UNIVERSITY.

What made you decide to start a band together?
WE HAD THE SAME TASTE IN MUSIC AND STARTED OUT BY JAMMING BLINK 182 SONGS IN OUR BEDROOM – TOOK PART IN THE UNI BATTLE OF THE BANDS COMPETITION AND REALISED HOW MUCH WE LOVED PLAYING MUSIC TOGETHER.

Who would you say your biggest musical influences are and why?
BLINK 182, TAKING BACK SUNDAY, BRAND NEW, AND NEW FOUND GLORY -MUSICALLY THESE BANDS ALWAYS PUSH THE BOUNDARIES AND LYRICALLY THEY ARE HEAD AND SHOULDERS ABOVE OTHERS IN THE GENRE.

If there was any band you could be in which band would it be?
TAKING BACK SUNDAY – THEY ARE THE BAND THAT HAVE INFLUENCED US MUSICALLY MORE THAN ANYONE AND WE GET REFERRED TO AS ‘A BRITISH TBS’ QUITE A LOT. WE’RE BIG FANS OF THE TWO VOCALIST APPROACH AND THEY ARE THE MASTERS OF VOCAL TRADE OFFS. I ALSO LOVE THE WAY THEY REINVENT THEIR SOUND EVERY ALBUM WHILST STILL STAYING TRUE TO THEIR ORIGINAL SOUND, THEY ARE ALWAYS EVOLVING AND THAT WOULD BE EXCITING TO BE A PART OF.


(Jet Pack meeting one of their major influences, Adam Lazzara from Taking Back Sunday)

What song do you wish you had written?

SMELLS LIKE TEEN SPIRIT…I KNOW KURT GREW TO HATE IT BUT IT WAS JUST THE PUREST, TRUEST ROCK SONG EVER WRITTEN – SIMPLE BUT BRILLIANT.

Describe the writing process? Is it a collaboration or do you all come together with individual ideas?
MYSELF AND OUR LEAD SINGER DENNIS WRITE THE SONGS AND WE WILL GENERALLY COME TO THE REST OF THE BAND WITH A FINISHED IDEA. THE MAIN DIFFERENCE IS THAT HE USUALLY STARTS WITH MUSIC AND I USUALLY START WITH VOCALS – IT’S NOT UNUSUAL FOR A SONG THAT HE’S WRITTEN TO END UP WITH MY LYRICS AND VICE VERSA WHICH IS PRETTY COOL. IT’S WHEN THE IDEA IS BROUGHT TO THE REST OF THE BAND THAT IT REALLY TAKES SHAPE, EVERYONE HAS THEIR INPUT AND WE REALLY SQUEEZE THAT EXTRA FEW PERCENT OUT OF THE SONG AND MAKE IT AS GOOD AS WE CAN UNTIL WE’RE ALL HAPPY.

Do you prefer playing live or working in the studio, and why?
BEING IN THE STUDIO IS MY FAVOURITE PART OF BEING IN A BAND NO DOUBT. THE BOYS ARE DIFFERENT, THEY ALL PREFER PLAYING LIVE OR BEING ON THE ROAD BUT I’M AT MY MOST CREATIVE IN THE STUDIO. THAT MOMENT WHEN YOU STUMBLE ACROSS SOMETHING THAT JUST COMPLETELY TAKES A SONG IN A DIRECTION YOU NEVER SAW COMING, THAT MAGIC IS THE ENTIRE REASON I AM IN A BAND – IT’S THE BEST FEELING IN THE WORLD.

The music scene has changed so much over the past few years do you still think it’s so vital for a band to live in London?
I DON’T THINK YOU NEED TO LIVE IN LONDON AT ALL ANYMORE AND I THINK THAT IS A REALLY GOOD THING. I THINK THE HARDEST STAGE FOR A BAND IS THAT PERIOD WHERE THEY ARE TRYING TO MAKE THE STEP FROM AMATEUR TO PROFESSIONAL AND A FEW YEARS BACK THAT ABSOLUTELY MEANT MOVING TO LONDON, BUT THE CITY HAS BECOME OVER SATURATED WUITH BANDS AND GIGS IN MY OPINION AND THE STANDARD AND QUALITY HAS SUFFERED AS A RESULT AND THAT IS KILLING THE SCENE. SOME TOURING BANDS DON’T BOTHER WITH THE BIGGER CITIES IN THE UK AS MUCH AS THEY USED TO FOR THAT VERY REASON.

The music business has also changed dramatically over the years – with digital downloads becoming more and more popular, what do you see the future of music being?
I THINK THE MAJOR RECORD LABELS HAVE REALLY TAKEN THEIR EYE OFF THE BALL AND WE’RE STARTING TO SEE SOME GO OUT OF BUSINESS AS A RESULT. THEY HAVE SPENT FAR TOO MANY YEARS RE-RELEASING ESTABLISHED ARTISTS BACK CATALOGUES AT THE EXPENSE OF PUTTING MONEY INTO A&R AND INVESTING IN NEW BANDS. AS A RESULT IT’S THE SMALLER INDEPENDENT LABELS THAT ARE REALLY PUSHING THE SCENE FORWARD AND DISCOVERING NEW TALENT. I THINK IT IS THESE SMALLER LABELS THAT ARE KEY TO THE FUTURE OF MUSIC AND I ALSO THINK THERE WILL BE SOMEWHAT OF A SHIFT IN POWER BACK TO THE BANDS, RELEASING THEIR MATERIAL DIGITALLY AND ULTIMATELY HAVING MORE SAY IN HOW THEY DO THINGS WHICH CAN ONLY BE A GOOD THING.

If you could arrange a one day festival who would you have playing?
FOO FIGHTERS, BLINK 182, TAKING BACK SUNDAY, NEW FOUND GLORY, BRAND NEW, A DAY TO REMEMBER, FOUR YEAR STRONG, YELLOWCARD, JIMMY EAT WORLD, MOTION CITY SOUNDTRACK…WOW, THIS IS SOUNDING LIKE FOO FIGHTERS + THE HALL OF FAME OF PAST WARPED TOURS…THAT KIND OF A HAS A NICE RING TO IT! MAYBE WE COULD HAVE ANOTHER STAGE FOR THE UP AND COMING BRITISH BANDS LIKE DEAF HAVANA, LOWER THAN ATLANTIS, TWIN ATLANTIC, WE ARE THE OCEAN, MALLORY KNOX, HILDAMAY..MAYBE WE COULD LET JET-PACK OPEN THAT ONE? HAHA!

When you are not playing in Jet Pack what do you do?
MUSIC IS MY LIFE SO I AM ALWAYS WRITING AND COMING UP WITH NEW IDEAS AND GOING TO AS MANY GIGS AS I CAN PHYSICALLY GET TOO. I DO HAVE QUITE A BAD ADDICITON TO PLAYING XBOX ONLINE BUT I’M STILL PRETTY SPORTY AND LIKE TO SKATE MOST DAYS TOO.

What advice would you have for other young bands out there trying to get heard?
MAKE SURE YOU GO TO THE BEST PLACE YOU CAN AFFORD TO RECORD YOUR SONGS. WE ARE LUCKY ENOUGH TO WORK WITH YOU ME AT SIX’S AND DEAF HAVANA’S PRODUCER MATT O’GRADY AND HE CONSISTANTLY GETS THE BEST OUT OF US. YOU NEVER KNOW WHEN A MANAGER OR A LABEL MIGHT GIVE YOUR BAND 30 SECONDS TO IMPRESS THEM AND YOU HAVE TO DO YOURSELF JUSTICE BY MAKING SURE YOU HAVE THE BEST RECORDINGS POSSIBLE. OTHER THAN THAT, TOUR, TOUR AND TOUR. PLAY AS MANY SHOWS AS YOU CAN, MEET AS MANY BANDS AND NEW FANS AS YOU CAN – ENJOY THE RIDE AND DON’T EVER LET ANYONE TELL YOU IT CAN’T BE DONE OR THAT YOU’RE WASTING YOUR TIME.

What has been your best musical experience since Jet Pack started?
PLAYING AN ACOUSTIC SET BEFORE BLINK-182 AT THE LG ARENA IN BIRMINGHAM THIS YEAR WILL TAKE A LOT OF BEATING. BLINK WERE THE REASON OUR BAND STARTED AND TO BE ABLE TO DO THAT IN OUR HOME CITY IN FRONT OF SO MANY FRIENDS AND FANS WAS A DREAM COME TRUE.

What does the next 12 months have in store for Jet Pack?
WE HAVE JUST RECORDED A BRAND NEW 5 TRACK EP AND COMPLETED OUR SECOND UK TOUR OF THE YEAR. THE NEXT STEP FOR US IS PITCHING OUR NEW EP TO MANAGEMENT AND LABELS AND DOING EVERYTHING WE CAN TO GET SOMEONE TO GIVE US A CHANCE TO SHOW THEM WHAT WE CAN DO.

Describe Jet Pack in 5 words.
BEST FRIENDS CHASING THEIR DREAM.

List any tour dates you have coming up:
JUST COMPLETED UK TOUR, NEXT 2 MONTHS BEING SPENT PITCHING NEW EP TO LABELS AND MANAGMENT WITH A COUPLE OF HOME TOWN GIGS AROUND BIRMINGHAM AT HMV INSTITUTE OCTOBER 27TH AND WOLVERHAMPTON SLADE ROOMS OCTOBER 31ST.

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