GET­TING TO KNOW

Blunt - - Up Front -

I dis­cov­ered mu­sic when…

I was re­ally young. My brother Randy ( gui­tar, back­ing vo­cals) and I have been play­ing mu­sic since we were five or six years old, so my first mem­ory is us just mess­ing around with acous­tic guitars.

I re­alised be­ing in a band was the best way to waste time…

As soon as I watched the movie La Bamba.

My first band was…

Called Dis­hon­est and I was the

RON­NIE WIN­TER OF THE RED JUMP­SUIT AP­PA­RA­TUS

drum­mer and Randy was on lead vo­cals. It was a Christian metal band and we had some great times.

The first show I ever played was…

At our lo­cal com­mu­nity cen­tre in Mid­dle­burg, Florida. It was packed and we knew right then we could do this thing for real if we kept at it long enough.

The worst job I’ve ever had is…

Work­ing as a dish­washer at TGI Fri­days for a while. That was pretty bad. Long hours, lit­tle pay and con­stantly smelling like rot­ting food took its tole so I chose another ca­reer path.

My favourite band is…

The Beach Boys. I love them and I al­ways will.

One al­bum I play be­fore I hit the stage is…

I usu­ally don't lis­ten to mu­sic be­fore a show. I do a quick vo­cal warm up and stretch then hit the stage.

I love be­ing on stage be­cause…

Watch­ing peo­ple sing the words back is my favourite part of play­ing live. If peo­ple are hav­ing fun and mov­ing around then we have a lot more fun as well.

My favourite tour mem­ory is…

Ev­ery tour cre­ates new mem­o­ries and we are not plan­ning on stop­ping any­time soon so I’ll have to get back to you on that one later [ laughs].

The worst thing about tour­ing is…

Putting your life on hold. Fam­ily and friends are greatly missed ev­ery time we hit the road. My brother and my girl­friend An­gela both tour and per­form with me so that helps a lot with miss­ing home.

My favourite servo/ gas stop pur­chase is…

Usu­ally a diet Coke and a Blu e- cig. Maybe some Dori­tos as well.

On the road I can’t live with­out…

My iPhone and iPad. They’re my most val­ued phys­i­cal pos­ses­sions when on tour. I am Ap­ple for life!

My favourite place in the world is…

The Philip­pines. It’s re­ally spe­cial to us as peo­ple and as a band. An­gela’s fam­ily is from there so it’s like a home away from home when we tour there, and the shows are al­ways in­sane.

If I could, I would trade lives with…

I truly wouldn’t trade places with any­one. I love my life; I have been blessed and am grate­ful for ev­ery day that God grants me on this planet.

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