SLEEP­ING W/ SIRENS

IF 2016 HAS TAUGHT KELLIN ANY­THING, IT’S TO GO EASY ON THE PAR­TY­ING OVER KERRISTMAS…

Kerrang! (UK) - - My 2016 - KELLIN QUINN

SO, 2016: BADASS OR JUST PLAIN BAD?

“It was badass, and I can’t com­plain at all.we got to play some amaz­ing shows, and af­ter be­ing hes­i­tant about go­ing back and do­ing Warped Tour it turned out to be some­thing truly great, and it was one of my favourite things we did this year. Hav­ing the Mad­dens [Joel and Benji, from Good Char­lotte] come on­board as man­agers was a great thing for us, too, and I also think we’ve re­ally grown as a band, and we’re very, very ex­cited for the fu­ture.”

HOW DID IT FEEL HAV­ING YOUR VO­CALS FEA­TURED ON A GOOD CHAR­LOTTE RECORD?

“Think­ing back to when I was younger and lis­ten­ing to their records, it was def­i­nitely sur­real ac­tu­ally be­ing a part of one of their songs. But know­ing those guys like I do, yeah, they’re Good Char­lotte, but they’re also my friends, and do­ing mu­sic with your friends is al­ways go­ing to be awe­some and very com­fort­able.”

DID YOUR ACOUS­TIC TOURS AND THE AL­BUM YOU DROPPED SPARK SOME CRE­ATIV­ITY IN A DIF­FER­ENT DI­REC­TION?

“Not nec­es­sar­ily, but it felt right to do those tours. It’s some­thing we’ll pos­si­bly do again down the road – we al­ways love to bust out the acous­tics, and it’s great be­ing able to strip your songs back and tear them down and recre­ate them with a whole dif­fer­ent vibe. I think that’s a good way to keep be­com­ing a bet­ter artist.”

WHAT WAS YOUR PROUD­EST DAD-MO­MENT THIS YEAR?

“My daugh­ter’s go­ing to preschool right now, and she’s learn­ing so many dif­fer­ent things.the other day she came home and said, ‘Dad, ‘bon­jour’ means ‘hello’ in French!’ That was very cute! She’s al­ready show­ing signs of want­ing to be a per­former; she’s al­ways singing and watch­ing Michael Jackson danc­ing videos on Youtube, and try­ing to dance like him. And I can hon­estly say her Michael Jackson moves are way bet­ter than mine!”

WHAT WAS THE BEST BOOK YOU READ?

“There were a cou­ple – I re-read The BFG again, which I love, and an­other one called The Haters, by Jesse An­drews, which was awe­some. It’s about a group of kids that go to a jazz camp and they end up leav­ing with­out telling any­one and try to go on tour as a real band. It’s ex­cit­ing and funny, and re­minds me of my band tour­ing in a 15-pas­sen­ger van, never know­ing where we were go­ing to sleep that night, and it was def­i­nitely fun re­vis­it­ing some of those mem­o­ries.”

DID YOU DO ANY­THING CRE­ATIVELY OUT­SIDE OF MU­SIC?

“I like to paint and draw when­ever I have the chance, and I kept up with that a lot, which was very sat­is­fy­ing. tak­ing paint on the road is a bad idea, so I tend to do it mostly when I’m home, and I posted some of the pic­tures on my In­sta­gram and peo­ple seemed to like them, which is cool.”

LASTLY, HAVE YOU HAD ANY EPIC FAILS IN 2016?

“We were on tour when our bassist Justin [Hills] had a birth­day, and I failed to keep up! I had a lit­tle bit of a puk­ing ses­sion while ev­ery­one else car­ried on drink­ing just fine.the night was a blast, though – the band and crew all piled into the back lounge on the bus and we made an epic mosh-pit in there, jump­ing off coun­ters and do­ing front-flips on top of each other. And I def­i­nitely felt the ef­fects of all of that the next day!”

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