SLEEPING W/ SIRENS
IF 2016 HAS TAUGHT KELLIN ANYTHING, IT’S TO GO EASY ON THE PARTYING OVER KERRISTMAS…
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!”