The baes are back in town

Ahead of The Vamps’ Oz tour, GF’s Matthew Galea chats to drum­mer Tris­tan about mu­sic, mates and girls!

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Part two of your al­bum Night & Day is out V soon. Are your songs writ­ten from per­sonal ex­pe­ri­ence?

Def­i­nitely! A lot has hap­pened in our lives in terms of re­la­tion­ships with girls and family is­sues, and we’ve also had some great nights out all over the world, so we’ve put that en­ergy and those emo­tions into our songs.

Who in­spires you creatively?

Arc­tic Mon­keys, Tay­lor Swift and a lot of coun­try mu­sic like Ras­cal Flatts. Very weird mix!

What do you love about Aus­tralia?

It’s one of my favourite places, not even jok­ing! I love the sun and ev­ery­one’s happy and they speak the same as us English peo­ple, like they get sar­casm and they say ‘mate’. It’s re­ally cool and we love it. What was it like to tour with

Sab­rina Car­pen­ter? She was awe­some! We met her ages ago and then she started blow­ing up, so we asked her to come on tour with us. She’s re­ally fun; we had her birth­day on tour so we cel­e­brated to­gether and she puts on a great live show.

What are your pre-show rit­u­als?

We rub our chins to­gether to get some fric­tion go­ing on. It looks like we’re mak­ing out but we’re not… yet!

What­ever works for you! How do you guys keep fit on tour?

We bring our own gym equip­ment so we’ll have a dress­ing room called ‘mus­cle beach’ and we’ll work out in there.

What are your es­sen­tials?

I bring my pro­duc­tion gear. Brad al­ways has his Tom Ford af­ter­shave, which is handy. James al­ways has ev­ery­thing ready coz he’s or­gan­ised and Con­nor al­ways has hair­spray.

What’s your most em­barro on-stage ex­pe­ri­ence?

For­tu­nately I’ve never tripped, touch wood, but Con­nor fell over while we were play­ing for Tay­lor Swift in front of 20,000 peo­ple; it was very em­bar­rass­ing for him.

If you guys had gone to high school to­gether, do you reckon you would’ve been mates?

Def­i­nitely! James prob­a­bly wouldn’t have liked me, though, be­cause he’s very fo­cused on his stud­ies and I was not.

But me, Brad and Con­nor would’ve been friends and James would’ve hated all of us [laughs].

How has your re­la­tion­ship with the guys evolved over the years?

It’s more per­sonal now; we’re lit­er­ally like brothers. We know each other very, very well. We know when we need our per­sonal time and we know when we need to make each other laugh, which we do quite a lot.

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