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!
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.