Waterparks have won the Best International Breakthrough award at the the first ever Rock Sound Awards, powered by EMP!
We caught up with Awsten to discuss everything between 'Double Dare' and now, and you can read a little of that below...
WHEN YOU WENT INTO THE STUDIO LAST SUMMER TO RECORD 'DOUBLE DARE', COULD YOU HAVE FATHOMED ANY OF THIS HAPPENING?
Says Awsten Knight: "I had hopes! The thing is, I listened to those songs before the album came out or anything, and it’s hard to picture how they’ll be received. I listen to them and think, ‘This is so fucking cool…’. I wouldn’t make it if I didn’t think that they were the shit!
"They wouldn’t come out if I didn’t think they were awesome songs. Also, you also can’t count on them being as well received as you think they should be. Plenty of people make stuff they’re proud of, put it out, and the public’s kind of like, ‘Okay...’ I never know what the response is going to be, I can’t have an expectation.”
WATERPARKS OBVIOUSLY HAVE A VERY UNIQUE SOUND. DID YOU HAVE ANY APPREHENSION ABOUT BEING SO OUT THERE?
“Honestly it was pretty natural just because there wasn’t a whole lot of pressure with it. Like I’ve said before, so many songs get made in my room that if you treat all of them like, ‘No one’s going to hear this, it doesn’t matter’, you can go in and just do whatever you want, pretend that it’s just for you or whatever.
"Then when the time comes to actually pick what’s going to make the album and actually making studio versions it’s like, ‘Oh, okay’. And that moment you’re like, ‘Well this might be weird, but go ahead’. There’s not pressure while it’s happening, know what I mean? Whether it’s stylistic with genres or weird lyrical shit. I genuinely 100 per cent did not think ’21 Questions’ was going to be a thing that was going to be on the album."
IT MUST BE EXCITING TO NOT KNOW WHAT'S GOING TO MAKE IT...
“Yeah it really was. It’s the same feeling with the new album too.”
BEFORE 'DOUBLE DARE' YOU MADE FANS OF JOEL AND BENJI MADDEN, MIKEY WAY PLAYED BASS ON 'CLUSTER', YOU GOT TO KNOW PETE WENTZ... THOSE THINGS MUST HAVE GIVEN YOU CONFIDENCE.
"It’s a strange thing, because before we were literally outside of all these peoples’ shows passing out flyers, being like, ‘Hey, check it out!’ Now they’re going, ‘Hey everyone, check it out!’ It’s the first step of there being pressure behind everything. It’s like, ‘Oh dang, everybody I love is watching'.”
You can pick up your limited edition, truly one of a kind Waterparks magazine cover, deluxe poster print and a FREE 2018 calendar and Rock Sound Awards sticker WORLDWIDE from awards.rocksound.tv!
Oh, and you can hear Awsten on the Rock Sound Podcast talking about EVERYTHING 2017 has thrown at his band below!