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Waterparks’ Awsten Knight: “I Don’t Lose Sleep Over Being Called Pop-Punk”

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Awsten opens up. 

Waterparks were winners of Best International Breakthrough at the Rock Sound Awards powered by EMP.

In the magazine we chat to Awsten Knight about their whirlwind year. Here's a snippet:

PEOPLE BUILD UP THESE WEIRD EXPECTATIONS. HAS THAT BEEN QUITE ANNOYING TO DEAL WITH AT TIMES?
“I used to get more bugged about it and go, ‘We’re not pop-punk, fuck you’ or whatever. And if it comes up, I’ll try and clear it up best I can. But, I don’t actively try and fight that label anymore. If some dumb idiot wants to be like, ‘This is a bad pop-punk album’ I’ll be like, ‘You know what, you’re a fucking bad person. The end.’ I don’t lose sleep over being called pop-punk, you know what I mean?”

DID THAT FUEL THE NEW ALBUM BEING COMPLETELY DIFFERENT AGAIN AND TRYING SO MANY DIFFERENT THINGS? 
“A little bit. At the same time, this is why I don’t look at mentions. I don’t want any influence from people who aren’t influencers. If someone’s like ‘pop-punk this, pop-punk that,’ I don’t want it to decide anything. If I want to make something that’s kind of punky or whatever, yeah it’s going to happen. But I’m not going to say it’s made me go ‘I’m not going to write anything fast’, you know?"

WE'VE TALKED ABOUT THE DISS TRACKS THAT ARE COMING UP ON THE ALBUM. WERE THEY HARD TO PUT DOWN IN THE STUDIO FOR THE NEW ALBUM?
“No, because I’m like a salty little shithead, so laying down that one I was like ‘Finally!’ The only thing I had to do was make sure it was an off day the next day so I could rest my voice, because it goes kind of hard.”

YOU GO PRETTY HEARD THEN?
“Oh for sure.”

HAS THE NEW ALBUM BEEN A REAL WAY OF CHANNELLING THAT SORT OF STUFF INTO A POSITIVE ENERGY?
“Thing is, people would probably get tired of it if I actually included all of those such songs on an album, like, ‘God, that’s just mad’, and I don’t want to be like that. Like, that’s the thing, like, technically if I wanted, you could really send it either way. I could make a whole album of gross love songs and make everyone vomit everywhere, drown the city in vomit, vomit would slowly rise, wreck the first story of every building of every house, drown someone, but I don’t want to do that. I also don’t want to make an album full of all angry songs too, because it’s like, ‘This guy’s an asshole.’ I always want there to be a bunch of different dimensions to the character, to my character, I guess. Hopefully unless something real bad happens and I make the saddest album ever, I want it to be a very multi-dimensional album, with a lot of different feelings."

HOW ARE YOU FEELING GOING INTO 2018? IS NOW A PROUD MOMENT FOR WATERPARKS?
"It’s weird, I have a really hard time stopping and looking back at things. Especially while there’s still so much work going on. Right now, the last few days have just been stupid busy. We did a full-on photoshoot all yesterday, did a bunch of stuff with the tracks, got the masters back, made a bunch of edits, we made the setlist for the tour. When you called, I was going over some production things. I’d got the songs we’d all written on a journal in front of me in the car, while we were returning some rental equipment, going over what’s going to be on the screen, this interview, about to go back and do more mastering, it’s like a whole thing. Once there’s not a lot going on and I can just chill, I’ll be able to look back more. The year’s going to be tight as fuck, I know that.”

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