Ben dissects the band's huge year.
Neck Deep were winners of Best British Band at the Rock Sound Awards powered by EMP.
In this month's magazine we chat to vocalist Ben Barlow all about how huge 2017 has been for the band. Here's a taste:
YOU'VE DONE A LOT OF WARPED TOUR ALREADY. DO YOU THINK THAT HAS BEEN A FACTOR IN THE BAND'S SUCCESS?
"I think Warped Tour has definitely had a big input on that, but the first time we ever went out to America was a headliner and even that was really successful. Since day one really America and the UK have been neck and neck.
I can’t really put my finger on what it is. Maybe it’s because it’s pop-punk and that’s an American thing. Maybe it’s my fucking voice or my shitty American accent that’s actually helped on that side of the pond. I think it could be a combination of things, but Warped Tour is absolutely amazing exposure, it’s a tour that we love doing.
And of course it’s legendary, it’s Warped Tour, the crowd you want to be playing to. We’ve been lucky to be given the opportunity to do it, and lucky that our music kind of resonates with people on the other side of the pond.”
YOU CAN HEAR ELEMENTS OF YOUR SOUND IN OTHER BANDS. IS THAT A STRANGE FEELING OR A PROUD ONE?
“Yeah, it’s very strange but also still a very proud feeling. I feel like we were inspired by Blink-182, Green Day, Sum 41, and so if we can be a band who inspires that next wave of bands, then that’s awesome. I just think the world moves a lot faster in every aspect than it ever has. Maybe where it was New Found Glory, Blink and Green Day, 10 or 20 years ago, maybe now it only needs five years before the next lot of bands start coming up, taking influence from other bands. If we can say we had a part in that, that’s a beautiful thing."
DO YOU FEEL A PRESSURE ADAPTING TO THE FAST PACE OF THE MUSIC INDUSTRY?
“Yes and no. I think you’ve always got to be aware of it, but if you fear it or you’re under pressure by it, you’re playing up to other people’s expectations.
I feel like if anything, the better position to be in is to be defining where it goes and where that next step goes, rather than following. Make a path for the next generation, make a path even for yourself to be relevant in music these days. The more that you worry about people’s expectations or the industry’s expectations, the more you’ll get caught up in it.
It’s better to keep the industry on its toes rather than you being on your toes trying to dance around other people. We’re lucky to be in that position where I think we can guide things a little bit, but we’ve always wanted to be aware of it."
DO YOU THINK IT'S IMPORTANT TO BE UNIQUE IN THIS DAY AND AGE?
“I think it’s important. I don’t necessarily think it’s the most important thing. As long as you write music that speaks to people, that’s absolutely the most important thing, and that’s what we’ve tried to do over our whole career. Songs that people can relate to. It’s a tough one to put your finger on but as long as you’re putting your heart and soul into it, that’s what people will see and pick up on.”
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