Waterparks' Awsten Knight is in the Rock Sound 50, so we caught up with the blue-haired frontman to find out how he feels to be a part of it.
CONGRATULATIONS ON BEING VOTED ONE OF ROCK SOUND READERS’ MOST INFLUENTIAL FIGURES IN MUSIC! WHAT DOES THAT MEAN TO YOU?
"It either means that we're heavily lacking in the influential figures department this year or I'm doing something really cool for myself. I'm gonna roll with the latter and feel cool about myself for a minute."
YOU'RE ONE OF THE MOST UNIQUE PERSONALITIES ON THE LIST. HOW DOES IT MAKE YOU FEEL TO KNOW THAT CHARACTER HAS BEEN RECOGNISED BY OUR AUDIENCE?
"That rules! It'd kinda blow to not have a unique personality and so I'm really glad that being annoying is paying off in this kind of way. I'm gonna take this time and use this platform to tell the zillions of readers to follow me on twitter at @awsten. Aww hell, it's a party now."
IS IT WEIRD TO THINK THAT YOU'RE SOMEONE FANS FEEL INSPIRED BY; THAT YOU'RE NOT JUST DOING THIS FOR YOU, BUT THERE'S AN AUDIENCE OUT THERE PAYING CLOSE ATTENTION TOO?
"See, I try not to really think of it like that, even if it's true because that's crazy pressure.
"When I write, it's all for me. If it winds up influencing or hitting a nerve, positive or negative, with people that's sick! However, if I think about the fact that people are watching I think it'll throw me off.
"Even when making new demos at home I pretend I'm keeping them under wraps forever or that I'm ghost writing it for someone else, otherwise I might kind of freak out. When I have those thoughts like, ‘Is this as good as something on Double Dare? Stylistically, is this progressive enough? Is it as catchy?’ I have to take a break in general and just make a grilled cheese or go to the park or something."
WHO DO YOU LOOK UP TO?
"Honestly Benji, Joel and Josh Madden are the most influential people to me life-wise. I try not to pull influence from too many bands, it helps me stay in my own lane but as far as living influences, they're definitely my go-to.
"If I'm ever kinda freaking out about anything, I go to one of them about it and it's actually helpful. You should never take advice from someone whose position you wouldn't want to be in yourself."
IT'S BEEN A BIG YEAR FOR WATERPARKS. HOW DO YOU USE THAT ENCOURAGEMENT AS FUEL FOR THE FUTURE?
"On a real note, my encouragement is imagining me and how I want my life to be ten years from now and taking every step possible to ensure it turns out that way! So far so good.
"I wanna be rich enough to feed my future poodle the finest fruits and vegetables Earth can craft."
This interview is adapted from the Rock Sound 50 issue of Rock Sound. You can pick up a copy below...