Drowning Pool Phone Interview:
Paige: Well, first I would like to thank you for taking the time to talk with us (Rock Star Stories) today.
Drowning Pool: Yeah, not a problem.
Paige: First why don’t you tell us how you first got started in performing music? Did you always know as a child that this would be the career path for you?
Drowning Pool: Um.. You know honestly we didn’t think about it as a career for a long time, we just enjoyed doing it always. You know Mike and I had a little garage band at the end of High School you know it was just something we did for fun… and then we started doing it for the four of us.. you know me and Mike, CJ and Dave around Dallas to really have fun play clubs, earn money you know in our younger days it was mostly revolved around the parties.. Have a big fun.
Paige: So you would say this was mostly for leisure and the crowd’s pleasure?
Drowning Pool: Yeah, and you know slowly but surely just over the course of a year… every time we played it would turn into a mad house and one of our songs goes to a local radio station and everyone goes crazy so then here we are the four of us living in this little tiny crappy one bedroom apartment together and every label in the country is calling our old school roaders phone. It was just a real time that went from not taking anything then BOOM it’s a real career.
Paige: What was your first song that became widely played on the radio?
Drowning Pool: Well the first song in Dallas was a song called Tear Away, and that was the songs that lead us to a record deal. Once we had that record deal, the label decides that the first song should be Bodies, and that was our first nationwide song.
Paige: And what is that song about?
Drowning Pool: Bodies? Its about kids in a mosh pit. It was a song we wrote about our live show. It was kind of like our prospective from the stage you know seeing kids moshing, stage diving and all that crazy stuff.
Paige: So would you say you are happy that the Nation recognized you by that first hit? Were you happy to be known as the group who sang that song Bodies?
Drowning Pool: Yeah of course. You know here it is, we’re ten years later after that song came out and every night we played it, people would just lose their mind you know? I don’t know what it is that’s so relatable about that song, but you know ten years later people still go nuts every time we perform that song. You know every time we play it just seeing the crowd react that way it just gives the song energy for us.
Paige: With writing song you must have some inspiration from somewhere. Do you get it from a certain object, or other bands that you look up to?
Drowning Pool: Most inspiration comes from facing your idea that what you want to do and what you want to write as a kid and what you used to listen to and for us, it was a lot of Metallica, Anthrax, Motley Crew, and mostly the bands big in the late 80’s. That’s mostly where the bands identity I would say evolved.
Paige: What have you guys been up to now? Are you out across the nation touring?
Drowning Pool: Yeah we’re on tour with Five finger Death Punch and God Smack right now.
Paige: What city are you currently located in?
Drowning Pool: Today, we are in Sacramento.
Paige: What would you say your favorite venue to play there is? Or in general?
Drowning Pool: Today we are at the Arco Arena, but theirs a lot of cities we do really well in Kansas city, Dallas, Denver, but there is one venue though that I love that Ive been to but we’ve never been able to play a show there called Red Rocks in Denver. Have you heard of it?
Paige: Actually, no I haven’t? Tell us a little about why you like it.
Drowning Pool: It’s like this outdoor little amphitheater that’s kind of built into the mountain.. it’s an awesome place. If you watch U2, they have a live video shot at Red Rocks. It’s just a really awesome place.
Paige: When you aren’t touring, what do you tend to do on your down time? Do you spend it with the band, family friends?
Drowning Pool: Well, we are all huge football fans so we spend a lot of time on the bus watching games. We even have our own Drowning Pool fantasy league. A lot of stuff is very sports related for us.
Paige: So being from Dallas, im assuming you’re all big Cowboy fans?
Drowning Pool: Absolutely, living in Dallas my whole live im a huge Cowboys fan.
Paige: During the tour do you have a way for your fans to follow you and see news updates from the band?
Drowning Pool: We have all that cool stuff: Twitter, MySpace, Facebook, and our own personal website. We are all into Social Networking for our fans.
Paige: Thank You very much for taking the time to talk with us today and good luck with the rest of your touring.
Drowning Pool: No Problem, Thank you for talking with me.