Before playing the last show of their US tour Alejandro Manzano found time to have a quick chat with me.
NB: It’s kind of been reported that summer concerts in 2010 have somewhat tanked, I was just wondering have you guys felt that effect at all?
Alejandro Manzano: For us, very fortunately everything’s been growing. So I guess we haven’t really felt that, we’ve played a lot of these similar markets, similar venues when we were in the US last, and pretty much every single market has significantly grown. So, so I guess not.
NB: How do you feel about the music industry right now with all the trouble it seems to be having does that worry you at all as an up and coming band?
AM: Um, I think that because we’re using a lot of the new technology, um, I don’t know I don’t think it’s gonna be that much of a problem for us with a lot of the issues that have been coming up.
NB: What would you say are the biggest gambles you guys have taken?
AM: (thinks) I guess since we had so much going on, on our own already I would think that signing the record deal was a pretty big gamble. But we’re all pretty confident that its gonna pay off so…it was just a certain…certain timing, the timing with everything that was growing and with this band and the team, the team that was around us.
NB: You’ve really only been on the public radar for about 3 years now, and you’re getting huge attention, from what I see almost all of it positive, sold out shows, your youtube channel is very popular. Are you nervous that you guys may be peaking too soon?
AM: Oh no no no, not at all! I mean for us, I guess it kinda depends on how you define “peaking” or “success” or whatever but we have very ambitious goals and uh, we have yet to achieve things, we’re still excited and there’s still more to come in the future for us.
NB: What are some of those goals?
AM: To keep growing, to keep getting out music out there, playing bigger and bigger venues as time goes by. Radio play is another big big thing on our radar, on every bands radar, and that has yet to happen for us on a mainstream level and we’d like to take that just not in the US but internationally.
NB: You guys have traveled all around the world, what have you’ve picked up on, on these travels?
AM: The international markets and the fans are really incredibly supportive, and it’s not that the US aren’t I just think they show a real appreciation for an American band. I supposed it’s really flattering for us especially going to countries we’ve never been to before.
NB: What was the favorite place you went to?
AM: I think one of the craziest, craziest places would be the Philippines you could tell that stuff was bubbling with their comments on our youtube videos and facebook page but I don’t think we were, I don’t think you can ever be ready for exactly what happened there was just thousands of people. And that, that was one of the most memorable shows I think we’ve ever put on.
NB: Who inspires you?
AM: A huge inspiration for me personally was The Goo Goo Dolls. They’re like my personal hero’s it’s pretty crazy that we actually get to open up for them in August. That’s kind of like a huge, huge moment for us. Imagine getting to open up for your hero’s, it’s kind of hard.
AM: Thank you!!
NB: How long is this tour going for? How long have you guys been touring I should say…
AM: The specific US run was from mid June to mid July, tonight is actually our last show of the tour in Chicago.
NB: Aright, well thank you so much have a great show!
AM: Thank you! Will do! It’s been a pleasure chatting with you.
NB: Pleasure chatting with you thanks!
AM: Alright, have a good one!