Interview By: Erik Rojas
Sleeping with Sirens, one of Florida’s most prolific and successful bands as of late, have been making quite the name for themselves; releasing two records, and touring with bands such as A Skylit Drive and I Set My Friends on Fire. Erik Rojas got the chance to give Kellin Quinn (lead vocalist) a call to talk about what the band had been up to.
Erik Rojas: So how have you been dude?
Kellin Quinn: Been good man, just hanging out, relaxing. I’m on vacation right now so it’s pretty sweet!
E.R: Awesome! So I hear that Let’s Cheers to This just hit number 74 on Billboard’s Top 200. Are you stoked on that?
K.Q: Yeah I’m pretty stoked on it dude. It happens all so fast, and you have to work constantly. It’s hard to enjoy it, there’s a lot more work that we need to do. It’s exciting, but work never stops!
E.R: I personally love the record; I think it’s great.
K.Q: Thank you very much! I appreciate that.
E.R: So, regarding the record, what kind of musical progression were you tying to accomplish as you were making it? It definitely had some new elements.
K.Q: We just really wanted to kind of write the record we wanted to, you know? I think that in the scene right now there are a lot of bands that play a certain style of music, and at first we kind of fit ourselves into that category. This time we wanted to separate ourselves from that with a new album. We wanted to write an album that we enjoyed playing. Not that we don’t enjoy playing the songs on the first album [With Ears to See, and Eyes to Hear], but we wanted to write something that we felt really passionate about. We came up with eleven songs that we thought would sound good on an album and we put it on there! So that’s how it came out.
E.R: Awesome! So how was the writing and recording process? Were there any challenges you faced?
K.Q: Yeah, it’s stressful writing a record. I mean, we had like thirteen or fourteen songs, and we narrowed it down to the best ones that we thought would fit on there. I think that we are still developing as a band and figuring out who we are, and I think that the next record is going to be even better for us. You just keep growing. The recording studio process was awesome. It was a lot of work, but we did what we had to do, and the outcome turned out pretty cool.
E.R: I actually have a question regarding some tracks on the record. On songs like “Tally it Up, Settle the Score,” the screaming sounds different from With Ears to See, and Eyes to Hear. Did you decide to switch it up?
K.Q: Well, Jesse [Lawson], the other guitar player, is doing a lot more of the screaming. You can hear a difference between he and I. He has a very powerful scream, and it takes a lot of pressure off of me live. I’ll still be screaming some of the old songs, but for the new songs I’ll be able to sing a lot more, which is what I am more passionate about doing.
E.R: Do you personally have any favorite songs off the record?
K.Q: I really like “If You Can’t Hang,” and “Fire,” and I like “A Trophy Father’s Trophy Son.” Those are my three favorite songs on the album, the ones that I really feel connected to. I also really like “Your Nickel Ain’t Worth My Dime,” because it’s really kind of dance-y, and I’m really excited to play that live, I think it’ll be fun.
E.R: Speaking of live stuff, are you guys stoked for The All Stars Tour this summer?
K.Q: Yeah! I’m really excited. I’m looking at all the dates, and we’re playing some really cool venues, which I’m stoked about. It’ll be like thirteen bands and four of the bands on the tour are good friends of ours, so it’ll be really cool to hang out with them again, and meet new people, and play for a lot of different varieties of people. This tour is bringing people that are interested in our music, and then the people who may not be interested, but may be willing to check us out. I think it’s going to be cool to open that door and play live for people that would normally not even consider listening to us.
E.R: Sweet, do you plan on playing a mixture of both records?
K.Q: Of course we’re going to play a lot more of the songs that people know, because [Let’s Cheers to This] just came out, so a lot of people won’t know the words to the new stuff. But we’ll definitely be playing at least three or four songs off of the new album.
E.R: Good stuff. I actually wanted to ask you a question about your voice. How did you realize you had the range you possess? Were you hesitant about it starting out?
K.Q: I can only sing the way I sing. I don’t think I did anything to sing the way I do. I mean, I was apprehensive, and people either like it or hate it, so I can’t really do anything about that.
E.R: I think it makes you stand out a lot from other bands within the genre, it’s great.
K.Q: Thanks man, I’m excited that people are into it. I just do what I do, and we’re really stoked on where we are right now. We can’t wait to see what happens this next year.
E.R: So those are all the questions I have for today, do you have any last thoughts for the readers?
K.Q: Thanks for checking us out and listening to our stuff. I appreciate the people who are supporting Sleeping With Sirens. We couldn’t ask for better fans, and if you’re just hearing about us for the first time, thanks for checking us out and go pick up the music and listen to it!
E.R: Thanks for your time dude!
K.Q: Awesome, thank you so much man, appreciate it!