Q and A with TraptJuly 20, 2014
Trapt is one of those bands that made a lot of noise with their debut album, and haven’t missed a beat since. Trapt is a rock band that is made up of Chris Taylor Brown on vocals and guitar, lead guitarist Traves Miguel, Pete Charell on bass, and drummer Dylan Thomas. See what Chris had to say when he talked with BareBones Ent.
BS: How long has Trapt been together?
Chris: Probably about 15 years.
BS: What has been your biggest moment that you are most proud of with the band?
Chris: I don’t know if there is one biggest moment. I think the first time we played a huge festival, which was an awesome moment. It was in Miami, FL and it was our first big show with a bunch of bands.
BS: That had to have been a big experience for you. Did a lot of kids come out for you?
Chris: Yeah, there were also 3 Doors Down and Saliva. There were a lot of big bands.
BS: A lot of people remember your self-titled album very well. What was it like for you at that time putting it out?
Chris: Just put it out and we started touring. Things started happening with the single “Headstrong”, and from then on we just kept it going, you know?
BS: Were you surprised with the type of reaction the band received and the amount of popularity “Headstrong” gained?
Chris:Yeah, of course, you always dream about that and to have it come true was awesome.
BS: That song definitely goes down as one of the big rock anthems that everyone knows and loves. To have that type of song in your catalog had to have meant a lot.
Chris: Yup, you bet.
BS: I know it’s hard with having such an extensive catalog of music but do you have any album that you are most proud of or feel has your best work?
Chris: Umm.. You know, every time I write a song you have to be proud of it, so we just look at albums, instead of just songs. We try to make every album as great as we can.
BS: And always try to top the last one?
BS: I know you’re on a tour where you are playing that album. What is that type of experience like?
Chris: We haven’t done it for 10 years, so we’ll see. That is pretty much why we wanted to do it, since it has been so long since we have played that album in whole. We will probably do other tours in the future where we play other albums in their entireties.
BS: Do you seem to have a lot of fans at shows that consistently request a certain song?
Chris: Not really, we just kind of play whatever we are going to play.
BS: What are the chances that fans are getting to hear some new music on this tour also?
Chris: Umm.. Pretty good. We have some songs that we are pretty much done with and we might play them here and there.
BS: I know you recently released your latest album Reborn, which was a really good album.
Chris: Thank you.
BS: What song on that was the hardest one for you to write?
Chris: Umm.. Let’s see, I don’t know about the hardest, but I think “Love Hate Relationship”, had a lot of work put into it. Trying to make sure it was the right stuff.
BS: It’s definitely a good song, what was the inspiration behind it?
Chris: Just life, you know? Being in a marriage for almost 5 years and just like any passionate relationship where you’re both stubborn in your own ways and still want to give your significant other a good life and have a good time with them. To have a good relationship with them. Some times you piss each other off, but most of the time you have a great time so at the same time if you’re not getting to express yourself you’re not having a real relationship.
BS: I’m sure a lot of fans can relate, which helps with the popularity of the song.
BS: You released a music video with the song, what was it like creating that video?
Chris: It was cool, my wife is in it with me. It was a fun shoot and very real. It was one of our best videos I think.
BS: Is it fun for you and your wife to be able to do a video together where it’s something enjoyable for both of you?
Chris: Yeah, it was very natural; it was cool. [Check out the video below, then read on!]
BS: Are there any plans for any other music videos off of that album?
Chris: No, I think we’ve done 4 videos from that album, so we did “Love Hate Relationship”, “In The Eye of the Storm”, “Bring It”, and “The Experience” as a live performance video. So we’re going to be releasing an acoustic album with some of the most requested songs from fans to make acoustic. That’ll come out in a few months, and we’re excited about that. We will be starting work on a new album and we will be able to have fans pre-order the new album and the acoustic album and watch the progress of the album on IndieGoGo.
BS: Sounds like you guys definitely have a lot going on right now.
BS: On the end of the Reborn album you had quite a few acoustic songs. What made you want to make those ones acoustic?
Chris: We just thought they came across really cool acoustically, so we threw them on there.
BS: Yeah, they sound really good.
Chris: Yeah, none of those will be on the acoustic album though, since we already did them acoustically. We’ll have a good amount of acoustic songs out with this new acoustic album coming out.
BS: What is it about doing an acoustic song that you enjoy the most?
Chris: It’s usually like a more broken down and organic form of the song, the barebones. It gives you a good example of being able to hear the song clearly in a stripped down kind of way.
BS: Definitely, I’ve always thought that acoustic music is more personal and intimate with a fan base.
BS: How have fans reacted to the new music?
Chris: Great man, it’s been awesome. They’ve played a bunch of songs off the album on the radio and fans have been eating it up.
BS: Are there any dates on the tour you are most excited about playing?
Chris: I’m excited about all of them, you know? They’re going to be great shows.
BS: Have you toured or played with any of the bands you are touring with before?
Chris: Yeah, we’ve played with all of them, so it’s going to be cool. Like old times.
BS: Must help to go on tour with people you have already built a relationship with.
BS: What are you most excited for in the future of Trapt?
Chris: Just writing more music and putting stuff out. I definitely want to hear fan reactions on the acoustic album we are putting out. I want to see what they think of it, because we think the selection of songs are pretty cool and pretty badass.
BS: Do you already have down what ones you are wanting to do?
Chris: Yeah, we’re almost done with the whole thing. We just have a couple of things like a few more songs to do vocals and then mix the rest of them up. It should be done soon.
BS: That’s definitely exciting.
BS: Do you know when fans can look for information to preorder it?
Chris: They can preorder it on Trapt.com.
BS: Do you have any planned preorder packages with it?
Chris: It’s going to be where you can preorder the new album DNA and we’ll give updates on the new album as we write and record. Then you can also get the acoustic album which will obviously be sent to people before the release date which will be early September and we’re pretty excited about it.
BS: Definitely, I can see that. Can you give any information about the new album?
Chris: Um.. Just the songs that we are coming up with are really cool and just different. We really try to make every album a little bit different from the last. We’re really excited about it, and it is going to have very expansive, big open songs and really cool guitar riffs. We’re going to focus on making it organic and focus on guitar and cool effects, with varying loud and soft dynamics.
BS: Was there anything else you might want to say to your fans out there?
Chris: Just that we’ll see you on the road this summer and it’s going to be an awesome tour. Get ready for a bunch of new music.
Check out the video for one of my favorite songs, “Bring It”, on the album!