Atreyu Interview From Ozzfest '04 In Camden, NJ
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I recently had the chance to sit down with, Marc McKnight the bassist of Atreyu at Ozzfest 2004 in Camden, NJ. After a few minor problems getting the passes I was supposed to have I still got to do this interview. I was supposed to interview Darkest Hour but their manager never got back to me after I left a voicemail. Without further delay the interview is as follows:
Mike (corrosivemind): In what way was writing the new album, The Curse, different from writing the previous albums.
Marc McKnight: I know that the last album they wrote they didn't have that much time to make it. They were always in the van and always on tour so they had to like lay it out those few weeks they had a break. This album (The Curse) I know they had more time, they took off about 5 months to write it, well 4 months off to write and 1 month to record it and it shows. I wasn't a part of the recording, because when I joined they were already done writing it so I didn't have a chance to write anything on it.
Mike: What's your favorite city or venue to play?
Marc: Oh, wow, Um I love the south, I was born and raised in Alabama. So, I love anywhere in the south really. Lawrence, Kansas, we played a show there and it was great and the people were really nice. Tampa Florida, and Jersey is awesome too a lot of people come out to the shows. Then, of course, our hometown of Orange County is always nice to play in.
Mike: What's your favorite song off the new record to play live?
Marc: I would say, probably, You Eclipsed By Me. It's always great to play live it's easy to rock to.
Mike: What inspired you to become a bassist or even just a musician in general?
Marc: I actually started playing guitar in, like, 5th grade. I had an acoustic guitar because my parents refused to get me an electric one. I always liked Green Day and NoFx, stuff like that. Then one day on New Years Eve, my friend and his dad, and his little brother, they were playing this little show and asked me to play bass with them. They started playing Bush - Little Things, and it was easy, just four chords the whole time. Then from that time on I've been playing bass.
Mike: Who were your major influences that made you want to play guitar originally then?
Marc: I'm a huge fan of Johnny Cash and all that kind of music. All the way through to like Bleeding Through and stuff, well I wouldn't say they're an influence I guess because they're kind of new. I would say that most people or bands now have kind of stemmed out from Green Day and I can say that if it weren't for them, love 'em or hate 'em, a lot of these bands now wouldn't be existing. So I wouldn't say it was mostly musical influence but it got me off my ass and made me want to write ya know?
Mike: What's your favorite video game of the moment?
Marc: Oh shit, that's something I'm great at, I'm pretty nerdy. I'll list my top three right now: Devil May Cry, Ninja Gaiden, Halo the all-time best game in the world.
Mike: What is the ultimate bass that you would like to have, if it's not the one you currently have?
Marc: I have pretty much worked my ass off and saved forever just to get this Sting Ray, Ernie Ball. That's what I play and I've been looking around a lot and they seem to have the most durable. I mean, I beat the shit out of my bass playing and it still plays great.
Mike: What is the craziest, scariest, or funniest thing that's ever happened to you while on tour?
Marc: Damn, so many things it's ridiculous. You know what a beer bong is, right? Well, I do that a lot with my friends at home. And one night we were at a hotel after a show, and I got my friend to bring it out so we could have it on the bus. And Keith, my friend, calls it a beer chonger and that's his nickname. Him and Nate one of our tech guys love them so much, and one night Nate got Chonger written in cursive tattooed on his leg with the R coming out to be a funnel. That's pretty gnarly that they love beer bongs that much, ya know? I've been teaching Dan how to do it, because he couldn't do it. We started with like 1/3rds of beers to get him built up, and now he's like the champ. There's so many other stories it's insane and would take forever to tell you them all. This one time we were in Buffalo and we almost got in a fight because some kids were making fun of us and we don't take shit from anyone, but then we tried telling them to meet up with us after the show and they just kinda cried and were scared and they almost ran us over.
Mike: What's your favorite album of all time?
Marc: Refused, The Shape of Punk to Come. Either that or Hot Water Music. I guess I should've said that earlier for influences too. Those are two of the bands that have completely changed my life.
Mike: Favorite movie of all time?
Marc: I'm a big nerd, so Lord of The Rings. Snatch is a good movie also. It's not one, but those are my two favorites.
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