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Gontier of Three Days Grace
Q: How did the band form?
Adam: We all
met in high school, grade nine we were like 14 years old. We basically
met each other thru mutual friends and we all liked the same sort
of music. So we got together and started jamming in each other's
basements and attics. That sort of thing. We took it from there and
eventually made our way to Toronto, Canada. We're from a small town
(in Ontario), so we had to get somewhere that had quite a music
scene. Toronto had a good scene so we moved there and started to
take music really seriously. That was around 1997. That's how we
Q : What was the small town in Ontario your
Adam: Norwood, Ontario. 1500 people. One set of street lights.
Not much going on really in the way of music.
Q: Is there a hidden
meaning behind why the band chose the name Three Days Grace?
Adam: No, we sort of look at Three Days Grace, as it sort of stands
for sense of urgency. Time to pay a debt. if you had three days
to change something in your life or if wanted to changed something
in your life could you do it in three days. That sort of urgency,
Q: What makes Three Days Grace different from other bands?
Adam: There's a lot of great bands
and great musicians. For us it's not something we think about. We
don't try and compare ourselves to other bands. We like a lot of
bands and musicians. The main thing for us is it's always been about
playing live. We love to play live. When we first started that
was what we always wanted to do. To get on tour and wake up in
a new city every day and play to new people every night. There's
a lot of bands out there that focus on making a great record and
just writing hit songs and trying to make money off of a good
studio sounding record. That's not really what were about. Were more
about actually performing and putting on good shows.
Q: Is it harder
for an Underground band to get discovered then sign with a major
label like Jive?
Adam: Yeah, I guess. We were together for ten years before
we even ran into the right people that were going to help us out.
It's definitely tough if your a musician; you have to decide what
route your want to take. If you do want to get signed you can,
it's not impossible. You have to meet the right people and if you
network with the right people like producers and publishers I think
you can do it.
Q: Did the band ever get frustrated that success
wasn't happening soon enough?
Adam: Yeah for sure. We were together
long enough and spending enough time in Toronto, trying to get out
there and play shows. Play to more people. Basically in the early
stages of the band we were just playing to our friends and family.
It was like that for a while, until we built a buzz for our self
and had people coming out. It's tough. There were definitely times
we considered quitting; giving it up. It comes down to the love of
music. We all love music. We stuck through any hard times we had.
difficult was it for the band to get airplay?
Adam: It's pretty hard in a big city like Toronto, 3 million
people, you don't get airplay at all unless your signed and have
a lot of money behind you. That sort of thing. The smaller town were
originally from we had a big listening party for the first time our
song was on the radio. We put out an independent CD and the radio
station in the small town had picked the song to play. We had this
tailgate party with all of our friends. I guess, If your an Independent
band it's definitely tough. After you get a label behind you it's
Q: What went thru your mind the first time you heard I.
Hate Everything About You on the radio ?
Adam: I was blown away. Because our song was squashed between
somebody like I think it was Linkin Park and Audioslave. I had
heard our song million times before that. But hearing it on the
radio between those two bands was really cool.
Q: How long did
it take to produce the album and make the music videos?
Adam: We spent
roughly six months recording the record. The songs on the record
were written over the course of ten years. The videos like most videos
took us a day.
Q: What was the inspiration for the song, "I Hate Everything
Adam: The song is pretty blunt you know? It's to the point. It's
about realizing there's something in your life your wasting time
on. I think everybody, even in this band and a lot of other people
have felt that way before at one point or another in their life.
Whether it's a person, a relationship whatever it is your just
wasting time on it. The song is a realization of that.
Q: I've heard a lot of people call it the ultimate
Love/Hate relationship song. Do you agree with that analysis?
Adam: Yeah, sure. I don't
know if it's the ultimate but that's definitely what its about. Love
Q: What about "Just Like You" ?
Adam: Its about being told how to live your life. When we were
growing up we saw it sort of first hand. A lot of our friends were
pushed into doing jobs their parents were telling them to do. It's
about being pushed around and told how to live your life and standing
up for yourself.
Q: Were your parents ever trying to tell you don't be a musician?
A: No, my mom is a musician, my dad loves music. They
were supportive. I grew up with a lot of people who were into music
and art that were told they couldn't do it.
Q: What's your personal favorite
off the album?
Adam: "Home" is one of my favorite songs. It hits a
spot with me. It's a fun song to play live as well. It's tough
to pick a favorite. But because of the amount of energy we give
it live I'd say it's "Home."
Q: How did the band get
involved with Livestock 14 (98 Rock of Tampa) and EDBD XI (Real
Rock 101 one of Orlando) radio show festivals?
Adam: Touring in the
summer it's nice to play the radio festivals. The bills are stacked
with really great bands. We basically told our management any radio
station festivals or any sort of summer festival we can do we want
to be involved in. We have people in our crew working for the band
trying to get us into those shows. We've done a lot of Radio shows
and they've been great.
Q: Any chance the band will do those shows again next year?
Adam: Yeah, hopefully. I'm sure we'll come back next year.
are some of the pluses and minuses of playing a show in a bigger
venues compared to playing in a smaller
Adam: They both have pros and cons, I
guess. Just playing shows in general is fun. I think the one thing
about playing a really big venue like an arena you sort of get separated
with the crowd. At least a twenty or thirty foot gap between you
and the people in the first row. Which separates you from the audience
a little bit. But the good thing about playing a big show like that
is when you go on there's at least five or six thousand people that
are going to be watching you. You play to a lot more people in a
big venue. In a small venue it's a lot more intimate and you pick
up the vibes from the audience and that's what it is about for us
picking up the vibe from the audience.
Q: Can you give me a couple
of examples of how the band is spontaneous in concert?
Adam: It's really tough when your doing an opening slot like
what were doing here with Evanescence. Our sets are short, 30 minute
sets. In that scenario we have a set that we play and we stick
to that. When were headlining in a club we have a little more of
an opportunity to improvise. We have a couple of little parts in
the set where we mess around and just jam sort of thing.
Q: What will be the first and last song for tonight's show and
how does the band decide this?
Adam: First song will be "Burn" and the last song will
be "I hate everything about you" Burn is the first track
off the record. It represents what this band is all about. That's
the reason why it's the first song. We want to introduce the people
in the crowd to the band. In that sense, Burn is the right song
to open with. I hate everything about you is just a good closer.
People like it.
Q: What do you think the future holds in store
for Three Days Grace?
Adam: Lots of touring. I have a feeling we're
going to be on the road forever. We're going to tour and work on
the new record the beginning of next year. Until then we're going
to tour and when the second record is done were going to tour.
Q: Any Idea when the new record will come out?
Adam: No, were not sure exactly when it will come out. All we
really know is were coming up with Ideas now. Sometime in the beginning
of next year we'll get into the studio. Probably a few months after
that we'll put it out.
Q: Do you have anything you would like to
say to your fans?
Adam: Thanks for being fans of our band. It's nice
to see people. Were from so far away when we come to a new place
and meet new fans it's amazing. We want to thank the fans for liking
the band and digging the music.
Q: Adam thank you for your time,
I wish you much success.