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Dance Hall Crashers Interview

Here is an interview I recently had with Gavin of the Dance Hall Crashers. Currently they are on tour, so check them out at a venu near you.

Dance Hall Crashers Interview

Question: What was it like playing in Australia and Japan?

Dance Hall Crashers: Australia was a first for us, so that was a bit different. It was a great trip and the shows were all pretty good. All in all, it was a good time. Japan was awesome, as usual. All the shows were great and we had a blast. Even took pictures with MC Hammer.

Q: How do you think the band has changed since it first formed?

DHC: We've just grown as players and people, so it think most of the perceived change is just how we've all developed. We know how to play our instruments a little better so we're able to come up with and play more challenging parts, sometimes faster or slower, but generally a little more diverse as well.

Q: What is your favorite band to tour with?

DHC: Couldn't pick just one. We've always had great tours with the Bosstones, NOFX, No Use For a Name, Limp, the Gadjits, MxPx, Weston, Third Eye Blind, etc. I'd have an easier time picking a favorite ice cream.

Q: What is your most memorable experience about playing a concert?

DHC:Couldn't pick just one, I've been doing this too long. There have been things that are horrible memories, or great memories. Just depends on the memory.

Q: How did you all meet?

DHC: I met my brother when I was born, met Mikey out in front of a pizza parlor bouncing Mike and Ikes off of his shirt and catching them in his mouth. I met Elyse and Karina when I joined DHC. We all sorta met at different times.

Q: What do you think of the refrence to the DHC's in the blink-182 song "Josie"?

DHC: Fine with us. Plug away, thanks boys.

Q: What is it like for you to hear your songs being played on tv?

DHC: Pretty weird. Often times I don't recorgnize the songs at first and then it dawns on me and can be quite suprising.

Q: When you write and record new songs, does the process go by fast or is it very slow?

DHC: Depends on the songs. Some songs have been sitting around, trying to get finished for years and years, some songs we finish in less than a week. Just depends.

Q: How did you come up with your name?

DHC: Taken from an old comp.

Q: What is your opinion on the term "sell-out"?

DHC: Well, nowadays all it means is you're successful. I always thought it meant compromising some portion of your own *personal* integrity to acheive a goal. But kids these days seem to think anything on TV is obviously a sell-out. It's as though kids think you just wake up one day and say, "I wanna be a huge sell-out", call up your label and you're on MTV. Always cracks me up. Most of the kids who still throw the term around seem to have neglected that aspect. Ah well, none of the biggest bands to come out of the punk or ska scene in the past five years sold anything out to anybody. Not naming any names, but there's one possible exception, but they were always into the idea of it anyway. So, by my definition, it's just largely over-applied. .

The guys of MXPX