Thanks to Warner Music Australia we had the chance to have a quick chat with Royal Blood‘s drummer Ben Thatcher, just hours before their first Australian show.
SR. Hi Ben, thanks for chatting to us today. Are you ready to hit Sydney in a few hours?
BT. I’m actually about to go to soundcheck in a few minutes, very excited to play here and see all the fans.
SR. The success of Royal Blood has been explosive, with just 2 albums you guys are taking over the world, especially thanks to your latest release How Did We Get So Dark? . What do you think is the reason behind all the growing success of the band?
BT. It’s a lot of hard-work, and also a bit of luck too. I think we met the right people at the right time, with a bunch of songs ready to go, so everything was ticked off and work out well.
SR. What’s your favourite song to play live so far?
BT. Out Of The Black, there is something about that track that really drives me every time I get to play it live.
SR. You guys made the news not long ago for reason behind your control, when that Birmingham dude was busted stealing mobile phones at your show. How did you guys as a band reacted when you found out about it?
BT. There is no much you can do about things like that. Obviously we were not happy about it, as you only want people to have as much fun as possible in your shows, so hearing that was a upsetting.
SR. For people, who has never seen Royal Blood live. How would you describe your shows?
BT. Loud, energetic and brights…they are so live that many things could go wrong. Hopefully not in this tour (laughs).
SR. Tell us about your early days. When did you start drumming and who were your idols?
BT. I’ve been playing since I was 6 years old, always looking up to the likes of Chad Smith, Dave Grohl and of course John Bonham of Led Zeppelin.
SR. What’s the oddest item you have every signed for a fan?
BT. Not really that unusual, our fans are pretty normal. I’ve signed phone cases, body parts and even some shoes.
SR. Just to finish. What advice would you give to young Australian musicians?
BT. Don’t listen to anyone apart of yourself. Just be yourself, and practice a lot.
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