Interview: Dan Flint From You Me At Six

Amongst just celebrating their 10 year anniversary, releasing their fourth studio album and playing Wembley stadium, it’s been a pretty busy last few years for award winning UK pop-punk band You Me at Six. Very shortly, YMAS will be returning to Australia for music festival Groovin’ the Moo and a string of smaller headlining shows throughout the country.

Thanks to our friends at Soundwave Touring, we got the amazing opportunity to talk to drummer Dan Flint about the tour, their success and their dedicated fans.

SR. How excited are you to be coming back to Australia?

DF. Well, Australia is probably the most exciting place for us to come to, I don’t know why we love it so much, but we keep coming back there more and more and more. Everyone keeps saying that “oh no you’ve played it there like once or twice off this album cycle, that’s plenty, that’s enough”, but we’re like “maybe one more time won’t hurt”. What a festival to play as well, Groovin’ the Moo is just something we haven’t done before. We get to see places in Australia that we’ve never visited because usually it’s just the main cities whereas this time there are a couple of different places.

SR. As you said, you’re coming for Groovin’ the Moo and also a string of smaller shows. What setting do you prefer to play?

DF. It’s all different really. You see, there is a hell of a lot of pressure playing a festival with a big crowd and that kind of thing. You need to be really on your game and sort of, put on a show for people. It’s just different. With a small club show, fans have come out for you and you know it’s going to be a sweaty crazy night with everyone going ballistic inside the venue- which is incredible fun. It’s more relaxed- you can have conversations with the crowd and interact with people and meet them afterwards too. I think it’s good to do both though, as you get the best of both worlds.

“We’re going to keep a similar set list when we come to Australia…”

SR. Since playing to a sold out crowd at Wembley stadium in 2012 – which must have been an amazing opportunity for You Me at Six, how have recent shows compared to that gig?

DF. Well with our latest tour we played the O2 as well so I think whenever we tour the UK- it’s our biggest market so we get to play the bigger venues and it’s a hell of a lot of fun and the production is crazy- we have fireworks and confetti with a giant video screen wall. You feel like a professional band for an hour and it’s quite a mind boggling thing to do.

I think the rest of the world is catching up a bit- but just with smaller shows. But the thing is, it was never about being a huge band all over the world for us. It’s just about having fun and playing with your friends and take it as far as you can take it. Whether you’re playing to Wembley to loads of people, or one thousand people in Sydney, we’re still blown away that from the other side of the world people are coming and seeing our shows. It’s equally as good.

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SR. Reverb Magazine has recently called your set list “phenomenal”, what should fans expect from your set list for this tour?

DF. For this tour I think we’re quite enjoying our set list at the moment. It’s quite a different mix of songs for us, we’ve thrown in a couple of little quirky ones we haven’t played in a while. We’re going to keep a similar set list when we come to Australia- apart from maybe one or two songs we’ll have to cut, depending on how long we get to play. It was a really quite moody start to the set, it’s quite serious at the start. We don’t talk or anything for quite a long time- we want to play, because that’s what it’s all about really, the music. We don’t want to go out there and start telling jokes or stupid stuff. It’s more about showing everyone we’re a serious band. It’s an energetic, high tempo start because we want to get everyone moving straight away. It is a fun set and I really enjoy playing it to be honest.

…”Sometimes we write hip-hop music for a laugh”…

SR. In your song Little Death, you’ve played on the misheard lyric “We are nacho lovers, we are nacho friends”(We are not your lovers, we are not your friends), have there been any other misheard lyrics from your songs?

DF. Oh god there is absolutely millions, I can’t even think of them at the moment. Our fans are pretty funny- to be fair to them. They’re always joking around and coming up with stupid lyrics and posting them on social media. The “nacho” thing really stood out for us, we thought it was that hilarious we stuck it on a t-shirt. I’m pretty sure I make up half the words to our songs just in my head- I think most people do.

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SR. On each album you have an emotional love ballad like Fireworks, Crash and Stay with Me; when recording or performing do you, or anyone else in the band get emotional?

DF. I think there are a few people who cry every time (laughs). There are different songs that mean different things to each of us, we maybe not get emotional about it, but there is a moment in the set where we are able to reflect on past experiences or things that are happening so it’s nice to have those songs in a set. It lets us chill out and really think about where we are in that moment and back to times where we haven’t been quite so ecstatic.

SR. In each of your albums you can hear your skillset getting better and better, with Cavalier Youth exceeding expectations. Is there any new music in the works and If so, what have you got in store for us?

Cavalier Youth cd coverDF. I think that we are, as musicians, creative people and we’re always sort of writing and playing around with new music constantly, whether it’s stuff that’s suitable for You Me at Six- who knows. Sometimes we write hip-hop music for a laugh, or some dance music, or some hardcore metal- things like that. We’re always doing things for fun. But for You Me at Six– obviously Cavalier Youth has been out for a while now, and the way the music industry works nowadays, you’ve really got to get an album out pretty sharpish after the 18 month period.

I’m sure we’ll start thinking about it soon. I’m actually just starting to build a studio at my house, so we’re going to have a place to be a home where we can be creating. I’m sure once that’s done it’ll start the natural thing of beginning to write music. We’re not going to put a time frame or any pressure on it. We’re just going to keep having fun and writing music until it’s something that we’re proud of.

SR. You have really amazing fans, do you have a special or funny story involving a fan you can share with us?

Sorry, my cat’s just walked in and has started meowing so loud, it’s just meowing at me (laughs).

There is a cool moment with a fan, she was a Scottish fan who had come to one hundred shows of ours- which was absolutely mind blowing. We considered her like the biggest fan and on her hundredth show we bought her like an anniversary cake and brought her up on stage and announced to the crowd that this girl was crazy for coming to a hundred of our shows. We have really dedicated fans who do things all the time like travelling around the country, or the world to see our shows. Once in a while you need to bring them up on stage really (laughs).

SR. If there was any song in the world you wished you’d written, what would it be?

DF. Maybe Stairway to Heaven by Led Zeppelin- that would be pretty cool. Or maybe Don’t Worry, Be Happy by Bob Marley.

SR. Do you have a message for your Australian fans?

DF. Make sure we have an amazing time when we come over, hopefully you’ve got your tickets ready for our headline shows and let’s have a crazy, crazy night.

You Me at Six 2015 Australian Tour Dates

(Luca Brasi not appearing)