Interview of Pat Gillett from Down With Webster
So I think that this interview is really cool, because we asked fans of Down With Webster to send in any questions that they have for you. All of these questions are straight from the fans.
Oh wow. That’s so awesome… that’s actually really, really cool. Good!
So how’s the 3OH!3 headlining tour going so far?
3OH!3 is amazing because we couldn’t have asked for a better band to be on the road with. They’ve been really cool. They’re basically like the guys we went to high school with and got along with really well. They’ve been really good to us, so it’s amazing. Big shows every night.
What’s your favorite part of touring?
My favorite part of touring is definitely just playing the shows, to be honest. I mean, the rest of the day is not always that exciting. It’s kind of like Groundhog Day. You’re in a new city every day, so you know, you get some time. You get to see some new places. I like those kinds of things.
What’s your favorite city in the U.S. to play?
I don’t want to sound just like an ass kisser, but I do like San Francisco a lot. I like New York a lot. I like LA, Chicago. I went to Reno yesterday; that was hilarious.
Why was that?
Just ‘cause I was in Reno. That’s why. Haha.
Do you have any plans of slowing down, touring wise, or are you planning on doing a spring or summer tour?
Absolutely. When this tour is done in December, we’re going home to finish up our record and do the Christmas thing with our family. In January—hopefully the record will be out in January or February—we’re going to be doing a headlining tour across Canada and the Northern States. Whether we get down to Cali…hopefully! But after that, hopefully going to the UK in the spring.
Any plans on doing Warped Tour again in the future?
You know what; Warped Tour was really fun for us. We did it not this summer but the summer before, and we would totally do it again. There was something to do with our stage got mixed up, and we were on a different stage. The logistics just didn’t work out this year, but that’s possibly the most fun you could have being in a band. It’s like summer camp for bands, because you’re just hanging out with so many other bands.
So back to basics, how did you all start as a band?
Me and Tyler, who plays bass and keys, were in a music appreciation class. We got the final project, and it was to start a band. It didn’t have to be a real band, and you could’ve just made a poster or think of a name kind of thing. We thought we should try to start a real band. We got our instruments together, came up with the name Down With Webster, and won the school talent show. From there, it was just a matter of finding all the other guys around the neighborhood, a lot of whom we were already friends with. You know, I was friends with Bucky and Cam, and we were like, “Okay, you guys come into the band now.” So basically it became a big after-school club house all through high school. Every day after school, we’d go to Tyler’s garage and hang out.
What was your original sound like when you first began?
When we first-first started, it was a lot of instrumental stuff. It was kind of like funk or blues or…just like stuff you technically could rap over. I didn’t really know I could sing, so I started off kind of rapping a bit and other guys would rap a bit, and we’d sing together when we needed to. Over the years, we kind of just figured out who enjoyed doing what, and who kind of had a knack for doing what.
So what was the kind of sound you went for on Time To Win Volume 1?
We just went for whatever sounded good. Nothing about our band has been super premeditated that way. We’re seven guys with seven different tastes in music, so our kind of ideology is just that if everyone agrees on something, it must be pretty universal. Hopefully everyone else can appreciate it, because it has to go through seven different filters before it gets to the listener.
So what similarities or differences were there in the new album?
I don’t want to use the word “edgy”, but the new record is definitely a little bit more grown up. It’s a bit more mature but definitely still catchy, still pop-y. Hopefully, but I think that the songs will translate better live. We definitely tried to make it sound more like a band playing right in front of you. But, there are still all kinds of electronic elements to it. Not as much sampling, I guess, as the first record. There are definitely a lot of cool studio tricks and stuff. Stuff that hopefully will translate really well live, and so far it has while playing some of our new songs.
Are there any collaborations on it?
Not as of yet; jury’s out. We met Timbaland right before our last record. He’s such a busy guy. We’d definitely love to do something with him, but for this record, chances are that it’ll probably just be us. I mean, there are seven guys, so it’s as if every song is a collaboration between seven guys. Frankly, I’m not opposed to keeping it that way for a while because in a lot of my favorite records of artists, I just want to hear what they have to say. I don’t necessarily always want to have nine zillion features on a record. It kind of makes me think, “Did you not know what you were going to do on your record, so you had to call everyone else in?” I think that if this record doesn’t have any features, hopefully it’s stronger because of it.
So several people were wondering: what would you be doing if you weren’t a musician?
I don’t know. Homeless. Haha. If I wasn’t playing music…Wow. I don’t know, man. Nothing. I’ve never even thought of that in my entire life. I can’t even answer that question. Uh. An astronaut!
During a typical Down With Webster show, who do you think acts the craziest and most hyped up?
On any given night, I mean Kap’s job is to act the craziest, because he’s the hypist. Sometimes I’ll look over though, and Marty’s spitting water up into the air and flipping out. Sometimes I go crazy. Sometimes Bucky goes the craziest. I don’t know.
Speaking of crazy, what’s the most insane thing a fan has ever asked you?
You know, fans ask us very crazy things all the time. I’m sure that if I were to think of the craziest answer, I wouldn’t be able to repeat it for your audience.
What is your biggest fear and your biggest pet peeve?
This is going to sound really stupid. My greatest fear is getting a paper cut in the eyeball as a form of torture.
Like in the movie Jackass?
Yeah, yeah. I actually saw that one, but I had a fear of it before I saw that, and it scared the crap out of me. Anything involving my eyes very much frightens me. My biggest pet peeve is people who think that they’re the shit. Fuck that.
Anyway, when can your fans expect an online store?
An online store? Good question! Um… I don’t know the answer. Soon, I hope. We kind of control our own merchandising. We haven’t been able to really justify doing an online store just because we haven’t had enough orders. If you request it, we’ll have it! We’ll probably have it for Volume 2. Then fans should be able to get some stuff.
So any last things you’d like to say to your fans?
Go online, and check out the touring schedule! If you are near a show with Down With Webster and 3OH!3, definitely come out and check it out because it’s going to be awesome.
So that was the interview! Thank you to everyone who sent in questions. I hope we got all of yours in, and that you liked the answers he gave!