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Interview: This Devastated Fan - 06.20.13
 

This Devastated Fan - 06.20.13

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This Devastated Fan - 06.20.13The following is a mini interview of generic questions that we posed to all bands that wanted to answer:

This Devastated Fan

http://www.facebook.com/thisdevastatedfan

Answered by Lead Vocalist Robbie Cavanagh.

1. How did you get your band name?

It was a creation from a fan of a previous project. TDF is sort of the pheonix from the ashes of a project from years ago.

2. How did this band get started?

The old band broke up because I knew I wanted TDF to start up. I asked my brother to drum and searched for other musicians to join the project.

3. What bands are you influenced by?

Manchester Orchestra, Brand New, Coheed and Cambria, Pearl Jam, REM, Placebo.

4. If you could tour with any bands, past or present, who would they be and why?

Manchester Orchestra, Placebo and Brand New are my favourite bands. They are just so tight, so unique, so powerful. Especially live. I think the guys would learn a lot from touring with them and we would benefit from performing to their fans.

REM too. They have been a love of mine and Jamie's for as long as I can remember. To share a stage with Michael Stipe would be a huge honour.

Eddie Vedder is the greatest. I would love to play with pearl jam because there is no one with more experience and raw talent.

I'd love to be on tour with the Dandy Warhols. They are such cool guys and they just have a vibe and a personality in themselves and their music that I think we would have SO much fun.

5. Best food to eat on tour?

That Depends. Best thing for your health or enjoyment wise?

I used to take tinned fruit on tour. Which was foolish. I remember searching round Prague for a tin opener.

One time I tried to hook a microwave up to the cigarette lighter in our bus. that backfired too. We ended up sneaking the microwave into the hotel to avoid wasting the massive amounts of ready meals I'd bought.

Touring in Italy is the best for food though. All Italian men cook. its that simple, and they are all very proud to show you what they make. So every night, sound check, followed by huge amounts of incredible homemade food, then a great gig. There is nothing better.

6. Why should people listen to your band?

Because we are stunning. We are unique enough to be your new obsession, but commercial enough to get stuck in your head. We are an exciting movement to be a part of. And we love our fans. No fan goes unnoticed with TDF. We always control our own social media and contact with fans. They are all part of the band.

7. If you could be any athlete, which athlete would you switch places with?

I would condemn anyone who wouldn't say Usain Bolt. He is the coolest. Undisputedly the fastest. And he sometimes pretends to be Richard Branson.

That being said, I am a little in love with Nicola Adams. I don't know if that means I want to be her. I'm confused....

8. If you won a Grammy, who would you thank?

WHEN we win a grammy, I would thank Ray Davies for making me start a band, my parents, Alex (our media manager), Corinne Brown for inspiring me and writing with me, and Daisy Forrester for her mind.

9. If you could change something about the music industry, what would it be?

I'm not sure if it is really the music industry, but people who don't work hard at it and in some cases don't care much, get the funding and the chance to have huge national coverage.

Reality TV shows allow people to take an easy ride into the industry, sometimes because the public are laughing behind their back.

People listen to what they are told to, so if they don't have easy access to alternative rock, and other genres like it, they will never pay attention.

Sometimes it frustrates me when a man working on a market who writes a song about the price of his fish, has more hits on youtube than us.

10. Memorable tour experience?

Arriving at our first European show in La Chaux De Fonds in Switzerland. A venue called 'Empire 47'. We had no idea what kind of following we had out there. We arrived to queues of people with photos of us to sign. It was one of the greatest shows we played.

11. What does AP.net mean to you?

It's a much needed platform for great, honest artists to be treated like the professionals they are.

12. What is your favorite song to play?

Carnivore is always a fan favourite. That makes it enjoyable to play. Seeing them sing it back.

I really enjoy 'An Assembly of Witches'. We tend to close sets on it and we can go a little crazy. its such a powerful song with a strong meaning for me.

13. What is your vacation spot of choice?

A few places.

I love Paris. It has everything I need. I'd live there if I could.

Then I go to Basel in Switzerland quite often. It's a bohemian place. great people, great atmosphere and a great football team. I saw Dandy Warhols play there once actually.

14. What music reminds you of your childhood?

My childhood was a mix of my father's Jethro Tull, The Kinks and Donovan, and my mother's Lighthouse Family, Lady Blacksmith Mambazo, T-rex and David Bowie.

I'm very grateful for the mix of music I was given. It gave me the initiative to explore and find more music from all eras. I love chess Records and everything inbetween that and artists just starting out now thanks to my parents.

15. If you could have any super power, what would it be? Why?

To be able to see the future. Just before making decisions, to see the outcome of each option before I decide something.

16. Any pre-show superstitions or rituals?

We have little things. I have a paper heart that was made for me stuck to my amp, I use a mat under my pedal board that is an old road for toy cars from my child hood. We have a chinese beckoning cat that comes everywhere with is.

17. What is something that most fans don't know about you?

Most fans don't know my pops drives our tour bus.

18. What is your assessment of the current state of radio? Do you think it's a place where your band could flourish?

Radio plays two things. What the public want. And what they want the public to want. Every DJ is different. We could flourish on radio if the right person took a chance on it. We are commercial enough to make people take notice for sure.

19. What do you like to do in your spare time?

I draw. I write. I have a solo career. Jamie and I are on a football team. Steve Loves darts.

We are all big movie fans. Although in a way its work, we are big social people. Networking and meeting people, going to parties and events is alot of my spare evenings.

20. What kind of hidden talents do you have?

I can juggle. And I'm a great chef.
 
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