1. How did you get your band name? We get asked that a lot, haha. Survay Says was created as something me and my friends who could kind of play instruments could call a "band." We spelled it with "A" because no one on MySpace had it spelled it that way. Now it's because of copyright. We're not like huge Family Feud fans or something like that. We just thought it was catchy and we never changed it once the band started getting serious.
2. How did this band get started? I wrote a few silly songs in my bedroom back in 2008. A couple of friends and I owned instruments, including horns. So we figured "hey, let's emulate our favorite bands and be a ska band" haha. We would make shabby recordings of songs we wrote, just to hear them back and show some friends. Then we played our first show. From there, I was addicted. It went from a hobby to a career. Now here we are!
3. What bands are you influenced by? Of course we are fueled by your ska punk standbys; Less Than Jake, Reel Big Fish, Big D, Streetlight. Horns and upstrokes. Can't get enough. However, I love high energy, high speed pop punk; Lagwagon, No Use For A Name, etc. I also am a fan of the "heavier" end of neo-pop punk: New Found Glory, The Wonder Years, and Four Year Strong. I try to work in anything I listen to.
4. If you could tour with any bands, past or present, who would they be and why? That's a tough one. I'm not very picky. I want to tour with everyone!
5. Best food to eat on tour? Free food. That sounds arrogant, but whenever someone takes care of us on tour, I'm the most happy. Not for fiscal reasons but because it's such a nice feeling to literally sing for your supper. But a couple of our favorite tour stops are Sheetz, Del Taco, Jack In The Box, Cookout, Whataburger, and Taco Bell.
6. Why should people listen to your band? I think it's music anyone can get behind. Good, fun instrumentation and lyrics that (hopefully) people can relate to and feel. We aim to entertain in any way possible.
7. If you could be any athlete, which athlete would you switch places with? Derek Jeter. To be good at everything, have a legacy like that, and be that handsome? It's the nearest to perfection I could achieve.
8. If you won a Grammy, who would you thank? Everyone and anyone who ever took a chance on our band: booked us, took us in on tour, helped us with anything, bought merch. They deserve all the credit. The work we do is null if our fans, friends, and supporters don't do what they do.
9. If you could change something about the music industry, what would it be? So many things. I'm not sure we have to time to cover even one aspect. I could go on a for quite a while.
10. Memorable tour experience? Finishing our biggest tour with arguably our biggest show to date. The Big D tour ended in New Jersey with Less Than Jake & Mustard Plug at the Starland Ballroom. Nothing like coming back home to 2000 person crowd with all of your friends and family in attendance.
11. What does AP.net mean to you? It's arguably the most important sounding board for fans and bands alike. One day, Survay Says will be on it more.
12. What is your favorite song to play? We have a song called "Denia,l" which was written in the wake of the death of my dad nearly two years ago. We pay homage to him on stage every night before we play it. Despite where the subject matter comes from, it's an energetic song and encompasses a lot that is important to me.
13. What is your vacation spot of choice? Anywhere tacos and Snapple Apple are readily available.
14. What music reminds you of your childhood? The Steve Miller Band. The first album I ever owned was SMB greatest hits 1974-1978. I'd listen to ig non stop everyday when I was kid. Every time I hear "Fly Like An Eagle" or "Jungle Love" or anything on that record I revert to that time in my life.
15. If you could have any super power, what would it be? Why? The ability to read minds. I'm sure I'd uncover some uncomfortable truths but at least I could handle people a little better.
16. Any pre-show superstitions or rituals? Not so much. Sometimes before a big show, or at the start of new tour we'll huddle up and chant "QUACK!"... We like the Mighty Ducks.
17. What is something that most fans don't know about you? I'm a very generous lover.
18. What is your assessment of the current state of radio? Do you think it's a place where your band could flourish? I get and accept the corporate agenda behind playlists. If there was just a little more of the old time spirit behind it I'd be happier. If only they'd spin local or upcoming artists mixed in with Justin Bieber I'd be a little more content.
19. What do you like to do in your spare time? Netflix and Nintendo; can't shake it from my to-do list.
20. What kind of hidden talents do you have? See answer #17.