Katrina: How did you come up with the name for your band?
Jon: We were sitting in the studio and we went through a book and I can’t remember exactly but there was a quote in there like
the day of age or something like that so we kind of turned it around and turned it into Age Of Daze. It’s basically because
everybody today kind of lives in a daze, like everybody just goes through their lives, it’s kind of automatic, Everyone just goes
through the motions of life and doesn’t really care about anything. So we’re kind of living in the Age Of Daze I guess.
Katrina: What have you learned while touring?
Jon: Too many things I can’t quote right now. It builds your band and makes you more cohesive unit as a band and you see it
as a brotherhood. It teaches you how to play much better and listen much better, just the inner-workings of the band, and
Katrina: Who were your musical influences growing up and have they changed?
Jon: They definitely have changed. Early on it was nothing but Metalica and Megadeath and Pantera and then me personally I
listen to a lot of Allman Brothers, Motown and punk rock and Thrice. Like our bass player Matt and our singer Tim are really
into Nickelback, Three Days Grace and the modern style of music. Drummer boy is all over the place, he likes world music and
Jamie is a huge Ozzy fan, our lead guitar player.
Katrina: Which artist would you like to tour or work with?
Jon: Tough question. I guess right now I really like Shinedown they’re a pretty steller band. We’ve done a few shows with them
and they’re really good. And Papa Roach as well would be another one.
Katrina: How do you write your songs and where do you get your ideas from?
Jon: We get our experiences from everyday life and a lot of heartache, living on the road and having heartache, and all that
kind of good stuff. Somebody comes in with a riff or an idea, we record it then expand on it. Everybody takes it and we make it
Katrina: What’s your favorite venue to play?
Jon: It’s a toss up. I like outdoor festivals but you tend to play in the daytime a lot so I like the light shows too. There’s nothing
like playing a two-hundred person club where everybody’s just having a fucking good time and rocking right out. It’s more
intimate in a club I guess I should say. You feel more connected to the audience.
Katrina: What’s your most memorable moment?
Jon: There’s been a few. We played a festival in the States and there was twenty-two thousand people, that was a good time.
Opening for Shinedown, that was good. We played with those guys twice. This gig is going to be great with Hinder, we’re with
them again for two nights in Thunder Bay.
Katrina: What’s your favorite song to perform?
Jon: I’d have to say “Change Everything” off our record. Outside of that I don’t know, maybe “Wicked Post” or something like
that. But out of our songs “Change Everything”, it’s fun to play live.
Katrina: Who causes the most trouble in the group?
Jon: Potentially me, or our drummer. We can’t mention anything, we all have ladies. We try to be good.
Katrina: What do you think makes a good live show?
Jon: For me personally if a band plays from their heart and soul as opposed to their brains you can really tell if somebody is
just going through the motions. That to me stands us a part from other bands. I’ve seen so many bands that just get up and go
through the motions and there’s no passion in it. So if you have passion in what you’re doing then I’m sold. And playing from
your heart is the biggest thing.
Katrina: What do you think it takes to sustain a career in the music industry?
Jon: Patience and persistence, and then beating peoples doors down and getting your name in the right places. To sustain is a
tough question, it’s a lot of luck and just keep writing good songs and playing with passion, winning people over and you can
have a good career.
Katrina: Have you noticed a difference in Canadian fans as opposed to American fans?
Jon: Not really, you tend to notice the difference between the bands and the style of music that they write. Sometimes you hear
a band and you can go oh they’re Canadian and you just know. Then you can hear bands like Three Days Grace and you
would just assume automatically that they were from America, they have that sound. Or Nickelback for instance, which
everybody knows is a Canadian band but they have that American rock attitude sound.
Katrina: What advice can you give to people who are wanting to create a band?
Jon: Practice practice practice, all the time. If you practice a day or two a week and you play with a band that practices five
days a week you’ll notice a difference.