|Marc Arcand, Billy MacGregor
Katrina: How did you come up with the name for your band?
Marc: The name of my band actually came around when my band was recording in Metalworks and we ended up having an opportunity to
sit around with Jeff Martin from the Tea Party and we were talking. We were in the recording studio and he said, he basically said ‘Yeah
your name sucks really bad’, I’m like yeah I know . I’m like you got any ideas and we talked for a while and we came up with that name. Like
in the talk we all talked about a lot of different ideas but that one stuck out to me. And we were like it because the concept High Holy Days is
like your once chance to have an opportunity to do something that’s just kinda a dream beyond dreams. That’s it.
Katrina: What have you learned while touring?
Marc: I’ve learned one thing. That if you weren’t out doing what we’re doing you’d spend your entire life thinking about how amazingly
glamourous the whole concept of being on the road is as a rock and roll band is. It’s only when you’re out there you that you realize it’s a
job you honestly have to take seriously and just like anything else its not all glamourous, not all just about fame. It’s about working your
ass off and if you can’t take that seriously, your never gonna make it in this business.
Katrina: Who were your musical influences growing up and have they changed?
Marc: Absolutely every band I’ve ever liked and I can’t elaborate on that because if I started now, we’d be here far too long.
Katrina: Which artist would you like to tour or work with?
Marc: I can’t say I can answer that question legitimately because what I want to do for High Holy Days is I want to reach as many people as
possible and I want to kinda reach the audiences that would be most receptive to our music and I don’t think that I’m a professional to
answer that question so I can’t exactly say that I know. I’ve enjoyed to date every band that we’ve been hooked up with. I think it’s a
privilege and honor to have done that so far.
Katrina: How do you guys write your songs and where do you get your ideas from?
Marc: The guys. We hang out and basically, we haven’t covered a lot of music. I’ve never really learned a lot of other peoples music. From
the day I started playing music at the age of 14, I started making it up because that’s the only form of music I could actually transpose. So
when I get together with the guys they come up with ideas and together we translate that into music and so far we’re lucky to be the kind of
band that actually can bring it into the situation were it’s music on the radio. That’s amazing.
Katrina: What’s your favorite venue to play? (Outdoor, club...)
Marc: Outdoors. I like the summer. I like staring at clouds and mountains and stuff like that. But if I played a whole bunch of outdoors, I’d
have to find that at the end of the day, I’d be missing the club scene.
Katrina: What’s your most embarrassing moment on stage?
Billy: When the guitar player forgot a certain riff.
Marc: My most embarrassing moment on stage would had to have been, what do you think, Bill? Nickelback?
Billy: I don’t know we’ve had a couple of them. Nickelback’s pretty fucking crazy. We pulled out of that really fast.
Marc: No I think the most embarrassing moment on stage maybe when it was that ...
Billy: When I wiped out on my 22nd birthday. That was pretty shitty for me.
Marc: I think there’s a whole bunch of embarrassing moments on stage. I think it was either the time Billy kicked my guitar off stage and that
really sucks. It got fucked up. Or the time we were, where were we Bill?
Marc: Where we like totally went into a song all messed up.
Ken: Train wreck ...
Billy: No it didn’t... don’t fuckin’, we’re good conductors man, we steered that bitch, right. Ended that one. I just totally forgot a riff right and
Galda came over to Jay and fuck it, one two three four...
Marc: Oh the most embarrassing moment on stage was when some chick actually had to write on her fucking sign you’re fly is down and
put it up. And the whole front row’s like ‘you’re fly is down’. Yeah that was it.
Katrina: What’s your most memorable then?
Marc: My most memorable moment ...
Billy: Last night.
Marc: That was the only time I was sober on stage I think.
Katrina: Was Last night?
Marc: No. The time that I remember.
Billy: Which one’s that?
Marc: I don’t remember.
Katrina: What’s the nicest or craziest thing a fan has done for you guys?
Ken: Hung out with her mom in a car all night waiting for an interview.
Marc: Yeah I think that’s the one.
Katrina: How do you pick your next single to hit radio stations?
Marc: We don’t pick anything. We go with everybody that believes in the team and the entire team makes a conscious decision based on all
the variables and that is just a crazy formula. You can’t just. It just hard to say. Basically at the end of the day everyone that believes in your
band and is there helping you out makes the decision. So it’s a conscious effort between everyone.
Katrina: What’s your favorite song to perform?
Marc: Actually it only works this way. Originally it was All My Real Friends because of the radio support, just everybody freaks out and now
The Getaway because it was one of my favorite songs to have written. It’s starting to get recognized so I’m gonna say its going to teeter-
totter between the two. And it’s always going to have a lot to do with, it’s hard to say another one. We wrote a new song the other day called
Surreal and that is one of my favorite songs to perform because it was the new one. So between those three, I don’t know.
Billy: Whatever’s turning us on at the time. At the end of the day.
Marc: Yeah. Yeah it’s either the new song or the single.
Katrina: How do you come up with the concepts for your music videos?
Marc: The concepts for our music videos always stem from the fact that we have an idea of what the songs about and there’s going to be
all the different companies that wanna come up with ideas for making music videos and they have to submit them and decide whether that
it’s close enough to the concept enough to justify doing the video with them.
Katrina: What one was your favorite to do?
Marc: There was two and I have to say the second one was the most fun because they made us drink from the moment we got on the set
and it lasted three days so it was a big drinking binge. It was great.
Katrina: What advice can you give to people who are wanting to create a band?
Marc: Drop everything, jam everyday. Ditch cover songs. Just write original music. Get along and be super dedicated and bring enough of
a business edge into it to like actually be conscious of being able to put your foot in the door of a industry . I mean the music industry is so
competitive, it’s so intolerant. If they have an opportunity to slay you, they’re gonna hang draw and cord you man. You know.
Katrina: Who causes the most trouble in the group?
Billy: Wait what did he say?
Marc: Because he’s awesome.
Billy: I’m his favorite asshole.
Marc: Because he’s awesome.
Katrina: What’s one thing you can’t tour without?
Marc: One thing I can’t tour without would have to be a pair of jeans.
Billy: Or a belt.
Marc: No really. There’s a lot of things you can’t tour without.
Billy: Your mastercard.
Marc: Yeah Ken Turta. That’s exactly my answer right there. And I’m sticking to it.
Billy: Make sure people in high places see that. We’re not going on tour without Ken.
Marc: It’s in our rider.
Billy: We need Ken Turta’s supplied at every venue.