Katrina: How did you come up with the name for your band?
Matt: Well my uncle owns a oil refinery up north, has a daughter named Sarah and she’s married to his guy Jim. Jim was like “Hey I really
really like Tim Horton’s BLT sandwich combos on white” and I was like Marianas Trench it is. And that’s how we came up with the name.
Josh: Not true. I had a twin brother and his dad lived in Paris and worked at a smelting factory so we were like dude we should call the
band Marianas Trench.
Matt: Then we hi-fived.
Josh: We hi-fived.
Matt: Then watched an episode of 24.
Josh: We watched an episode of 24 and we were like if Bauer and Almeida can get through this one we can certainly be called Marianas
Trench, you know what I mean.
Katrina: Who are your musical influences growing up and have they changed?
Josh: That’s a good question. My musical influences growing up were family because everyone in my family is a musician so there was my
own family. When I was about 12 I fell in love with this band called Jellyfish and Jellyfish were kind of this cross of Queen and The Beach
Boys and The Beatles basically so I got really into all the vocals they were all doing and I also really liked the bands that influenced them.
So that’s kind of what I was into at that age and then when I got to be 15 or 16, you know that age when you stop listening to your parents
music and start listening to your own music or whatever. I started listening to the Foo Fighters, Green Day and stuff like that. And then
when I started writing songs I just kind of crossed the two ideas together not really intentionally but just because I listened to both things
and it never really occurred to me that was an odd idea. I just kind of did it. Ben Folds Five. Alright what about you?
Matt: What about me? I don’t know, I’m really into weird 80's rock like Def Leppard, Dire Straits. Have my musical influences changed, I don’
t know. As I become more of a musician I start appreciating bands that I thought might have been lame when I was younger but I realized
obviously they’re good players or good songwriters, really talented. It changes a little bit but I stick to my roots.
Katrina: Which artist would you like to tour or work with?
Matt: Foo Fighters, Green Day to your with.
Josh: Yeah Foo Fighters and Green Day. That would be good. I’m trying to think fo any other, we’re talking huge. Yeah anyone from either
of those bands I would love to do something with. Ben Folds, I don’t know if you know who that is but he had a band Ben Folds Five , I
would love to do something with Ben Folds because he’s like the best fucking piano player and songwriter of all time. I can’t think of any
others off the top of my head, those would be my favorites.
Katrina: How do you write your songs and where do you get your ideas from?
Josh: The ideas usually start with me, but I don’t generally write playing guitar. I have insomnia so when I’m lying in bed and I can’t sleep it’
s usually because I’m working on songs in my head. So generally what I do, my parents have a small studio so generally what I do is I come
up with the whole thing in my head without playing anything then I go to the studio and I’m not a very good drummer or bass player, but I
can do it so I go out and I lay down the drums first and the bass and guitar and vocals then I give it to the band and then they develop the
idea from there and fucking add parts and fix the arrangement because my arrangements are usually pretty bad off the top they’re usually
too long or whatever and everyone kind of adds their own thing from there.
Katrina: What’s your favorite venue to play? (Outdoor, club...)
Josh: That’s a good question.
Matt: That is a good question.
Josh: What do you think?
Matt: My favorite venue that we’ve played so far is probably the Commodore in Vancouver, big old room.
Josh: Great sound on stage. Commodore’s good. I actually liked it here (Louis Pub) tonight. I thought it was fine. The more people the
better for me but if it’s a small intimate thing, that can be really cool too because you can do acoustic stuff or more stripped down stuff and
that can be really neat too sometimes. For me when I watch a band I like to see them in small venues and stuff like when I saw Ben Folds
Five. I saw them play the Rage in Vancouver which is probably like 500 people or something like that and it was really interesting because
the more smaller it gets the more you feel like your actually sharing something with that band and I hope that we can be able to do that with
other people as well. But then again for us it’s really fucking fun to look out and see like 200 people out there. That’s pretty sweet.
Katrina: What’s your most embarrassing moment?
Josh: I don’t get embarrassed but I have moments that other people would have found embarrassing. For example we were playing a song
called “Low” at this place in Vancouver and I went to do the big fucking rockstar jump and I went to do the 180 jump in the air and came
around backwards and landed on the side of my foot and I just about did the hugest bail ever and the thing is if it would have just that it
wouldn’t have been as bad. But instead I caught myself and (ran) all across the stage so it wasn’t like I could really hide that was
happening. Everyone fucking saw and the best part was that my patch cord came out of my guitar, I didn’t have anything after that. I was
on the other side of the stage so I had to sing through the other guys mic because it was right before I had to sing. But I really didn’t get
that embarrassed. I just kind of yelled into the mic “If you wanna be a fucking rockstar you have to be willing to take a goddamn fall” and
everyone went woo. So I’m really not the kind of guy that gets embarrassed but I certainly do embarrassing things. I’m more of a fan of
embarrassing other people. I got a really good story. When we were recording the record, me and Matt I guess we were probably doing
guitars or else vocals because we did most of the singing on the album. It was either one of those two things and it was the two of us and
our producer Dave went to Burger King or something to get a quick bite and I wore a cape. I put on this sweet cape because I love capes
and they were like, dude we’re not fucking going into Burger King when your wearing a goddamn cape. So they were standing outside
waiting so they could pretend they weren’t with me. So instead I ran into Burger King jumping and flapping like it was wings and yelling
and then stood there and the whole restaurant is staring at me and I turned around and looked at the door and said “Guys it’s find, they like
capes. It’s ok that I’m with you guys. It’s totally fine. They like capes here. Capes are cool. They’re coming back with the monocle and the
top-hat. And then they fucking came in bright bright red. I like doing stuff like that to my friends.
Katrina: What’s your most memorable moment?
Josh: I got one that’s fairly recent. When we were playing we headlined a show in Vancouver and it was the first time we headlined a show
in Vancouver right before we left on this tour. (A guy comes in) The guy is grabbing coats right now.
Some Guy #1: The guy.
Matt: Nobody really knows who he is.
Josh: Who is this man?
Some Guy #1: Oh I’m just some guy.
Josh: But he’s attractive.
Some Guy #1: Well thank you.
Josh: I’d say my most memorable moment so far, or one of my favorites anyway is a couple of weeks ago right before we left of this tour we
headlined a show in Vancouver and it was the first time we headlined a show since our single started getting real play in Vancouver and I
looked out and the club is packed, over capacity and it’s full of people that I don’t know and we started fucking singing and everybody
knew all the words. There’s something about that first time that’s really happened to us when it wasn’t your friends or you know whatever,
people who know you. It was people that we didn’t know and we were looking out there’s like 900 people or 1000 or whatever they could
pack in there all singing along. And I didn’t have to sing and that was really fucking cool. I just felt I kind of looked at it and when we walked
off of the stage, we turned to each other we were just like, fuck man, this is the beginning, this is the real beginning and Mike our bass
playert turned to me and said “dude we better fucking enjoy this now because this only happens once and we better fucking enjoy the ride
on the way up”. That’s my favorite so far.
Katrina: What advice can you give to people who are wanting to creating a band?
Josh: Make sure you can play a little bit, but really, playing doesn’t matter. You have to be ok and you’ll get better with practice. The two
things that are really important is that you have a good singer and a good songwriter. That’s the two most important things. Everything
else, and I’m not saying that because those are my jobs in my band and it doesn’t have to be the same guy but you have to have a strong
singer, that’s the most important thing because if you don’t have a good singer everyone else there is like, he’s got to fucking carry the
whole thing. If you don’t have a good singer, you’re fucked and if you don’t have a good songwriter then who cares if you don’t have a
good singer because he’s singing shit anyway. Those are two biggest things. Work on making sure you have a good singer and work and
work and work on your song-writing. You should never be bored because you should always have a new song to be writing. That’s what I
would say. And then when you get to the point you want people to listen to you and you want industry guys to listen to you, be persistent,
but nice. Never be annoying but be persistent. Like for us to start getting interest happening when Jonathan Simkin, before he started 604
he was just a lawyer and I wanted him to shop us. I used to call his office like three times a day everyday for three months until he would
see me. And then after that I would sit in his office all day until he finally agreed to see me. And you usually have to be persistent persistent
persistent and fucking work hard. That’s what I would say. You have to make your own luck, you know what I mean.
Katrina: Who causes the most trouble in the group?
Josh: That would be me again. For further answers to that question refer to the cape story. Yeah that’s me. We all like to pick at each other
but I like to see how far I can push people and have them still like me.
Katrina: What have you learned while touring?
Josh: Conserve your voice, drink a lot of water. Get enough sleep. Don’t fucking party because if you party and your tired and you loose
your voice. And if I love my voice then we have to cancel. That’s what I would say. Work hard and be nice to everybody. (people come into
the room) People are moving coats right now. (Grabs the audio device) Katrina you’ll find out about this later, you can’t hear what I’m
saying right now. But people are staring at us and laughing, they’re saying it’s your thing.
Some Guy #2: Can I put in my two bits about song writing?
Josh: Here’s a guy who wants to put his two bits in about song writing. He’s got a lovely green fur coat.
Some Guy #2: The thing you have to worry about song writing - song writing doesn’t worry about the last guy that’s sitting at the bar who’s
got nothing fucking going for himself. It’s that fucking woman driving for minivan with her kids screaming in the fucking back. A fucking car
a fucking transport truck coming at them at 7:30 in the morning on the fucking 401 or the fucking ... what’s something in Vancouver? The
Some Guy #3: The Golden Gate Bridge.
Some Guy #2: Or the Golden Gate Bridge.
Josh: That’s not in Vancouver, where the fuck are you from?
Some Guy #2: (Rambles on in Italian really fast) ... But my sleeping bag is too hot.
(We later find out the guys name was Angelo)
Josh: That guy doesn’t know what he’s talking about. That guys probably still re-living the time when fucking “Eye Of The Tiger” was out.
So yes I am the shit-disturber in the band. Yes this is true.
Katrina: What do you think about how Canadian music is being shown around the world right now?
Josh: I think it’s awesome. I think that people are probably finally starting to realize that there’s a lot of good musicians and a lot of good
song writers in Canada. I mean you’ve got bands like Nickelback, Billy Talent, Three Days Grace, Theory Of A Deadman even people like
Shania Twain or Celine Dion. I mean maybe you don’t like everyone of those people but they’re all talented in what they’re doing. No one
can write music for everybody but the people who love those people, fucking love those people. And I think it’s really interesting it’s really
cool to be coming out in a time when there’s so much good music out there from Canada and people are starting to pay attention to what’s
coming out of here more because we’re fucking good up there. There’s a lot of good stuff up here and I think it’s really cool that people are
starting to look. I think it’s really great.
Katrina: What do you think makes a good live show?
Josh: Well a good crowd. You want to be able to say hello to may fans not to my fan. You need to have a good crowd and if you don’t have
a good crowd you need to force them to be a good crowd. I don’t know, I’ve never really thought if it before. I guess like you got to make
sure if your from the performers view anyway what makes a good show for me is having a really good synergy with the audience where
your just kind of sharing energy together and your feeding off them and they’re feeding off you and it goes back and forth like that. And
that can be really cool because the more fired up the people in the audience get, the more fired up we get on stage. But the thing is when
your in our position right now where your single is about to be released but it’s not out yet everywhere, it can be tough because you get
out there and everyone’s skeptical because your just some but-fuck opening band they’ve never heard of. And I think the thing is you sort
of have to kick the audience in the balls and fucking let them know that your there. Because bands that get up there and do it half-fast, the
audience, they know that. If you’re not into it they’re certainly not going to be into it. I think you got to go out there and you have to fucking
sell it. And to me what makes a great show is those moments when there’s a stop or a silence in a song and the room is dead silent and
you don’t hear a fucking word. You know you’ve got them. That’s great. And from a audience perspective when I go to see a show what
makes a good show to me is feeling like I’m investing in a band that I’m watching. I like to feel like I’m investing in them and they’re
investing in me when I’m watching someone. If you watch some of the great live acts in the world like Coldplay or the Foo Fighters or
something like that they make you feel like your part of the band when your there and I think that’s really important from an audience
perspective. Like when I go to shows I love that because you feel like your buddies with these guys. You feel like you know them. It’s