Katrina: How did you come up with the name for your band?
Jacoby: My great-grandfather’s last name was Roach and we called him Papa Roach and for some reason we just figured that was it. We
came up in the funky-band name era. Listening to Red Hot Chilli Peppers and stuff like that. I don’t know why we came up with Papa
Roach, it’s an odd name but it stuck. It’s kind of like that Johnny Cash song “Boy Named Sue”, it’s like the boy that gets stuck with this
fucked up name but it builds character and makes him strong. Papa Roach is the same deal.
Katrina: What have you learned while touring?
Jacoby: Shit, there’s so many things I’ve learned out here on the road. It’s like everybody that you meet out here on the road on your way
to the top are the same people you’re going to meet on your way to the bottom. So you might as well treat everybody good, so on your
way down it’s not a hard fall. I’ve seen musicians just be totally mad fucking egotistical dick-heads and when their time comes everyone is
glad to see them go. So that’s the one thing about our band is like we treat people with respect. Do unto others, you know what that
Katrina: Who were your musical influences growing up and have they changed?
Jacoby: Red Hot Chilli Peppers, Metallica, Faith No More, Social Distortion, Wu-Tang Clan, Helmet, Deftones and after I got into that music
I started to go back into the classic songwriters. Listening to The Beatles, Led Zepplain, The Who, then getting into some crazy punk-rock
, Kicks, Germs, all this older stuff. Right now we’re on a vinyl kick, we got a record player on the road with us and take days off to go vinyl
shopping and stuff like that. I mean we’re listening to everything from Billy Joel to Misfits so it’s all over the board with us.
Katrina: Which artist would you like to tour or work with?
Jacoby: I’d love to tour with Rage Against The Machine. I think that would be fucking amazing. I love that band. That’s another one of the
bands that really influenced us and I still listen to them these days.
Katrina: How do you write your songs and where do you get your ideas from?
Jacoby: I write the lyrics and melodies, I don’t write the actual bass or guitar parts. Pretty much for me it’s my life experiences, trials and
tribulations. I believe that’s the kind of what our fans connect with is honesty and truth and the passion in the lyrics and the true life
experience. That’s what I got from listening to Social Distortion and Johnny Cash was that story-teller type of song-writing style. Talking
about what’s really going on in their lives and that’s where I picked that from and I’ve brought that into the way I write songs. And
fortunately for it’s like we have a strong fan base that connects with our music. I mean a lot of kids out there, they really feel if on a life
level and to me I never really set out to do that but when kids tell me that they connect with the music, it’s cool.
Katrina: What’s your favorite venue to play?
Jacoby: Right now I’m really digging doing arenas. Outdoors is cool but it doesn’t sound as good and arenas sound good. It’s a big rock
show with lights and just the energy and a lot of people in one space. It can be really cool.
Katrina: What’s your most memorable moment?
Jacoby: A really memorable moment is in Rockn’ Rio. Flying in on a helicopter over two-hundred thousand people, landing, and getting
off the helicopter and playing and then after we get off stage, partying it up, Guns N’ Roses went on stage. I was just like wow this is
fucking cool, I don’t believe this shit’s happening. So that was one of those moments that was real, that was my reality. It was trippy.
Katrina: What’s your favorite song to perform?
Jacoby: We have a song called “Change Or Die” we’re opening up with. It’s a brand new song and it’s always fun to play new stuff.
Especially when people haven’t heard it before. It just has an energy, we stepped it up a notch in intensity with that track.
Katrina: Who causes the most trouble in the group?
Jacoby: Shit, right now at this point it would have to be either Tobin our bass player or our drummer Tony. Our new drummer Tony is a
fucking riot. He’s funny as shit, he’s a great guy. Just fucking with each other, funny shit. I can’t deal with the evil shit, the vengeful shit. I
don’t have time for that bullshit.
Katrina: What do you think makes a good live show?
Jacoby: Fucking rock songs and a band that loves what their doing. Because I think when a band is on stage and they love what their
doing that connects with an audience. Because when you see bands up there faking it, it’s just like run along little doggie.
Katrina: What advice can you give to people who are wanting to create a band?
Jacoby: It’s like first and foremost keep willing to eat Top Ramen for years. Be willing to be broke and happy because that’s how we were
for seven years of our career. We didn’t make a dime playing but loved it. If you have that and it’s not just about becoming a rock star and
have everyone rub your nuts then you have a good foundation. Then after that just write music that you really fucking believe in and don’t
write it because you think it’s going to be a rock hit. Write it because that is what’s inside of you. And sprinkle some luck on that shit and
you’ll be alright. We’ve definitely had some luck on our side.
Katrina: Is there a difference in what fans like to hear throughout the world?
Jacoby: For us it’s like right now on this tour we’re playing a lot of the singles over the years and for this tour I think that’s the right thing
to do because we’re playing to new audiences that maybe have not seen us before and their like “Oh shit I know that song, that’s Papa
Roach?”. So this is the tour for us to win over new fans. But when we do our head-liners we do a balance of the old school stuff and the
new school stuff so we don’t just play all new stuff. We like to mix it up. As far as the countries go in Europe they like a little heavier so we
bring a little but it the heavier sound. As far as Canada and America it’s very similar.