|Brandon Lehti, Ryan Stead
Katrina: How did you come up with the name for your band
Brandon: Classic, we were fifteen when we named the band and we had a list of twenty names of different things and we stumbled
across Latency in the dictionary and we thought it meant potential energy, so ok that’s cool so we named the band that and we find
out now every person we meet, “oh Latency, that means this” and it’s something completely different.
Ryan: Tons of different meanings.
Brandon: We must have come across twenty so far so now we just tell people it means whatever you want it to mean.
Katrina: What have you learned while touring?
Ryan: There’s actually a way to tour. It’s weird there’s like etiquette on tour.
Brandon: More so you just grow with friends.
Ryan: Yeah you mesh and become more like brothers. It’s almost like you are married, that kind of thing.
Brandon: It’s your around them all the time. Line the pillows up and split the bed down the middle.
Katrina: Who are your musical influences growing up and have they changed?
Brandon: Mine have changed big time. I mean I’ve always been a fan of bands like Switchfoot and stuff like that, but I’ve really
gotten into more John Mayer, The Fray, that kind of stuff I’m really into right now. I’ve also been a big Rush fan as of late, I’m back
Ryan: Everyone in the band has a different influence. I’m really into heavy metal, Jonny is into pop music, Matthew likes techno. It’s
weird but put it all together and it’s what we sound like.
Katrina: Which artist would you like to tour or work with?
Brandon: There’s tons. At the moment it’s honestly about getting the most amount of people. Artists for me that I’d love to tour with,
John Mayer or The Fray.
Ryan: I’m going to say I want to open for Miley Cyrus.
Brandon: That would be sweet, or the Jonas Brothers.
Katrina: How do you write your songs and where do you get your ideas from?
Brandon: We write from experience so all the songs are inspired by things that happened to us or to people we know. I don’t think
there’s any other way to write otherwise the song doesn’t feel honest. In terms of how we write I usually write some melodies and
structure of the song and then take it to the jam space and turn it into a full song that way. I’ve always been a fan of writing from
Katrina: What’s your most memorable moment?
Ryan: Didn’t you fall off a stage once?
Brandon: Yeah I did, in Chatham Ontario.
Ryan: There’s so many.
Brandon: One of the big ones for me is one of the first times we went out with Marianas Trench. We did a few dates and it was really
the first time we’ve played one of our songs and you could hear the crowd being louder that you could hear yourself and that to me
was A – for these people half way across the country to know the words to the song and B - just singing so loud that’s pretty cool.
Katrina: What’s your favorite song to perform?
Brandon: We love doing covers. In this set I’d say “Fork In The Road”, it’s really fun to play because it means a lot so you get more
Katrina: What advice can you give to people who are wanting to create a band?
Ryan: Play every show you can, enter every contest, everything that you can do to promote your band.
Brandon: Even if you know for a fact the show is going to have three people and it’s going to be the worst show ever, and someone
tells you the show is going to suck play it anyway because you never know who’s going to be there. When we got discovered by
Tom MacDonald (Hedley) the show we played was for three people and he was at the back. That’s where we got our big break. If we
didn’t play that show that may have never happened. So play everything.
Katrina: What do you think makes a good live show?
Ryan: For us it’s meshing with the band, we’re feeling what everyone else is feeling. I love personally when the kids are really into it.
If three kids are into it that’s awesome, if three-thousand kids are into it, it’s better.
Brandon: The more people creates more energy. Obviously the more energy you have to feed off of as an artist and the more
energy you can put out, it works back and forth like that. We can still have fun in front of three people, we have fun just jamming, we
can still get into it.
Katrina: What do you think about how Canadian music is being shown around the world right now?
Brandon: I love when I see Canadian artists doing well. Like we’ve got Justin Bieber out there, we got Drake out there, we’ve got so
many Canadian bands doing so well down in the States and internationally, it’s really good to see.