For the whole process, how long are you guys going to be in there?
Until the end of October, is the plan for now, but we’ll see how it goes. That ought to be two months total.
By today’s industry standards—where nobody wants to spend money anymore—is that a luxury to be in the studio for that long?
I don’t think we’ve ever been in the studio for two months before. I could be wrong. It seems pretty appropriate; I think our schedule is going to line up dead even with it. We’ve never been around for mixing because we’ve always had to leave to go on tour. This time, we’re actually gonna be here for that as well so I think it’s going to make it much more personal for us.
It seems that everyone is really enthused about what’s going to happen now. Everybody’s older and wiser in terms of their role in the greater size of the project; the whole being bigger than the parts, so to speak.
I can already hear it in my head. I have that feeling where we’re way more confident than we’ve ever been while making a record, and I’m interested to see how that’s going to shine through the recordings. Everyone is stepping up and leading in their own roles, and it’s very important that people realize what those roles are and know how to utilize them. Derrick [Frost, drummer] is working harder than I’ve ever seen him work, too. There was a point in 2009 when we kicked him out of the band: He just didn’t have that much a passion for drumming, at that time. Now, you can see it’s completely ignited in him again. It’s all he thinks about. He puts his headphones on for hours, every night, and goes through parts in his head. You can tell that he’s more on point than ever, and more excited than ever to be doing this again.
It’s seems like a total love fest right now.
I can’t lie about that. You have six dudes who are all very opinionated, and we live together for 24 hours. Of course, there’s gonna be some tension here and there. We’re trying to be creative, and as artists, each person has a vision in their head that eventually compromises into a team goal. Snarky things get said, people get upset and walk away, but we know how to deal with it better now than before; that’s the key. Your personal life goals change, and then that affects everything that you do. It’s not all about getting to the next show and party. I have to take care of myself; I have to be healthy; I have to do things that other people want me to do in this band, not just things for myself.
What’s David Bottrill’s whole vibe in terms of Chiodos?
I feel like he caught on to us pretty fast. I feel like he gets us. He’s brought up some challenging points to make us less fixated on certain things, and be less stubborn about what’s gonna happen with the music. He’s challenging us, and I know for a fact that he’s not going to be satisfied until he get’s the best track out of each person. He’s gonna push us very hard. He doesn’t like to use Auto Tune; he doesn’t like to edit things so that they sound perfect; he just wants us to play things perfect. We haven’t done anything crazy like running through the woods naked to find inspiration—yet. But it’s still early in the process. alt