avril lavigne interview on pop punk
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Last week, Avril Lavigne celebrated her debut on Travis Barker’s DTA Records with the release of the single “Bite Me.” In a recent interview, the artist also expressed her thoughts on the current state of the pop-punk scene.

In an interview with Zane Lowe on Apple Music 1, Lavigne discussed a wide range of topics. She commented on her respect for collaborator WILLOW, her recent single and more.

Read more: Avril Lavigne debuts on Travis Barker’s DTA Records with “Bite Me”

Lavigne also reflected on her entire career, thinking about her own journey as well as the significance of the growing pop-punk revival.

“I’m coming up on my 20th anniversary next year for my first album,” Lavigne says. “So I’ve been doing this professionally for 20 years. Yeah. It’s crazy. People come up to me and they’re like, ‘Oh my God, I grew up listening to you,’ or, ‘I started music because of you.’ And it’s super humbling and it’s really cool. And I’m stoked that pop-punk music, it’s coming back around right now and people are falling back in love with it. And it’s almost in a weird way, it feels like bigger than ever right now.”

Lavigne also reflected on collaborating with Barker on the new project.

“It all started with blink-182 being one of my favorite bands,” she explains. “I have admired Travis my entire career. We worked together on The Best Damn Thing, on that album, and he played drums. And then on this, Travis is producing, we’re writing together and we just had such a blast collaborating in the studio. Now, I’m signed to DTA Records, which is his label, and it just felt like a natural fit it and it made sense. I think creatively, we just click, he gets me.
“Working with Travis, you’re totally right. Where he’s like, ‘Well, what do you want?’ And he’s like, ‘Here’s my opinion. Here’s what I think.’ But ultimately he’s like, ‘I want it to be your decision. I want you to be happy with it.’ Because he gets it because he’s an artist. He’ll sit around, chat with me, give me his opinion and feedback. But ultimately of course I’m going to listen to him, but he’s like, ‘Make the decision for yourself.’”

You can check out the Apple Music interview below.