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sleeping with sirens and pierce the veils
Transcript of sleeping with sirens and pierce the veils
Age 17 years old
Birth Sign Taurus Birthday February 10, 1983
Age 30 years old
Birth Sign Aquarius Congrats Kellin and Katelynne What was the most trouble you ever got in, and what was it for?
I got suspended from school for a week for shooting potatoes out of a potato gun on the football field.
Typical Kellin Copeland. kellin got married to his girlfriend Katelynne You seem to have a very tight bond with fans.
Definitely. And it's great, but it also gets harder as our fan base has grown. I know some fans start to feel left out in some ways, which gets hard, it's too insane to think abut being able to respond to every single person as we grow and figure things out a little more. We want to make sure fans get their money's worth when we play live and so we do whatever we can. A huge thing for me growing up was going to see my favorite bands and feeling like, okay, cool, they proved themselves and did things in a special way. That's the most important thing. Do you think being a new dad will factor into what you write or greatly affect your creativity?
I'm sure it will do something. But I don't think you'll hear lullabies on the new album [laughs]. Usually, since I don't have a lot of pain or a ton of conflict in my life, I look around and learn from people when I write. I look to fans and friends and other things around me. I like to write about things that don't reflect exactly on my life. On "A Trophy Father's Son," from the second album, a lot of people think that might be about me and relationship with my dad. There might be a little of that, but mostly it's more about how other kids go through life and deal with divorce. Creatively, it might give me some cool things to write about fatherhood, but in a less detailed way. You know, more underneath the seams. Together, Vic (vocals/guitar), Mike (drums), Tony Perry (lead guitar) and Jaime Preciado (bassist/backup vocals) have ventured into a rock rendezvous to boot. And they’re not stopping. Pierce The Veil released their second full-length studio album, Selfish Machines, in 2010, and are currently touring in support of their third, perhaps most celebrated record, Collide With The Sky, which marks the band’s inaugural major label release on Fearless Records, this past July. On Pierce The Veil’s records, Vic Fuentes is a deep, emotionally fueled vocalist. Some may even perceive his vocals as whiny, but that’s just the way of the gutsy gun. But, in reality, Fuentes is just a soft-spoken dude who speaks from the heart. When asked about what inspires his lyrics, he points to deeply painful realities, such as teenage suicide and an ex-girlfriend’s breast cancer diagnosis. Your lyrics are special. They’re heartfelt—intense even. From where do you draw inspiration?
The [lyrics on this] record came from a lot of different places. Some of the songs were inspired by relationships. Others were inspired by intense things that have happened. My ex-girlfriend was diagnosed with breast cancer. That was the inspiration for some of the lyrics of “A Match In The Water.” It’s dedicated to her and all the crazy stuff she went through in chemotherapy and fighting the disease. That song was a gift to her.
Then there are songs that are inspired by fans. We get a lot of messages from our fans, talking about how our music saved their lives, helped them from self-harm, suicide and depression, things like that. They send us these really in-depth, heartfelt stories. One of them, in particular, was from these kids in Australia that reached out to tell us their friend had committed suicide. She was a big fan, and they wanted to let us know about it. They sent me a goodbye video she posted on her Tumblr. It was super sad. She was this beautiful 16-year-old girl who thought she was ugly, and she said she couldn’t handle her depression anymore. That came to our attention during the middle of recording, so I ended up writing about that whole situation a bit. It’s crazy, some of the things that people share with us.
A lot of what I write is inspired by fans, and my desire to give them a sense of hope, and let them know they’re not the only ones out there feeling that way. There not the only one's who care. You guys do some great work with your music videos. The videos “King For A Day” with Kellin Quinn of Sleeping With Sirens and “Caraphernelia,” featuring Jeremy McKinnon of A Day To Remember, are both great works that really tell stories. The art of the music video is lost on a lot of today’s artists. What goes into your music video production?
We’ve all been fans of videos where the band is actually involved in the story and not just performing, and they act. We’re the worst actors in the world, but it’s more fun to watch. We decided to do that for the last couple of videos. It’s a matter of taking the video treatment and the ideas the directors have—that we have—and making sure they make sense to the audience. I think a couple of our first videos were so artsy in concept that the concept didn’t come across. It has to make sense at the end, so that’s what our goal was. Pierce the Veils