Danny Worsnop of Asking Alexandria Talks "Run Free", New Album, Mayhem and More
Mon, 16 Jul 2012 08:38:27
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"Unfortunately, it isn't 1983 anymore," laments Asking Alexandria mainman Danny Worsnop. "Most of the glory days are behind us. I like to think we're keeping it alive."
The vocalist and his cohorts certainly are. They're one of the few modern bands to bring the kind of panty-dropping chaos worthy of the '80s greats. Yet, they do it via a distinctly modern approach teeming with guttural riffing, industrial flourishes, and Worsnop's inimitable wail.
In the midst of the Rockstar Energy Drink Mayhem Festival, Asking Alexandria singer Danny Worsnop sat down for an exclusive interview with ARTISTdirect.com editor in chief Rick Florino about the band's new album, movies, and so much more.
How did you choose your setlist for Mayhem?
At the start of every tour, it's a lot of trial and error and figuring out what works best. It's changed since the first show.
What's your forthcoming single "Run Free" about?
It's got an uplifting feel, and it essentially says, "Don't be what you're told to be. Follow your own path. Be your own person. Don't get held down by everyone else". I feel like I've done in the album in a way that captures my feelings and what I was going through at the point of writing it. This album is much more positive because I'm in a better place. I'm stronger as a person, and I know what I want out of life so the album reflects that.
So it's more of an empowering album overall?
Yeah, very much so.
Reckless & Relentless was very cathartic in a way even though it is dark at times.
During the last record, I was in a very dark place. I was very depressed, and I wasn't happy with anything. There was a point during making the record where I was like, "This is going to be my last record. I don't want to do this anymore". In general, I wasn't a happy person at all. I was turning to drugs and alcohol as a cover up to try to disguise it and hide how unhappy I was from the world more than anything else. Now, I've moved on, and I'm writing a very different album. It's still heavy though. I'm keeping the heavy in there.
What's the story behind "A Lesson Never Learned"?
It was self-reflection at what I was doing to myself. I'm almost admitting everything I was feeling and going through and accepting nothing was going to change. That's how things were, and I'd have to deal with it.
How much of Through Sin and Self-Destruction is tied to your lyrics?
It's less tied to the lyrics and more tied to my life. It was strongly based upon my life and what I was going through. Bands never do films like this anymore. We've got the Biebs-master with his film [Laughs]. Now, Katy Perry has hers…We're a rock 'n' roll band, and we're doing what we want to do. I'm getting the chance to push my creativity out into other outlets I wouldn't usually get to. I like having the opportunity to extend my creativity. I'm venturing out. I'm working on my TV show now. I want to get into movies as well. We'll see how that progresses.
Do you tend to read a lot?
Yes I do! I've always been big into words. I love words. I think they're a beautiful thing. I'm fortunate I've been given a job where I can use them every day. I enjoy reading and writing. I really like autobiographies more than anything else and feeding off of other people's experiences, what they do, and say. I get inspired through that. I love Steven Tyler's autobiography.
What are some of your favorite films?
I really like to keep it varied. My all-time favorite is Seven Pounds. There so many incredible movies out there. Seven Pounds is very underrated. It's the only movie that ever made me cry.
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