Maria Brink of "In This Moment" Talks "Music As A Weapon" Tour, Dress Mishaps and More
Mon, 07 Feb 2011 07:58:30
Female-fronted metal warriors In This Moment are currently on the road with Korn and Disturbed as part of the must-see, can't-miss Music as a Weapon tour, promoting their latest disc, A Star-Crossed Wasteland, so ARTISTdirect.com News Editor Amy Sciarretto nailed down some chat time with vocalist Maria Brink. The band is in a state of constant motion, touring so much that signing any sort of lease would seem unwise for the band members! They give new meaning to the term road dogs.
Brink opened up about stealing her band's gaming consoles, writing on the road, the fine art of falling offstage and how to deal with her dress blowing up and having everyone see her drawers. The bubbly Brink takes everything in stride and was a pleasure to chat with.
In This Moment are road dogs. How are you living right now?
We are on tour having an amazing time every single day, and I couldn't ask for anything better in the Winter. We have a break for month, then a headline tour, then another break. I can't announce what we are doing this summer, but it's off the beaten path and you wouldn't think it.
Since you are always on the road, are you writing while on tour to be efficient and economical with your time?
I have my piano in the back and am writing some songs already. It looks as though we may do a new album soon...when I can rip these guys away from their stupid video games. [Laughs] I plan to hijack their games and throw them out. Okay, I only said that because my guitarist is sitting right here. [Guitarist] Chris [Howorth] will fly to see me in Albany and we will lock ourselves away for a month and do pre-production.
Do you prefer to live in upstate New York in Albany to get away from the craziness of LA?
I am a mom so I have to be where my son is. I like LA a lot, but I don't know if I will move back there right now.
Care to share any fun or insane stories from the Music as a Weapon Tour? Make our readers feel like they are backstage or on tour with you.
I fell off the stage and bruised my entire body. I fell nine feet. I didn't see it coming. It was because of someone in the audience. My best friend ran to the front of the crowd and she was there, waving her arms to me, trying to tell me something. I thought something was wrong, so I focused on her and slipped and fell off the front of the stage.
Ouch, although I often feel like falling hurts my ego when people laugh more than it hurts my body! I get so embarrassed when I eat shit and fall on my ass.
I was embarrassed. I have fallen three times in my whole singing career. It's not fun. Another time I got embarrassed was on stage. My tech guys set up a fan that blows on me and my hair onstage, so I don't get too sweaty or gross during the set, so that my makeup doesn't smear. They had it angled the wrong way, so when I first walked up there, my whole dress went straight up!
I'd have tried to play it off Like Marilyn Monroe's iconic shot where her dress blows up over the subway grate.
Ha, something like that. I wear shorts underneath my dress, and the shorts are stretchy, like the color of flesh almost, and it's a white dress, so that was more embarrassing than falling. I played it off, though.
Will you be seeing In This Moment on The Music As A Weapon Tour?
Check out our exclusive interview with Disturbed frontman David Draiman about the Music As A Weapon tour here!
Check out our exclusive interview with Korn singer Jonathan Davis about the Music As A Weapon tour here!