“… it’s just a place to release emotions and deal with all the negative stuff going on in your life and celebrating all the good stuff you’ve got going on in your life, and that’s what our shows are all about. I’ll say it’s a big release you know, release of tension and just taking the power back in your own life.”
From release: American rock band TRAPT are heading down under for their first ever Tour this July. Since forming in 1997 TRAPT have released 7 studio Albums and sold over 2.5 million records worldwide including platinum selling single ‘Headstrong’. With a set list filled with fan favourites like ‘Headstrong’, ‘Bring It’, ‘Who’s Going Home With You tonight?’, ‘Echo’s’, ‘These Walls’ and ’Still Frame’ this tour is a dream to those who have been patiently waiting years for the bands highly anticipated live show to hit Australian shores.
While in New York on part of his acoustic tour we gave Trapt singer Chris Brown a call to talk about the band’s upcoming first tour to Australia, changes, touring, and much more.
You’re finally heading to Australia! How pumped are you to finally be heading Down Under?
Oh I’m so happy, our fans over there for so many years they’ve wanted us to come over there and I can’t believe no promoters asked us to come over, so we’ve going over there and we’re doing a show for our US Troops over there in Okinawa so we thought we may as well go over to Australia because we’re kind of in the neighbourhood a little bit, and just called around and saw who wanted to make some offers on bringing us over there and we found a promoter and he’s pretty happy as first day tickets went on sale it went crazy so he’s very happy and we’ll be sticking with him going forward whenever we come to Australia.
When you’re coming to a territory for the first time how do you go about structuring a set list?
Oh man, we just try to come up with the songs we feel the fans want to hear the most, and ones that we’ve gotten the best responses from over the years. We’ve got a great set we’re gonna be bringing to Australia playing all the fan favourites from our first record to our latest record.
So for those that haven’t seen you before how would you best describe a typical Trapt show like?
It’s high energy, a lot of melodies, a lot of lyrics that touch on deep subjects and truly being yourself and all that good stuff and it’s just a place to release emotions and deal with all the negative stuff going on in your life and celebrating all the good stuff you’ve got going on in your life, and that’s what our shows are all about. I’ll say it’s a big release you know, release of tension and just taking the power back in your own life.
A song like ‘Headstrong’ still stands out to this day in my opinion, what do you think it is about that song that people just connected and still connect with?
I just think it’s the power of the song and what the song told about being who you are, it’s a song about saying and doing what you want to do in your heart of hearts and not apologizing for that and I think that just resonates with people and not to mention it’s a catchy song and it’s got some energy to it so that doesn’t hurt. I think that’s basically what it is, a call to arms to just be yourself and not apologize for it.
Still out there making music and you released ‘DNA’ last year, how does making music today differ looking back to when you made your debut back in 1999?
You know you have such quicker access to your fans, you don’t need a major label behind you pushing you out on their radio infrastructure or connections they have in the industry and that sort of stuff, so you can come out there and be more independent these days which is great, but at the same time there’s a lot more stuff out there that people are hearing so stuff can get lost in the shuffle but we were fortunate enough to have a label behind us at the beginning to give us a big push and then from there we were able to get a lot of fans and a lot of keep doing what we do and not needed a big label system to keep putting records out. So they support us and we keep doing our thing, so I think just being able to keep in close contact with your fans I think is the biggest difference from now until fifteen years or so ago.
Other side of that, what’s the one thing you feel has stayed the same in your time together?
Oh just the intensity of our shows and the relationship we have with our fans, that stuff will never change.
Obviously coming to Australia for the first time is awesome, but are there any other territories you’re heading to or wanting to that you haven’t yet had the chance to?
South America we definitely want to get down there, Mexico, I think China would be great too.
What does the remainder of 2017 have in store for Trapt?
We’ve got ‘Make America Rock’ that’s the second year we’re doing that one and got a bunch of bands on that we’re doing that in The States for two and half months, then we’re probably just gonna chill out and figure out what we’re gonna do next year. We’ll do that summer then we’re gonna end the year about the middle of October and start writing for a new record I think.
Lastly let’s look ahead to the future, finish this sentence for me, by the end of 2017 Trapt want to…
Have an amazing experience in Australia.
TRAPT Australian Tour Dates
Tuesday 4th July – Perth – Amplifier
Wednesday 5th July – Adelaide – The Gov
Thursday 6th July – Melbourne – Evelyn Hotel
Friday 7th July – Sydney – The Bald Faced Stag
Saturday 8th July – Brisbane – Crowbar
From: Los Gatos, California, USA
Band members: Chris Taylor Brown – lead vocals, rhythm guitar, Peter “Pete” Charell – bass guitar, David Sudock – lead guitar, Brendan Hengle – drums, percussion
Latest Release: DNA (Out Now)