We caught up with Jeremy Valentyne of New Year’s Day at Slam Dunk South. Have a read to see which musician he’d love to collaborate with!
HUNOW: Welcome to Slam Dunk festival! What’s your experience been like so far?
JV: It’s different. It’s definitely a very fun festival. We’re used to doing festivals in America, so being out here is very new and exciting. It’s a lot of fun and you get to hear a bunch of bands that, at least for me personally, I’ve never even heard of. For me it’s completely just “Whoa!” It’s really interesting, it’s a lot of fun. I’m excited to kick today’s ass and have that be one for the books.
HUNOW: How does it feel to be headlining the Kerrang Fresh Blood Stage?
JV: It feels really good. We were very nervous, because we’ve never done Slam Dunk before, so we were very iffy, like “Uhhhhhh, are we gonna do well?” but the last two days have been awesome, great turnouts, the crowds are awesome, and I think UK crowds get a lot more crazy than American crowds, which I dig. They’re a lot more out there, when you tell them to jump, they jump, and sometimes you don’t even have to tell them to do anything, they’re just crazy and it’s fun, dude, it’s amazing.
HUNOW: Are there any bands on the bill you would cite as having influenced your careers to date?
JV: I don’t think so. I know there are a few bands I like. There’s one band in particular that I’d never heard of, but I saw them yesterday, called Creeper, who played right before us on the Fresh Blood stage, and I love that band. I’d never heard of them before, but I think they’re the coolest guys, for one, and also very cool music. Very old school punk-ish, and I really dig it. Other than that, I think the only other band, if I was gonna say influenced, even though it’s not really the right term, is probably Of Mice & Men. I love their music, it’s really cool.
HUNOW: Of the many venue’s you’ve played in your career, where would you say you’ve received the biggest reception and where do you think gave you the best crowd?
JV: I don’t remember the name of the venue, but we were on tour with Escape The Fate and we were in Paris, and we went on stage expecting people to kinda dig it but not really know who we were, but the crowd just went off. We were a support band and we actually got an encore, which is huge for a support act! There was, like, big brute dudes carrying people on their shoulders, throwing them, it was awesome! So much fun!
HUNOW: Over the course of your career, do you have any stories of embarrassing on-stage incidents?
JV: Not in this band. In one of my old bands, we were playing a show in this venue with a really low ceiling, and there were lighting cables that were hanging even lower, which I had no idea were there, and I lifted my guitar up and it never came back down because it just got caught! I just took my strap off and walked off stage and left the guitar hanging, which probably looked pretty cool, but it was pretty embarrassing. There’s still plenty of time in this band, though. Knock on wood, though!
HUNOW: If you could collaborate with any one musician, living or dead, who would it be and why?
JV: Living or dead? That’s a good one. Hmmm. I’d have to say Randy Rhoads, who played in Ozzy Ozbourne. As for why, it’s because he was a very unique player for his time, and if he was alive today he’d probably still be just as unique. He really put a stamp on it. He’s my favourite guitar player ever, and he was the person that really embraced the whole “classic music in metal” and made metal what it is now.
HUNOW: Do you watch Game of Thrones, and if so, who would you like to see on the iron throne and why?
JV: I do not. I refuse to because everyone watches it. I think maybe one day I’ll cave, but not yet.
HUNOW: So you’re like the inverse hipster?
JV: Yeah, definitely. People have been talking about it, and for a little bit I was interested, but then everyone started talking about it so I was like “F*** that, I don’t even wanna see it!” I’ve heard it’s amazing, and it probably is, but I can’t do it yet – I’m too stubborn, bro!
HUNOW: Fair enough! Thank you for your time, and good luck for the show tonight!
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