Rock-metal band, Throw The Fight, believes that "rock and roll is everything," as claimed by their guitar player, Ryan Baustert, and is echoed by each band member. They perform hard at every show and want to bring their idea of rock and roll to the stage with enthusiasm. These guys are making their mark on the rock and roll forte with their newest album, What Doesn't Kill Us, which has received great success with airplay on popular radio stations throughout the country with their hit single, "Not So Hollywood." The band has shared the stage with such acclaimed acts as Avenged Sevenfold, Sevendust, Papa Roach, Drowning Pool, and have rocked the festival route with The Van's Warped Tour and Taste of Chaos. Before their performance tonight at The Tabernacle in Atlanta, check out what lead singer James Clark had to say about the band and their mission, as well as his personal mission with fans. Read on:
How's the tour going?
James: Yeah, a great time. All the bands are super friendly, we get along really well, the crew is great and the shows are wonderful. We're having a great time!
Awesome! Are you guys excited about coming to The Tabernacle in Atlanta?
James: Yeah, these are a lot of new markets for us and we're just trying to meet people, shake hands, give out free hugs and having a very good time. We're excited to go to new markets we've never been to before.
The Tabernacle is one of my favorite venues in Atlanta, so I think you'll love it!
I notice you guys like to tour and you do it often. What's your favorite thing about touring?
James: Umm...meeting new people, gaining new fans across the country, getting the message and music out there; just kind of sharing our stories [sharing my story is my favorite thing about it].
Off your new album, What Doesn't Kill Us, which single do you think is the one you're the most proud of?
James: Probably the single, "When The World Stops Spinning". Every night when we play a show, I'm a cancer survivor, so the story behind is about staying strong, and getting through difficult times, is really what it is. So, I kind of dedicate to cancer survivors and people that are dealing with it. Beyond that, though, that song is about following your dreams, sticking with what you believe, and not letting anyone else tell you you're not good enough to do something. Following that, it's also reaching and connecting to the thousands of kids that are out there right now trying to figure out who they are as a person and every night after a show, the kids that were there will come up and chat with me, and let me know I encouraged them to do that and it's great. I've had people tell me that others will tell them they're not good enough, and it's nice to have someone to tell them that they can do whatever they want. That's my favorite song, yeah.
I noticed that you guys are based in Minnesota, but you're not from there...where are you from originally? I can tell a little accent in there [laughs].
James: Yeah, I'm just from North of London...
I love it, and could listen to you all day.
James: My accent's messed up. It's messed up now, and it's got this Minnesota-meets England-creates-some-kind-of-Australia weird thing. That's what it sounds like.
Now, when you guys are on stage performing, how do you guys connect musically with an audience?
James: Yeah, I think generally for me, I connect with an audience through trying to get the crowd to participate a lot, and for me, it's just making that connection right off the bat with the crowd and getting them involved in the live experience. I feel like I connect.
Who are your top five bands or albums you wouldn't want to live without?
James: Uhh, let me see here...the standard Metallica (lot of the root where metal comes from), Black Sabbath for sure, and I'll have to add Phil Collins, because I like a little Phil so, and a little Queen in there as well I think, and then maybe add a little bit of Coldplay just to mix it up.
You like a variety of music...
James: I'm all over the board. I think to be a good writer and an appreciator of music, I think it's good to have a mix of different things.
Do you have a guilty music or entertainment pleasure?
James: Yeah, not anything that I would tell. I have a guilty pleasure, but I'm not going to tell you...
[Laughs]...You're not going to tell me?! Aww, that's not fair! I understand, though...
What does music mean to you overall?
James: Music has no barriers, so for me, it's just reaching kids and be able to chat with them; share my story, and have them relate to what I'm talking about when I share it. Everyone in life goes through the same thing, teenagers don't realize that, whether it's about developing themselves or growing as a person, I think kids connect with music beyond anything. What we're finding right now, is that it's a huge thing; for kids, it's almost like a religion. It's a way they can find kids like themselves, so it's a place where they can find safety within music. That's a wonderful thing, IF the message is good. There can be a lot of negative messages in music. I like sharing my story and if kids can relate to that, then it would be nice to be known as a band who made a difference.
You said you're a cancer survivor, correct?
That's awesome! I'm very happy that you're still with us.
James: Thank you, I appreciate it. Thanks also for your time, and I appreciate the opportunity, and if you need anything in the future, feel free to give me a call.
Thanks so much, James, and be blessed on the road.
James: Thank you very much and you too! Bye!
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