In less than 3 weeks all of the bands who have earned the chance to play the Main Stage at Warped Tour this year will be announced. Currently in the top 15 bands in the nation are San Diego pop punk/alternative foursome Alive & Well.
Drawing influence from Jimmy Eat World and The Ataris, Alive & Well are bringing old school elements into the new age of pop punk.
Get to know these talented musicians and learn about their journey to the Main Stage by checking out our exclusive interview with the band after the jump! You will also find all the info you need to vote for Alive & Well and keep them at the top of the rankings!
Infectious Magazine: What would it mean to you to perform at Warped Tour 2017?
Alive & Well: To play this years Warped Tour would be an extreme honor. Some of us have played Warped in our younger days but to play this one, on main stage, being picked by people like John Feldman, would be a huge dream come true.
IM: What is one thing you do that no other band does that makes you a unique choice for Warped?
A&W: We have always had a saying since day one. “One at a time”. These days you can easily pay to get followers, likes, votes, whatever it may be on social media. There’s a threat to losing the community aspect of the scene, whatever scene it is you come from, you were most likely drawn to it 1.) by the music, and 2.) by the sense of community and unity within it. We reach out as often as possible to each person who follows us, likes something on the social media outlets, comes to shows. It’s no different with this contest. Asking people one by one to check out the band and if they like it, give us a play or two on the Warped Tour PLAY page.
IM: Looking back at past Warped Tour’s that you have attended, what’s a memory that stands out the most?
A&W: We all have been to a few different Warped Tours, from playing to going as a fan. Each one had something that stands out. I know I (Mike) first discovered Boys Night Out at a Warped Tour in Jersey, Matt and Pat have both played, but something that sticks out huge is seeing bands interact with fans and actually enjoy the tour itself. It’s really awesome to see that these bands that people are going to see are just as excited as the fans themselves.
IM: If you could do a headlining tour with two of the bands on this year’s Warped Tour, who would those bands be and why?
A&W: I think the real question is who wouldn’t we do a tour with! There’s so many good bands on. But to narrow it down to two, I, speaking for myself, would love to tour with us, Goldfinger, and GWAR. Imagine that insanity. It would be amazing.
IM: The vibe of Warped Tour shifts and grows with each passing year. Last year they brought back a ton of older bands, and this year Kevin Lyman wanted to take the tour back to its roots. What’s the next Warped Tour trend you hope to see?
A&W: I’ve always liked how comedy and punk/pop punk/hardcore have intertwining roots. I think it’d be pretty cool to have a stand up comedy stage. Maybe in between the acoustic basement sets. I know for sure we have a few friends who would be interested, one of which has actually done merch for a band or two at Warped Tour last year.
IM: Each year, Warped Tour has the Think TEI workshops. If you could attend one of this year’s workshops, whose would it be? Also, if you had the opportunity to teach your own workshop, what would it be about?
A&W: That’s a tough question just because there’s so many great topics ranging from Fil from Neck Deep speaking about building a breakout band to Shawna Potter from War on Women talking about Creating Safer Spaces. An interesting and fun one would be talking about surviving and building something from a drastic change. We’re all transplants to San Diego and finding each other and making this band wasn’t easy, but man is it fun!
IM: The music industry is a fast-paced world with lots of changes happening all the time. If you could change anything about the industry, what would it be and why?
A&W: It is fast paced and things do change. I feel that’s part of it and keeps it fresh. Unfortunately I feel that the work ethic isn’t as strong as it used to be. There’s a lot of ways you can cut corners, with producing and engineering and buying “fans”. I guess I would change the drive of people.
IM: Final comments or important information you would like to pass along to our readers
A&W: Whatever it is you’re working for, don’t stop.
You can vote for the band in the Ernie Ball PLAY! contest by clicking here.
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