When this year’s Warped Tour made a stop in Orlando, Sami Marshall had the pleasure of talking to Movements vocalist Pat Miranda.
With it being Pat’s first time playing Warped, the two discussed tour expectations, selling out their hometown venue, and how he went from stealing his cousin’s Walkman to sharing the stage with one of the biggest names in the punk rock scene!
You can read our full exclusive interview below!
Don’t miss Pat and the rest of Movements as the rock the Full Stage all summer long! To see them live, you can purchase concert tickets here.
Infectious Magazine: How has Warped Tour been so far for you?
Pat Miranda: It’s been really good. It’s been a lot of work and really hot. There have been crazy long days and we’ve been working our asses off. It’s been the most fun tour I have ever been a part of. It’s super awesome.
IM: Is this your first time on Warped Tour?
PM: Yeah, first time. We’ve never done anything Warped Tour related or any sort of outdoor festival. It’s crazy to be really experiencing this for the first time.
IM: Has anything unexpected happen that you guys weren’t prepared for or has it been pretty smooth sailing?
PM: I think we all kind of prepared ourselves for the worst going into it. We knew it was going to be miserably hot in places like Arizona and New Mexico. Right now we’re in Florida. We all prepared ourselves and said, “ok we’re going to melt.” So there’s been nothing too out of the blue. Most of the crazy stuff happened to other people. Like Being As An Ocean’s bus caught fire. That was crazy. We’ve been blessed with a really smooth ride so far. We can’t complain, honestly.
IM: How have your crowds been?
PM: Really good. We were worried, too, because we weren’t sure of what our crowds were going to look like. We’re hitting these markets that we either haven’t been to before or have only been to one other time before. We didn’t know how we would do in certain areas. So far we have been really surprised. There’s only been one show that was, I guess, below our typical sort of turnout and that was Albuquerque. We’ve never played Albuquerque before. I don’t think tours go through there, so it makes sense. Nashville was super awesome. We played there one other time and it was two years ago. Atlanta was awesome. I’m hoping today will be just as good, if not better. Orlando always does really well for us. I’m excited.
IM: Was the Real Friends tour the last time you guys were in Orlando?
PM: No. The last time was with Senses Fail and Counterparts.
IM: Oh okay. I remember that Real Friends show in the record store. It was insane!
PM: That was super cool! Yeah, Park Ave! Every chance I get, I try to go to Park Ave. I actually really like Florida. My girlfriend’s family is from here. Anytime I’m in Orlando, I try to go there.
IM: It’s such a great store!
IM: This year, Kevin Lyman took Warped Tour back to it’s roots. How do you guys feel about the lineup?
PM: I think it’s great! I think it’s awesome that there are some O.G. bands on this year. Like Hatebreed and Sick Of It All, some straight-up legendary performers are out here with all of us, and I think that’s so cool. I really appreciate the fact that there’s so many different generations of bands. Everybody from the original Warped Tour lineup to brand new ones, like us. It’s very diverse. Being a younger band, being a “baby band,” we can really learn from a lot of these, I guess, career bands who have been doing this for a long time, and have done Warped Tour countless times or have toured for the past 20-25 years. We can gain a lot of good knowledge from them and apply it to our careers.
IM: Are there any bands that you must see this summer?
PM: Knocked Loose. I watch Knocked Loose every single day. Not only are they one of my favorite bands, they’re some of my favorite people on the entire tour. Hawthorne Heights, they’re so good and they’ve been so good. They are such an inspiration. We have looked up to them for so long as musicians. So to be out here with them and make friends with them – because we are making friends – it’s such an amazing thing. But yeah, there’s so many great bands. Boston Manor is great too. There’s a bunch, but those are probably my top three.
IM: Movements is from Orange County, California, so right now you guys are long way from home. Is there much of a music scene out there?
PM: Oh, there’s a big music scene actually. Orange County and LA, we’re not terribly far from each other. Stick To Your Guns is from Orange County. There’s a really strong DIY scene there right now. In the early 2000s, there was a strong metalcore and post-hardcore scene coming out of Orange County. Bands like Secrets. It’s crazy, there’s some really top-tier bands that aren’t really associated with our world – like Local Natives and Young The Giant. It’s like a hotbed of talented people. I think it’s mostly because there are so many people there that it makes for a lot of like-minded individuals and really talented individuals coming together in one place.
IM: Now for you, what makes it so special and sets it apart from other places?
PM: I don’t want to say that it’s any better or any worse than other scenes. But, like I said, it’s a place with so many people in one place and so many places to see live music. My hometown venue is Chain Reaction. It’s a venue that everybody wants to play. You tour and you want to play Chain Reaction. Being able to grow up and go to shows there and having it be the norm, it’s just a really incredible thing for me. I think having that venue be so historic and so accessible to us really makes that a super special thing. We played a headlining show at Chain Reaction right before we left for this tour and we sold it out, which was something we never expected to ever do. Not only did we sell it out, we sold it out like two weeks in advance. Which is crazy! We never expected that. People flew from all over the country. I think, total, there was people from 12 or 13 different states, and then people from Canada even flew in. It’s so crazy because it’s such a special and intimate venue and definitely a one-of-a-kind place to see a band play. People are willing to put so much time, effort and money into seeing bands play there. There’s no other place like it. I definitely think that’s what would set us apart.
IM: That’s so cool! You always hear about bands that hate their hometowns, so it’s really cool to see the opposite side of that argument.
PM: Yeah! The funny thing is too, for a long time I was like that. You live in one place long enough, it’s going to get boring. It’s going to get stale. It wasn’t until I started touring that I really gained a new appreciation for it. I never realized how important and special our scene is, and how good I had it as a kid growing up. It definitely made me acknowledge my privilege a lot because I grew up in a nice area and I guess I didn’t realize that. I took that for granted. I definitely don’t anymore. It’s definitely crazy seeing some of the places we’ve toured and it really opens your eyes.
IM: Speaking of touring, over the past year, you guys have gone on some crazy tours. So what is one highlight from the past 12 months for you?
PM: Oh my goodness. We just got off tour with Silverstein and Good Charlotte in Canada, and that was unbelievable. Good Charlotte is literally the reason why I play music. When I was a kid, my cousin was super into punk rock. He came and visited us one year and I wanted to be like him and listen to the music he listened to. So I stole his little Walkman and I was listening to what was in there. I had no idea what it was, I just wanted to listen to it. And it was Good Charlotte’s Young and the Hopeless. I was so into it. I was immediately attached to it. I loved it so much. I would go on MSN music, this was way back in the day.
IM: You are really throwing it back here!
PM: I would go on MSN music and look up their video for “The Anthem.” I would watch it over and over and over. It made me want to play in a band. I didn’t realize that sort of music existed. I only knew what my parents would play, which was oldies and stuff like that. It was so cool to be exposed to punk rock music. Fast-forward 12 or 13 years and being able to go tour Canada with them for two weeks was unbelievable. They are such cool guys. With how much success they have seen, their status as almost celebrities, you would expect them to be a little bit more jaded or more kept to themselves, but they were so supportive and kind. They genuinely cared about seeing smaller bands make it. It was amazing. That was definitely my highlight this year.
IM: Did you get to meet Cameron Diaz?
PM: No!! I wanted to so bad, dude. Oh my god! I would’ve been so stoked! Like Nicole Richie is cool, but I would want to meet Cameron Diaz.
IM: For the past few years, Warped Tour has offered the Think TEI workshops each summer. If you could teach a class, what would it be about?
PM: Later on in life, I would like to be a teacher. I’d like to get my teaching credentials.
IM: Oh, that’s super cool!
PM: Yeah, my thing is, in high school, I had a really rough time. I really hated high school, but the two things I remember the most were the teachers that I cared about – the cool teachers who gave a shit and who weren’t terrible people. That was my choir teacher who is still probably one of the most influential people in my entire life. Also, my photography teacher. Being a choir teacher would be great, because it’s music related, but that takes a lot of hard work and dedication. And I don’t know if I’m as committed to choral music as he is, so I don’t think I could do that. But before I was playing music, I was actually studying to be a documentary filmmaker.
IM: Whoa! That’s awesome!
PM: I’d still like to do that. I’d still like to get my journalism degree. At some point, later down the line, when I’m done playing music and I’m done with whatever I end up doing after music, and I’m in my middle-aged years, I’d like to teach either photography or video production just because that’s where I got my start. That’s where I started to develop my love for visual arts. I would love to do that for other people at some point. I would like to be that teacher that kids can look back at and say I made a difference in their lives.
IM: Well I think you’d be a pretty cool teacher.
PM: Thanks! I think it would be great!
IM: What is next for Movements after this craziness is over?
PM: We have a record coming out in the fall.
IM: Is it a full-length?
PM: Yes! We’ve recorded like 11 songs. We were trying to have it out for the summer, but we wanted to wait and try not to rush anything, so the release can go smoothly and it really does the record justice. We don’t have an official release date yet, but it will be coming out right before we hit the road with some larger bands. We have plans to go to the UK and Europe in November.
IM: So cool!
PM: Yeah, I’m excited!
IM: Do you have any final comments or information you’d like to share with our readers?
PM: Just keep your eyes peeled for the record and thanks for reading!