EXCLUSIVE: Interview with The Vamps

The Vamps are at the top of their game right now. The British pop rock band consisting of Bradley Simpson, Connor Ball, James McVey and Tristan Evans released their third studio album last year, Night & Day (Night Edition), which debuted at the top of the UK Albums Chart, becoming the bands first number one album. They then released singles from the album, “Personal,” and then “Too Good to be True.” Since then, they released the day version of the album, Night & Day (Day Edition), which “Hair Too Long” and their recent hit “Just My Type” were the singles off of.

The Vamps just finished their USA Tour for their album Night & Day and recently just announced a European tour for 2019. CelebMix had the chance to chat with The Vamps backstage before their set in Boston, MA at Paradise Rock Club.

What was recording Night & Day like and what’s the overall theme of the album?

Brad: Recording it was fun, it was done in a lot of different places, some of it was done in LA, some of it was done in London. We had a lot more creative control over this album, both parts of the album. It was fun, we got to experiment on the first album as well, a bit more dancy, the second half was more bandy and kind of got back to our roots as a band. The theme was more about doing a two part album to get music out to the fans and that was the platform to do it.

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Do you guys have a favorite song off the album?

Tristan: “Time is Not on Our side”

James: My favorite is probably “Same to You”

Connor: “What Your Father Says”

Brad: “For You”

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Since “Somebody To You” how has your music changed?

Brad: Our voices have gotten a bit lower haha. I think we’ve grown up, so I think the song objects have become more real as we’ve gone through more life experiences, so it’s a bit more honest. I think we know what we want a lot more than what we did on the first album, because we were between 16 and 18 on the first album, we’re still pretty young so we’re still trying to figure it out. I think the music will just get more and more honest.

Your tour in America is coming to an end, what has it been like touring here and what’s one thing you can’t wait to get back to in England?

James: It’s been really good, we’ve not toured here in three years, so it’s good to be back. I’m looking forward to getting back to my flat because it’s been four weeks

Tristan: Sunday roasts, there’s something about the UK roasts that you can’t find here.

Brad: The closest you can get it around here is the Boston Market, that’s pretty good. Ya I’ve missed that as well.

You guys haven’t toured here in three years? What was it like coming back, what was the reaction from the fans like?

James: It was cool man, we’ve had two albums since, the two part album and then another album since we’ve been here, so lots of new music. It’s been kind of weird to come back and play a lot of new songs but it’s been great and luckily a lot of the fans have stuck around.

What part of the day do you guys prefer, Night or Day?

Tristan: Night for us three and day for James.

You guys just performed at iHeart Radio Music Festival, what was that experience like?

Brad: Awesome! It was really really good. That was the first time we got to perform at the festival stage, which was wicked. We got to meet a lot of really cool people like Mike Posner, who introduced us onto the stage, which was cool and we got to chat with him. We were introduced to some new music we never heard of like a band called Grandson who were really good. We got to watch the show as well so we saw bands like Imagine Dragons, Lyndryd Skynrd, JT, it was awesome, it was a good time.

Is there anyone from the festival you would love to collaborate with?

James: Imagine Dragons

Tristan: It would be cool to write with Mike Posner as well

What’s one song that you didn’t write but wish you could have written?

Everyone except for Connor: “Free Bird” by Lynyrd Skynyrd

Connor: I would have said “Sweet Home Alabama.”

You guys have been a band for quite some time, do you have any advice for those trying to make it as a band?

James: Stick out, work on your your crafts like songwriting, piano, you know keep that going. Putting stuff on YouTube is really important because your able to access a worldwide fan base from the first video. Making sure you’re the best you can be at your thing, for us it was songwriting, which we’re still learning. Just keep at it and remain optimistic.

Tristan: Stay friends with yourself.

The Vamps announced their Four Corners Tour, which will begin on April 27th at the Plymouth Pavillions. Tickets can be purchased here.

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Written by Will Heffernan