Interview to Andy Norton of Praise.
Hey was up Andy thnx for answer this, hope you like the interview and hope we can figured it out someway so you can come with praise as the other buddies with mindset.
Ok, tell us about your hardcore scene resume?
I am not really sure what you by “hardcore resume” hahaha. If youre asking what bands I have been fortunate enough to play with there have been quite a few but that’s the past and right now I am trying to focus on the present. With that said I am thankful for all of the people Ive had the opportunity to play with and create something special with.
How was to play in champion how do you get there?
Champion was definitely, up until this point in my life, some of the best times of my life. I experienced so much in the 2 years I spent in that band and am very thankful for it. I ended up in Champion when there previous bassist quit. I had met the other dudes in Champion when another band I was in toured the west coast with them. I stayed in touch with all of them and when their bassist quit they asked me to play. Although I was living on the other side of the country things just worked out well. They had just recorded Promises Kept so there wasn’t any plans for writing new stuff, just plans for lots of touring. I would fly out a few weeks before tour and practice and then we would tour.
We all have seen the champion last show and it seems like it big emotions were going can you tell us what was the vibe and some reasons you guys decided to quit?
I cant really speak for anyone but myself. It was definitely an emotional night for everyone. I think going out the way we did was definitely the way to do it. Personally, it was just an intense night because I was coming to the realization that all of these people who I had grown so close to over the last couple years weren’t going to be there all the time. I went from seeing them every day for almost 2 years to seeing them maybe once or twice a year if I was lucky.
As a bassist I have to ask this, for you who is the best hardcore bassist, who do you think is the best you have share stage or you have seen?
My personal favorites are Steve Youth, Brian Baker, and Chris Bald are some of my personal favorites.
What kind of bass guitar did you play?
I play a fender jazz bass with 60s Jazz bass pickups. Nothing special but I love it.
What do you think of the scene nowadays?
I think the scene is great. So many good bands that I can relate to, that share the same ideas as me. Its definitely had its ups and downs since Ive been going to shows but I definitely feel like right now is a great time for hardcore punk.
What have you been your favorite place to play and why?
There are a lot of places Ive really enjoyed playing! Sweden, most of Australia and California have always been great.
Ok, lets talk about Praise your new band Im totally stoked with it since I heard it on a preview that Aram send it out, before the showcase how did you get into React! And how do you like I so far?
Before Praise was even a band Aram said he would put it out. From the start I knew that I wanted this band to be something between friends so React! Putting it out just made sense. I cant see Praise on any other label. As far as how we like it? We love it. React! Has gone above and beyond for us.
Who else plays in Praise?
Praise is Chris Bavaria, Daniel Fang, Colby Malone and myself.
How is it feel for you from being a bassist to now being a front man?
Its definitely a big difference. There is definitely a lot more focus on the vocals and front person for bands but it’s a nice chance and right now I am really enjoying being the mouthpiece for a band.
I have seen you are really inspired in 7 seconds, how was for you to play at the React with them?
Honestly, it was a dream come true. I couldn’t have asked for a better show. I had the pleasure of touring with them in the past and stayed in touch with some of them over the last 5 years which is how we able to get Kevin to do the cover art for the record. 7 Seconds has inspired me in so many ways with hardcore and in my every day life so to have them be a part of Praise is an honor.
Seems like Praise lyrics are very politically what was your idea when you started the band?
I don’t really consider anything I write “political” I just write about the things I deal with in my life and what I see on a daily basis. When I first started thinking about what I wanted to do with the band I just knew that I wanted to focus on whats important to me. I hope that someone out there can relate to what I am saying in some way and if someone does then I feel like I have accomplished my goal.
Do you really think peace is the solution, tell us about how do you think this affects the scene?
I think the idea of peace is a very simple idea and as human beings we are to quick to get physical and throw fists. We have this wonderful thing called a mind and if we could all just use it before we get physical then a lot more can be solved.
Ok, as being in El Salvador, a “third world country” when don’t get to see many bands to come around, I will love to see praise in my country any plans or have you talk with your band to do that?
As of right now there are no plans on touring, as much I would love to. There is always a possibility but right now we are just trying to focus on writing a full length for React! Records that will hopefully be out sometime in 2011.
is pretty hard to make bands, and do some stuff because the work, pressure and that what advise do you give to hardcore kids to put out bands and get involved?
Id just say keep at it no matter how hard it gets. It all pays off in the end if you work hard at it.
Where can we check Praise over the web, to buy some merch or listen to it?
Ok Andy thnx for everything you really have been an inspiration to me, hope someday you can make it to here.
Thanks so much for the interest and the interview. It means the world to me!