Miranda: This is Miranda and I’m sitting here on Airbourne’s bus on September 3rd at Birmingham’s Verizon Amphitheater for the Uproar Festival, and I have got Joel sitting here with me, say hello.
Miranda: So how has the festival been treating you so far?
Joel: Um-good thanks yeah we’ve sort of been to quite a few place already, and a few more to go. It’s been really good were having a lot of fun out here on the road great crew, great bands, and everyone’s really nice and everyone gets along.
Miranda: So how did you guys come up with the name Airbourne?
Joel: That’s a good question it’s the meaning Airbourne I guess the meaning of Airbourne were it comes from is not really known we just had the name. I don’t know where it came from. Might have been drinking or something, and said we need a name for our band, so then we came up with that.
Miranda: How long have you guys been together as a band?
Joel: Me and Ryan started playing I guess when we were like, uhh what year was that fuck it’s 2010, when we were kids we started playing back in I guess 2000 or whatever. We would jam at school and stuff and then so I don’t know we’ve been, “Running Wild” came out about 3 or 4 years ago. So then we were playing so I guess we’ve been touring heavily since then but we’ve been a band this line up for 8 or 9 years.
Miranda: Are there many differences between the music industries in general in Australia versus the States?
Joel: The industry it’s pretty similar, you know um I can’t think of any real different accept the accent.
Miranda: Well you really can’t tell when you sing that you have an accent, the accent kind of goes away.
Joel: Yeah, well I’m not gonna get up and go “Running Wild” (aussie accent included)(laughs)
Joel: I have to make it to where people can tell what’s going on, But um yeah I don’t know where that comes from.
Miranda: I don’t know some country people don’t lose their accent
Miranda: or their drawl rather
Joel: Trace Adkins hasn’t lost his
Miranda: (laughs) I know
Miranda: So what’s it like to have your music out on so many video games? Ya’ll are on just about everything.
Joel: I love the video games, it gets the music out there to people
Miranda: especially to younger generation
Joel: yeah they can hear it that way so if they like it they will go and search
Miranda: for the sound track, and they like a certain song on the soundtrack then they look for your album.
Miranda: then videos, YouTube, and all this other stuff.
Miranda: So tell me a little bit about “No Guts No Glory”
Joel: “No Guts No Glory” was recorded in Chicago, so we did that over there and we all slept in the studio. We used to live in a house all together for 3 years so then by doing that being it over in Chicago I guess. It was all done to tape, and we did it with Johnny K who was the producer and we had a lot of fun.
Miranda: It’s good you had a lot of fun with it, You slept in the studio, is that something that ya’ll like to do to just get in there and get it done?
Joel: well that is what we found, we’ve never done it before, this was the first time we had actually slept in the studio, like right behind the drum kit, and just like right there ya know.
Miranda: it’s like camping out.
Joel: yeah I think we would defiantly would do that next time.
Miranda: What’s your favorite song to play live?
Joel: It changes every day, um I don’t know it just depends I like “Girls in Black” that’s a fun one, “Chewing the Fat” that’s good, “Running Wild” is good, “Blonde, Bad, Beautiful” is fun
Miranda: pretty much, what’s on your set lists for the day is stuff you enjoy playing
Miranda: and the crowd enjoys hearing
Joel: Before we record a song we sort of play it enough times so when it comes to playing it live it’s not like we’re gonna hate it.
Miranda: What’s your most embarrassing experience you’ve had on the road so far?
Joel: um let’s see, well waking up, well not waking up, passing out underneath a bus the first night of this tour, wasn’t the best idea.
Miranda: underneath the bus?
Joel: yeah I was underneath the bus, someone else’s bus in another parking lot and then the stage manager found me. That wasn’t the best way to start a tour (laughs).
Miranda: (laughs) I’m glad they found you
Joel: it was a good thing
Joel: problem with tire marks all over my head
Miranda: people would be like “Where’s Joel at?”” I think he’s in the bathroom?” no he’s in some crazy state.
Miranda: What’s the craziest thing a fan has done for you guys?
Joel: let’s see somebody made umm what was it like uh what was that big bit of wood Mark? It’s like this log it had Airbourne etched into the wood
Mark: It was like a tractor seat
Joel: Yeah it was like a tractor seat
Mark: we still got it
Joel: Oh yeah? Yeah probably that.
Miranda: so you got a tractor seat with Airbourne etched into it
Miranda: Any message for your fans?
Joel: We Love You All and we can’t wait to see you soon, um yeah come down and have a beer with us when were in your town and rocking out and we will see you soon.