Interview With Ian Watkins Of Lostprophets

Ian Watkins talks about artistic growth, new album, pop songs, and touring. Read on for all the dirt

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RiftRock website has posted an interview with lead singer of Lostprophets Ian Watkins. Chances are you've heard of Lostprophets many times before, but haven't checked them out yet. If this is the case, you have no excuse for not knowing who they are now. Quickly becoming a part of mainstream consciousness, the Welsh sextet are going to be making big waves with the release of their second album, "Start Something." Ian Watkins talks about artistic growth, new album, pop songs, and touring. Read on for all the dirt

- First thing's first, how would you describe the album in your own words?

Ian Watkins: It's kind of hard to nail it down to one thing, I know a lot of bands say the same old thing about it's a combination of this, this, this and this, but it's just a big rock album with influences ranging from our love of thrash metal to our love of '80s new wave and our love of punk, it's a combination of everything. Ultimately it's just a cool big rock album I think.

- Have you played any shows yet with any of the new material?

Yeah, end of last year we did some shows in the UK where we played the new stuff, and it was awesome. It went down really well. It is nice to be playing new songs after three years.

- How do you think the fan response has been to them so far? Good, I mean, our shows are really small so I think the fans that came would've fucking liked anything. [laughs] It's just nice to play new stuff and test out new material to people

- I know you guys did a lot of touring for your first album, are you going to be touring as much for Start Something?

Hopefully, we did like three years of touring on that album and that album was never meant to go very far, so it was fun but it was also kind of frustrating. With this album, hopefully we'll tour and tour, I love touring anyways.

- Any plans for any US touring yet?

Well we're doing two k-rock shows, one in LA and one in NY. At the moment I think there's a plan to come back in March to do some MTV tour.

- How do you think you guys have evolved musically since The Fake Sound of Progress was released?

We kind of learned how to write songs, 'cause we had no idea what we were doing on the first album. We were 19 years old, we had a week to record, add all these rifts and bits, and we just threw them down, no thought went into it, and it's cool to do a record like that but I think this album we just wanted to structure and write real songs, with real choruses and a real cool vibe to each song.

- Did you take vocal lessons?

No, I've tried like once or twice, but I only go to the first lesson and then I can't be bothered anymore. I know I should stick with it, 'cause it's kind of like driving when you first get into the car on your first driving lesson and everything seems so overwhelming and hard, you just go to vocal lessons and they're like do this, sing like this, try that, do that, you know? I can't do all this and sing. <...> Like on the first album, I didn't know what the fuck I was doing. I'm in the studio, I couldn't really sing, I could just hit notes. Then we spent three years touring and you learn.

- What was the inspiration for "Last Train Home"?

Lyrically, it was kind of the phrase better to have loved and lost than never loved at all, just the fact that whether you've been in love or haven't been in love or are still in love, just to be happy about the fact that you're feeling feelings. Just be glad that you're feeling emotions, just put it out to experience, don't mope about it, don't be upset, don't cry, just be cool, just be happy. Don't let it bother you, just be happy you felt it

- How many Red Bulls do you consume a day?

I don't know, I don't drink that much. I used to, on our first tour in a van, we'd have crates of the stuff, we'd have three, four a day, but they started doing something funny to my throat. I don't know what it was, but it used to make it swell up so I don't drink much of it, just now and again.

- Any plans to cover any more pop songs?

You never know. We only do it when people ask otherwise we can't be bothered. Like we did a session for Radio 1 and they're like they want you to play 3 original songs and a cover. And we never see the point in covering a metal song or covering a punk song or hardcore, 'cause what's the point? It'll just sound like a variation on the original. If you cover something completely out of your genre, it's cool 'cause you can do your own take on it. If we need to do a cover again, we'll do it, maybe a Missy Elliot song or something. I think Hey Ya by Outkast, that would be really good.

Read more of this interview @ RiftRock.Com.

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    right lostprophets made it with there first album aged about 19. brung out fake sound of progress and shinobi vs ninja dragon now last train home. thats no 1 hit wonder. there gd. i really like the song i dont know on there new album the solos cool
    Well I dont no about you guys but I really never heard of them. But I really like their new song. They probably wont get real big. But who nos. I like them so far.
    Yeah a band thats been around for 7 years will be a one-hit wonder. good one. I love the new album, I love the first, but heh, who cares. Fucking tards =/ oh and its Lostprophets, not lost prophets.
    lostprophets suck they are jus some one hit wonder they'll be gone in a year because they suck cock u ***ing ass hole lostprophets arnt just some one hit wonders there one of the best bands around
    pluckin crazy
    obviously theyre a good band...but nothing diferent to all the other new bands of today...and whats with the whole new pretty boy look, the spiked hair and the faded jeens the scalfs etc.
    Lil_poot maybe you did not read the interview cafeully enough, but the lostprophets are around in the music business for about more than three years now. They are surely no one-hit wonder. Both albums, The Fake Sound Of Progress and Start Something rock. Looking forward to see them live.
    the band must be good if they av bin able to get on stage with metallica! but i admit i dont like the lost prophets at all METALLICA!!! they rule
    I think Lostprophets are a really cool band, and I don't think any bands should be judged by the way they look (even though they do look fine) They are all really down to earth and doing what they want to do! Leave them do it the way they want to! I don't like pop music but I'm not critisising anyone! They've made a good album, thumbs up!!
    well, 2 good albums - the first one being the better along with the first gig!
    hey lil_poot id love 2 c u knock up an album as good as FSOP in about a week. ***wit. lostprophets rule! the new album is amazing, but in a totally different way to FSOP. closest song 2 their first album is we are godzilla you are japan, sick hardcore riff and frantic vocal work
    late reply but lostprophets r my favourite band their 2 albums rock!!!! their music in general just kicks ass, the guyz r really down to earth they enjoy wut they're doing, they love their fans, n they r funny!!! so they r the best i love them
    Lostprophets are the ***in bomb. Looking forward to seeing em live sometime. Also one of my biggest favorite bands.
    Oh I'd just like to point out Lostprophets are NOT a ***ing 1 hit wonderboygroup. Ride, Last Train Home, Fake Sound of Progress, Burn Burn, Shinobi vs Dragon Ninja are all equally totally amazing.
    lostprophets ***ing rock!!! i love ian watkins too. he's sooooo hot. and they've had 4 hits in the last 3 yrs....i don't think that's a one hit wonder....haha
    Lostprophets band!! and now about fit!! and he sings gd aswell! for all the haterz..who are mostly guys.. REMEMBER!! JEALOUSY CAN LEAD TO EXTREME DISEASES..SO BEWARE!
    I don't like their singer. When he yells, it sounds like hes having a seizure instead of actually singing.
    I wouldn't mind seeing a cover of hey ya. I dont like that song at the minute and most ppl do, so hopefully i could say i liked it refering to the lost prophets cover version
    woo lost props rule!!!! the 2nd album is gr8, dunno what evry1s on about. a hey ya cover eh? dunno bout tht, it'l probz rule anyways, woo they rock!!
    interesting. woohoo im 3rd on the list. lostprophets are ok. fake sound of progress rocked. hope they dont get all mainstream and comercial. bye.
    I heard that new LPR album sounds not like fake sound and was a big dissapointment for the for those who have listened to it.
    lostprophets is one of the best under-rated band out there if you listen to the music on there first album then learn its all sloped together that alone shows how good they are as writers
    the fendernator
    last summer is a very good song on their new album. it isnt very well known and should be. i no that was random sorry. lost prophets rule my life and my cd player
    Lostprophets are awesome! The song Last Summer kicks ass! I saw Pennywise Cover "Hey Ya" at a concert in December it was cool but I would love to see Lostprophets do it!
    i havn't heard the first one, i love the new cd though, lost prophets r awsum, and they need to do more concerts in the u.s. south texas never gets n e good bands and im tierd of having to travel to watch shows
    lostprophets suck they are jus some one hit wonder they'll be gone in a year because they suck cock
    hay ya is annoying. IT DRIVES ME UP THE WALL! elemen(lick my @$$) check out my audioslave album tab "audioslave" I like I like the way you move. i ve never heard of the lostprophets. I live in south TX too gpderek09.
    i wish the lost prophets would come to orlando, i would love to see them live. oh, and by the way, i like hHEY YA, so lay off okay
    what the %*@! is wrong with you spine2600. ur sick. and BEEP off zobaby hey ya sux like hell.
    I agree with Zapp. I bought it the other day. I like it, but I really like their original CD a lot better. SHIBBY
    pluckin crazy not the first person to diss the lost prophets...erm...yeah they do suck like...theyre nothin different to all these crappy new bands....take that crappy spikey hair away,,give em long hair. normal un fashionable jeans and take away the drummer and youre laughin
    lostprophets suck they are jus some one hit wonder they'll be gone in a year because they suck cock
    Right, if you're a massive fan you're not going to like this but I've got to ask, are you people serious? The lostprophets are one of my least favourite bands and the worst song-writers I have ever come across, and without much bother you can see why even from reading this article. They should be ashamed of themselves, I couldn't ever associate myself with such sabotage of music I mean it just hurts listening to! At first when they came out here in Ireland people just loathed them, everyone I talked to seemed to just despise them and I thought, oh, well, give them the benefit of the doubt, they can't have done that much to be hated, they may have something else in store...but my god, talk about getting worse? I didn't think it was possible...I mean for crying out loud 'We kind of learned how to write songs, 'cause we had no idea what we were doing on the first album.' If that doesn't spell out 'I've no clue about what I am doing, and I don't mean what I am saying, it's all about commercialism', I donno what does? Evidently they thought they needed to get a new look if they were to keep up their success and not become one of those bands that we quickly lose interest and remember as 'that pathetic band with the weird hair or crappy voices that we're embarrassed to admit that we once had a crush on or actually danced along to'. So they thought they'd try their hand at this emo-crap. Oh well, I'll give them some credit in being that intelligent, lowering themselves to such standards in the hopes of wining over a few fans, actually it's quite genius, just think about it, we can hardly play our instruments, we have no passion, talent, little ability, and like to sit around all day moaning, I mean that genre (the now day interpretation of it-that is) was made for them! I mean 'standing on the rooftops everybody scream your hearts out' and eh that's growth...? Wow. I hope this isn't anyone's first taste of music, it would turn me off for life. But what can you expect when their fans are seemingly people that credit a bands musical-ability and talent on how hot they are, and what type of clothes they wear oh and are *act* about 13 years old. (brung? I stopped thinking that was a word at 8 years old) Shallow and pathetic. Whatever happened to actually respectable musicians that actually had something worthwhile to say, and a well-put-together sound...anyone?? can anyone give three respectable reasons as to why these guys should even be taken seriously? And 'he's hawt' doesn't count...that's not to say I condone immature behaviour from people that don't like the band, anyone that can't go five words without telling something they need a cock shoved in their faces can't be taken seriously, but so what I disagree with the lostprophets 'ruling' there's nothing special about them, the only anyway decent comment in favour of them that I've read is sarah-janes'. Honestly people, what is it that you see in them???