(November 18, 2007)
Q: Hey guys, how’s it going?
A: It is going well. We are preparing to sound check for our show tonight. We are very excited. The venue should be packed.
Q: First of all, can you tell us a little bit about who Days Difference are?
A: We are two sets of brothers. (Jonathan Smith, 21, drums; Jeremy Smith, 19, piano and vocals; Jeremiah Ricks, 21, guitar; Micah Ricks, 20, bass) Three of us are left handed. We love playing music. It is our passion and full time career. We have been compared to U2, Coldplay, The Fray and Incubus. Enough said.
Q: You released your debut album, Numbers. How would you describe the songs on the album?
A: Incredible, amazing, fantastic and every synonym of the former, latter, and that lovely word in between…… well, the songs are honest and simple. The more you listen to them the more you will like them.
Q: How are people responding to the album so far?
A: So far we have received a very positive response to the album. We have not heard very much from press sources simply because the album’s release date has been pushed back to January 2008. Check back with us in the spring of next year. I am sure this answer will be longer, different and more detailed.
Q: Where did the inspiration for the songs on Numbers come from?
A: We are fascinated with the secret codes the Allies used during World War II. The album name is partly based on those numbers and codes.
Q: And what meaning does the album title have?
A: Numbers are cool. We use them every day. We love numbers.
Q: If you could pick any one band in the world, who would you want to tour with most?
A: U2. They consistently sell out stadiums and arenas. Or maybe Britney Spears and Madonna. If they did a double world tour together they would definitely be our second choice. We would incorporate some of their dance moves into our live show.
Q: And is there any location in the world, that you have always dreamed to play a gig?
A: We’d like to be the first band to play a show on the moon. Everyone knows who Neil Armstrong is. Why shouldn’t they know about us, too?
Q: If you guys weren’t musicians, what would you want to be doing for a living?
A: What do you mean if we weren’t musicians? I don’t understand.
Q: What is the best thing about being a musician, and what is the worst?
A: The best thing is the creative aspect of it. Writing a song each of us sincerely admire and enjoy is so much fun. Also, playing a live show to a receptive audience feels the same. We love those aspects of it. The worst things are the long nights, promoters who stiff you, the bad stage sound, incompetent “professionals”, and delays that damper progress. Over time we have learned that bad things can be good things if you are willing to learn from them.
Q: Where can we find more information about Days Difference?
A: daysdifference.com or myspace.com/daysdifference or drudgereport.com. Read the blogs on our MySpace. They are filied with interesting stories. You will enjoy them. I promise.
Q: Day or night?
A: Day because daylight shows you how attractive the ladies really are. Artificial light is dishonest. The sun is not.
Q: Club venue or arena venue?
A: Why don’t we settle with something between a club and an arena? That seems ideal.
Q: CDs or digital music?
Q: Okay, final question. What are your thoughts on people downloading music, both legally & illegally?
A: Honestly, I don’t think it matters how people acquire music. Sure, I would love for people to legally purchase music. Sure, labels and bands would make more money. However, the nature of the market has changed. Video games, televion shows, and internet media are major time competitors with music. Musicians should be flattered when a consumer chooses their music over other sources of entertainment. Those who illegally download music would not purchase it anyway. So what is more important? An album sale or a person who is passionate and in love with your music? I would prefer for a kid to illegally download our music, love it and spread the word about us over an album sale any day. In fact I would prefer one hundred kids like that over one hundred album sales. Music is about the fans. Without fans we are nothing. If a person loves our music their wallet will follow.
Thanks for the interview, Days Difference. It was a pleasure!