We have been fans of The Used since they released their first self-titled album in 2002. Since then, we have enjoyed every album they have released and the progression they have made as artists. The eccentric, heavy rock and roll of The Used has rattled the souls of millions as they tour the world and even document most of it. Their music is powerful, to say the least. It is brooding with heavy & melodic riffs, layered with interesting hook after hook, and topped off with lyrical content that is darkly optimistic and real. With Vulnerable, the latest effort from The Used, the band showcases what they do best; they write infectious rock anthems that leave you itching for more. The songs sound huge. Producer John Feldmann always seems to pull out the best from the band. As always, the songs are intense, thought provoking, and catchy as hell.
We were very excited when we read that the band left the claws of major label contracts and released Vulnerable themselves, under their new company, Anger Music Group, and with the help of indie label, Hopeless Records. We must admit, this DIY endeavor is pretty punk rock of the band. We were lucky enough to get an interview with Jeph, the band’s ridiculous bassist, in regards to the band, being artists, and Anger Music Group. Enjoy.
1. You recently released your new album, "Vulnerable" after leaving a major label. How was the creative process different on this record versus in the past?
Jeph- in the studio we started with Bert on keyboard first and rewrote and wrote ideas. Usually we start with guitar bass and drums.
2. Where do you find your passion for what you do? How do you keep things fresh?
Jeph- I love playing live, I entertain myself during live shows. The more fun having the better the show is for me.
3. We've been fans since Blue & Yellow and Box of Sharp Objects days... What advice would you have for up and coming creatives looking to find their voice in music or the arts?
Jeph- Awesome! Stay away from major label 360 deal record contracts. Also the Internet is a tool for your band, use it.
4. There's a lot of copycat bands and just as many copycat visual artists out there. How do you continue to remain at the top and set yourselves apart as musicians?
Jeph- First off were not trying to sound like anyone else or write songs for anyone but ourselves. I think it's important to be your self and write for your self.
5. Do you guys have any other creative outlets?
Jeph- Life is my creative outlet.
6. Word is you started a production company focused on the arts... Can you share a little more about that and what you're looking to accomplish with it?
Jeph- Right now we are focused on The Used but the future is open. We want to help and support other artists in a time of Internet anarchy.
7. What's the most important thing to you during the creative process?
Jeph- To be comfortable and relaxed, which sometimes is a lot harder than you think.
8. Who are some of your mentors or people who have inspired you along the way?
Jeph- Every band and musician with passion that we have played with for the last 11 years.
9. Who are some visual artists that inspire you? Jeph -Takashi Miike and Park chan-wook 10. What are you listening to lately?
Jeph- Dead Sara, macacao.
11. We love all of the holiday songs you have released and played live over the years. Do you have any future plans to release a Christmas album?
Jeph- Only if Satan commands us too again.
12. Do you have any long term goals as a band/artistic entity?
Jeph- we plan on making more and more music. Hopefully this record is just the start of our next ten year journey.
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