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Interview: Sebastian Danzig of Palaye Royale on touring, his favorite music and his mom

Palaye Royale are currently on tour with Metro Station, and in addition to attending their show in Little Rock and talking with Mason Musso, we chatted with Sebastian Danzig of Palaye Royale. He shares his favorite album of the year, the benefits of Warped Tour, and answers Instagram questions from fans.

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You’ve mentioned numerous times how much you were looking forward to this tour because of how much the whole band loves Metro Station musically and as people.
Somewhat, yeah. They have been good friends of ours ever since I was 19. I was friends with Mason through his brother, Mitchell, and it just escalated into this thing in which we would talk about touring together before Palaye Royale was even a band. Now, fast forward to four years later. It’s just really nice to be on tour with someone you have been friends with. They’ve had such a phenomenal career of their own, and for them to acknowledge “you guys have done a lot of work and really deserve what you have done,” so it’s fun to be on tour with a bunch of friends and like 80% of the rooms have been close to sold out, which is really cool to see.

Palaye Royale is known especially for interacting with fans. Has that gotten more difficult since your fan base has started growing more?
Oh, it’s easy. It’s just keeping up what we enjoy, and that is people enjoying what we do, and we enjoy creating the music we create. That makes it easy to stay in contact with people that are genuinely fans of the band, and not in it for anything else. We’re building a little cult following, and it’s beautiful to see. There is something that has been lost in generations of our youth, and I think there aren’t really any bands instilling culture. One of the last bands still instilling culture was like My Chemical Romance. It’s something for kids to grab onto and feel a part of.

On Warped Tour 2016, you covered My Chemical Romance’s ‘Teenagers’. Is there any chance fans will one day see Palaye Royale make a cover album?
Nah. We don’t like playing other people’s music unless we can do it good justice, and I think the My Chemical Romance was perfect. You know, it was Warped Tour and kids know the music, and also I think Remington’s vocals compliment Gerard’s really well. When it comes down to the music we love, the generation we live in does not know that music. That makes it really difficult when you want to cover anything like the Small Faces, The Stones, or The Kinks.

Boom Boom Room was released on the very first day of Warped Tour. Do you think being on that tour majorly helped sell more records?
Absolutely. We sold a lot because we were there. I think we’re the best salesmen of our music. If you are there in front of someone, and not many, well any, bands dress the way we do, it makes us stand out. When we come up to you, you’re intrigued already, and then you listen to the music and like it because it’s not generic. I think in this world kids think you have to mimic something, and to an extent you have to copy something and you have to take from the greats, but if you are gonna take music, you better rip off The Beatles, or The Stones. Rip off Beyonce. Rip off something that is actually really successful. You have to come from somewhere because no one has an original thought. There is too much information in the world, so I think for our generation of bands out there, they’ve got to just stand for something and stop mimicking what’s been done 20 thousand times on the main Warped Tour stage.

What specific set of lyrics stand out to you the most from your own songs?
Personal ones. Like “I don’t know what love is” in Too Many People; it’s the most honest thing that no human being can truly understand. Even when in love, or out of love, it’s something you just can’t understand. It’s a great and terrible feeling. It is something that fuels the world we live in, and you have to take it for what it is. There is also another lyric that we have “all my friends are living my dreams” from Where Is The Boom?, and living in L.A., it’s hard. It is complete competition. You see these people that don’t deserve any of the success they have and their parents are super wealthy, or they got lucky and slept with the right person. Those are the dreams that we have tried our whole life. Before we got a record deal, we were seeing every band get a record deal and we were like “Why can’t we get one? We’re good, and we have an image…” It was just because no one understood it, but now, here we are.

What new album would have to be your favorite of 2016?
I liked The Last Shadow Puppets. It’s Alex Turner and Miles Kane. Alex is from the Arctic Monkeys, and this was their side project. I thought it was pretty inventive and kinda outside there was no hits. It was just really good music. Then I like Savages. I don’t know if it was 2015 or 2016, but I love their record Adore Life. It’s a 4-piece girl band from I think maybe Essex, or I could be totally wrong. They are from somewhere in England, and it’s phenomenal.

Instagram Fan Questions:

 @belovedidiot says “Hi! I’m so happy to see how far you have come in your career. What’s your favorite song to play live?”
My favorite song to play live is “Where Is The Boom?” or “All My Friends.”

@sophiaroyale wants to know “Who bought you your first instrument, and do you have any adivice for someone wanting to start a band?”
My mom. She was a Rock N’ Roll photographer back in the 80’s. She did a lot of stuff with people like Billy Idol and Johnny Thunders. She bought me a guitar. I started on piano, actually. I think my grandma was the one to buy it. She bought us a piano for the house, but someone was wanting us to be pushed into music, and that was definitely my mom. Music is defintely the most beautiful thing that no one can take away from you. Once you learn music, that can’t be taken away from you.

@jadevonterror wants to know “Who inspired you to start a band?”
I think we have always been a band. It’s hard to say who inspired it, we just loved music, so I feel like it was a bunch of us just playing music together. We didn’t know anything more than that. We didn’t start it for any reason other than we wanted to play music.

@ghostvampire22 wants to know “What has been your favorite memory as a band?”
They keep on changing, but I think the most recent one was actually last week. We played in Denver, and it was just one of those things where everyone said “this tour’s stupid, it’s not going to work, you don’t have fans,” and for us to walk out on stage in literally a packed room of all these kids singing our lyrics… That’s something we have only done in just a year’s time by ourselves, so who knows what we’re going to do within the next year.

Is there anything you want to let fans know before you go?
Side B of Boom Boom Room is going to be coming out next year sometime. We are going to start recording it as soon as we get back home, and then we are going to be headlining our own tour after the whole collection is done.

Dominique Benedict
Dominique Benedict is a photographer based out of Arkansas. You can see more of her work on Instagram at @dominiquesphoto.

Interview: Sebastian Danzig of Palaye Royale on touring, his favorite music and his mom

Palaye Royale are currently on tour with Metro Station, and in addition to attending their show in Little Rock and talking with Mason Musso, we chatted with Sebastian Danzig of Palaye Royale. He shares his favorite album of the year, the benefits of Warped Tour, and answers Instagram questions from fans.

palaye-royale

You’ve mentioned numerous times how much you were looking forward to this tour because of how much the whole band loves Metro Station musically and as people.
Somewhat, yeah. They have been good friends of ours ever since I was 19. I was friends with Mason through his brother, Mitchell, and it just escalated into this thing in which we would talk about touring together before Palaye Royale was even a band. Now, fast forward to four years later. It’s just really nice to be on tour with someone you have been friends with. They’ve had such a phenomenal career of their own, and for them to acknowledge “you guys have done a lot of work and really deserve what you have done,” so it’s fun to be on tour with a bunch of friends and like 80% of the rooms have been close to sold out, which is really cool to see.

Palaye Royale is known especially for interacting with fans. Has that gotten more difficult since your fan base has started growing more?
Oh, it’s easy. It’s just keeping up what we enjoy, and that is people enjoying what we do, and we enjoy creating the music we create. That makes it easy to stay in contact with people that are genuinely fans of the band, and not in it for anything else. We’re building a little cult following, and it’s beautiful to see. There is something that has been lost in generations of our youth, and I think there aren’t really any bands instilling culture. One of the last bands still instilling culture was like My Chemical Romance. It’s something for kids to grab onto and feel a part of.

On Warped Tour 2016, you covered My Chemical Romance’s ‘Teenagers’. Is there any chance fans will one day see Palaye Royale make a cover album?
Nah. We don’t like playing other people’s music unless we can do it good justice, and I think the My Chemical Romance was perfect. You know, it was Warped Tour and kids know the music, and also I think Remington’s vocals compliment Gerard’s really well. When it comes down to the music we love, the generation we live in does not know that music. That makes it really difficult when you want to cover anything like the Small Faces, The Stones, or The Kinks.

Boom Boom Room was released on the very first day of Warped Tour. Do you think being on that tour majorly helped sell more records?
Absolutely. We sold a lot because we were there. I think we’re the best salesmen of our music. If you are there in front of someone, and not many, well any, bands dress the way we do, it makes us stand out. When we come up to you, you’re intrigued already, and then you listen to the music and like it because it’s not generic. I think in this world kids think you have to mimic something, and to an extent you have to copy something and you have to take from the greats, but if you are gonna take music, you better rip off The Beatles, or The Stones. Rip off Beyonce. Rip off something that is actually really successful. You have to come from somewhere because no one has an original thought. There is too much information in the world, so I think for our generation of bands out there, they’ve got to just stand for something and stop mimicking what’s been done 20 thousand times on the main Warped Tour stage.

What specific set of lyrics stand out to you the most from your own songs?
Personal ones. Like “I don’t know what love is” in Too Many People; it’s the most honest thing that no human being can truly understand. Even when in love, or out of love, it’s something you just can’t understand. It’s a great and terrible feeling. It is something that fuels the world we live in, and you have to take it for what it is. There is also another lyric that we have “all my friends are living my dreams” from Where Is The Boom?, and living in L.A., it’s hard. It is complete competition. You see these people that don’t deserve any of the success they have and their parents are super wealthy, or they got lucky and slept with the right person. Those are the dreams that we have tried our whole life. Before we got a record deal, we were seeing every band get a record deal and we were like “Why can’t we get one? We’re good, and we have an image…” It was just because no one understood it, but now, here we are.

What new album would have to be your favorite of 2016?
I liked The Last Shadow Puppets. It’s Alex Turner and Miles Kane. Alex is from the Arctic Monkeys, and this was their side project. I thought it was pretty inventive and kinda outside there was no hits. It was just really good music. Then I like Savages. I don’t know if it was 2015 or 2016, but I love their record Adore Life. It’s a 4-piece girl band from I think maybe Essex, or I could be totally wrong. They are from somewhere in England, and it’s phenomenal.

Instagram Fan Questions:

 @belovedidiot says “Hi! I’m so happy to see how far you have come in your career. What’s your favorite song to play live?”
My favorite song to play live is “Where Is The Boom?” or “All My Friends.”

@sophiaroyale wants to know “Who bought you your first instrument, and do you have any adivice for someone wanting to start a band?”
My mom. She was a Rock N’ Roll photographer back in the 80’s. She did a lot of stuff with people like Billy Idol and Johnny Thunders. She bought me a guitar. I started on piano, actually. I think my grandma was the one to buy it. She bought us a piano for the house, but someone was wanting us to be pushed into music, and that was definitely my mom. Music is defintely the most beautiful thing that no one can take away from you. Once you learn music, that can’t be taken away from you.

@jadevonterror wants to know “Who inspired you to start a band?”
I think we have always been a band. It’s hard to say who inspired it, we just loved music, so I feel like it was a bunch of us just playing music together. We didn’t know anything more than that. We didn’t start it for any reason other than we wanted to play music.

@ghostvampire22 wants to know “What has been your favorite memory as a band?”
They keep on changing, but I think the most recent one was actually last week. We played in Denver, and it was just one of those things where everyone said “this tour’s stupid, it’s not going to work, you don’t have fans,” and for us to walk out on stage in literally a packed room of all these kids singing our lyrics… That’s something we have only done in just a year’s time by ourselves, so who knows what we’re going to do within the next year.

Is there anything you want to let fans know before you go?
Side B of Boom Boom Room is going to be coming out next year sometime. We are going to start recording it as soon as we get back home, and then we are going to be headlining our own tour after the whole collection is done.

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