Chester LPU Chat 08/01/2011


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  • They take a juicer on tour, they juice oranges, apples, ginger, peanut butter, not banana’s
  • Next record: will sound different, but its too early to tell what it will sound like.
  • He loves bacon.
  • Hardest obstacle when making ATS: getting out of their comfort zone, and not repeating when theyve done before, it’s easier not to to the safe route
  • Another Dead By Sunrise record: Maybe, he says he probably will, but when hes not busy wiht LinkiNn Park, which will probably be a long time.
  • Camp Freddy – he would love to do another Camp Freddy show if they have any after Linkin Park have finished touring.
  • Tattoos – loves dragons and kois, he loves the legend of the koi fish turning into dragons.
  • Super excited about the show for Japan and playing with B’z
  • Covers: they’re picky about the covers they play live, he mentioned when they have played NIN and Deftones covers when they didnt have enough songs to fill a long set.
  • People who get his tattos – he prefers it if they dont, he says its kinda weird.
  • He’s adopted a kitten called Henry
  • Biggest lesson learned in the past 10 years – to calm down take things easy, he says that now hes older and a Dad he’s different.
  • They will maybe play Robot Boy live one day, he would like to play ATS in its entirety live one day.
  • Maintaining his voice: the first days on tour are usually the toughest but he doesnt do anything special to maintain his voice.
  • Hardest song to sing: Crawling because its one long note the whole time, and With You
  • Someone asked about lyric translations he says he didn’t know much about how that gets done.
  • Writing his autobiography- he’s thought about it, but he enjoys his privacy and doesn’t know if he wants everyone to know the good stuff.
  • He hasn’t seen the new Harry Potter but perfers it to Cars
  • He hasn’t been listening to much music at the moment, he doesn’t listen to a lot whilst hes writing new music.
  • He likes Madonna
  • Saw: It was a lot of fun, he enjoyed it, he would like to be in more movies but he doesn’t know if hes a good actor, he thought the movie could be better.
  • LPU songs live: he thinks it would work in a small setting, but not in an arena or festival with casual fans.
  • He prefers bigger crowds, he finds smaller ones more nerve racking.
  • Songs from HT live – the songs they still play from HT are the songs they still enjoy playing, he likes to watch the the crowd explode when they play say, One Step Closer.
  • Hybrid Theory was the hardest of their records to make, as they were still figuring things out with their songwriting and whose input goes where, things were easier after that.
  • He enjoyed playing Download, he likes the festival.
  • He enjoys screaming, its fun for him, and sounds good, but he wants to do other things with his voice too, and he hopes he can still sing Given Up when hes 65.
  • He says he’ll get tattoos as long as he has skin, tattoos and Club Tattoo are a big part of his life.
  • The chicken thing is something that he likes to do with Brad to set the mood before they get onstage, so they’re in a good mood on stage.
  • He loves to cook, he’d be a chef if he wasn’t in a band.
  • He would love to tour with Muse.
  • He said an acoustic tour would be fun, he said it would be good if him and Mike did an acoustic show.
  • MAP Fund – he felt the Messenger was suitable for that event.
  • Bands that inspire him – Alice In Chains, Ministry, Stone Temple Pilots, Depeche mode are his favourite bands that hes paid attention to.
  • Writing process – changed over the past 10 years, after working with the other guys and other producers, he says that Mike and Brad are great song writers. He used to want to make a song sound great, now he wants a song to be great rather than sound great, and they’re the songs they want on the album.
  • DBS – he would like to release other DBS stuff (acoustic stuff) but he doesn’t know if it will be possible
  • He eats meat, and he wears leather but he is against wearing fur and how they treat livestock (he was asked about PETA).
  • He wasn’t nervous trying out for Linkin Park, in his mind they were auditioning for him as much as he was auditioning for them, he thought he already had the job and if they didn’t see it then they were wrong. The demo he received was a A Place For My Head demo.
  • Someone suggested playing all the LP songs from beginning to end, he said he would do it.
  • In response to “is nu-metal dead?” he said, “I hope so”
  • He doesnt think they’ll play Easier To Run again, Dave doesnt like it.
  • Chester doesn’t like Runaway.
  • Musical: he loves doing theatre productions and he could see himself doing a role.
  • His skull blossoms painting: he did it with a stencil and repeated it.
  • Favourite LP songs – Breaking The Habit, and Papercut.
  • He said he likes The Little Things Give You Away.
  • He gets weird gifts from fans all the time, he was given asparagus and dips.
  • He drives a Honda Insight.
  • He says he can’t grow a beard.
  • On American Idol: he says its cool, its a good way for people to show their talent or lack of talent.
  • Blackout was the hardest song to write on A Thousand Suns. He did a scat (original medlody by making sounds) and it was difficult to put words to it, and it was written in 3 parts, so they had to make sure they fit together.
  • Most people wouldn’t enjoy a set of songs they dont know.
  • He forgets lyrics all the time.
  • He would like to chill with Alice Cooper, he’s awesome.
  • They would probably not let fans choose set list.
  • There’s probably not going to be another single from ATS.
  • He gets injured on tour all the time, they usually play on through it.
  • Prettiest place they’ve ever been is Norway, he said it was the most beautiful place hes ever seen.
  • He’d like to see Russia in winter.
  • At one time (Hybrid Theory/Meteora) he took it personally when people didn’t like their music, now he doesn’t care, the songs they put on records now he’s confident that they are good hes a better songwriter now. He said theres great moments on Hybrid Theory and some of the stuff he doesn’t like. They’re concentrating on making music they like.
  • They have some other application stuff in mind.
  • Games like Rockband/Guitar Hero – he said they were the greatest contributiuion to music in this time.
  • Some of the stuff they have to do in video shoots is hard, he said that Mike doesn’t like snakes, and hes had to sing underwater, he said that some of it is fun.
  • They try to change the set list everytime they go out.
  • He likes Incubus.
  • Amy Whinehouse was very talented and it sucks that she died.
  • Best video ever made: Give It Away – Red Hot Chili Peppers
  • He hopes to play Switzerland in the winter so he can snowboard.
  • He’s sang his whole life and started playing music when he was 13, he was in his first band at aged 13/14, and had completed his first record at 16.
  • Grey daze was good, played a lot of shows, but there was also turbulant times and a lot of band member changes, which was a pain in the ass.
  • Favourite movie – The Princess Bride
  • He says that he likes football/soccer.
  • He likes Mastodon and Slipknot.
  • Favourite Beatles song – Strawberry Fields.
  • He thinks Jonathon Davies is awesome and would love to work with him again.
  • Like Spongebob more than Patrick.
  • Best The Who song – My Generation
  • Favourite cartoon – Spongebob Square Pants
  • Bugs bunny favourite cartoon growing up
  • He’s not comfortable playing guitar live, he was late starting to learn instruments.
  • He has a couple of snowboards, he likes Signal snowboards.
  • He says bullriders are “the craziest motherfuckers on earth”
  • He recommends the book “The Devils are here”
  • The whole band are very close, he travels with Mike and Dave so they are closer, and he always writes and doing interviews with Mike so they end up closer and they talk alot about things whilst writing lyrics.
  • Him and Mike haven’t really fought in the band. They all have healthy relationships within the band.
  • Hes been camping with his family in the moutains over the weekend.
  • He thinks that people should be allowed to marry whoever they want.
  • He actually never did a song with Travis Barker.
  • Favourite Oasis song – Wonderwall
  • Favourite Transformer – Bumblebee