The Drama State
Last month when The Drama State were in town for a show things were a bit hectic and we never got the chance to sit down with them for an interview. However, now that they are back home and relaxing a bit before their next tour, Ryan offered to make up for it and answered some questions for us..
How long have you guys been together?
We have been together as The Drama State for less than a year, but we have played under the name Remember Paris for around 6 or 7.
What is the meaning behind your band name?
It’s a call out to all the people that talk shit to you behind your back but are nice to your face. To all the people that are not happy unless they are starting drama. I think everyone could say that the state they live in is the drama state.
Will you be performing music from your previous band, Remember Paris?
No we will not. That time in our lives served us well but we’ve all moved on from that.
Your album touches on a lot of personal things, were you scared to open up that much in your songs?
I guess I was kind of nervous about what people would take from it. Especially in the song “Stories” since it was written for all of my friends and for Ramsey’s mother who had recently passed away. It’s still hard for me to sing the lines “I just want to make you proud” without kind of choking up a little bit because of what all of this means to me and the rest of the band.
What are you hoping to achieve with the new band?
Boats and hoes. We just want everyone to really listen to the music. To connect with it. If we can get people behind the music then the rest will come. We just want people to relate and know that someone else has felt what they’ve felt and gotten through it.
What is the most difficult thing about being in a band?
Where should I start? Not seeing your family and loved ones. Eating shitty food all the time. Never having any money. There are a lot of upsides that make it worth it but it really is pretty shitty.
You recently signed to Streaker Records, what made you choose them as your label?
We were promoting on Warped Tour ‘11 and Streaker was there as well. We would always see those dudes out hustling their asses off, as were we. So after Warped Tour I started talking to them casually and once we left our old label it seemed like a perfect fit. They work hard, we work hard. It makes sense.
A lot of people talk crap about the genre you have been lumped into, how do you deal with that?
Save the drama for you mama. We have tuned out so many people that talk shit on the style of music we play. We’ve heard from everyone from the dude at the bus station to label execs that we aren’t going to make it. That “that wave is over” or whatever they have to say. So whenever we hear that we politely say back to them “get fucked.” We love what we do and that’s all that matters.
You just returned home from your first tour with Young Alive and Love, Robot.. how was it?
Oh man. It was awesome. We were so lucky to be out with those two bands. It was an amazing time and we hope that we can work something out with them to do another tour sometime soon!
Rumor has it that you will be hitting the road again in October/November, is there any truth to that and if so can you give us a hint on who it might be with?
Well we had plans to go out East but some things kind of fell through so we are going to be putting something together for the Midwest instead. We will be back out East this spring though fo sho.
If you could choose, what bands would you like to tour with in the future?
I know some of these may be a stretch in genre but here we go: Anberlin. Wargames. Moving Mountains. The Ataris. Young Alive. Bayside. Lil Wayne. Goldfinger. The Gaslight Anthem. There are so many we could name.
What pushes you to keep doing what you love?
Meeting tons of incredible people. Seeing people sing our words back to us at shows. Giving someone a good night, even if it’s one night out of the week. Doing what we do can be so rewarding if you just know where to look. We don’t make much money but we make a lot of everything else.
Is there anything else you would like to say to your fans or other bands trying to do the same thing as you have done?
Never let anyone tell you what you are or are not capable of. Never take no for an answer. When someone tells you “no” just pretend they’ve told you “maybe if you ask me in a different way”. This is your life. This is your story. You have the ability to make it whatever you want. So do it.
Be sure to check out facebook.com/thedramastate for more on the band as well as upcoming tour dates. And if you do get the chance to see them live, feel free to bring them something not-shitty to eat 😉