Canadian pop-rock band Marianas Trench are heading back to Australia this November to play some shows around the country. To celebrate their impending visit, we caught up with drummer Ian Casselman for a chat.
How did you get your start in the music industry?
I actually did an apprenticeship in a recording studio with the idea of getting into the recording and mixing side of things. I ended up missing drumming way too much and decided to give the band thing a go. The studio work came in very helpful as we largely produce and record our own music and we are very involved in the mixing process.
Best part of what you do?
Touring can be a lot of fun. It’s always great to play to large crowds and feed off and hopefully return their energy!
And the worst part?
I’m not a fan of video and photo shoots. They are usually gruelling long days of hurry up and wait, video shoots especially.
Any interesting experiences you can share?
One fan kept going around the club asking different band members if she could lick them after the show, she was very persistent. That girl always stuck with me.
Favourite album of all time and why?
I’m just getting into Vinyl and I recently picked up Queens Greatest Hits. That band is truly one of the greatest of all time. It’s a sick album.
Best live performance that you’ve ever seen?
I saw Roger Waters do The Wall from front to back with crazy huge production. They actually built up a massive wall that ended up being 30 feet or so high, they built it over the course of the show while shooting video wall content on different parts of the wall. They ended it all by flying a huge model plane into the wall blowing everything up. Production-wise, it was killer.
Take us through a typical day in the life of Marianas Trench.
Oh you know, chopping wood, pancake flipping, wolverine wrestling. All in a day’s work.
What advice would you give to someone looking at getting involved in the music industry?
Do it because you love it. If you do it for fame or to get yourself noticed, you are doing it for the wrong reasons and you will get taken advantage of and it won’t really do wonders for your mind. You have to work your ass off and give it everything you have. Also get to love bologna sandwiches and peanut butter sandwiches cause that’s all you’ll be able to afford (if you’re lucky).
Any news or final comments?
We’re very stoked to be coming back to Australia, we truly had an amazing time on our last trip there. Everyone is so friendly and authentic, it’s very refreshing. Hopefully we will be releasing our second single shortly after the tour is finished. In the meantime, check out the first single POP 101 off our upcoming album. Album should be coming this spring, or I guess that’s summer for you!
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