We had a quick Q&A with Jarrod, the drummer/debauchery operations manager from Melbourne band MASSIVE. You can check out whats happening with the band at all times .
How did the band first come to exist?
Brad and myself started jamming and writing songs in 2012 because we wanted to get out of Australia and tour the world.
Is there an interesting story behind the name?
We were helping our guitarist Ben move out of this little studio and came across this dusty old banner which said massive on it. It was from a band he was in when he was younger. We thought it’d suit what we were doing so decided to use it!
What’s your most recent release?
Our new album Destination Somewhere has just come out and we’re looking forward to getting out and playing these songs all over the world. It has elements of the wild, party anthem vibe of the first album, with a few new sounds in their too.
What’s the one must have item on the rider?
Enough beer to sink a f*cking ship.
Any pre-show rituals?
Search the cities bars to find 2doggs.
What do you think is the hardest aspect of being in a touring band?
Not eating and sleeping in a van with 3 other dudes who haven’t showered in a while.
What’s on the cards in the next few months for the band?
We have an Oz tour coming up with The Screaming Jets then we’re off to Europe for the rest of the year.
Any band, album, or song that you personally credit as a major influence?
For me Led Zeppelin are the greatest. No-body will ever come close to what they did.
Most prized music related item you own?
Although I’m the drummer of our band I own an American standard Strat with Texas special pick-ups, much like the Stevie Ray Vaughan signature model, which I play a hell of a lot. I’ve had it for years and will keep it forever.
Last album you picked up?
Hmm I can’t even think, I buy a lot of CDs. Yes, CDs! It might’ve been my mates, local Melbourne boys Cicadastone, with their debut album actually.
What album is currently on high rotation?
There’s always some Gnr, Zepp and Stones on pretty high rotation in my car. Probably some of Richie Kotzen’s new stuff as well at the moment. And the Screaming Jets new album Chrome. Which I don’t think is even out yet, but I got a sneaky copy and it’s killer!
What do you think of online music sharing?
It has its good points and bad. If more people can find your music easily online then there’s a good chance that more people will come to your shows, but it means there’s less people actually buying your music… So, eh, I don’t really give a shit to be honest, there’s not a whole lot we can do about it. If it means we have to tour more to make a living then cool, let’s go!
Who are your non-musical influences?
Michael Schumacher, Kobe Bryant, Charlie Sheen
What are some of your pet peeves?
Ego’s, jealousy, people who don’t remember where they came from and who helped them get to where they are.
When you’re not with the band, what are you usually found doing?
Looking for my pants, wallet, phone or car keys. Probably partying and watching other bands.
AFL or NRL?
AFL (This is the correct answer- Ed)
The Final Say
Our new album Destination Somewhere is out now all over the world. On iTunes etc. For the Aussies you can order it at JB HI-FI, if they don’t already have it in stock. We also have the Screaming Jets – Chrome Tour in May which we’ll be on!
The Screaming Jets + Massive: Australian Tour Dates 2016
06 May – Hallam Hotel – Victoria
07 May – The Corner Hotel – Melbourne
13 May – The Gov – Adelaide
14 May – Charles Hotel – Perth
20 May – Villa Noosa Hotel – Sunshine Coast
21 May – Hamilton Hotel – Brisbane
22 May – Blue Mountain Hotel – Toowoomba
26 May – Bridge Hotel – Rozelle, NSW
27 May – Rooty Hill RSL – Rooty Hill, NSW
28 May – 16’s Belmont – NSW