Interview: Reel Big Fish at Warped Tour

These guys are no first timers, having been a

part of Warped Tour five times prior and being together for 22 years – longer than The Beatles. Reel Big Fish, a ska-punk band based out of California, revisits Warped Tour time and time again to live their life as not just musicians, but entertainers as well.

While people’s love of music has remained the same throughout the years, Johnny Christmas, trumpet player, has found that the digital revolution has been the biggest change in the industry, providing access the music industry has never dealt with before.

“It’s easier to get your music out there to fans that want to hear it, but it’s also hard to distinguish yourself if

you’re an up-and-coming band,” Christmas explained. “How do you get your music out there so people will listen to it? How do you get their attention? That’s the most difficult thing.”

He described Reel Big Fish as distinguishable due to their soundtracks that are written for those who are ages 13-25. It’s relatable for the age group in school and they’re out looking for “real jobs and want to cut their arms off.” Their newest album “Candy-Coated Fury” is just a continuation of everything the band stands and plays for.

Christmas finds that their music really hits home to that specific demographic and that their albums are passed down generations through parents and siblings, due to their fun, happy music that is packed with angry lyrical lines.

“After people go home and cut their arms off, they come back with their kids, and go ‘oh my God, I can’t believe how good this show is.’”

For Reel Big Fish, their crowd regenerates; “they

don’t really age,” Christmas said. There are always new faces at their shows, and while they keep on getting older, the crowd stays the same age.

He finds the cialis pilule du week end regenerating crowd beneficial because it brings in new fans but keeps the old: the younger fans rock up front and the older stand in the back, and the way they relate to it is completely different but enjoyable on both ends.

Considering themselves a ska band,

their musical style stays the same, but their skill improves, altering their record production. Throughout the span of 22 years as a band, their content stays consistent, too, focusing on everyday life experiences.

“We’re not a political band, so we’re not out to preach to anyone,” he said regarding the topics that they sing about.

They focus on interpersonal relationships and topics that the younger demographic can heavily relate to, but also that adults can reflect back on.

“The hardest thing to do as a human being is to interact with another human being. We’re all crazy to a degree… and telling everyone to fuck off, I think that’s big thing with us, and not in a mean way; it’s always half-hearted,” Christmas explained. “Yeah, you need to stand up for yourself, and not let these other people bring you down, but you also need to be able to laugh at yourself and not take yourself so seriously.”


By Kaitlyn Affuso