Authority Zero interview
*Maureen Benedict*
via email * October 2002
BurningStars.net: Which bands influenced your song writing?
Jason:
We each have our own individual influences. Everything from Mano Chau, Buena Vista Social
Club, and Yellowman, to Pennywise, Minor Threat, and Operation Ivy. It would take a while to name
them all.

BS: How do you go about song writing, do you write the lyrics or the music first or do you
write them both at once?
Jason:
It varies off and on. Most of the time we'll end up writing the guitar riff as well as the song
pattern. After that, I'll reconstruct the lyrics to match up with the song.

BS: Does one person write the songs or do you collaborate?
Jason:
Usually Bill and I will create the base of the song and then bring it to the rest of the guys. We all
end up throwing our two cents in. The song is usually completely different by the time we're done. We
like to do a lot of stuff that doesn't make sense.

BS: What was the first song you wrote as a band?
Jason:
I think it was No Questions Asked.

BS: What are the best and worst things about touring?
Jason:
The best things would definitely have to be traveling and playing in front of new crowds. It's kind
of like starting over again. Everyday something new. The worst thing would definitely have to be the
smell in the van.

BS: If you could tour with anyone, dead or alive, who would it be and why?
Jason:
I can't speak for everyone else, but I'd like to go on the Warped Tour. That way you get a chance
to play with a grip of great bands.

BS: Any embarrassing moments while touring?
Jason:
Not yet, but I'm sure there are many to come.

BS: What is it like being on the Warped Tour?
Jason:
Well, we didn't actually get a chance to go on the entire tour. We only got to play in Phoenix, but
it was definitely a kick ass time.

BS: What are the best and worst places you ever played at?
Jason:
Best: Old house parties, Mexico, and Edgefest 2002. Worst: Rodeo grounds out in Apache
Junction back in 97'.

BS: Do you get homesick while touring?
Jason:
Not too bad. It's pretty rad going from town to town. There's always something new. We're kept
pretty busy.

BS: Do you ever fight while on tour?
Jason:
Nope, kinda hard to believe huh?

BS: Which are better: indoor or outdoor shows? large venues or small clubs?
Jason:
We like doing both. It's always cool to play a bigger show with a bunch of kids, but the small
shows are a lot more personable. It makes it more of a show rather than a big concert. There's more
room to interact with the kids and to make them a part of it.

BS: What is your favourite city to do a show in?
Jason:
Pheonix, Arizona

BS: What would you do if you were not in a band?
Jason:
Get another shitty job!

BS: What do you like to do in your spare time?
Jason:
Snowboard, skate, play music, hang out, etc. Normal stuff.

BS: Where do you see yourselves in 5 years?
Jason:
Hopefully still playing and touring Europe. That'd be sweet.

BS: Have you had any strange fan encounters?
Jason:
Nope, not yet, but still waiting.

BS: What are the best gifts you have received from a fan?
Jason:
A gift basket with a bunch of photos and stuff in it. It looked like they put a lot of time into
making it.

BS: Any funny tour stories you'd like to share?
Jason:
We stuffed mattresses in front of Jim and Jeremy's door in a hotel a few weeks ago. They were
renovating all the rooms in our hall so we decided it would be a good idea to wedge them from wall to
wall so they couldn't get out. It turned into a big mess.

BS: What is in your CD player right now?
Jason:
Metallica Poison The Well.

BS: If you were invisible for a day, where would you go and what would you do?
Jason:
That's a great question, I guess the possibilities would be endless.

BS: Do you have any questions you would like to ask us?
Jason:
What would you do for that day.