|Simple Plan interview
via email * November 11, 2002
BurningStars: Which bands influenced your song writing?
Jeff Stinco (guitar): We where influenced by a lot of New school punk bands like Lagwagon, Strung Out, Bad Religion,
NoFx, MxPx, Green Day, No Use for a Name and we were also influenced by some older pop bands like the Beatles, Elvis
Costello, Joe Jackson, U2, Cheap Trick, ect. The Simple Plan sound is a mixture of those two genres of music. We mix energy
with strong melodies and harmonies. That's our sound right there in a nutshell.
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?
Jeff: It's a little bit of both. Sometimes the lyrics come first and influence the way the song will evolve, sometimes the music
dictates the way the song will go. It really depends, there's no one way to write a song.
BS: Does one person write the songs or do you collaborate?
Jeff: One or two of us could come to the band with an idea and then we all get together to finish the song and to put the
Simple Plan stamp to it. We like to work on the songs together so we could challenge each other with different ideas.
BS: What was the first song you wrote as a band?
Jeff: "I'd Do Anything". That song probably has ten versions of it. We recorded the first version over three years ago. The last
version is by far the best. We love that song and are really happy that we kept on rewriting it so it became what it is now.
BS: What are the best and worst things about touring?
Jeff: Most parts of touring are fantastic: you meet amazing people every day, travel to amazing places, Japan, Australia,
Germany, France, the UK, play every night, get to be with your best friends on the road all the time. The bad part of it is that
your almost always away from home, your friends, the people that you love and you have to wear dirty clothes all the time. If
you leave your shirts long enough in your suitcase after wearing them, they magically come out clean again after a few
BS: If you could tour with anyone, dead or alive, who would it be and why?
Jeff: The Beatles because we would kick their ass for writing so many amazing songs. Just kidding! We would love to see them
perform, it would be a total selfish thing.
BS: Any embarrassing moments while touring?
Jeff: I fall down on stage all the time. I wear old shoes that fall apart most of the time and that can get pretty embarrassing. It's
all right though if people laugh at it. My shorts went down on me at some show and that was pretty funny too.
BS: What is it like being on the Warped Tour?
Jeff: It was really nice to be around so many people who love the same music as we do. It was awesome to meet the people who
came to our shows everyday. It was also really nice to meet all the bands that we love and to be able to hang out with them.
Pierre met the Bad Religion guys who told him that their kid's favorite band was Simple Plan. Wow!
BS: What are the best and worst places you ever played at?
Jeff: Japan was amazing. It was so cool to see how the people got into the songs and the show. We really never got a really bad
audience but I guess some rainy shows were pretty bad.
BS: Do you get homesick while touring?
Jeff: Sometimes, but I phone my friends and family often so it's not too bad.
BS: Do you ever fight while on tour?
Jeff: All the time! You just have make up sex and it's ok. Actually, we do fight but we know how to solve our issues. That's the
BS: Which are better: indoor or outdoor shows? large venues or small clubs?
Jeff: Small clubs: the contact and the feedback with the fans is the best. We love playing festivals also 'cause you get to hang
out with friends in other bands but it's a little too big and cold for our tastes.
BS: What is your favourite city to do a show in?
Jeff: Toronto, Montreal, Buffalo.
BS: What would you do if you were not in a band?
Jeff: Try to start another band. Be a porn producer.
BS: What do you like to do in your spare time?
Jeff: Read, work out, take pictures (of all kind), check out cool places, reply to our fan mail.
BS: Where do you see yourselves in 5 years?
Jeff: On a stage with Simple Plan somewhere very sunny.
BS: Have you had any strange fan encounters?
Jeff: In Japan and Thailand, fans would wait for us at our hotels, at train stations, at the airport, etc. It was pretty weird to have
people following us everywhere. I really had to behave and not scratch my balls in public. That's hard!
BS: What are the best gifts you have received from a fan?
Jeff: A Japanese fan gave me a very good Sake bottle, that was pretty nice. One of our fans also gave me a bag full of sour
peaches, my favorite, t-shirts, stickers and a lot of cool things. A fan who became a very good friend of ours also brings us some
cool videos for the lonely winter nights on the road.
BS: Any funny tour stories you'd like to share?
Jeff: In Thailand, we had some security guys following us everywhere so we wouldn't get in any trouble. Since I wanted to see
the city on my own, I ran away and left with one of my Thai friends. The security guy tried to find me all night long and I just
kept on going to bars, visited the street merchants and went to see the street entertainers. I had such a great time but when I
came back to my hotel, the manager, the security guy and my tour manager were waiting for me at the door. I received quite
a speech but I was really too tired and a little drunk to understand anything. After all, it was so worth it.
BS: What is in your CD player right now?
Jeff: Good Charlotte The Young And The Hopeless
BS: If you were invisible for a day, where would you go and what would you do?
Jeff: It's a classic: first, I would steal a bank in Sweden, then I would go to a national cheerleaders locker room and hang out
and finally I would go to the pentagon to see what's really happening in the president's office.
BS: Do you have any questions you would like to ask me?
Jeff: Did you ever check out our website simpleplan.com? What do you think of it? Do you like my haircut? Where are you