STEVE AUSTIN (TITD): ''Today Is The Day is a way of life for me...''
The legendary American band Today Is the Day are established 23 years ago, and now 12 years after they are returning to Zagreb, Močvara 07.12.2015. The home crowd will be able to enjoy the current album ''Animal Mother'', which was released in late 2014. The icon of the band is definitely Steve Austin, vocalist and guitarist with whom we talked not only about the album, but also about his beginnings in the music studio.
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Today Is The Day is traveling through the Europe at the moment. How has the tour been going so far? Do you notice any changes at the shows in light of recent tragic events in Paris?
Great times sharing the stage with Goatsnake at Le Guess Who Festival and seeing Sunn O))) play. Everything going well for the band beside the first show of the tour in Brussels, rescheduled for the end of the tour. The 1st few days of tour, during the travel you could tell people were on edge. But, at the clubs the people have really been getting together to have a good time and not live in fear. Most commendable.
You started your band journey on Amphetamine Reptile Records. 25 years and 10 albums after, you’re still alive and doing great. What’s the force that moves you to write great music and go on tour in 2015? Not so many bands from those days are still active.
Today Is The Day is a way of life for me. It is me and I am it. It’s part of me. Something I need to do, to let it all out.
How do you remember the Amphetamine Reptile Records days? Your early days are portrayed in the Color of Noise film about Amphetamine Reptile.
The Amrep days were incredible. At the time, we were just 3 kids trying to make challenging creative music and Amrep was a perfect home. What's the movie like? I like it. I think it really shows the history of the label pretty well. Though, to me, it was wilder than maybe shown in the film. Still an amazing job by Eric Robel.
Your latest album “Animal Mother” was released in late 2014. You suffered the loss of your mother and it inspired the making of “Animal Mother”. Was it hard for you to deliver the record at those hard times?
Yes, because I had to face many feelings that I had never encountered before. My mom was a very powerful person in her own way. She had many secrets and discovering these hidden things lead to a really hard reality to face.
When I listen to the album, I get the feeling that there's like balance between light and dark. What are your impressions on “Animal Mother”?
Life is both dark and light. I try to keep it real in writing and to show the struggle you have to display both the good and the bad..
Just after the record release, the band was involved in a serious van crash and your van, equipment and merch were destroyed and US tour got cancelled. Is it hard to return on the road and tour again after those traumatic events?
It was terrible. Out of nowhere my life was changed in a second. I was lucky to have survived that crash. A few days ago was the anniversary. It brought back all kinds of sad dark feelings. But, you can’t let tragedy rule you. I had to continue touring or else. Physically it was tough, but I made it back to the road 5 months after the wreck.
Majority of Today Is The Day catalog from 2000’s was released on Relapse Records. What made you move to Black Market Activities and than to Southern Lord for “Animal Mother” release. How important is a record label for Today Is The Day today?
We have been on a few labels throughout the years and I look at it as a creative evolution... The label in important from an integrity stand point. I wanna be proud of the label I am on and luckily I have been on some good ones.
Beside the band, you are also working as a producer for more than 20 years. How much did the music changed since you started working in a studio? Can you name some of the records you worked on that you are most proud of.
Converge “When Forever Comes Crashing”, Lamb of God “New American Gospel”, Deadly “Sleeping with the Deadly Quintet”, Operation Flashpoint: Dragon Rising PS3 XBOX Weapon Sounds.
You toured and worked with quite some metal and extreme bands in recent years. What are your fave bands and records recently?
Leviathan, Nails, Die Antwoord.
Some years ago you mixed and mastered several Croatian bands like Chang Ffos and Good Day To Die. Do you have anything to say for the new Croatian bands. You have a great experience in music industry - any advice for kids who are just starting their first bands and writing first songs?
It was a huge deal for me the 1st time I came to Croatia. It was an honor to collaborate with Chang Ffos and Good Day To Die! Practice and be 100% open in your feelings when writing music. Don’t worry about fitting in. Just be yourself. Genuine emotion is where it’s at.
Any final words for your Croatian fans?
Get ready to rage! Looking forward to hanging with all of you.