Musicscan: Give our readers a short briefing about Eighteen Visions, please. What
are you guys doing right at the moment?
Eighteen Visions: We are on a headlining tour in the US with Emery, Remembering Never and
Misery Signals which ends at the beginning of March.
Musicscan: You are a very busy band concerning touring and stuff. How does it feel
to be back in your own home and spend some time there? Can you still enjoy it
and are you able to relax or do you miss the touring life with all the
Eighteen Visions: We still enjoy it. The more you tour the easier it gets as far as things
going smoothley. Of coarse we miss home (we've toured about ten months out
of the last year) but we know this is what we have to do.
Musicscan: How much attention you put on europe in general? It took quiete a long
time before you came overhere to tour, if i am right!?
Eighteen Visions: We were there a few years ago on a full European tour and then again just
recently to specific parts. There hasn't been that much focus on Europe
because our records weren't released there yet and we wanted to wait for
that to happen.
Musicscan: What have been your experiences while touring europe with Lost Prophets?
Eighteen Visions: That tour was incredible! We had a great time in Europe with them and I
think we gained a lot of new european fans who will come see us again when
we are there in March
Musicscan: What sort of show do you feel more at home with, your "average" hardcore
show or one that places you in front of a diverse alternative/rock crowd?
Eighteen Visions: Either. Our music is diverse enough that we can play to either crowd. We
also have done enough touring of both hardcore and alternative crowds to
know how to make the shows work for us. We feel very confident playing for
Musicscan: And what is more challeging for you guys?
Eighteen Visions: Nothing is really to us about touring anymore. After the first few shows of
any tour you can adjust and find a place to settle into with the crowd.
Musicscan: What's your attitude towards Eighteen Visions in general? I noticed that
you are a highly professional working band, right?
Eighteen Visions: Yah we take the band very seriously of coarse. This is our passion. This is
also our job. We treat every show whether big or small with the same
Musicscan: The word on your guys band has been spread quiete quickly over the whole
world. How does all of this attention make you feel?
Eighteen Visions: We are very excited! It means that our years of hard work is paying off and
it gives us fuel to keep going.
Musicscan: Do you have some advice for upcoming bands: How does a band make
known to the world?
Eighteen Visions: Making great music will get you noticed and its the labels job to make sure
you will be heard to as many kids as possible. Obviously, the bigger the
label, the more kids will hear you.
Musicscan: What lessons have you learned from being involved with the punk music
scene for a couple of years? What has it done for you?
Eighteen Visions: We've been involved in punk/hardcore for about 12 years now and it has
totally changed my life. It helps me stay grounded and level-headed with
decision making. Its taught me to be open-minded and to expect the
Musicscan: And how did you experience the changes within the hardcore/emo scene.
Eighteen Visions: We accept and embrace change. This is something you learn after being
involved for a long time. Everything has become biggger and bigger...
Musicscan: You surely are confronted with hc-kids speaking of sell-out (they already
did in the past) and blaming you for stupid reasons for signing with
sony/epic? What do you reply?
Eighteen Visions: Well in the states we haven't gotten any of that really. We braced
for the worst but it never came. Kids are more accepting of bands these
days. Maybe it will Be different Europe but as of recent we've only gotten
nice things said about us from over there since touring with Lost Prophets.
Musicscan: While being on tour you have to play crowd's favourites every night,
the people are asking for what they know.
Did you ever had motivation problems so far. I can imagine that it gets
boring to play the same songs over and over again...
Eighteen Visions: Yes it can. After playing songs for multiple years its more fun to play
something different and new. We try to play a good mix of what we want and
what kids want to hear. We are the reason kids are listening, but kids pay
to see us so its a balance of both.
Musicscan: What is more important to you while working on new songs, to represent
pretty deep emotion and/or kinda bleak real life situations?
Eighteen Visions: Some bands are a specific style or genre of music and its obvious but we
too ecclectic to be lumped with a specific group. With the diversity in
music we hit an entire spectrum of emotions (sad, happy, angry).
Musicscan: Your releases always cover a lot of bases - there's something for
within the heavy underground. Were you going for a more inclusive approach
right from the beginning or is it a result of your progression?
Eighteen Visions: We just like all types of music so that's why we have so many different
kinds of songs. The diversity is what creates great contrast. We learned
this from the great bands before us like Smashing Pumpkins, The Beatles,
Metallica to name a few.
Musicscan: What does Eighteen Visions hope to do with the average hardcore/emo kid
checking out your records?
Eighteen Visions: Hopefully they will enjoy the music and come see us play live. We belive
there are 2 parts to a band. The first is the band in the studi and can
make a great record. The second is the live band and can they entertain and
win over crowds. Each are equally important.