As a band who opened for both You Me At Six and Tonight Alive, With Confidence is slowly but surely making a name for themselves in the best way possible. The band — all four of them — sat down with writer Kristyn Shannon for a few minutes to chat about Harry Potter, being signed to Hopeless Records, and being in the U.S. for the first time. Check it out below!
MEB: What’s your favorite song to play during this set?
Jayden [Seeley]: Um, I’m gonna say “Voldemort” for me right now.
Inigo [Del Carmen]: Yeah, I say “Voldemort” or “Keeper” actually.
Josh [Brozzesi]: Mine’s “Godzilla” still.
Luke [Rockets]: Uh, I’m really liking a song called “Higher”.
Josh: “Higher” is really good too.
Jayden: For sure. That’s very matter-of-fact answers; we didn’t joke around at all there.
Josh: I can answer these! I studied for this test.
Y’know, I heard to guys talk, but it didn’t actually click where you were from, but then I was like, “Wait, I wrote it in my notes.”
Jayden: We’re from Brazil.
Josh: Yeah, we’re from Brazil.
That’s a lie. I know that one cause it’s in my notes!
Jayden: It just says “not from Brazil” (laughs).
It says you’re not from Brazil, which is kind of obvious (laughs). Is this your first time playing in the U.S.?
Jayden: Yes, yes it is. We’ve never been out of Australia up until the last few months. Before here, we were in the UK, and before that, we were in Japan.
Josh: After this, we’re in the Philippines!
How’s the U.S. treating you?
Josh: Very awesome!
Jayden: Pretty stoked with how our shows have gone.
Josh: The weather’s been pretty good overall.
Luke: As you can see [because it was supposed to rain].
Jayden: The food’s been awesome. But no, the weather has been good.
Were you big fans, or even possibly friends, of Tonight Alive?
Luke: Yeah, both I guess.
Josh: Yeah. I’ve seen them play at Hype once. You have no idea what that is. It’s this tiny little Youth Centre in Castle Hill, which is a suburb about an hour or 40 minutes out of the city.
Luke: I played with them on their first couple shows in my first band.
Josh: It was back when they were really bad and they had a different drummer. It was funny.
Luke: So, this would be 2009?
Josh: I really liked them at the time, in retrospect. They’re a great band.
Inigo: I found out that Cam, the bassist, his mum was my sixth grade teacher, oddly enough. And then later on in life, my sister goes to school with Jenna’s sister. So, somehow we went on a holiday together and spent three weeks carrying in the corner because I was scared to talk to her since she was so famous.
Jayden: Jenna [McDougall] is my favorite front person on all of Warped Tour. Something about her is encapsulating and fierce and cool. What she stands for is something I personally agree with. She knows what she’s about.
You’re kind of one of the newer bands on this tour with only an EP out.
Jayden: We have an album out as well.
Luke: We have two EPs and an album.
I was getting there! You didn’t let me finish (laughs). ‘Cause I wrote “and a very recently released full length.” What’s that like to be with big named bands?
Jayden: Very, very cool. I think Warped is a really weird playground of all heritage acts and all these new bands, and they all come together in this weird traveling circus.
Josh: It’s been sick. So far, I haven’t seen any ego from anyone. It’s just been really cool. Even outside of the shows, every night everyone gets out of their buses and goes and has a big barbecue. Everyone just hangs out and chats.
Inigo: I’m pretty sure Kellin Quinn played “Werewolf’ with us.
Josh: Yeah, we play board games and soccer and all kinds of other weird games. What’s the Frisbee one called? Kan Jam? Everyone just plays all these cool games. I went skating with people the other night. It’s just fun. There’s just so much to do socially.
Luke: It’s like summer camp.
Josh: Everyone says it’s like summer camp. But way more fun. It’s sick.
So, there’s a song called “Voldemort”.
Jayden: Yes, there is.
Does that have anything to do with Harry Potter?
Jayden: Well, yes. Obviously yes.
Josh: Coincidence (laughs).
Jayden: The story behind that song is [that] it’s a bit of a metaphor for mental illness. So, I like to summarize “Voldemort” as just basically an upbeat, happy, carefree “fuck you” to mental illness. It’s a line, as I’m sure you’d know, from Hermione Granger, “Fear of a name only increases fear of a thing itself.” It’s the idea that not many people can talk openly about mental illness and the idea that if everyone started talking about it a bit more, people would be less scared of Voldemort. So, it’s sort of like that. A sort of personification of it.
That’s why Harry always said his name.
Jayden: Exactly! And he’s a badass.
He is! I mean, personally I’m more of a Ron girl, but it’s fine.
Jayden: That’s fine. I’m a Ron girl too.
Josh: I’m a Luna Lovegood girl, but that’s just me.
I do love Luna Lovegood.
Luke: Me too.
Jayden: We met a fan in the UK, I think it was in the UK, that literally, straight up…
Josh: She reminded us all! It was so weird.
Jayden: She reminded us straight up as Luna. She had the same personality, she looked like her. Then, as soon as she left, I was just like – to Josh – I was like, “Luna Lovegood.” And he was like, “Oh my God, I was just thinking that.”
Josh: All of us just had the exact same vibe.
Jayden: It was so weird.
Have you guys been to Universal?
Jayden: No, we didn’t get a chance to go.
Josh: I have. I’ve been separately, but we didn’t get a chance in L.A. I went to the Florida one.
Is there another one?
Josh: There’s a Wizarding World in L.A. now. I didn’t know that until we were there.
Jayden: They also have one in the UK. We didn’t go to that either.
Luke: Yep. And we had all that time off. I’m still bitter.
What do you think about the new book coming out? Well, the play.
Jayden: The Cursed Child?
Josh: I don’t know much about it, but I’m excited.
Jayden: I saw in the UK, they had the production. They had all the signs up that it was opening. It’s really exciting. I’m keen to see it.
Josh: I’m more keen for Fantastic Beasts.
Jayden: Yeah, that’s gonna come out. That’d be cool. I read that and Quidditch Through the Ages. They were both sick.
But, anyway. You sort of remind me of a boy band, no offense.
Mixed with the likes of Mayday Parade.
Luke: I’m highly offended by the Mayday Parade comment.
Jayden: God, Luke.
Luke: I’m joking (laughs).
Is that what you were aiming for with your music?
Jayden: Not really. At all. I think we always like to present ourselves as a rock band. Any connotations to a boy is that we are boys in a band. That’s pretty much it.
Josh: In a dream world, I think music would be totally separate from image. For me, anyway. I don’t know if all of us would agree with that. It’s just a part of it. And if people want to listen to us because they think we’re a boy band, that’s fine. We’re just going to keep doing what we’re doing and if people like it, that’s cool.
Jayden: Also, with that being said, boy band is not like a dirty word. Music shouldn’t have, I don’t know. People shouldn’t be embarrassed by genres or the way bands present themselves.
Luke: I love The Backstreet Boys.
Jayden: There’s definitely a place for that and it’s just as valid. But we’re just not that. I mean, I want to incorporate the choreographed dancing into our set. But we’re just not good enough.
Luke: Well, that’s what I said we should do…
What’s it like to be a part of Hopeless Records after such an amazing amount of success stories come from it?
Jayden: Ah-mazing. They are the greatest team of people and we couldn’t be happier. They help us get our vision across and they don’t compromise anything. We’re very, very lucky. And the roster that they have are bands that we’ve grew up loving and listening to and lots of upcoming awesome bands. They’re just about good music.
Josh: Yeah, good music and trying to make a positive difference is a big part of that label, which we all like. It feels like we’re involving ourselves with good people and it’s really good business for us. Best team we could have.
Luke: Plus, we get drunk in their office.
What are your dreams with this band?
Luke: Usually wet.
Fair enough (laughs).
Jayden: I think to just write better music. Keep traveling the world. Make it our full time job for as long as we can.
Josh: That’s the big one. To just do this with our lives.
Luke: Just write bigger and better stuff continuously.
Josh: Make a positive difference in the world.
Inigo: That’s my thing. I want to make a chance for the better.
Is there anything else you’d like to say to us?
Inigo: Thank you so much. We love you so much. Thank you so much for supporting us.
Jayden: We love you.
Josh: We’re on at 7:10.
Luke: We’re on the Full Sail University Stage for the whole summer on Warped Tour, so come watch us.
Check out the music video for With Confidence’s song “Voldemort” below!