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Taylor was interviewed by Themusic.com.au. You can either read the interview below or find the original version here. In the interview, Taylor explains from his point of view how it was when the Farro brothers left the band and how the making of “Paramore” felt.
With the future of Paramore up in the air for quite some time, guitarist Taylor York reassures Justine Keating that the band are back and stronger than ever.
Looking at Paramore now, it’s hard to believe that only a year or so ago, the former five-piece (now three-piece) were racked with uncertainty regarding the future of the band. The departure of Josh Farro (former lead guitarist and backing vocalist) and Zac Farro (former drummer) had left the outfit in a state of limbo with each remaining member questioning their own commitment to the outfit. Together, they’d built a strong connection with their fanbase – the concern the Farro brothers’ departure left Hayley Williams, Jeremy Davis and Taylor York with was whether or not the three would be able to push forward with Paramore without them.
Guitarist Taylor York had a particularly strong connection with the brothers, which is what made this period so difficult for him – they’d been near inseparable. “I was confused when they left. I grew up with them and I was unsure of how it was going to go without them.” Williams had mentioned in a number of interviews that she was greatly concerned that after the brothers had made the decision to leave, York would soon follow suit. Throughout York’s confusion, however, the guitarist felt there was still too much promise in the future of the outfit, even as things looked bleak.
“When it went down, it was hard for me to make a decision. I just wasn’t ready. I broke down and started crying at one point and I just knew that I wasn’t done and that I loved being in a band with Jeremy and Hayley so much. I still had a lot more to do with the band, so I just looked forward and did it.” York’s decision to remain part of the outfit, albeit not an immediate or easy one, was one he felt positive about – both at the time and thereafter. It took Paramore a while to get back on their feet, but once they did, they were met with a great deal of success both from fans and critics alike. Their self-titled release evidenced a formidable change, one that could easily be declared as being for the better.
In only the first week of the album’s release, it accumulated a whopping 1.25 million streams with 106,422 copies sold in the US, earning itself a solid and well deserved #1 slot in both the Australian Music Charts as well as the Billboard Top 200 albums charts. Even for a band already accustomed to success, the news was met with astonishment. “I think that we were definitely surprised in a good way. It’s not that we doubted ourselves, but I think we were very pleasantly surprised that it came out as well as it did and that we came out as strong as we did. I was so proud of our record and the shows we’re putting on.”
The decision for the most recent album to share the same name as the outfit was “very much a statement”, York goes on to explain. “A lot of bands do that on their first record and the statement is ‘here we are, here’s an introduction to our band’, and I think we really just wanted to reintroduce ourselves.” The decision, he says, made perfect sense. Their entire sound was subject to a fairly substantial shift as a result of the events following their brief hiatus, but according to York, the decision to move in this direction wasn’t entirely a conscious one.
“I think at the beginning of the writing process, we realised that our fanbase at that point had connected with a certain sound and how it was made, so we tried to write kind of like it could’ve been on Brand New Eyes or Riot! – we kind of just adhered to these old ways of doing things. We love all of those records, but we just didn’t want to be doing that. We needed to grow and we had new things to say.” York explains his ideas for new material during the blueprint stage as being quite derivative of their earlier work, suggestions of which were met with dissatisfaction by Williams. It wasn’t until the outfit began to venture out of their comfort zone that things began to take on the right shape. “The way everything came about was really weird but at the same time, it was really organic and so natural. I think we were kind of at the mercy of something beyond us because it wasn’t like anything we’d ever done before.”
ORIGIN Magazine’s Maranda Pleasant interviewed Hayley. She talks about things that make her come alive and feel vulnerable, how she handles emotional pain and other things. You can read the whole interview below.
MP: What makes you come alive?
Human connection. There are moments in our show that hit me hard when I catch eyes with someone who is singing along with us and I know that they get it. They feel what I feel. That connection may be brief, but it’s everything. There are other moments too, like at home, with my sisters or with my boyfriend… they all happen unexpectedly. You can’t plan to reach another person on a deep level, it just happens. So those are the moments that I think I really live for.
MP: What makes you feel vulnerable?
Being nice. Sometimes, being happy or being nice can leave me feeling a bit hung out to dry. Especially if everyone else who I’m around is way more guarded. Doesn’t it seem like being nice is underrated right now though? Seems like a lot of my generation as a whole is more concerned with being the cool kid; sarcastic, smug or just all together impenetrable. So anyway, it’s not always comfortable to be like, the dorky, happy girl at the party… but that’s me.
MP: If you could say something to everyone on the planet, what would it be?
MP: How do you handle emotional pain?
Usually, I write songs. Lyrics, to be specific, help me a ton. When I can take all those feelings and just try really hard to make sense of them, it shifts my focus. Suddenly, I can see the pain spelled out right in front of me instead of wrestling with something that’s invisible inside of me. And when none of that works, I cry.
MP: How do you keep your center in the middle of chaos? Do you have a daily routine?
On the road, our schedule doesn’t leave much time for us to just relax or be alone. The best times for me, personally, are at the end of the night… when all of us are on the bus watching a movie, eating dinner or just talking. It settles me to know that at the end of every day I can just sit around with my friends and laugh or even vent. That’s the most normal thing I can possibly think of in the midst of a lifestyle that is pretty abnormal. We keep each other centered.
MP: What’s been one of you biggest lessons so far in your life?
The biggest lesson I’ve learned is, “It’s okay.” It’s okay for me to be kind to myself. It’s okay to be wrong. It’s okay to get mad. It’s okay to be flawed. It’s okay to be happy. It’s okay to move on.
Kerrang! Magazine interviewed Hayley earlier and the interview can be found in the newest issue. She talked about ‘Ain’t It Fun’ music video, Parahoy! Cruise and how she’s preparing for it and also about 2014 UK Tour.
You can read the whole interview below, we have also added photos from the magazine into our gallery.
WHAT ARE PARAMORE’S PLANS FOR 2014?
Hayley Williams (Vocals): “We’re gonna be busy! We just shot a video for Ain’t It Fun in our hometown, so that will be happening! And we’re hitting the road again, starting with trips to Australia and New Zealand!”
AND THEN THERE’S THE LITTLE MATTER OF…
“Of course, we’ll be setting sail for the Parahoy! Cruise! Tegan and Sara are joining us… and lots of other friends’ bands, too. I’ve heard we’re not too far from being fully booked! People are coming to spend their honeymoon with us, graduation trips, spring break…and some people are just coming because they’re in desperate need of a vacation. It’s going to be one big massive party. The rest of our 2014 is still being sorted out, but it’s already looking like it’s already going to be a lot of fun.”
HOW ARE YOU GOING TO PREPARE FOR YOUR SEA-BOUND ADVENTURE?
“Ballet Beautiful. It’s my workout programme of choice. I don’t like crazy weightlifting or running on a treadmill. Plus, this one if really easy to do while travelling, ‘cause I can access all the videos on their website. I’ve gotta tone up, because the damage we’re all going to do at all those buffets and restaurants with all that free food is going to be tragic. I need to at least start at a good place!”
YOU’RE HEADING INTO 2014 ON THE BACK OF A HUGE YEAR. WHAT WAS THE HIGHLIGHT OF THE PAST 12 MONTHS?
“Coming back to London to play two nights at Wembley Arena [in September, 2013] was an incredible feeling. It was so good to play the new songs for so many people. That’s the feeling we were dreaming of while we recorded those songs in the studio, and it all happened.”
WHAT’S BEEN YOUR FAVOURITE THING SURROUNDING THE RELEASE OF PARAMORE SO FAR?
“Honestly, I’d say how much better friends we’ve become. It’s a little ridiculous to think how long we’ve been friends and how long we’ve played music together, yet only now we really understand how deep our friendship goes. I’m just thankful we didn’t give up. We would’ve missed out on so much.”
WHAT THINGS WOULD YOU HAVE DONE DIFFERENTLY, GIVEN THE CHANCE?
“Did you ever see any of the Back To The Future films? When you start meddling with the past, it completely changes the course of your future. But, honestly, the three of us realise that everything we went through needed to happen. It made us stronger. All you can do in life is learn from the mistakes, the good and bad.. and keep on moving forward.”
SO, CAN WE EXPECT A UK VISIT FROM PARAMORE IN 2014?
“You know there will be! We’re not sure yet how it’s going to play out exactly, but we can never stay away from you lot for very long!”
Access Hollywood interviewed Hayley and Taylor at Z100’s Jingle Ball. They talked about Jeremy, Jingle Ball shows and also told whose performance are they most excited to see and what are their plans for New Year’s. You can watch the interview below.
Rolling Stone Russia’s Mikhael Agafonov interviewed Jeremy back in May. You can read the whole interview below.
Paramore had a pretty good year. Their fourth self-titled became a huge success and made several ‘best-of-2013’ lists. They toured like crazy – and even came to Moscow for one of the biggest summer festivals. Back in May I chatted with band’s bass guitarist Jeremy Davis for Rolling Stone Russia about his pizza-delivering past, recording a song for ‘Twilight’ and the best gig Paramore ever had.
How are you?
I’m good, I’m currently in Boston. We have a show here tonight.
It’s a cool city. Have any of you ever been to Russia or the upcoming show is going to be your first one?
None of us has been to Russia. And we’re so excited about it. We just started filling out all the paperwork we need for our visas. Russia’s one of those places: I have no idea what it’s gonna be like. It’s really exciting.
It’s been more than 3 years since the last album was released. What did you learn during that time? Was it a necessary break?
Music is our lives, so to not be playing shows for that long it was really hard for us. But it was nice for us to be home and have normal life. We constantly tour and we’re never home, so it was nice – to act like normal people: watch movies and TV shows when they come out. Normally we watch it all on DVD all the way through, and now we’d watch it like normal people and wait for the next week. That was kinda boring, but the rest was good.
When we got to start recording, we had a lot of plans and ideas. We were very happy that we were able to pull off a lot of things that we did, like having a gospel choir or a strings orchestra on the album. We really had enough time to experiment and try new things.
Did you feel relieved once the new album has proved to be a smash hit and all the experiments were well-received by the fans?
Yeah. We were just talking about that not long ago. When you make a record for so long and then you hand it over to everyone else in the world, it’s very scary. You put a lot into making an album. This is the first time we finished the album and had it on our hands for several months. We were doing a lot of press and trying to re-establish ourselves. But now the record’s out and it’s out of our control. And that’s an incredible feeling. You’re so relieved not to be the only people who have it. It’s a good feeling, man.
A main song for Twilight movie was a big thing for Paramore. Any other soundtrack you’d like to appear at?
It was a nice experience with Twilight. In fact they asked us to do some more songs for the other movies, but we decided we didn’t want to be a Twilight house band [laughs]. We also had a song called ‘Monster’ in the latest ‘Transformers’ movie. We plan on doing more soundtracks, it’s very cool to be part of the movie. Movies are on a bigger scale than making a record.
When Paramore were starting out MySpace was probably the only real tool to communicate with fans. Now there’s Twitter, Instagram and who knows what else. Do you think it’s important to use all of it these days?
Yes, when we started MySpace was the only way to show people your music and talk to them. These days there are so many ways to stay connected to our fans and it’s very important to us. I don’t feel like I’m very good with twitter, ‘cause I don’t always have amazing things to say. But when I do have something important to say, it’s very cool knowing that I have a platform to say it. For business and fans twitter is great.
What’s the story behind you leaving the band back in 2005 only to return in 5 months? And are you happy you did return, considering the band’s doing so well now?
Haha, yeah. I left the band many many years ago and I was literally only gone for 2 or 3 months. And I hated it! I hated being at home. I was basically working as a pizza delivery boy. So I’m definitely grateful I decided to come back and they took me. I don’t want to be delivering pizzas while the band’s doing so well.
So you’re not the one buying the pizza for the band these days?
Haha, I’ll buy the pizza for the band, I just don’t wanna be delivering pizza as a job every day. It was actually kind of a fun job, I was terrible at it. I was bad with money – I remember paying for a lot of people’s pizzas. So I was a terrible pizza-delivery boy.
Paramore’s rise to the top was a constant process throughout the band’s career – with each record you got bigger and bigger. Did you always believe that the band is gonna ‘make it’?
I think every band works very hard to be one of those big bands. And to be able to become a world-known band is very hard thing to do. You have to have those dreams and goals. You should always follow your dream. We didn’t know that we’re gonna become a big successful band. We’ve been in the band for 10 years and it feels like it’s just flown by, but it’s taken every bit of our work constantly and our fans and their devotion. Even when two people left the band the fans’ support during the time was incredible. So if you want to have success, you have to give your life to it. You have to really give everything you have to all of it. It takes a lot of work, but it’s fun.
What’s been the best gig so far?
We were playing a show in Finland recently. The stage was set up on the beach. During one of the songs Hayley was talking to the fans and told them to run to the water when she counts to three. And then our whole audience run to the water and was chilling in the water for the rest of our show. Weird things like that make performing so special. I will always remember that.
And finally – anything you like in the current top 40 except for Paramore records, obviously?
There’s always good music in Top 40. Macklemore is pretty cool.
Fuse’s Katie Van Buren interviewed Hayley and Taylor at Z100’s Jingle Ball. They talked about the past year and also about the VMAs. You can watch the short interview below.