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InTouch sat down with Paramore backstage at the Hilton Play Concert in NYC last week, they talked about Hayley’s wedding, Jeremy’s daughter and their Grammy win. You can read the interview below.
Fresh off the back of their Grammy win and kicking off the Hilton Hotel’s “Play” series, Paramore sat down with InTouch to talk awards, gigs, famous friends and weddings.
Sitting snugly together on a couch in the Conrad Hotel, New York, Hayley Williams, Taylor York and Jeremy Davis are buzzing. And is it any wonder? With a recent engagement, a Best Rock Song Grammy for ‘Ain’t It Fun’ and a host of intimate gigs in the pipeline, the ten-year-old band are at the height of their game.
Flame-haired Hayley remains coy about her recent engagement, though beams from ear-to-ear as soon as it is mentioned.
Though she has no wedding plans as yet, she says, “I’m not one of those girls who grew up dreaming of a wedding, I only saw myself playing in a band. I’m having fun with it and not stressed at all. It will feel like us, our personalities will be in there for sure.”
Jeremy’s daughter just turned one and when asked how difficult juggling fatherhood and being in one of the hottest bands around is, he reveals it’s been crazy – but a good crazy.
“It’s been pretty crazy, she just turned one and is starting to move around a lot. She came on tour with us, it was crazy and fun. But she loves music as well because her mom came on tour with us when she was in her belly so she’s used to it.”
Taylor seems to be the shy one of the group as he remains fairly quiet throughout, though does admit he has Katy Perry’s number in his phone.
The trio are still walking on air from their Grammy win two weeks ago, and when asked what the award means to them, Hayley said, “Any band would want that but we are a band coming from a world where just being nominated is the equivalent of winning.
“We’ve been nominated a bunch of times and there was only a couple of times I thought we might have a chance, this was not one of those times!
“We were in such a stacked category of legendary musicians and rock musicians I just never thought we would take it home. But it feels great to show our fans they believed in us for a reason.”
On Monday, February 23, Paramore played a private concert at the Conrad New York, in partnership with Live Nation, to kick off the Hilton@PLAY concert series.
In January, Hilton Worldwide announced their mission to excite and inspire the world to play again via a five-year strategic marketing partnership with Live Nation, the world’s leading live entertainment provider.
Through the relationship, Hilton will benefit from Live Nation’s fully integrated global music platform including concerts, VIP access, digital media, ticketing, content and performance venues.
Rolling Stone interviewed Hayley over the phone about the upcoming Writing The Future Tour, you can read the whole interview below.
When Paramore announced dates for their Writing the Future Tour in January, they made it clear this run of shows wasn’t just a tour, but “a celebration” of the success they found with their Grammy-winning self-titled album. But that doesn’t mean they’re slacking on the pre-show preparations.
“We’re driving to rehearsals right now in Jeremy [Davis’] Jeep!” frontwoman Hayley Williams says, laughing. “We’re a band that needs rehearsal, after all. We can’t just show up.”
Still, the sentiment behind the “Future” trek – which kicks off April 27th in Augusta, Georgia – is clear. This is both a thank you to the fans that stuck with Paramore through the dramatic departure of two founding members and a victory lap for everything that came after: a Number One debut for their 2013 self-titled album, two platinum-selling singles and the band’s first-ever Grammy Award, for Best Rock Song.
“Hell yeah, it does feel like [a victory lap],” says Williams. “We never in a million years thought we would win a Grammy, or any of the other crazy things that happened along the way. So we’re thinking of each show as an event, as a way to celebrate our relationship with fans, to celebrate the album and to celebrate the past two years of this band.”
Hence the rehearsals. Williams also says these shows will focus as much on the past as the present, relying on older songs to close the book on Paramore’s most successful period.
“When we were making the album, we had that song ‘Future,’ the last track on the record – it brought in some of our earliest influences, made us feel like we were back in Jeremy’s living room,” she says. “It brought us full circle. Then fast-forward two years, and we did the Parahoy! cruise, and night number two was like the most intimate that a Paramore show has felt in years. The first night we purposely put a lot of singles in the set, and we wanted to second night to feel like we were weaving in and out of all the albums, playing songs that fans haven’t heard in a long time.
“So we always wanted to bring that vibe to a theater setting,” she continues. “No matter all the amazing things that happened with this album, we’re still a band; we still have the same influences and there’s still a feeling that we never want to go away. So it’s sort of our way of digging back into that, hoping that our fans new and old will want to go back with us.”
And while Paramore won’t be using the “Future” shows to test new material – “We haven’t even discussed covers yet,” Williams says. “I was just thinking this morning, ‘I wonder what we should do?'” – they are hoping the momentum will carry them into their next chapter: writing the follow-up to their self-titled album.
“We needed some time off after Monumentour, to process everything that we were able to do, but also a lot of amazing personal things happened as well,” Williams says. “Now we’re so ready to get on the road, to be with our fans. That’s going to light a fire under our asses to get into what we’re going to do next. I can just feel it. And that’s exciting.”
BuzzFeed interviewed Hayley through email for their article about Fueled By Ramen and how the label has stayed relevant for 20 Years. You can read Hayley’s part below and the whole article here.
“I remember meeting with John (Fueled By Ramen Founder) at a Cheesecake Factory, I was with our manager Mark, and doing some acoustic shows at Taste of Chaos 2005. We talked about the scene and where I saw Paramore fitting into it. I was so happy to be hanging with a label guy who got it. He didn’t see me as some answer to Avril Lavigne’s success. He just always understood what Paramore was. Who we were. That sort of thing means a lot to a 15 or 16 year old kid.”
“There have been plenty of changes, and I know that’s pretty normal in the industry, but we’ve never had a reason to want to leave FBR. We like the history that’s there. They have always believed in our vision for the future and they also know our roots. It’s having so many people on the team who we grew up with. We like the reminder of where we came from. It’s nice to share stories and say ‘remember when?’ with some of those people. Not to mention FBR actually have put out so many cool punk rock records and they’ve been a part of so many kids’ experience with the scene. Whether it’s someone else’s idea of punk or not, to me, the fact that two punk fans built a label out of their college dorm means something, and I’m proud to be a part of that.”
Hayley also talked about the label on her Twitter earlier. You can read her tweets below.
MTV news interviewed Paramore at Hilton Play Concert in New York City this Monday. They talked about The Grammys and Hayley also talked about her wedding playlist. You can watch the interview below in two parts.
On Air with Ryan Seacrest interviewed Hayley over the phone this morning. They talked about her engagement, Taylor Swift’s Twitter hack and Paramore’s Grammy nomination. You can read and listen the whole interview below.
Being on Twitter so much paid off for Hayley Williams earlier this week when she was the first to notify Taylor Swift that she had been hacked by a group called the Lizard Squad. Soon after Taylor regained control of her account on Tuesday, she gave the Paramore singer a shout-out, calling her “the MVP of the day.”
“It’s really a terrible award to win,” joked Hayley about her self-confessed Twitter obsession when she called in to On Air with Ryan Seacrest on Friday morning. “At first, I was like, ‘I don’t know, maybe she’s just being extra kind to this person that has zero followers.’ And then I was searching that person’s profile for a second — as I do because I’m the queen lurker — and it was really weird. Some of the stuff they were saying I knew there was no way Taylor would promote this or that. So I texted her, ‘Unless you have a best friend Lizard or something …’”
Another award she (and the rest of Paramore, guitarist Taylor York and bassist Jeremy Davis) may soon win: a Grammy for Best Rock Song for “Ain’t It Fun.”
“I’m so pumped!” gushes Hayley of the accolade. “We’ve had nominations before, but this one, man, I’m so psyched we got a nomination for this album … It’s been just a really special time for the guys and I. “When the Grammy announcements were happening, I was in Italy,” she continues. “And I was like, ‘Yeah, there’s no way we’re getting a nomination. Like, I just feel like I would have heard something.’ And then I found out on Twitter — because, again, I’m always on Twitter — and I flipped out and we celebrated. I was with my boyfriend, fiancé now. We had lasagne … It was such a cool day.”
Hayley is probably going to have a lot more days like that now that she’s set to marry her boyfriend of seven years, New Found Glory guitarist Chad Gilbert. He proposed over the holidays and the two dropped their big news on New Year’s Eve with this amazingly-Photoshopped announcement:
Although it took seven long years before they decided to make it official, Hayley reveals she knew Chad was The One almost immediately.
“I would dare to say I knew pretty early on, but you know, life happens,” she explains. “And I feel it’s been really good for us to go on tour, continue our careers and work really hard and do what we love and support each other for the last seven years. I really feel like I know him 100 percent. I was telling my family the day after we got engaged, I just had such a peace. There was no weird doubting or questions because we’ve known each other for a really long time now. It’s very rewarding to be at this point now in my life and to have him and our relationship.”
Radio.com interviewed Hayley and in the interview she told the story behind Paramore’s ‘Ain’t It Fun’. You can read the whole interview below.
Hayley Williams wrote Paramore‘s “Ain’t It Fun” as a tongue in cheek way of telling herself to grow up already. It ended up being a symbol of not only Williams’ own maturity but also her band’s, earning them their fourth GRAMMY nomination.
“The whole idea behind our new album was that we’re getting a second chance to start over,” she told Radio.com in 2013, “to really rediscover what we want to be and what we already are. The real message was, ‘You don’t have to give up, just because the odds are against you.’”
The band’s 2013 self-titled album sounds like a musical rebirth. Williams sings about growing up, falling in love and no longer being a crazy girl, all while expanding Paramore’s pop punk sound to include a little soul, blues-driven rock and a lot of ukulele.
But moving out of her comfort zone wasn’t easy.
“It was my first time spending a lot of time away from home, away from family and my close friends,” Williams explained. “When you get outside your bubble, you realize just how big the world is and that you kind of have to fend for yourself.”
It was this realization that helped Williams write “Ain’t It Fun,” the fourth single off the band’s fourth album, which earned the band a GRAMMY nomination for Best Rock Song.
Williams says it was Davis who initially started working on the song, which was inspired by the British pop band Dutch Uncles, who later remixed the track. Davis began working on the song in an L.A. hotel, setting up his own makeshift studio using Fiji water bottles for speakers.
“It was the most ghetto rig,” Williams said laughing, explaining that she was coming by to meet him for dinner, but ended up skipping the meal to finish the song instead.
On it Williams sings about the transition from childhood to adulthood, “Don’t go crying to your mama/ Now you’re on you’re own.” Even taunting herself a bit with the snarky chorus: “Ain’t it fun?/ Living in the real world.”
“The lyrics were my sarcastic way of realizing you can’t be the king of the hill all the time,” she says. “It was a really good exercise for me as a human being—as a 23-year-old person at the time—understanding that life is so much bigger than your own perspective.
“It’s a really fun song to record,” she added, “but it was sort of me telling myself off.”
In hindsight, Williams says the song was just what she needed to get out of her funk. “I felt like I was going kicking and screaming on my own. But it’s funny, because I needed that,” she said. “I needed a change of perspective to know I could do a lot of things on my own.”
The song, which peaked at No. 10 on the Billboard Hot 100, also had Williams revisiting her gospel roots. Williams and Davis actually first played together in a late ’70s R&B cover band where they tackled songs by Chaka Khan and Stevie Wonder.
“I grew up on gospel, I love gospel and I think I never thought it would mesh at all with what Paramore would ever do,” she said. “But luckily on this album, we were a lot more openminded.”
Three months after recording the original version of “Ain’t It Fun,” Paramore headed back into the studio with a six-person gospel choir in tow.
“They put so much soul and so much feeling into their sound that makes it real and raw,” Williams said. “I actually cried like three times just hearing these people sing our sing. It was so cool.”
Paramore will go up against Jack White, The Black Keys, Beck and Ryan Adams for Best Rock Song at the 57th Annual GRAMMY Awards, airing Sunday, Feb. 8 at 8 pm EST on CBS.