Entertainment Weekly’s Kyle Anderson interviewed Hayley and the interview is featured in the magazines newest issue. They talked about Monumentour, Ain’t It Fun, Warped Tour, Parahoy! and other things. You can read the interview below.
You just kicked off your summer Monumentour with Fall Out Boy. What have you learned about them?
Those guys work out every day, and we’re just in our dressing room eating chips. I told [FOB frontman] Patrick [Stump], “Thanks for making us all feel like the laziest buttholes.” He was like, “If I wasn’t doing this I wouldn’t be able to move on stage.” So maybe I’ll start up Ballet Beautiful in a minute.
Is that why you’ve been wearing Paramore-logo kickboxing shorts at shows?
They are the most comfortable thing I’ve ever worn on stage. I’m so happy to not be wearing latex on this tour. I look like a fitness instructor, and I love it.
“Ain’t It Fun” is the biggest hit of your career so far, and the video for it shows the band breaking world records. Were there any you tried but couldn’t do?
Believe it or not, we actually legitimately broke every record we hoped to that day. We had a list. My favorite one was smashing the alarm clocks with the guitars, because I didn’t think I was going to be able to look that badass. I was surprised how quickly those clocks exploded. On the first hit they would just burst into tiny little shards.
Now “Ain’t It Fun” is your regular closer at concerts. How does that feel?
Our show is so built around crowd participation, and it’s one of those songs that’s just got those moments really built into it. Even people who don’t know who Paramore is, they know that bridge with the gospel choir, so let’s go out with the biggest bang we can. It’s a real rock & roll ending.
You spent a lot of summers on the Warped Tour. Any advice for bands about to embark on their first Warped?
Nobody owes you anything. You have to have that mindset. When we did out first Warped Tour in 2005 we didn’t get meal tickets, so we didn’t get to eat the delicious catering. We had maybe five bucks a day to eat frozen pink lemonades or hot dogs. We had to write out all our fliers because some days our band’s name wasn’t on the schedule. It’s a lot of work, and I think it’s crucial for bands to go through that stage of their life, because then when something does get handed to you – when someone does you a favor or bumps you up to a different spot that’s better or busier or bigger – then you’ll appreciate it. Earn everything.
You’re famous for your Technicolor hair. Tell me about your look now.
This is like my SLC Punk!-blue hair. I love SLC Punk! Jason Segel’s in it, how can you not? I love how it looks, [but] as soon as I get really comfortable, that’s when I’m gonna change it.
The first-ever Parahoy! cruise was in the spring. Will there be more?
It sort of surpassed anybody’s expectations. It was this little subculture where everyone knew each other and everyone knew each other’s music and sang and hung out and ate dinner and partied. I loved it. I hope we do this for the rest of our career.
Hayley made a summer playlist for Refinery29. “This is my Melancholy Summer playlist,” she told. “‘Cause sometimes summer is about sunburns and rained-out beach days and summer-fling breakups!” You can listen the playlist and read her comments of each song below.
Bleachers, “I Wanna Get Better”
Hayley: “Love this song as a sort of anthem for the human condition. But, I love that the lyrics don’t settle for brokenness.”
Candy Hearts, “Coffee With My Friends”
Hayley: “Candy Hearts have one of my favorite albums of the summer. It’s happy, melancholy, sad, and sarcastic all in one…This might be my favorite song off the record.”
That Dog., “Retreat From The Sun”
Hayley: “That Dog. are just one of my favorite bands to listen to, period. Perfect for the summer. Perfect for any season, really.”
Sam Smith, “How Will I Know” (Whitney Houston cover)
Hayley: “I haven’t heard anything this sad and this beautiful in a long time.”
Coldplay, “Another’s Arms”
Hayley: “This new Coldplay album really got to me. I think ’cause of how public the whole backstory seems…Very inspiring to hear a man sing about his heart in such a present and vulnerable way.”
Brody Dalle, “Don’t Mess With Me”
Hayley: “Brody is one of my all-time favorite ladies. Her new album is so rad, and this is the newest single.”
The Angels, “My Boyfriend’s Back”
Hayley: “It wouldn’t be one of my little playlists if it didn’t include the Angels. The ’60s-girl-group vibe reminds me of the beach, reminds me of youth, and I just never stop loving this song.”
Hop Along, “Kids on the Boardwalk”
Hayley: “Super nostalgic sounding band…And, I love the singer’s voice. Plus, the lyrics ‘I wanna love something without it having to need me’ are so real!”
Timber Timbre, “Run From Me”
Hayley: “Taylor [York] just showed me this song, and I died over the vocals. So classic and smooth, but yet the lyrics are kind of deranged. I like the idea of telling someone what you love about them, but warning them you could hurt them. Powerful.”
Kye Kye, “Softly”
Hayley: “We just put out an Ain’t It Fun remix EP, and there’s a Kye Kye remix on there. Such a cool sound, and I love this song.”
Nylon’s liza darwin interviewed Hayley over the phone last week while Paramore was in Camden. They talked about tour and life on the road, her hair dye line and other things. You can read the interview below.
There are a billion reasons why we heart Hayley Williams, but the most obvious one? When we called her last week, the Paramore frontwoman had woken up just a few minutes earlier–but despite having performed the night before, running around the stage and belting out “Ain’t It Fun” to a sold-out crowd, the singer was totally energetic, kind, and exactly as awesome as you’d expect (even pre-coffee). The band is currently in the first legs of a massive nationwide tour with Fall Out Boy, and we got the lowdown from Williams on life on the road, her Game of Thrones addiction…and her hair dye line! Because yes, that’s totally happening. So get excited and read our exclusive interview below.
Hey Hayley! Where in the world are you right now?
I just woke up! We’re in the Philly/Camden area. We have a show here tomorrow and have a day off, so we’re hoping to go get some food and then maybe go to a movie.
How’s the tour going?
It’s been so awesome; I’m loving it already. It’s the type of thing that’s so perfect, I’m wondering why we didn’t do this tour so long ago. Fall Out Boy fans and Paramore fans are just both so incredible, and it’s amazing being onstage and looking out at the crowds. It’s this mixture that’s, like, the perfect storm.
I bet. Both of your fan groups so passionate.
Yeah, and I think at least part of it is because both of our bands came from the same world and the same scene. Everyone’s around the same age, so it’s been a cool collaborative thing–it’s not the world where there are feuds between the fan groups. This tour has been so great, and it’s really just about two bands that have grown up together.
What have you guys been doing when you’re not onstage?
We’ve been watching Game of Thrones–like, a lot of it–I’ve never seen it before! So we’ve just been storming through those episodes so fast and all getting together at the end of the night and eating dinner and watching Game of Thrones. [Laughs] That’s one of the best parts about being on tour, being surrounded by all of your best friends.
I know it’s hard to play favorites, but do you have a city you just love coming back to?
You’re right, we don’t really play favorites…but we kind of do. We just have so much history and a kind of nostalgia that takes over, so it’s hard not to! We love New York and New Jersey and Philly, and when we play anywhere around LA or Anaheim the crowds are always so great. We’ve actually kept in touch with those people who have come to the first shows…they’re our friends by now. Except now they come and they’ve graduated from college and have jobs and are covered in tattoos. It’s awesome. [Laughs]
We have to talk about your new blue hair! What prompted the change?
Oh man. I get bored so easily, and I’m kind of schizo when it comes to hair. My friend Brian has been responsible for almost every hairstyle I’ve had. Usually when we’re bored we just talk about what we want to do, then we go for it. We were like, “We’ve never done turquoise before…let’s go for it!” It was sort of a rigorous process.
I bet. I remember when you wrote The Checklist for us, you mentioned a hair dye line might be in the works.What’s the update?
Yeah, I’m actually working on my own hair dye line in the future, and it’s happening! It feels so good to say that it’s on– we’ve already got the name and the basic mission. I’m sort of drooling over it, and I can’t wait to show people. Obviously I’m not going to put out anything that I don’t believe in or that I don’t wear myself. I can put it in my own hair and be like, “Look, I love this so much that I’m wearing it myself!” The colors are wild and awesome. I really can’t wait to paint everyone’s hair in the whole world.