Alternative Press’ Lee McKinstry interviewed Hayley at the Alternative Press Music Awards last week. She talked about winning ‘best vocalist’, meeting PVRIS’ Lynn Gunn at the awards, the end of the self-titled era and true love. You can read the interview below.
Congratulations on your win, how do you feel?
Awesome! I don’t know if I’ve ever won an award for vocals specifically, so it’s kinda cool. I think it’s cool that there’s a category for vocals here, especially in this scene. It felt good. It was really nice.
What did you think of your competition?
I was actually just psyched to be in that lineup of people, because I pretty much know all of them. It was really cool to see Lynn Gunn. I love that [PVRIS are] killing Warped Tour right now. I’m watching from afar a little bit. It’s nice that there’s another girl that sings really strongly over guitars, and it’s really translating from stage well. I was—oh my God, I almost said I was “gunning” for her, and then I realized her last name is Gunn. That was so cheesy!
Very nice, very nice. You didn’t even try.
Any information you can give us on the next Paramore album?
Oh, I can’t give you any information on it! Is that helpful? [Laughs.] We really have been home working slowly. It feels better that way. Most albums—between albums—for Paramore were always so rushed. Even between Brand New Eyes and self-titled, there was more time in between than what is normal for us, but we put out an EP, we kept touring. So it feels good to work slowly and see what comes out of it that way.
You said the self-titled era is over. So what’s next for Paramore?
I mean, that’s the scary and amazing part. To be honest, I’m still in mourning a little over the self-titled era. It was such a happy, wonderful time for our band. Our band’s been through a lot of ups and downs, so it was nice to just have those three years of exciting adventures. I’m definitely in mourning, but I’m really excited to see what happens next, because I never would’ve predicted the self-titled record. That makes me hopeful for the future.
How did you and New Found Glory decide “Vicious Love” was the song you wanted to collaborate on?
I knew they wanted a female vocal on that song particularly. When I heard that, I was like, “Here I am! I’m Hayley. From Paramore.” But seriously, I’m such a fan. Like, beyond Chad, I love those guys so much. From day one when I met them on Warped Tour, we’ve just become such good friends with them over the last few years. I really wanted to do it just for personal reasons, like just that friendship-hang situation, but I love the song.
So they already knew that was the song they wanted. I know it’s inspired by your relationship. Do you think you wanted to show a different side of that relationship?
Yeah! Even with “Still Into You,” and “The Only Exception” as well, actually. To me personally, it’s more convicting to talk about the stuff that’s hard about love, because I don’t think I really believed in it when I started to experience it. I like to keep grounded in that, and that it feels very impossible. Sometimes even when it’s happening, it still feels impossible.
I think people relate to that a little bit more.
That’s good, I like that. Because the fairytale is nice and all, but it truly doesn’t exist. I don’t mean that in a pessimistic way.
Sometimes the reality can be just as nice.
Exactly! I love the reality.
I’m just here to give you your pep talk.
[Laughs.] Thank you, thank you.
Hayley attended the Alternative Press Music Awards last night. The event was held at the Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland, OH. Go to our gallery to see new photos from the event.
Paramore was not planning to attend this year’s event so Jeremy and Taylor weren’t there. The band was nominated in three categories this year and Hayley won the award for Best Vocalist! In her acceptance speech she said: “I love to sing funk music. I love to sing pop music. But most of all, I love to sing Paramore!” You can watch a video of Hayley getting her award below and see the full list of winners here.
Hayley also performed ‘Vicious Love’ with New Found Glory at the event. You can watch a video of the performance below.
New Found Glory’s ‘Vicious Love’ music video featuring Hayley was released earlier today. You can watch the video below. Hayley will be performing the song with New Found Glory tonight at the 2015 Alternative Press Music Awards!
‘Vicious Love’ is also included in New Found Glory’s re-released album ‘Resurrection: Ascension’ which is available to preorder now on Hopeless Records and is out October 9, 2015.
Part 2 from the ‘On The Road’ episode of Hayley’s beauty-focused video series ‘Kiss Off’ is now available. The episode is called ‘Good To Know’ and was shot during ‘Writing The Future’ in New York. You can watch the episode below. Part 1 is available here.
Hayley did guest vocals on What’s Eating Gilbert’s ‘Wearing Your Ring’ song which appears on the new album ‘That New Sound You’re Looking For’. The album is out now on Hopeless Records. You can listen the song below and get the album on iTunes.