Travis Smith , 2005

 

Written by: Jason Perlman

 

So, how has Ozzfest been treating Trivium so far?
Well, this whole experience so far has just been amazing. It is something we always wanted to do as a band, so it's great to come out and play with all these amazing bands every day.

 

So, have you been going to Ozzfest as fans before?
Actually, no. No one in out band has done Ozzfest as a fan. So our only experience has been playing it in Boston, where the first show was this year.

 

With no prior knowledge of Ozzfest as a fan or a band, is Ozzfest what you expected it to be or are their some twists you didn't foresee.
It is definitely what we expected it to be. It's got that whole festival vibe to it, and as a band we have done those in the past and they are all pretty much similar. But Ozzfest just kicks ass because there are so many great bands and it just runs so smoothly. There is so much to do out here, with the options of all the different bands to see and different activities to do.

 

I was talking with A Dozen Furies and they were going on about how great it is to play in front of 8,000-10,000 kids every day. Trivium has done some festivals as you mentioned, but what's it like to play on this scale on a consistent basis?
It's amazing. It's what a band like ours wants to do. I mean, we like the off-show dates in the more intimate venues, but we really like these huge shows with thousands of people. And when you look out, it's just a sea of people, basically. It's really exciting for us. It gets us pumped up and we just go out there every day and bang out.

 

You get to meet a lot of the fans whether just walking around or signing at the FYE booth. How are the fans taking the sound of Trivium?
The reactions have been very, very positive. The fans are loving it, the FYE booth is always packed with fans coming over to get some stuff signed by the band. And the shows are just amazing. Everyone is singing along, and its loud and it's and audience-involved show. We couldn't ask for anything more.

 

In that 20 minutes, you get 20 minutes to play and try to win over as many of that 10,000 as you can. How intense is the band just before that 20 minutes begin?
Actually, we are really laid back just before it starts, because we are trying to get focused. We are all doing our routines of warm-ups and getting ready for the show, but as soon as we hit that stage, that's when it all comes out and we just explode. Minutes before hand we are still warming up getting ready for the show.

And how do you play a show like that at 9 AM?
(Laughing). It's hard to do. You know, it's just waking up early and giving yourself time to prepare yourself for about what you are going to do. You just forget what time it is, and you just do it, really.

Is it weird that at 9:30 or 10 AM you are done for the day? What do you to fill in the rest of the day?
I do press! It makes it go by a little faster and I really do enjoy it because we do have a lot of free time to do nothing, so when press does come around, I really enjoy doing it because, "Hey, I got something to do now, sweet."

 

Do you find yourself, or the band find itself, looking at some of the acts such as Killswitch Engage or Shadows Fall, bands that have been doing this for a while to learn how they work on the road?
Oh, of course. It is cool just to be around those guys backstage just to see how they are. And a lot of them are just regular guys like everyone else, and they just go out and hang out with everyone and just being a part of the whole festival vibe.

 

As I am sure you are and members of Trivium are, fans of a lot of the bands on Ozzfest. Do you ever pinch yourself thinking, "I am on stage every day with Rob Zombie and Sabbath?" Or have you come to terms with Trivium as a band on that level now?
I do get that way when I walk backstage and there is Zombie. And today I was like a little kid and took a photo from back of the stage of Nicko's (McBain of Iron Maiden) drums. I turned into a little kid because it's not like we get to do this every day. It is really cool and inspiring to see how everyone works. I don't know, you just learn from them.

Is there a sense of each Second Stage band trying to outdo each other? A friendly competition of sorts?
I actually don't think that happens on the Second Stage to be honest with you. Every band just does their own thing, and we are all buddy buddies in the back; hanging out on everyone's bus. We all got these little mopeds we ride around together. Everyone is really friendly. Everyone gets along. It's just like a big hangout party after everyone is done playing. You don't really sense a competition. Everybody just supports everyone else. It's going up and doing your show and has a good time doing it. And if you are a fan of another band or they are a fan of your band; you hang out on the side of the stage and watch them and give them support. It's a really cool atmosphere to be involved with.

 

So, is there any of the, "Wholly crap the band before us just kicked ass, we need to step it up!"
Of course there is, we are following Arch Enemy every day. But we want to be on every day no matter what. That is why we spend so much time getting prepared for each show. We usually start warming up an hour before we go on, even though we only play for 20 minutes. But that is how focused we are. We want to put on the best show we possibly can, no matter how hot it is or what time it is. But we are not looking at this a competition or anything, it is just to go out there and have fun and maybe learn some tricks from some different bands during their stage show. But it really is just go out there and have some fun.

 

And did the band party more when they found out they were going out on Ozzfest or now that you are out on Ozzfest?
Definitely before we went out on Ozzfest. Right now, we are in a stage where Ozzfest can really help us out, and we are just being really, really focused on putting the best show possible each day on Ozzfest.