Recently you released your brand new album titled Burn via Goomba Records. I know you have an EP prior to this, but is this new record considered your debut release?
Yes it is, our first EP “She Wants More” really helped set the path for PDP as it got very popular in our hometown of Detroit and went to sell thousands of copies. It also featured demo versions of “Rockstars Girlfriend”, “Better”, and “High”; which we ended up re-recording for “BURN”. The demo version of “Rockstars Girlfriend” actually hit #38 on the active rock charts in 2009.
How did the record release party go?
They went very well! We split our party into two different shows. One at the Diesel Concert Theater and the other at The All Around Bar. Both are great venues in Detroit and we thought that this release was such a big deal for us as a band, why not keep the party going for 2 days!
When writing a song do you write the lyrics or the music first?
It honestly depends on the song and how it comes together. Sometimes one of the guys will come to the band with an idea and we first sit down as a band and mess around with ideas until we get a rough base of the song and then work with our producers Tim Patalan and Chuck Alkazian to put the final touches on it and make them radio ready.
Who did you work with production wise on the record? What was the experience like?
Well a major bulk of the record was done before I joined the band in December of 2012, they had recorded it at The Loft in Saline, Michigan with Tim Patalan (Sponge, Cheap Trick) and as they recorded the tracks in summer of 2012, they sent it to Chuck Alkazian (Pop Evil, Trust Company) at Pearl Sound Studios in Canton Michigan to mix the album; but once I joined the band the guys right away wanted me to re-track the drums. So I went in to Pearl Sound and Recorded the drums with Chuck and finished the album. I love working with Chuck, him being a great drummer himself, it is awesome when tracking with him because he really digs deep in the theory of every note I play and wants to make my performance the best it can be. The team that put this record together is really some of the best in business and I am very proud on how it turned out!
What do you enjoy most when it comes to the writing/recording process?
For me personally, just recording in general is the most fun. I always feel at home in the studio, I’ve grown up working on sessions all over North America at some of the finest recording studios, so I really have a love for recording. Also getting the final product is always one of the best parts, because you can really sit down and pick a part everything to make yourself better as a player and getting better ideas for next time.
Each album is a learning experience. What did you learn not to do this time around? What did you find to be beneficial?
There’s nothing that a person as a musician and as a performer can do wrong in studio because everything that is done on a record is an expression of how they were feeling at that point. Yeah, of course you can look back and think, “shit, I wish I could have done a different fill or lick on that song” but overall everything that is recorded and written at that time shows the audience where he or she was at that point.
What do you thinks sets you apart from other bands in the same genre?
Personally what I think what sets us a part for other bands is the vast mix of influences in each of us. If you really dig deep into our songs, so many influences can come to mind. Some of the guys come from various backgrounds like Country, Modern Metal and 90’s rock like STP. But, me personally I try to bring as many influences that I can add tastefully. For example, I am a huge Who fan, so I like to mix elements of Keith Moons playing as well as adding touches of drum greats such as Buddy Rich, Corky Laing, Todd Sucherman, Zak Starkey, and Stewart Copeland. The mix of all of our influences clash into something that I think works perfect.
Joining the band is 18 yr old phenomenon drummer Jason Hartless. How did he become a part of the project?
Well I actually was called in for an audition in 2009 to join the band, I had just got off the Crue Fest 2 tour in the summer of 2009 drumming for an artist that was on that tour, I was always jealous of PDP because here PDP was sitting home in Detroit starting to chart with Rockstars Girlfriend and here we are on the largest tour of the summer and the artist I was with wasn’t charting shit, haha…..but I came to the audition and tried out, I didn’t get the gig because they felt I was too young at the time(I was 15 at that time). So years go by and in December of 2012, a month after my 18th birthday, I get a call from Jason Lollio asking me to join the band. It really couldn’t have came at a perfect time because I just graduated High School in June of this year…so now I am free to tour whenever. As of 2014, I will be going to Berklee College of Music in Boston, when PDP is not touring.
The single off the record is titled “Not Today.” How is it doing on the airwaves and who is currently spinning the single?
It’s doing very well! “Not Today” has been in the Top 5 on Detroit’s 101 WRIF for the past 2 months and is starting to get picked up by more rock stations nationwide.
There is also a brand new video for the single. Whose idea was it for the concept?
The concept was thought up by Dana Haddad and Eli Brown, we wanted something simple but still very cool for the first video, and I think it came out really awesome.
Did anything interesting happen the day of the shoot?
We all discovered our Singer, Dave Fuller has a hidden talent. His eye for shot continuity is incredible hahaha. Every little thing about every shot he always was questioning if an object was in the same spot and didn’t move. It was actually pretty funny. He got really serious about it too hahaha
You will be attending the Rock Radio Conference in Las Vegas, "Radio Contraband", on Oct. 17th. Tell us about the event and how you will be participating in it?
This is a really great opportunity for us because Radio Contraband is a convention for all of the Radio Program directors across the US to go to workshops and check out new band at a showcase of 7 bands at the House of Blues at the Mandalay Bay and PDP is one of them. So we are hoping this will really showcase the band and help more stations pick our single and much more
What are the plans as far as touring in support of the record?
We are doing a short three week tour in October based around the Radio Contraband convention, but we plan on looking for a big national tour to get on to in the winter.
Who are some of the bands that you would like to tour with?
Well personally, I would love to tour with The Who haha, but I think PDP would fit great with Shinedown, Nickalback, Theory of a Deadman, STP, and bands along that same vein.
Thank you so much for the interview. Was there anything you’d like to add or say?
I would say just give our album a listen, I think that it is a really great record that I am very proud of and I don’t think people will be disappointed.