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ASK THE ARTIST WITH JOEL O’KEEFFE (AIRBOURNE) PART 1

Posted on June 12, 2008

AIRBOURNE are currently winging their way to the UK to play Download festival on Sunday, attend the Metal Hammer Awards on Monday and then play some dates in Ireland. Not only that, but they release digital single RUNNIN WILD on Monday 16th June (check out the video below).

Recently, RR UK visitors submitted questions to frontman Joel and so here we present part 1 of his answers. Part 2 to follow tomorrow…

I saw Airbourne at King Tuts in Glasgow on the 10th Feb. You played a solo of Scotland the Brave. Was that planned or did you just play a few notes and it sounded like the tune, and you went off in a tangent? – Yvonne McCutcheon
Gday Yvonne. Nah it wasn’t planned but it was one of the first things I learnt to play on the guitar and hadn’t played it for years, so it just came to me at the time to play it loud for the Scots. Fuckin love that tune!

Do you think music as a whole could or will ever take a turn from a hip hop and pop centered music culture back to a rock n roll style culture like the 70s and 80s? – Jesse Brillhart
Gday Jesse. Whatever the outcome Rock’n’Roll will always prevail. We shall fight with growing confidence and growing strength in the air, we shall defend Rock’n’Roll, whatever the cost may be, we shall fight on the beaches, we shall fight on the landing grounds, we shall fight in the fields and in the streets, we shall fight in the hills; we shall never surrender! Hopefully Churchill one mind me for that one!

What is the origin of the name of Airbourne? How did you decide on it? – Kee
Gday Kee. Diving out of an aeroplane with nothing but a chute and your mates straight into exploding flak and not knowing whether you’re gonna live or die is what we think touring and playing live is like.

Do you rate Powderfinger, Silverchair, Jet and Wolfmother as good Aussie bands? – Andrew
Gday Andrew. Yes I do, Powderfinger, Silverchair, Wolfmother and jet have all done kick arse things for the Australian music industry in the past 15 years such as opening locked doors overseas for other Aussie bands, so we fully support them 100 percent.

What strings and pickups do you guys use to get your specific sound? – Joel Hoyt
Gday Joel. Both roadsy and I use D’Adario 10-52’s and Seymour Duncan 59’ pickups. The amplifier is always a Marshall 100watt JMP or JCM800 through classic cabs.

Debut album RUNNIN WILD is in stores NOW. Click HERE to pick up a copy

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