When they were in the UK recently, we sat down with THE PARLOR MOB bassist Nick Villapiano in an effort to get to know him a little better, what with the band being new to us here in the UK.
What were you doing when I interrupted you to do this?
Sitting backstage, drinking a few beers.. Just got done smoking a cig.
Date of birth?
My date of birth is May 28th, 1983.
Where did you go to high school?
I went to Red Bank Regional in Little Silver, New Jersey, which is also my home town. I started high school in 1997 and graduated in 2001.
When you were at high school, what did you want to be when you grew up?
I had no idea what I wanted to be, but I was in my first band in high school and that was with Paul, who plays guitar in the Parlor Mob.
What was the first instrument you ever played?
Bass guitar. I’ve been a bass player ever since I was eleven. Some friends of mine were starting a band and nobody played bass, so I was like ‘Oh ok, I wanna do that!’ My parents were cool enough to get me one and I just kinda fell in love with the instrument.
Tell us about the first band you ever played in.
It was called Optimus Prime, we were a hardcore band, and I think we were pretty good. Our last couple of songs were really something, but we were just trying to write sweet songs with crazy breakdowns!
What’s your favourite food?
My favourite food is my father’s eggplant parmesan. It’s delicious.
Beverage of choice?
In the summertime I enjoy a nice Pina Colada. Aside from that I just like water and beer.
Biggest pet peeve on the road?
People who go out of their way to be impolite.
Track of the moment?
Hmm… That’s a toughie! Let’s say ‘We’ve Still Got a Long Way to Go’ by Alice Cooper.
Album of the moment?
The Austin Powers soundtrack!
Movie of the moment?
Jeez, movies… I can’t even recall the last one I saw! Oh – Final Destination in 3D! That movie’s awesome.
When you look back on your career what has been the most prominent moment?
Oooh… It’s so hard not to do a joke answer! Probably the last time we were in Glasgow, which was the first time we’d ever been there, we just played a sold out show to kids screaming our names and stuff, that was really cool.
Random fact about you?
I have an extremely Italian full name: Nicolas Gavino Villapiano.
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