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Jul 15 Toronto, ON
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Jul 21 Uniondale, NY
Jul 22 Hartford, CT
Jul 24 Washington, DC
Jul 25 Virginia Beach, VA
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Aug 01 Milwaukee, WI
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Aug 05 Portland, OR
"A lot of bands have an embattled relationship with social media — in some respects outlets of that ilk help bands “make” it, as well as provide access to legions of supportive fans with tweeting fingers tuned to praise. In others, well, social media — and the anonymous feedback that it allows — can be irritating and hurtful. Ronnie Radke of screamo band Falling In Reverse is only too aware of the ups and downs of the Web at large — especially if you’re just as outspoken as your thousands of followers.
This Music Meter Monday — a feature highlighting bands climbing the MTV Music Metercharts — we spoke with Radke, formerly of Escape The Fate (a band that he’s not currently on the best of terms with) and current frontman of Falling In Reverse. Radke started Falling In Reverse while serving a two-year prison sentence for violating probation (Radke was given 5 years probation as a result of a high-profile altercation in 2006).
Since emerging from behind bars in December of 2010, Radke has yet to slow down — Falling In Reverse released its debut album, The Drug In Me Is You, in July of 2011, and a slew of extremely popular music videos have followed.
Fresh off his last tour, Radke took some time out from playing video games and prepping for the Vans Warped Tour to chat with the O Music blog about Twitter, the ins and outs of screamo singing and the massive game of telephone that is the Web.
I just watched your new video for ‘Raised By Wolves.’ I really like how all your fans are so integrated into it.
That was just our normal show. Someone just brought really good cameras and filmed it. There was really no ‘stop, go’ — we played our set and they filmed that song.
Yeah, I was wondering how organic it was. I liked the part where the kid comes up on stage.
That was natural. The weird thing was that at that show the security was terrible. No one would help us. They wouldn’t help us block the kids. So there were real fans actually jumping on stage and actually singing the songs.
Is that something you usually condone?
They can jump up there whenever they want. I brought half the crowd once on stage on the tour before that. The whole crowd was covering the stage. But as we go to bigger rooms there’s more barriers and professional security, so they try to prevent that as much as possible. But when a fan jumps on stage I embrace them.
Yeah, I’m really interested in talking to you about your fanbase, because they seem so supportive and active. Reading your Twitter feed is always really fun — seeing you talk to everyone. You’re so unfiltered.
Yeah, I’m kind of rude. I have some anger issues toward people — I feel like there’s not that many brave people that will do that. They’re afraid that they’re going to get people mad at them, but I don’t really care. I don’t really care if people get mad at me. I don’t even think I should be on Twitter. I think I need to give that to my managers or something, because I go crazy on there sometimes.
I don’t know. I think it’s refreshing when you can tell that a band is tweeting, instead of their managers.
Yeah, you’re right. But then I go crazy and say really rude things to people and then I’m like, ‘Ehh, I feel bad…’ after the fact. I need some metal gloves so that I can’t type. With locks on them.
I think there’s a service that stops you from tweeting. But I think it’s if you’re drunk.
I think it’s called Social Media Sobriety Test.
[Laughs] That’s funny! That’s so funny!
Yeah, but the test is kind of too hard for sober people to do. Like saying the alphabet backwards — who can do that?
Yeah! That’s funny.
With our blog, we obviously cover social media a lot. How has your experience with social media changed over the years as a musician? You’ve been in a few bands over the years.
It’s at a higher level now, but it’s always been there. My band was at the forefront at the beginning of social media. Literally when MySpace started — our band formed before that — we didn’t realize what MySpace was actually capable of.
I’m just in that generation I guess, in the new wave of music and how it gets to fans. Shit’s always been like that — my old band until now. Talking to fans over the Internet, putting out music, selling tickets — that’s always been online.
My old video on YouTube has 35 million views from the old Escape The Fate days, and my new videos have 8 million, 4 million — they just came out like five months ago. I don’t understand, because there’s some of these bands that are way bigger than me that don’t get any views, barely. I don’t understand sometimes. I’m kind of confused, really, how I get so many views on my videos and there are bands playing arenas that don’t get that many views.
Do you think it’s the age of your fans, maybe?
Yeah, yeah, but I think they just keep watching [the videos] over and over or something. They’ll watch it like 25 times per day each or something. They watch these YouTube videos — they just go crazy. Like the first video came out and it got 100,000 videos per day; my second video got like 2 million views in a week — ‘I’m Not A Vampire.’ So they’re watching, for sure. Someone is.
So your music obviously appeals to kids who grew up with the Internet — what they call ‘digital natives.’ What do you think it is about the content of your music that appeals to these kids?
I just write from how I feel. As an outlet. When I was a kid I would listen to songs and they would be talking about certain things and I would just, somehow — even if it wasn’t accurate to my life — relate it to myself. I would somehow change certain things and relate it to me. I think a lot of kids do that in general when it comes to music.
If they look up to somebody they’re going to somehow relate it to them and their lives. I also sing about my mom leaving me a lot — a lot of kids have their moms or dads leave them, so they relate to that. I wear my heart on my sleeve, so I think that’s what the kids love.
I can definitely see that. A lot of your followers on Twitter are always congratulating you for being so open.
I think it’s a sacrifice that you have to make, because you lay yourself open for people to accuse and disrespect you. But it’s worth it. It’s worth it because not too many people are too honest anymore.
Only a handful of people are honest when they sing. A lot of people sing about very vague things, or they’ll sing about someone breaking up with them, but a lot of people don’t go too deep into their past and stuff, because they don’t want it to be let out. I just do it anyway.
So how do you handle being so open when people lash out at you?
It’s just Karma, so it’s like, ‘Oh, I deserve it. I just told you all to go f**k yourselves. Obviously you’re going to say something mean to me.’ What really bothers me, what gets me mad, is when people don’t know the story, but then pretend like they know the story. That’s what bothers me. That’s what makes me mad.
But there’s nothing I can do about that, because kids want to pretend they know everything about everything. When I was younger I would do the same thing. I would argue with my friends, like, ‘No, this is what that song means because that certain person, he wrote it about him, because blah blah blah.’ I remember doing the same thing, so I can’t be mad at them. It kind of gets under my skin.
You mean like the content of this record being about your last band? [Much of The Drug In Me Is You is about parting ways with his old band, Escape The Fate.]
Yeah. A lot of people say, ‘They did this because of this.’ It’s like, ‘Be quiet. You don’t know anything. Just sing along and keep it to yourself. Don’t tweet at me about it,’ you know?
So you’re the kind of person who would rather not explain what his songs are about?
What I mean is like blatant stuff. The lyric blatantly says this, but then they’ll say something totally off the wall that it means. So what I’m saying, in a nice way, is that some kids are retarded in this generation coming up. Kids are getting less intelligent. It’s so quick and easy to — like Wikipedia for example. There’s so many lies on there about me. What? You go on there and everything’s a lie almost.
It says that there were like six different band members in Falling In Reverse before. No, there were not! Stuff like that. So the kids will go there and they’ll see that they’ll automatically assume… That’s what I’m talking about. No matter how many times you say it, they’re not going to believe the actual person.
It’s like ‘Ronnie Radke murdered someone, went to prison for two years, and now they released him.’ They released a murderer — gave him two years in prison because he murdered someone. C’mon, man. Stuff like that. That’s what I’m trying to say that makes me upset.
So if you could set the record straight for all these kids on one thing, what would it be?
I didn’t kill anyone. I’m not a murderer. I went to prison because I violated my probation.
That’s a pretty good thing to set straight.
Yeah, like kids will stand outside my bus after my show. It will be raining outside, so I won’t come out to sign stuff. Because it’s raining and I have wet hair from the show and I don’t want to get a cold. And then they’ll get mad and they’ll tweet, ‘You didn’t come out! I knew I should have listened to my mom. She said you’re a murderer and I couldn’t go to your show, but I went anyway.’
Oh, man. Those are like those moms who called KISS Satan worshippers.
Yeah, exactly. Wow, you just enlightened me. I hadn’t thought about it like that. It’s been going on for years.
It’s, funny, too, because those same moms were probably not allowed to go to shows for the same reason.
Exactly! It was probably the moms that went to go see KISS.
Now I’m curious, and this is kind of just a general genre question — how to you sing and scream all in the same song? How does that work with your voice?
A lot of bands now — not too many people sing and scream. There are lead screamers and their guitar player is screaming. I think I just got lucky. I practiced a lot when I was younger."
Yarely Radke asks:
If you could tour with anyone, dead or alive, who would it be and why?
I would have to say I’d tour with Manowar, just to see the loudest show on earth!
Alvin Mkd asks:
What do you like to play when you aren’t playing your own songs?
I’m really just starting to learn the “shredding” aspect of guitar playing, but I also like playing all sorts of music, one of my favorites being metal.
Kelcey Vanity Monroe asks:
What was your first concert?
First real concert would be Stone Temple Pilots and Red Hot Chili Peppers.
Katie Peterson asks:
Why did you pursue a career in music?
Music always felt natural. It made me feel good about myself, and makes me happier than anything else I’ve tried out there.
Nick Feller asks:
Do you have a favorite city to play in? And how old where you when you went on your first tour?
Can’t say as I have a favorite city to play, as I love most every show and city I play in. My first tour would have to have been when I was 19, I think.
Sarina Colón asks:
What or who inspired you to become who you are? And who was/is your greatest musical influence?
Growing up I was heavily influenced by punk rock, and political punk rock. As far as an influence to this day, and from the beginning, I’ve always looked up to AFI and Swedish metal bands such as At The Gates and Soilwork.
Maritza Radke asks:
What do you like to do for fun?
I’m kinda a big video game fan. I also ride bikes when I can, or my Razor ® Scooter. [Laughs.]
Miranda Scott asks:
What are your three best albums of all time, and why?
1. AFI, The Art of Drowning
This album kind of just changed the way I looked at everything musically and lyrically.
2. Danzig, Danzig II
This album just caught my ear because of the straight rock, almost AC/DC feel, and the aggressive but at times beautiful vocals.
3. As I Lay Dying, Frail Words Collapse
This album was something new to me, with the energy of metal but also the roots of hardcore in California that I had heard before. To me, it takes that to a different level; they kind of pioneered that sound, generally.
Hi Derek, wanted to say I think you’re super cool. My question is such: RUSH or YES? #prognerdzunite
Brandon Thomas Turner asks:
What guitar strings do you use, and what running do you play in?
I use Ernie Ball strings, skinny top heavy bottom. 52-42-30-17-13-10. They work well for me in drop-C.
Brittany Simmons asks:
Can you play any other instruments besides the guitar?
You know, a little of this, a little of that—some drums, bass, recorder. Growing up, I played the violin and saxophone.
Carmen Trujillo asks:
If you would have not been playing in Falling In Reverse right now, what would you have been doing?
I’d probably be doing some bitch work in some studio as a runner or something interning. [Laughs.] Hopefully getting paid.
Along with my apologies for the lack of updates recently, as other things have been occuring, I also bring a new introduction to the band that you've probably already heard by now....
Well, either way, I introduce Ronnie Ficarro, to replace Mika, obviously.
Yeah, his name is Ronnie as well, hahah
He's on the left, Derek's the right.
Well, I'll be updating the Band Member's tab now, and we'll wait and see how he does.
He's left claiming that he just can't work with the band anymore, though Ronnie has countered it saying that he kicked him out himself because "he can't tune his bass and he's an asshole."
It wasn't supposed to be announced until after January, but because someone's a jerk and spread it anyways, here it is.
He'll be back on stage this spring in a "much bigger band," whatever that may be.
A lot of people think it's Escape The Fate since they've got an opening right now, but if that happens, I'll completely lose my faith in humanity from the irony..
But, nonetheless, I was looking forward to seeing him in concert this January, and I'll miss him, and support him whichever he decides to so with himself.
This is all I know for now, I'll make sure to update if I hear anything else..
Now, this has come up before and I've let it pass by, but it's recently showed up again and I want to share it with anyone else who has never before had the pleasure of reading "Christwire" articles by Susan B. Xenu.
I can't really say much about it, it's too hilarious, it just gets me every time I see Xenu type the word "homogay" or talk about "Andy Beersack."
So! My fellow emosexuals, unless I find something else completely unworthy of posting on the site, then I leave you with this, and I wish you a happy holiday. =D
Oh, and her facebook, she also talks a lot about Black Veil Brides and My Chemical Romance..
According to "PanasonicYouth" of Buzznet, a popular site which I am sure most of you have at least heard of, Falling In Reverse falls in third in his list of The Worst Album Covers of 2011 .
"Ronnie Radke has proven to be a fairly disgusting person over the past five years, rarely lifting himself above the level of a petty, drama-causing high school student on top of continually refusing to be accountable for his actions. Then we get this record cover, a constant theme of metalcore/hardcore bands who want to come off as being dark and hard: the use of white female subjects to represent misery, death, or heartbreak.
Here is a free tip to all bands ever: STOP DOING THIS. First of all, problematic shit aside…no, I'm going to address that first. So, young girls are only fit to adorn your records in some way to insult or denigrate their femininity? I'm sure that there's not a song on this record that refutes this idea, and I'm sure, knowing your past, that women are either an "addiction" to you or the source of heartbreak. The women in your lyrical narratives have no agency whatsover.
But let's say we ignore that: how many records from people in your genre have used a motif or trope like this? Most of them, I'd say, so why would you follow that? Is she supposed to represent the loss of innocence? She doesn't even look like she's crying, so why is her make-up smeared?
I'm just annoyed at this point. GO AWAY."
It's funny how he can't even stay relevant to he subject through his whole explanation as to why Falling In Reverse is on this list, let alone in the top three. He didn't even mention the rest of the band, it's pretty much just Ronnie. Something here tells me that this guy didn't bother to do any research on this, or even listen to the album. It was the creative artist team who hired the girl on the cover, did the makeup, took the photograph, all the band did was pick the cover out of a few others.
And lastly, why did he even bother making such a bullshit list? It's not even about how the cover looks, why don't you listen to the music first and then make your judgments about the cover of their album or what kind of person the lead singer is?
Why am I even writing about something so stupid.
Well.. at least Lady Gaga was higher on the list than them.
Guys, we’ve got a new headlining tour starting this January!
They're going with Oh, Sleeper and Skip The Foreplay.
Ronnie's comment on the tour was "I’m looking forward to hitting all of the big cities in the US. I’m excited to play for all of the kids that haven’t seen me in a while.”
I'm so excited, they're coming to my town on the 24th =D