I was recently reminded that it’s been a year since I interviewed Black Veil Brides’ lead singer, Andy Biersack. In honour of that, I thought I’d share some of the best bits from that interview.
Having had the career of which most musicians can only dream, Black Veil Brides’ frontman Andy Biersack considers himself fortunate to still call the industry home. In this interview, he discusses debut solo album, The Shadow Side (released under the moniker Andy Black), his love for Australia and preparing for the band’s next record.
For this album, was the song writing process different compared to that of Black Veil Brides?
Absolutely! In the band, you’re writing in conjunction with the other band mates, whereas with this it was just myself and John Feldmann, my producer. I was able to have a lot of my friends come in from different bands to collaborate. I had my friends from Fall Out Boy and My Chemical Romance and The Used, and a bunch of other groups that came in, helped me out and played instruments on the record, added their flair here and there. It was great!
What can people expect from one of your solo live performances, as opposed to a Black Veil Brides show?
To tell you the truth, it’s a very different show. Obviously with Black Veil Brides, there’s five band members running around and there’s big staging and video screening and pyrotechnics and everything, whereas an Andy Black show is meant to be a much more stripped-down experience. There’s just three of us on stage: myself, my drummer and guitar player, and it’s a lot more interactive.
I like to tell stories from my youth, touring and everything I’ve done over the years. I like to talk about each song individually and it’s meant to be a bit more personal.
So what makes Australian fans in particular so special?
From the first time we played in Australia, I had a really positive experience. There’s a level of dedication that you experience when you go to different countries. With Australia we just connected. I remember as a kid … I would watch my favourite band, KISS, and they went to Australia, and there was hysteria in the early eighties and late seventies. Australia just went wild for KISS. I always thought that would be so cool to go to a country that has such an amount of admiration and fandom for artists, particularly rock artists.
We’ve just always had a very positive experience in Australia.
Do you have any songs from The Shadow Side that you specifically enjoy performing live?
… Well, I like all of them, I guess (laughs). I love performing the singles, so I love doing Ribcage, my latest single from the record. That’s probably my favourite to perform live.
What have you found the reaction has been like with this record so far, particularly as it is completely different from Black Veil Brides?
I mean, it’s been really positive, to the point where it seems that most of my fans – fans of Black Veil Brides previously – understand that this is a separate project. It’s also brought in a lot of new people who maybe didn’t always listen to my band. I’ve been very pleased with the reaction.