In a recent interview, A Music Blog, Yea? caught up with guitarist Matt Padgett of North Carolina rock group Flagship to discuss essential tour items, hailing from Charlotte, Michael Jackson, and flying. Before listening to their excellent self-titled album, you can indulge in the interview below — enjoy!
AMBY: Hey Flagship, welcome to our site! What’s the band been up to lately?
Flagship: Hey, we are glad to be here! This is Matt talking…thanks for having us. 2014 has been about traveling and spreading the sound of our self-titled album. We had the opportunity to take our music across the states and into Canada, and we just got back from an overseas run where we played in the UK and France. It was a great experience, and we hope to get back over there soon. At the moment, we are at home focusing on getting everything together to release our album in Europe. Let’s hope they love it!
AMBY: How would you describe each member of the band in one word?
Flagship: Drake – John, Grant – John, Michael – Taco, Matt – Porker, Chris – Poof, Cole – No-mom
AMBY: Your latest album Flagship was released in October of 2013. What are your thoughts on the record now that there’s been some time to reflect?
Flagship: I’ll always love this album. It’s the first full-length album we have ever put out, and it’s something we are very proud of. Every song means something to me and is tied to a different memory. It’s very hard to be objective. I sometimes wonder if we should have shortened it and released some of the other songs later just to keep people biting. However, we already had to cut quite a few songs, and we are constantly making new music. I think if you keep your ears open, you will hear more from us soon! At the end of the day, I am still proud of the album, and I think more people just need to hear it.
AMBY: What’s next as far as recordings or releases go?
Flagship: We are about to release our album overseas, which is a big deal for us. As far as new recordings/releases in the US go… I don’t know what the exact plan is, but we have some material in our pocket and we are working on some more. Hopefully we can share some more music with you this year…?
AMBY: You recently let fans invade your tour bus in a Digital Tour Bus video. When it comes to touring, what three items are essential to have with you on the road?
Flagship: This is probably different for everyone, and it also differs depending on the season and location of the tour. I really needed a coat on our US/Canada tour…and I didn’t have one. On our UK/France tour, the power adapters/converters were a huge asset, and passports were necessary. Regardless, I think I would choose:
1. Beef Jerky
AMBY: Does being a North Carolina-based band have an influence on your sound? If so, how?
Flagship: I’m sure to some extent it does. Charlotte is responsible for bringing us together, and growing up in North Carolina gave us certain opportunities to learn and play music. The experiences we have here influence our song-writing, and the places in NC where we write and record most definitely have affected the way our music sounds.
AMBY: If you could trade places with any artist in the industry, who would it be?
Flagship: This question is hard to answer. Are we are talking becoming those people? or simply trading our level of success/exposure? I like being me and being Flagship, and I’d feel bad for the more successful band that I traded with… so I’ll be selfless and say Michael Jackson.
AMBY: Lastly, tell us something about Flagship that nobody knows yet.
Flagship: Grant can fly.
Thank you Flagship, for giving us your answers!
Interview by Alicia Atout | @AliciaAtout