Amanda here, I did my first interview ever today and I can’t tell you how stoked I am right now! I was super nervous but Josh Epstein, of Dale Earnhardt Jr Jr, was really great and made it fun and exciting for me.
We had a few questions lined up, some to familiarize our readers with the band, as well as get them pumped up for the fall tour. Denver is the first city on their tour and they are looking forward to it, just as much as we are. So here it is, friends, Ultra5280’s interview with Josh Epstein of Dale Earnhardt Jr Jr.
|Left to Right Daniel Zott and Joshua Epstein of Dale Earnhardt Jr. Jr. (photo caption Jeff Snow)|
(DE) I’d say our sound is a cross between a lot of different things; a lot of elements of folk mixed with some electronic. Our influences include a lot of hip hop, like the Beastie Boys, old melodic music, but a lot of late 90’s early 2000’s hip hop.
(Ultra) You recently played Lollapalooza, what was the best part about it and what was the fan’s reaction?
(DE) My favorite part of Lollapalooza was riding in the golf carts all weekend, just cruising around in them. As for the crowd, they were very enthusiastic which was really encouraging for us.
(Ultra) Denver will be the first stop on your fall tour; what can we expect from you and what has been the best/worst thing about touring?
(DE)We have a couple of new things we are going to do but for the most part, if they haven’t seen us perform before they won’t be disappointed and if they have, they won’t be bored by it.
There’s not really a “worst thing” about touring, if you’re a musician and complain about touring, then you just shouldn’t tour. I’d say the best thing is seeing and experiencing a new town. We love Denver, I think it’s a great place. The last time we were here, we hung out at City O’ City.
(Ultra) Detroit has been a hotbed for up and coming bands such as The Von Bondies, The Dirtbombs, Electric Six, Eminem, Kid Rock, who would you say is the next big thing to come out of the Motor City?
(DE) Us. (a simple and direct answer, I like)
(Ultra) What is the most memorable event you guys have played for and who has given you the biggest compliment?
(DE) I would have to say that every time we play for ad agencies and large corporations.
(Ultra) Is it sort of a moment for you, when you step back and realize what you’ve accomplished? Like an, “oh my gosh” moment?
(DE) No, it’s just the closest we’ll ever come to working a 9-5.
(Ultra) And lastly, if you could go on tour with any band, past or present, who would you pick?
(DE) (a pause while he thought) Probably that Buddy Holly and Ritchie Valens tour when they died, well, except for the whole dying part.