|PZO: As a band, what are your best qualities?
Will: Oh, wow. Best qualities. If we were a band on a dating site I would say we were personable, great chill guys. Musically we’re ambitious and exciting and accessible at the same time.
PZO: What’s a common compliment people give you as a band and individually?
Will: As a band, I’d say a lot of people enjoy the fact that we’re actually a band. You know we’ve been five best friends since we were fifteen years old and I think people really like to see five friends playing music together rather than just five hired guns doing it. I think that’s the greatest compliment we could receive and I think that’s our favorite one to get. Individually—Ah man, that’s a tough one. A common compliment people usually give me is that they like my eyes. I don’t know why. So there you go.
PZO: What’s the last good deed you did?
Will: I let my brother beat me in Words with Friends because I had slaughtered him three times in a row.
PZO: I’m obsessed with that game.
Will: Oh yeah, it’s just non-stop especially with my brother. I’d been beating him three times and I had a chance to beat one more, but I let him beat me. He’ll say otherwise, but I definitely let him.
PZO: What event on your life had the greatest impact on you?
Will: Wow. Probably when I got my first guitar; I’d say it kind of set my life in motion to be where it is now. Sixth grade, eleven years old, Christmas time got my first guitar and that was that.
PZO: From your parents?
Will: Yeah, from my parents for Christmas.
PZO: What’s something you’ve always wanted to do, but haven’t done yet?
Will: Oh! Go skydiving. Ironically, the band Parachute has never been parachuting.
PZO: There’s a music video idea.
Will: I know, I know. It’s on the list. We are going to do it this Spring.
PZO: Given the opportunity, who would you kidnap and what would you do?
Will: I would probably kidnap Jon Hamm from Mad Men and hang out because he’s my favorite actor.
PZO: Not do anything special?
Will: I would literally just want to hang around so that people could see I was hanging out with Jon Hamm.
PZO: What’s the worst advice you’ve ever been given?
Will: A little while back someone told me if you tell people you will be successful then you will be successful; which is the worst thing I’ve ever heard in my life. You should never announce it, just do it.
PZO: What’s the biggest misconception people have about you?
Will: A lot of people think I’m---man, that’s a great question. A lot of people assume that I’m a crazy, funny guy just ‘cause I’m kind of crazy when I’m around them, but I’m not at all. I don’t really drink. So, a lot of people always ask me if I’m drunk, but I’m usually not. Actually, I’m never because I’ve never drank in my life. There’s a common misconception.
PZO: It’s a natural high.
Will: Yes, exactly.
PZO: What’s the last meaningful thing you did?
Will: Got to talk to my mom on the phone a couple days ago. I’d say that’s pretty meaningful. Every time I get to talk to my parents is always a good thing.
PZO: If your house was on fire, what’s the one thing you’d make sure to save?
Will: First off my roommate, but if he’s already out of the house then probably my first guitar.
PZO: Tell us 3 random things about yourself that most people don’t know.
Will: Dang! You’re firing them off here. First random thing: I love bean burritos. It’s my favorite food of all time. Second random thing is: I don’t like eating cereal in front of people. Third random thing is: I have two chocolate labs named Jackson and Lincoln.
PZO: What’s one thing you would not do for any amount of money?
Will: I doubt I would ever eat my own vomit. So there you go.
PZO: What’s the one life experience you would want a do-over on?
Will: Probably college. I would have liked to have paid attention a little more. Now that I’m out I realized how cool some of the stuff we were learning about was. Would have been nice to actually remember.
PZO: What did you major in?
Will: I majored in Music.
PZO: What’s your best childhood memory?
Will: Great question. I remember going to the pool, just going off the diving board, in the summer back when I was really really young like first, second grade. I just remember that for some reason--going with my parents and my brothers and my sister. It was a lot of fun.
PZO: What’s one question you’ve never been asked in an interview that you would like to be asked?
Will: Good question. What’s my favorite item of clothing. I’d say my Nudie Jeans. No one has asked me that. There you go.
PZO: Tell us about the new album, “The Way It Was”.
Will: Started writing for it in February of last year while we were in Europe with Kelly Clarkson. Just started writing, didn’t really plan on it. Eventually, by May or June I had written enough songs to make an album, so we decided to go in there in the summer and worked with a guy named John Fields [Switchfoot, Goo Goo Dolls, P!nk], who is an amazing producer and great friend of ours and finished up just at the end of this past year, 2010. In comparison to what a lot of stuff that is being put out, it’s quite good. Hopefully, people would agree. It’s just big, it’s ambitious, it’s very band sounding. I think its five guys playing their instruments, singing, writing their own music—which I think is a very refreshing thing in today’s day and age and hopefully people would agree.
PZO: If you had to pick one song off the new album that you are most proud of, which one would it be?
Will: It’s a tie between a song called “What I Know” and “Forever and Always”. “What I Know” is a song that kind of came out randomly, sort of a bunch of different influences that I’ve always had. I just think that it’s probably the biggest song we’ve ever done which I like and am very proud of. “Forever and Always” I think is probably the best song I’ve ever written. For pure songwriting, I think, that one is something that is kind of hard not to be proud of, your best song.
PZO: What would be your pitch to get someone to buy “The Way It Was”?
Will: Oh! I think there is something for everybody on the album. I would guarantee that you could find at least one song on the album that you love. There’s my guarantee. My ambitious guarantee, but a guarantee nonetheless.