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Smash Mouth’s Steve Harwell: “WE will be bringing the party TO you” – ON TOUR NOW!

Smash Mouth 2015

“As always, what you can expect from Smash Mouth is that we will be bringing the party to you,” Smash Mouth vocalist and co-founder Steve Harwell shared about the band’s upcoming summer tour stop in Woodinville a the Chateau Ste Michelle Winery.

No surprise there, since nobody can do fun quite like Smash Mouth!  The band debuted their incomparable pop style in 1997 with their album, Fush You Mang, and continued to release some of the 90s’ most iconic hits like “All Star,” “Then The Morning Comes” and “Walkin’ On the Sun.”

The band is touring the country alongside fellow 90s hit-makers Toad the Wet Sprocket and Tonic. “I always get super excited when I know I’m going out on a long run.” Steve continued, “Being in a tour bus is one of the most natural and comfortable places for me personally.”

What I love about these guys is that they’ve never lost sight of who they are and why they make music. In fact, when I asked Steve what advice he would give himself if he could go back to recording his first record, he said: “I’d have to give myself the same advice that I did then which was, ‘No matter what just stay the course, keep doing what you believe in’.”

I am so excited to be able to include this interview with Steve Harwell of Smash Mouth on Findyourfav – I have loved this band for years and can’t wait to see them play next week in Woodinville!  Please enjoy our Q&A below:

Did I see a new album mention on Facebook over the weekend?! I’d love to hear about that!
Steve: We’ve been kicking around the idea of starting a new album when we get off the road this summer. Hoping to do some serious recording this fall/ winter and have something out early next year.

And you have a biography coming out as well! What was your experience like putting together a biography and what inspired you to put it together?
Steve: Actually our bass player Paul wrote the official bio. He’s a big fan of band’s bios and has read them all. He also has a degree in journalism from San Jose State University and has wanted to be an author. We also came out with a cookbook “Recipes From The Road” that he did a lot of writing on. He’s really proud of this bio. It will be available this summer. We will be selling copies on the road as well so come on out and grab one.

The 90s were a crazy time for music (in a great way), what are some differences that you’ve noticed with the music scene then versus now?
Steve: The music industry is so different today than it was in the 90s. Everything is digital now. There was a time we were selling cds, now you can hardly find physical music anywhere. everything seems to be EDM influenced these days and much less organic. There definitely is some good stuff out there today but I have to say, I love my 90s music.

If you could go back to just before you released your first album with the band and give yourself advice, what would you say?
Steve: I’d have to give myself the same advice that I did then which was “No matter what just stay the course, keep doing what you believe in”

You’ve been on a few different labels over the years – I’m curious as to what your experience has been like and whether or not being dropped from a label changes the way you approach your songwriting? And how did you personally bounce back from it?
Steve: In the 90’s it seemed imperative that you were on a label. Today, with the internet – YouTube and iTunes, along with your own social media, have pretty much replaced traditional record companies. When we parted ways with Interscope, it didn’t really phase us and we just continued making the music that we wanted to make and releasing it to our fans. We personally have nothing against labels. We enjoyed our time on Interscope. As a matter of fact we recently released an Icon album through Universal and this summer will be releasing a live album through Sony. So we still do a lot with various record companies.

What keeps you guys moving forward and inspired after all of these years as a band?
Steve: We have the greatest jobs in the world. We love performing. And more than any of that we love being able to see our fans and communicate with them on a daily basis.

You’re heading out on a summer tour pretty soon! We are excited here in Seattle! What do you do to prepare yourself for touring? And what can we expect from a Smash Mouth show?
Steve: I always get super excited when I know I’m going out on a long run. Being in a tour bus is one of the most natural and comfortable places for me personally. You go to bed in one city and wake up in another. And as always what you can expect from Smash Mouth is that we will be bringing the party to you.

Do you guys have any pre-show rituals?
Steve: Each individual guy has their own ritual before taking the stage. We do like to quickly huddle before each show.

And lastly – I’d love to know what some of your lifetime favorite albums are, if that would be okay!
Steve: Sure! In addition to every Elvis Presley record ever made, I’d have to say Van Halen the David Lee Roth years.



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