The Red Jumpsuit Apparatus are pretty busy these days. They just recently got off a massive winter tour that they teamed up with MySpace Music for. They also released their new album, ‘Lonely Road’ off Virgin Records on February 3rd. Their single “You Better Pray” has been getting spins all over the airwaves. The band also run their own ‘Guaradian Angel Foundation’ that helps under-funded high school band programs. Ronnie Winter was gracious enough to sit down with Skope and give the real deal on Red Jumpsuit Apparatus.
Stoli: How was it being on tour for the past two months?
Ronnie Winter: Good as always… Traveling with our music.
Stoli: How did you link up with MySpace music and how did that enhance the tour for you & your fans?
Ronnie Winter: MySpace has always been good to us, as they have been with so many other bands. It’s a community we’re all apart of – Fans and bands.
Stoli: Why did you decide to name your new album, ‘Lonely Road’?
Ronnie Winter: It was relevant to the time of making our record. This song means a lot to our band for multiple reasons.
The Red Jumpsuit Apparatus “You Better Pray”:
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Stoli: Did the current state of the economy concern you in regards to sales with the new album?
Ronnie Winter: Not at all. That’s business, fans of our music will get our music somehow and that’s what is important.
Stoli: How did working with Howard Benson alter the sound & feel of this album as opposed to past works?
Ronnie Winter: The overall vibe and opportunity we had was great. Howard and his team would work with us hour after hour to get the sounds we were looking for. Time and minds were open.
Stoli: Your single “You Better Pray” is huge on radio and online. What is the concept behind that song and did you know that was going to be your hit track?
Ronnie Winter: The basic bottom line is about standing up for yourself, especially the small man, the beat up man. I wouldn’t call it a hit track, more so another RJA song, we just happen to release this one first and film a video for it.
Stoli: With many music fans downloading a lot more singles on I Tunes & ZUNE, will bands still put out albums with 10+ songs, 10 years from now?
Ronnie Winter: Hard to say considering I’m not in the future, but as long as people keep making music for themselves and others I think the music world will be at peace. If anything it’ll just be less business and more love.
Stoli: Was there a lot of pressure to top your debut album, ‘Don’t You Fake it’ when you went to record this album?
Ronnie Winter: We try and free our minds of that. Artists get asked that question a lot when in reality we just made more music and recorded it and put it out. The more you boggle your mind over that question, the more likely you won’t enjoy yourself.
Stoli: Do you think that it was fair for Kellogg’s to drop Michael Phelps after he smoked some ganja?
Ronnie Winter: The Kellogg’s bird has probably ripped a bong. We’re all people. He is a great guy who put hope in hearts around the world. All I can hope for is that he cares less of what Kellogg’s thinks about him. I think we’d be great friends.
Stoli: What inspired you to form The Red Jumpsuit Apparatus Guardian Angel Foundation and how can fans & readers get involved?
Ronnie Winter: The good hearts in this band are what inspired the foundation. With power comes responsibility and we know how important it is to help those in need. You can learn more at www.redjumpsuit.com or www.myspace.com/redjumpsuit
Stoli: What can we expect from RJA for 2009 and what gets you excited about being alive in this era of time?
Ronnie Winter: We’ll be touring and breathing. What gets me excited about being alive in this era of time, knowing people are really starting to care about the earth again after realizing how bad we fucked things up. Blow up your cars.