Phone Calls From Home Interview

Infectious Magazine: How are you enjoying the tour so far?

Jason Vieira: I love the tour, it’s been great. It’s our first official Warped Tour, and we’re really excited about it. We’ve been trying to get out and hustle every single day, trying to make new fans, make connections with people and just having a good time, hanging with friends and that type of thing, so it’s great.

IM:  Have you had a chance to meet a lot of your fans?

JV: Absolutely, yeah. I think that’s one of the big things about Phone Calls From Home is we try to be really close to our fans and we’re really into it. We have friends that come on tour with us and sell merchandise and do that type of thing, but every day we’re at the merch table selling and we’re meeting people, giving them headphones, having them listen to our music. So, we’re really into the whole being close to the action when it comes to selling merchandise and meeting people and all that stuff.

IM: What bands have you personally enjoyed seeing so far?

JV: The first day the only band I got to catch was A Day to Remember and that was amazing, they were so good. I’ve caught them a few times since then, and they always put on a great show. Actually, my personal taste is a little bit heavier, so A Day to Remember, August Burns Red is another of my favorites. The Devil Wears Prada, kind of heavier than what we play. And another one of our great friends, Jordan from The Ready Set, I love watching him every day, and those guys. So, it’s a great time.

IM: How do you think that as musicians, what you do makes you stand out amongst other bands to your fans?

JV: That’s a great question, what we do as musicians….I don’t know if what we do as musicians makes us stand out at all, to be honest. Because it’s a little bit more than how we play our instrument or record, or play or anything like that. When we song write, we try to make our lyrics as positive and as uplifting as possible. We kind of portray a message that’s really hopeful and inspiring as much as we can, and we do write songs just to write songs sometimes because there are people out there that just like to hear a good song, you know? A lot of people out there do need the hopeful, uplifting message and that’s one thing we do try and push really hard. So, when it comes down to being a musician, I don’t know that there’s anything in our live show that makes us stand out. I try to jump around as much as possible if anyone has seen that, but other than that we just really want to be good, humble people, that have good morals….we can be an outlet for anybody that wants us to be. We try to be really big with our social networking and try to reach out to as many fans as we can and we just like to be outlets and people that fans and friends can talk to whenever they need to.

IM: What ambitions do you have, not just as a musician but as a person?

JV: One of my biggest ambitions was to be on the Warped Tour and that kind of ties in with being a musician; I guess we’ve already done that now. As a person, I’ve always really wanted to….I’ve always wanted to have a family and have a home that I can call my own. Because I’ve never really had anything that I called my own. I’ve kind of always been blessed with great parents that keep up with me, and let me stay at their house and all that kind of stuff and I have a great girlfriend. I just want to have a family and be a regular guy and have a regular family life at some point.

IM: I’m betting your girlfriend is going to be very happy to hear that, ha ha.

JV: I bet she is, but she is great, she really is.

IM: Now, what is something that fans might be surprised to know about the band?

JV: Hm, I don’t know, there’s not a lot that we keep secret. Like I was saying, we do try to reach out and talk to fans as much as possible, and one of my favorite things is when I’m bored driving in the van, we do the 20 questions thing over Twitter. There’s not a lot that we keep secret, but if there’s anything that they wouldn’t know….geez, , I don’t know. I honestly can’t even think of one thing.

IM: That’s probably a good thing.

JV: Yeah it is. I mean, we don’t like to hide anything. It’s all out in the open, and if anybody has any questions for me, friend me on Twitter and shoot me a question, because I love doing that type of thing.

IM: What is your guilty pleasure?

JV: Oh geez….my guilty pleasure….I have a good one, that I can’t think of right now. Everybody gets mad at me for it, but now I can’t remember what it is.  Dang, these questions are too good, I’m getting stumped! Ha ha. Oh! I know what it is. My guilty pleasure….whenever I’m driving I like to listen to Billy Joel which is kind of funny, because he’s kind of like the slow, piano rock kind of guy. His songs haven’t come out in years; he’s been around forever. So, the guys are kind of sick of it, and [the songs] kind of get old but yeah, I just love listening to Billy Joel. And I like watching cartoons too, sometimes. I downloaded the first 50 episodes of Yu-Gi-Oh a couple weeks ago, so I’ve been watching that a lot. So, I guess that would be a guilty pleasure.

IM: What is the best kept secret, a restaurant or something from your hometown?

JV: My hometown is very small, there’s not a lot of things about it….I mean very small.

IM: Next town over, then.

JV: Next town over? Well, I mean, we live on Cape Cod, which some people know is a tourist area, so we do have absolutely gorgeous beaches, and really, really scenic spots when it comes to the ocean, the Atlantic Ocean and boats, and any marine type life. So there is definitely some great spots that I’m sure one of us could take you to sometime, or if anybody wants to come to the Cape, we’ll give you a tour. There is some beautiful spots on the ocean around our town. A lot of people, I remember my girlfriend, she’s from Utah so she came out to visit my family for the first time, and she was amazed at how many trees we have. She was blown away. She said she felt like she was lost the entire time, and like she was trapped in the woods. It was so funny. Because, our main roads are so tree covered, you know? But I love that about the Cape and Massachusetts, it’s a gorgeous place, I love coming home to it.

IM: Anything else you’d like to add?

JV: I’d like to add, that we just released our new CD, it’s called Live. Love. It’s an 11 song full length and you can get it on Itunes, or you can come to Warped Tour and we can hustle it to you. We’re really, really proud of it. We’ve changed our sound a little bit since the bubble gum pop of our self titled EP and Connected, our first full length. We really started playing music that we love, so I’m very excited about it, so are the rest of the guys. We still hope the message of the CD comes across, because that’s what we’re here for. Thank you.

IM: Thank you.