MPR: You've been touring pretty much nonstop for the past year now, is there anything you do to prepare yourself to put on such an intense live show night after night?
Elias: I play music and I try to warm up a little bit. Little gurgly noises, really weird noises. I try to do it by myself because it's embarassing. You make the kinda noises and sounds that people don't really understand how that's gonna help you warm up, but it really does.
MPR: Are there ever any nights where your voice is totally strained and you have to go out there anyway?
Elias: Yeah definitely. Not so uch lately, over the years I've gotten better at knowing when to push it and when not to push it, and how to sing right. I know that I'm singing every single night so I have my sound guy dial me in properly so I don't have to work as hard.
MPR: I saw that you guys did a Kick Starter earlier this year to help with this touring, how did that end up working out?
Elias: It was great. We did almost $8,000 over our goal. It gave us the opportunity to do the two tours that we wanted to do with All That Remains and Hellyeah and Device, so it worked out great.
MPR: At this point you've probably played almost all of the major festivals in this country as well as a ton of headlining runs, what's your favorite thing about each type of show?
Elias: I like the big festivals and playing in front of the big crowds cause it's a completely different feeling. The club shows are great too. It's definitely a different vibe, you're up close and personal. There's something about the energy of the crowd at the festivals, I'm happy to be a part of it.
MPR: I believe it was your 7th studio album you released a little over a year ago. Now that you have so many albums is it hard to put your set together?
Elias: Yeah it is. It's funny last night someone was like 'play something that we know!' and I was like 'aw man, we're trying to play new shit for you people'. But yeah we've been playing some new stuff lately and we have people on our website that ask us for odd stuff so we try to put it in here and there. Having seven records people just wanna hear the main ones, but after a few years we wanna change it up. And our die hards go out to every single show and see that same show over and over again so we like to change it up for them too.
MPR: If you could put together your own set without having to include the ones you have to include are there any songs you'd love to add in?
Elias: I'd love to play "Code Red" off of.. I can't remember. I wish we could play that, it's from way back in the day. We've had a lot of requests for "Tribute" lately which is on our first record. It's like this medley of a few hip hop tracks that we did, a Slick Rick, Method Man, and Busta Rhymes track all mixed up together. Outside of that we pretty much give everything else a try at least once or twice.
MPR: The last album is one of my favourite Nonpoint albums to date. The singles have all been doing really well, do you have any plans to release any more from this album?
Elias: Not right now. We're really gearing up and getting ready to put together another record. The industry moves quick with singles and records these days. It's great for us cause we've always got work. Records, people sit on them and play them for years. Radio right now is definitely one of the things you wanna check off on your list as far as releasing stuff but it's not as important as it used to be. Music's getting put back into the hands of the listener now. I guess they got tired of calling into radio stations and the stations not playing the request.
MPR: So are you constantly writing while you're on the road?
Elias: Lately yeah. We try to write on our down time as much as possible. We don't wanna over saturate it though. For me it's something that I kinda need to step away from every once in a while and come back to. You start writing the same song over and over again when you don't give it a second to breathe. Then when you go back to it it's like listening to it as a new listener and you really get to be critical of your own work. If you're just sitting there listening to it over and over and over again you tend to kinda get married to it.
MPR: Yeah it's definitely hard to separate yourself from your own work.
Elias: You get used to it, that familiar feeling is hard to shake or want to change. If someone says hey maybe you can write a better part for that, I'm like well I'm stuck on this now.
MPR: Completely random question to wrap this up: If you could be a fly on the wall in any room, where would you go?
Elias: Man any room? I'd say the White House oval office or the director of the CIA or FBI maybe? Actually, National Security. I'd love to be on the inside of that wall for 24 hours. I think it'd be kinda scary.