MPR: We're here at Carolina Rebellion today, a few weeks into festival season. What's your favourite thing about these types of shows?
Rob: The interviews! No I’m kidding. I love the interviews too though! I mean the crowds are great and there’s such excitement out there. A lot of this stuff is on the radio so it’s songs that they’ve been hearing.
MPR: You joined the band fairly recently, how did that come about?
Rob: I met them years ago, they took my other band The Damned Things on tour. That was a band with Scott from Anthrax and Joe and Andy from Fall Out Boy, Keith and Josh, and you know back then we hit it off instantly and I became a fan of the music right away. It’s something that we talked about for a while, going into the studio and me producing a track or two, maybe a full record. At the time it seemed like a cool idea, something that I definitely wanted to do, but our schedules were just so crazy. So fast forward a few years my schedule was wide open, I’d moved on from Anthrax. It was exactly the same time that Volbeat was going into the studio for their new record so Michael called me up to see if I was still interested in working with the band. So I said absolutely I’d love to. I knew we could make a killer record, so anyway, long story short, I went to Denmark very shortly after that conversation and it just clicked. We ended up collaborating and the creative chemistry was there, so yeah.
MPR: What do you think you brought to the table influence or style wise that added to the sound of the new album that the band didn't have before?
Rob: For one there’s loads of guitar playing. One of the things too that I think added to the overall vibe and sound of the album is the way we ended up recording it. I guess in the past Michael would play all of the guitars on the record. But this record we ended up, my guitar was on the left speaker, Michael was on the right speaker, and there’s obviously the bass player, Anders is in the middle and Jon all over, then there’s all the guitar bells and whistles you know, solos and overdubs and stuff so just a lot of different stuff.
MPR: It's pretty rare for a band to break out of Europe and make it in the US. From your perspective what do you think a band like Volbeat has to do to get noticed over here?
Rob: That’s a tough question. As far as Volbeat is concerned I think what really connects with people is when you listen to them, for me at least, you hear the different influences, these classic sounds and just the way it’s mixed together. It’s also fun music to play and to listen to.
MPR: Volbeat has a pretty extensive catalog at this point, is it hard to put your set together for festival shows like these?
Rob: Yeah it’s hard. We were talking about that last night. It’s tricky to figure out what songs to drop and which ones to add in. But yeah I think today we have a pretty potent set.
MPR: Just a few random questions to wrap up - If you could be a fly on the wall in any room where would you go?
Rob: I dunno that’s a good question. A lot of things came to mind but I don’t wanna say them.
MPR: If someone wrote a biography about your life what would the title be?
Rob: Fire It Up.
MPR: Nice one! So what's in store for the rest of the year as far as the band's concerned?
Rob: Touring straight through to the end of the year. We’re gonna take off for the holidays and then we’re gonna start thinking about a new record next year.