Here is a cool interview that i did with this rad magazine called Stitched sound. I got really into it and would appreciate if you read the whole thing!
To get the full issue, go to http://stitchedsound.com/issues and click on the Chiodos Issue. Its all of your favorite scene bands……. and me. Whoopee.
IAN WALSH Interview by Cynthia Lam
Who were your biggest inspirations musically growing up?
Would you say that they have influenced your music style?
There were so many people and bands that inspired me
throughout my years growing up and also my development into
a songwriter. Besides The Beatles, I would say that my Father,
who is a guitarist, was always the one keeping me interested in
music. He was always shedding wisdom and showing me right
from wrong when it came to taste.
What would you say makes you different from other artists
What (I hope) makes me different is that I’m always trying to
find different ways to pass emotion through a song. Most
artists know the formulas and the paths set by other artists and
stick to them, but where is the originality in that? I try to be
honest and take as many back roads as I can to get to the
same destination. Whether I am successful or not is up to the
listener, I guess.
Do you have to be in a specific mood, or place to write
With each song comes a different mood and place. The only
constant setting is the fall. I love writing songs in the fall and I
like recording them even more. I know this might sound “emo”
to some, but I assure you I am NOT “emo”.
Looking back to three years ago would you expect to be
where you are now?
“Where I am now” is still in transit. I would love to be where
I want to be, but I’m not there yet. But the beauty is in
the journey. Three years ago I just graduated high
school and had no idea what I was doing, where I
was going, what I wanted, and that never
changed. The only major paradigm shift that
occurred was when I dropped out of Berklee
College of Music, decided to stop screwing
around, and really have a go at it. But to answer
the question: I totally had no idea!
What is your writing process for songs like?
Is there anything specific that seems to inspire
My writing process is an ever-changing machine.
All of my songs came about in different ways, whether
it have been from all different situations or from different
instruments. Lyrically I try to be myself, which is difficult
sometimes. Half the time you start singing something and say
is this really me or am I just trying to sound smart and it is
making me sound stupid? Or Am I really going to want to sing
these lyrics for the rest of my life if this song is the big one?
When you are truly honest to yourself with your lyrics instead
of just telling people what you think they want to hear at that
specific time, you will get tired of it pretty quick. I try to stick
to the John Lennon method of “Just fucking say it” instead
of dancing around it.
Is there a message that you are trying to send through
I have just recently begun to try out putting a message into my
music. My two newest songs “Are They Every Going To know”
and “Beyond Explanation” have very strong messages inside.
All positive things like not giving up on love or peace and
blowing off what others think about you. Its just what I was
feeling at the time though, I’m really not into preachy music.
What advice would you give to kids who are starting to take
their journey into the music industry?
My advice would be to have open arms to change. Your band
members will leave, new band members will join, your situation
will change, your look will change, your sound will change, and
your life will change. This is called growth and it is positive. Try
your best to keep your head up in one of the most
discouraging businesses of all and march ahead. Have real
lawyers read over anything before you sign it and make the
changes they suggest. Don’t wait for anyone else to do
anything, you should go out and get it done yourself. And also,
the pop-punk thing is way over done, stay away from that.
Every one of those bands does the EXACT same thing it
seems. If you sound anything like any other band out there,
scrap your ideas and start over. (it doesn’t matter if the girls like
you while you are singing your All Time Low cover, ATL already
has that down, find your own style and make it work)
Is there anything that you regret doing, and/or wish you
could turn back time doing?
I regret letting other people tell me to be somebody different and
me listening to them. That was an awful point in my life. There is
a difference between being unique and mediocre. Just because
the crowd doesn’t fully understand now doesn’t mean they
won’t ever. Keep your confidence and keep doing your thing.
What do you think is the most overrated thing in the
entertainment and/or music industry these days?
We live in a world of smoke and mirrors. Show biz is one
big illusion. It’s hard to decipher what’s real and what’s
not. Music has become so aided by technology that not
even people on the inside of things can truly tell who is
actually great or not. Some people are so shameless that
they take the obvious routes, but does that make them
overrated? This is a confusing issue to me. Being overrated
can really only apply to artists that truly take themselves
seriously. I just honestly can’t say that many
people can take themselves seriously
knowing all of the technological
crutches they use both in the studio
and on stage. If they do. well then
it’s the end of the world as we
know it. If I had to give an answer
I would say that most of today’s
artists are overrated by the
public. (this is only my opinion of
What does music mean to
Music is my meaning of life. I
was made for this. Corny, but
Do you have any plans for
I plan to release a bunch
of songs from my solo
career over the course of
the year and my band Find
Vienna will also be chugging
along. I’m excited for what
is to come.