|3 Doors Down-Howdy Neighbor|
October 21, 2011
3 DOORS DOWN
Chris Henderson (Guitars)
By: Shauna O’Donnell
Hi Chris, How are you?
I’m fine, how are you?
I’m doing well. You guys are tour right now with Theory of a Deadman and Pop Evil. Don’t you just love Theory of a Deadman? They are such cool guys.
They are very cool. We are having a good time with them this time, almost too good of a time.
Oh yeah? Are you guys being bad?
We are having fun, rock n roll fun.
Alright, well very cool. On November 19th you will be heading the 8th Annual The Better Life Foundation Concert with Seether. I heard there is going to be a special guest. Can you divulge who it is yet?
No, not yet.
I’m not going to be able to go though, so I won’t find out who it ends up being.
The reason I cannot divulge the special guest is because we don’t know who the special guest is yet. (Laughs) It is going to be great if we end up getting who we are trying to get.
The event takes place at the Horseshoe Casino in Tunica, Mississippi. What sort of events will take place that day?
We are going to have a Harley ride and we are going to have all kinds of stuff for the silent auction. We always get a bunch of great things from different people and artists around the world. We have some sports figures from the United States as well as overseas. There are lots of cool collectible things that you can bid on. There will be parties and things going on with different events that a lot of people are coordinating for the whole weekend, so it’s always a good time. Seether and 3 Doors Down will be there the whole weekend in the hotel and in the casino doing all these things, so people that come to the show will get a chance to meet us more than once. Probably several times and they might even get to go to jail with us.
Well that sounds like fun. I just met Seether, they are awesome.
They are nice. They are really sweet dudes.
You and Seether are my two favorite bands. I just love both of you guys, so it is cool that you will be on the stage together. Proceeds from this event go to benefit The Better Life Foundation. What and who does the charity support?
We started out doing local women’s and children’s charities in the Southeast and it has grown into different things over the years. The charity every year gets bigger and bigger. It is starting to branch out, so we helped with the Katrina relief and of course the tsunamis and everything that has been going on. We have been able to help out there as well, which we haven’t been able to do in the past because we just weren’t big enough. That is typical of what we do and we still support the main charities that we have always supported over the years.
Where can people get the tickets?
They can get tickets at www.3doorsdown.com or http://www.ticketmaster.com/event/1B0047379AD8549C?artistid=710683&majorcati
In July you guys released your fifth studio album titled Time of My Life. The title really sums it all up. I mean, you guys have been living the rock n roll dream. Has there been any downsides to it for you personally or have you loved every minute of it?
I’ve loved every minute of it. The only thing that really affected us as a band is just the way the business has changed with the illegal downloading and all that. It really drove a spike into how things are done. That coupled with the way the economy is now, the music industry is taking a really big hit and it has trickled down through everyone. I’m sure you have even felt it where you are at. It is terrible and a lot of people just don’t understand that it is really hard to make it through for a lot of bands. We made it through because we came out on the end before downloading and we were able to build a big enough base to crank through the downside of this, so we are going to be fine, but a lot of bands were not able to do that.
A lot of up and coming bands are really struggling.
A lot of up and coming bands are never going to get heard of because of it.
There are a lot of factors to it, the economy, it’s oversaturated, smaller bands cannot afford to go out on tour because it costs so much or they cannot put CD’s out like they used to.
Yeah and they can’t get label support like they used to. All that money that people spent on records went to support the bands at the end of the day.
I thought that you owned a label.
No, that was Todd. I have a recording studio.
Yes, I talked to a band that you produced for; they are called One Less Reason.
Yes, I did their last record.
Cris had great things to say about you. He said you were so laid back.
Yeah I’m pretty laid back, that is the way it is.
So you have been producing for other bands as well then?
Oh yeah! That is where my new passion lies. I kind of got thrown into that when we started making records with different producers. I figured out that, that is kind of what I wanted to do with my life.
I was watching one of the videos where Brad said that there is a difference with this album from the ones you have done in the past. What do you think were some of the key factors in achieving that? Was it the growth of the band, the producer…..
All of that, the growth of the band, the producer and the fact that we used outside songwriters for the first time ever. We did a lot of different things. It was really cool, a really good experience and a learning experience. I wish we had done it sooner even because we developed better as songwriters.
Well maybe everything you have done in the past has led up to this and now is the right time.
Do you find it stressful trying to exceed expectations with each new album?
Yeah it is stressful because songwriting is difficult. If it was easy then everyone would have a hit record out. When you achieve more things each time around it gets more difficult and more difficult. You have to set your goals higher and higher. It gets harder and more stressful, but it is what we do.
Do you ever miss the days of being a brand new band before you became famous?
The days when you would play house parties and things like that.
Yeah, I think about them a lot, but we have been doing it so long at this level that you kind of forget about those times. It is definitely part of our story, so I have some good memories there.
This was your first time working with Howard Benson. Was he able to bring things out of you that you didn’t even know you had in you?
Yeah of course, I mean, we have threatened to work with him in the past many times, but it just never came to fruition. We would always talk to him on the phone and that was it. This time we actually decided to meet and once we met with him it was a no brainer. We wanted to work with him.
He seems like such a cool guy.
He is a very cool guy. The way he makes records is so intense and just phenomenal. Everything goes so smooth. It was awesome.
I was thinking that you have been a band for about 16 years and the only line-up changes have been the drummer. That is pretty remarkable, but you guys have a friendship that goes beyond the band. How long have you guys known each other?
Yes, I don’t remember meeting them, I just remember knowing them. It’s been a long time.
It must be a lot easier for you guys to write together because you know each other so well. I would imagine you could almost read each other’s thoughts.
Oh yeah, it kind of works out that way.
It looks like you will be taking some time off after the holidays and then heading over to Europe in February also with Seether. When are you coming back to California?
I’m not sure; we head out that way a couple times a year. It will probably be summer.
The way time flies nowadays that is just around the corner.
Yeah, especially in rock n roll time. Rock n roll time is nothing.
Where do you enjoy visiting the most over in Europe?
We have been so many times that some of us can speak some of the language, especially Germany because we go there so much. We like going there to see our friends because we have developed these relationships over the years with these people that are from there and fans. The fans over there are a little different from the fans here because they tend to follow the band more closely and they tend to come to more shows. You will see people that will follow the tour all through Europe through all the different countries. It is mostly the same fifteen to sixteen people at each show. That is really cool because you don’t get that much here.
You have a really strong fan base here though.
We do, but we don’t have the transportation system that they do. It’s hard for people in L.A. to jump on a train and head to New York and that kind of thing. In Germany they will get on a train and you will see them in Russia and in Finland. They will jump on these trains and follow the band around. It is really cool.
Which country has the best food?
I’d have to say Italy is pretty cool. I’m not going to lie. Since we go to Germany so much we have developed a taste for the culture, the beer and the people. The food is incredible. It is different to us, but we have developed a taste for it.
You look really good, how do you stay fit on the road?
I try not to party too much, which is hard to do when you are on the road because it is what being in a rock band is supposed to be about. You have to watch what you do, watch what you eat and try to rest as much as possible. Don’t get caught up in the whole don’t sleep all day. If you can sleep, sleep. That is what we do.
Thank you so much for the interview. It was great talking to you again.
The 8th Annual The Better Life Foundation Concert
SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 19, 2011
10:30am - RIDE LEAVES SOUTHERN THUNDER HARLEY IN SOUTHHAVEN, MS
12pm - RIDE ARRIVES
12pm - 2pm - RIDER RECEPTION @ TUNICA ROADHOUSE SHOWROOM
2pm- 4:45pm - AUCTION
5pm – DOORS
5:15pm - RED CARPET ENTRANCE w/3DD @ HORSESHOE VALET ENTRANCE
5:30pm - RAFFLE FOR CITIZEN SOLDIER IV @ HORSESHOE LOBBY
6pm - CONCERT @ BLUESVILLE