Chatting with Cameron Quiseng from Allstar Weekend - INTERVIEW
blog by Kathryn Przybyla • February 11, 2013 @ 12:31pm
With an uncertain future for the band, we chatted with Allstar Weekend bassist Cameron Quiseng, prior to their show in Buffalo this week.
Fortunate for the life changing experience being a part of Allstar Weekend was, Quiseng looked back on great memories and experiences with fans from all over. While the group finishes up their final tour under that name, the three leading members (Quiseng, Zachary Porter and Michael Martinez) will be moving on to a new project with new music—a step away from what Allstar Weekend fans might be used to.
He’s excited though. Feeling that most fans of the band will be stoked about the new focus and will support the band in their new endeavors.
You can catch Allstar Weekend along with Tiffany Alvord and Cute Is What We Aim For at 6 p.m. on Tuesday at Club Infinity. Tickets for the show are $20 in advance, $25 at the door and $70 for VIP. The VIP tickets include admittance to the soundcheck performance, Q & A with the band, meet and greet photo opp., autographed 8x10 photo, commemorative VIP laminate and early entry to the show.
But first, take a look at our interview with bassist, Cameron Quiseng below.
Tell us a little bit about the tour so far.
Cameron Quiseng: It’s been pretty good. We hadn’t been on tour for a few months, just writing and recording the new album. It’s been good though—but really cold right now. It’s like 30 degrees in Minnesota where we are, snow everywhere. But it’s cool because the fans have been coming out and we have the greatest fans ever. They are always out there supporting us and it’s been fun.
Any good stories to share?
CQ: Well, I’m sick which really sucks—especially being on the road. But I always get throat spray, chicken soup and some ibuprofen so I don’t cry all night.
What are some favorite cities you have been to or are looking forward to visiting?
CQ: Orlando is always cool and going to Florida is always a good time at the House of Blues: Orlando. Texas I really like—Austin, Houston, Dallas. New York and Toronto are fun and we get to go to Montreal this year too which will be great.
We were surprised to hear about the new direction Allstar Weekend is taking, by putting the band on indefinite hiatus and working on other projects.
CQ: What happened was that we had been writing and recording the new album and its 90% done and finished. We realized it really sounds nothing like Allstar Weekend. We couldn’t just put it out under the same name and feel right about it. We personally like the new style of the music and in order to release the new stuff, we had to do it under another project. It’s our life and all that we know, but it’s time to move on and put out something bigger and better.
What kind of new music can we expect?
CQ: The vibe is kind of hard to explain. There’s really nothing that sounds like it out there right now. It’s not some crazy indigenous sounding music, but it is definitely different.
What has been your fondest memory with Allstar Weekend so far?
CQ: You know, before Allstar Weekend, I was just a nerd with not many friends. Allstar Weekend changed my life for the better. It made me understand like better. I’ve gotten to travel and know how amazing these people are. Getting to meet a munch of girls too is fun. It’s great to be myself and have people appreciate it.
Have you ever been to Buffalo before?
CQ: We have been to Buffalo! But I can’t think of any good stories to share. But I was browsing through your website before getting a chance to talk to you today and I have to admit—Buffalo.com is pretty much the best website name. You guys scored a good one.
What’s your chicken wing preference?
CQ: I love wings. We had them last time we were in town and people brought them for us to the show. They were incredible.
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