"Default band was not 'wasting time' with Chad Kroeger and Nickelback." – Interview

I’ve been in the business for a few years and I have to be honest – I’ve never heard of the band Default. That was until I did a little research to find that Default had one of the biggest and best songs in 2001-2002 with “Wasting My Time.” Since then, the band has had moderate success, but according to Default’s Dave Benedict, “Wasting My Time” is what fans love hearing. I recently chatted with Benedict about Default’s beginning, “Wasting My Time,” and the new album, “Comes and Goes.”

Q – Chad Kroeger of Nickelback discovered the band over 10 years ago. How did this come about?

A - When the band (Default) had another singer and a different name they used to play shows with Nickelback, back when 10 people used to show up, and a relationship started to grow from that. When the band changed singers and name Chad was approached with a demo and he wanted to get Default into the studio to do a full length album as soon as possible.

Q – The band’s biggest hit, “Wasting My Time,” put Default on the radio map. What did this do for the band in terms of success and popularity?

A – Well, we went from traveling in an RV to a bus and headed out on a loooong tour. We went from playing small clubs to playing arenas with Nickelback and actually started to make a little money at this rock and roll thang.

Q – Subsequent tracks haven’t been nearly as successful as “Wasting My Time.” What do you say to those who think Default is a one hit wonder?

A - Well if we must get technical, I guess we are, but we did write a bunch of other great songs that had some good success, just nothing quite as big as “Wasting My Time.” I am very proud of the work that we have done as a band and have no problem if people want to label us as a ‘one hit wonder.’ It's better than being a no hit wonder.

Q – The new album is called “Comes And Goes.” How different is this album compared to prior ones?


A - I guess it would have to be the natural evolution of the band getting more mature as songwriters and our lyrical content.

Q – What do you want fans to take away from this album? Is there a message to be learned?

A - We have no message to anyone. We are a rock band trying to entertain and write an album that, we and others will like. Take what you want from it if it helps you get through a crappy day or a bitter relationship but if you are looking for a message, I would recommend church.

Q – What is your favorite song to play live and why?

A – “Wasting My Time” for the obvious reasons. It paid for my house. Seriously though, I love playing that song because it gets an amazing reaction every time. I also like playing “Sick and Tired,” “Count on Me” and “Get Out of This” because they are fun bass lines to play.

Q – Being in the business for a decade now, what is the biggest thing the band has learned as artist?

A - The biggest and best is from working with so many great producers, songwriters, and other musicians on writing better songs.

Q – Thanks again for taking the time. Is there anything you wanted to add?

A - Check out the web site http://www.defaultonline.com/ to see when we are coming close to you and come out and see us. Also look for and request the new single “Supposed To Be.”


















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Jason Tanamor is the Editor of Zoiks! Online. He is also the author of the novels, "Hello Lesbian!" and "Anonymous." Email Jason at jason@zoiksonline.com.
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