"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.”


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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