"Rev Theory's Julien Jorgensen talks Monster Energy Drink, AC/DC and the band's latest effort, 'Justice.'" - Interview

The band Rev Theory is probably a year away from being a Three Days Grace or Saving Abel and headlining arenas across the world. Their newest album “Justice” is a solid effort that is sure to break them through to the main stream. Recently I got a chance to chat with Julien Jorgensen of Rev Theory about “Justice” and the Monster Energy Drink Outbreak Tour.

Q - I got a chance to check out the new album “Justice” a couple of weeks and ago and I thought it was awesome.

A - Thanks Bro.

Q - How would you describe the album?

A - It’s dependable, a very reliable record.

Q - You guys had a lot of momentum from the last album and tours leading up to this album. Could you feel the momentum while you were working on “Justice?”

A - I think we needed to step up our game. We needed to capture the live energy of the band. I think we put a lot of pressure on ourselves to utilize what we had learned over the last few years and to just bring our A game. We hired Terry Date to produce the album; he’s an awesome dude and a great producer. His ability to capture a bands live energy was very helpful. There were a lot of challenges that went with it. We had to step our game up and bring it.

Q - What was the band’s writing process on “Justice” and was it any different than your previous albums?

A - Absolutely, yeah, well, it wasn’t that much different. We were very selective; we didn’t work with as many outside writers this time. It was a lot more collaborative as far as the band was concerned. It was Rikki, Rich, Matty and myself basically coming up with the whole record. On the record itself there were probably five songs that were straight up the band and a couple others were actually wrote on the road as a band, so it was more collaborative in general.

Q - Was there any level of anxiety regarding the success of the album?

A - No, I mean there was a lot of pressure on us. We recorded in Hollywood at Henson’s Studios, a legendary studio. The wall was filled with history and greatness. A lot of that pressure forced us to step up our game. We were a little bit nervous in the beginning working with Terry in such a world class studio with a world class producer, but we got over that pretty quickly. I think once we got through the first couple weeks we knew we had something and we just wanted to see it through and make it great. It was more about finishing the record the way we needed to finish it.

Q - How did the Monster Energy Outbreak Tour come about?

A - Actually, the idea came from our manager to create an emerging artist tour, an about to break tour, you know bands on the rise. We have a good relationship with Monster Energy Drink. They loved the idea. They love supporting new bands. They jumped on board right away, and we were off to the races and it was just about putting the right talent together.

Q - What can fans expect from a Rev Theory show?

A - I wanna say probably a kick in the nuts, a kiss on the cheek. All of the above. You get a lot of hard hitting songs and in between, we’re a dynamic band that has a lot of material to draw from now so you’ll get your softer side where we’ll turn it down and do some acoustic stuff. It’s definitely going to be a dynamic show.

Q - What was the first concert you ever attended and how did it affect you?

A - The first concert I ever went to, I was probably seven and my parents took me to Michael Jackson. That didn’t affect me so much as far as my love of rock. The first rock show that affected me was AC/DC when they were on their “Razor’s Edge” tour which is “Thunderstruck” and that vibe. 86, 87, 88, around that time (1990). It was my first rock show. That’s where it all started. I’ve loved Angus Young and AC/DC my whole life. That was just a profound experience. They made me want to do this.

Q - As a kid growing up was there a moment where you knew this is what you want to do with your life?

A - I was a late starter. I was actually an athlete up until college. I picked up the guitar a little later in life like at 16 years old. I started writing songs right away. I found that it was something that was a bit cathartic for me. I never really thought that it would be a career or an opportunity to do it for a living. I’d always done it for myself. When the band started in 2002, I met my manager then. At that point, bringing someone up the way he did to the extent that he believed in me and having people around you that truly saw things in you that you never maybe thought you could do, all of the sudden there was a change in me and all of the sudden I truly started believing that this is something I’ve always wanted to do but that I really could do it.

Q - What has been your band’s greatest achievement so far?

A - I think our greatest achievement is staying together. I really do. I think it’s one of the toughest things to do. We’ve sold some records. This is our third record. We signed a major label deal. I think every time you get something like a big tour or get this or do that you have all these things you can hang your hat on. I think the hardest thing for a band to do now a days is stay together and be a band, stay positive, have a vide. We haven’t gotten where we want to go yet. We’re fortunate to get our chance to be in the game. We’re poised for world domination, but I think the only way to do it is to stay together

Q - I’m a really big fan of your band. Thanks for taking the time to do this.

A - Thanks man, hopefully we’ll see you out on the road.


Bob Zerull is the Managing Editor of Zoiks! Online. He writes pop culture commentary, does interviews with bands, and reviews music and stand-up concerts. He also administers Zoiks! Online's Facebook page. Follow Bob on twitter at bzerull. Email Bob at bob@zoiksonline.com.
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