FIVE FINGER DEATH PUNCH drummer Jeremy Spencer, who grew up in Boonville, Indiana, was interviewed by the WFIE television station on May 3 when his band returned to the city to play Ford Center with SHINEDOWN and P.O.D. You can now watch the chat below. A couple of excerpts follow (transcribed by BLABBERMOUTH.NET).
On how he ended up leaving Boonville and moving to California:
Jeremy: “Well, I always thought, ‘I need to get out of here if I’m gonna go be in the music business.’ So I thought, ‘I’ll just move out West — California. There’s gotta be music happening there. That’s where it’s happening.’ So I ended up moving out with an old friend from the neighborhood who was in the military out West, near San Diego. He was, like, ‘Let’s just get a place out there, man.’ And I’m, like, ‘Cool. Let’s go. There’s gotta be music.’ And I went out there and there was really no music scene near San Diego. So, after doing some networking and meeting people and some years going by, I finally got to Hollywood and hooked up with some musicians there. And then it took a few years for that to catch on. I was trying to do my own band and break through in many ways, and it was a struggle for a long time; a lot of people don’t even know the kind of struggle that it took to get to where we are now. But I finally got a record deal with FIVE FINGER DEATH PUNCH after so many years of trying to have a breakthrough doing original music. Then it took us a while, actually, to catch on. Finally, it was about nine months after our first single came out when radio really started playing it, and then I noticed a change in attendance and people starting to come out. And then we got to make a second record and that one really started to sell, and then it just started to grow from there. And now we’re headlining arenas. It’s really cool.”
Jeremy: “Well, we’re gonna do some festival touring as well as some of these arena shows this summer, and I think we’re gonna hit the studio sometime this summer; we’ll begin that process. I’m not sure when it will come, but definitely we’ll start recording something this summer.”