It was good to catch up with Oli Sykes last week from Bring Me The Horizon on the latest episode of Talkin’ Rock.
Lots going on with BMTH. We talk about their latest tour with Fall Out Boy. “It’s been sick.” is how he summed up the tour. He told me why they choose to do a support tour “We’ve been going nonstop, and we’re kinda on the verge of burning out.” He explained that between making records and more, it was just easier to hop on a tour and go out for the summer. “We still have fans to win over.” was another reason to hit the road.
The new record called Post Human: neX GEn drops on September 15th. Is the upcoming album the most eclectic record? He answered that question. He spoke to influences and nods to some of the bands he loved growing up. “It’s more about the frantic and unhinged energy” he said about some of the songs. “I know the rules to writing a song…now it’s time to go back and break them.” And, yes, this album will challenge the fans.
He talked about the process for writing music. As far as recording songs, he said that vocal booths are overrated. Ha! He said they don’t even really use studios anymore.
One of his heroes was Linkin Park’s Chester Bennington. He talked about meeting him and singing at his celebration of life. “I guess you could say that was bittersweet.” He searched for words to describe the loss of Chester in his life. “I feel like a part of my childhood died when he died.”
He talked about preserving his voice and what he does to not lose it. He also answered the question as to whether the rock star life is all it’s cracked up to be. “It’s the best job in the world, of course!”
I had to ask him about the crazy videos he’s made. I posted a few of them below. He mentioned he wanted to be a director, so this isn’t too far out of his wheelhouse.
Really interesting conversation with Oli…check it out below.