Maya Ford talked to Temple News reporter Josh Chamberlain.
The Temple News: Could you describe the sound on your old record, Spend the Night?
Maya Ford: Spend the Night is more fast-paced and full throttle than Gold Medal. Gold Medal has more dynamics and we showed more emotion. It’s more real.
TN: What brought about that change in the two year interim?
MF: I think we just decided to experiment a little bit more. ‘Cause we usually stick to a certain song formula. We didn’t want to keep doing the same thing. We wanted to challenge ourselves and try harder.
TN: What are your plans for after this tour?
MF: We are going to do some European festivals and then we’re going to try and write some new songs.
TN: Do you get nervous before concerts?
MF: Yeah, because it’s always a different place and you don’t know if the sound is going to be messed up on stage, or if the crowd is going to be rude.
TN: Do you like performing?
MF: If it’s a good show. Sometimes it sucks ’cause you can’t move because you ate too much for dinner or you hurt, playing sometimes hurts your back. But most of the time I love it.
TN: What is your favorite part of being on tour?
MF: I like sleeping a lot. But I guess when you have a really fun party, that’s always good. Like some barbecue when we’re on tour with a band – that is nice.
TN: What’s the craziest thing you’ve ever done on tour? Do you ever get rowdy? Steal some hotel bath towels or something?
MF: Mmm, yeah [laughs]. Once we were having a party in a hotel room and this band crashed it. They tried to fight us and they poured a beer all over. Brett [the lead singer] and I poured a beer on them and we tried to fight them. It was cool.
TN: Did you always want to be in a band?
MF: I was always into music and before I wanted to be in a band, I wanted to be like Madonna, be like a pop singer.
TN: Madonna is your favorite artist then?
MF: No, I like a lot of artists, I like R.E.M. a lot.
TN: Who inspires you the most?
MF: Maybe Elton John.
TN: What do you think of downloading music?
MF: I like it.
TN: Do you download music?
MF: Yeah. I’m on LimeWire, ya know. I like iTunes.
TN: What is your most memorable tour experience?
MF: Once we were in Europe and a toilet exploded on me. It was really scary. I screamed. It was at the club in some weird communist compound.
TN: How do you feel about rock stars and the relationship with their hair?
MF: I think it’s a very important relationship; you can’t be a cool rock star if you have bad hair.
TN: How about the Gotti boys and the excessive gel look?
MF: I don’t know, I’m kind of scared of them, they’re a little crazy.
TN: Are you in a relationship?
TN: What do you think about the war in Iraq?
MF: I’m really not into war. We should all love each other and hold hands.
TN: What is the most annoying question that reporters ask you?
MF: What’s it like being a girl in a band?
TN: How do you like touring with Maroon 5? Do you guys hang out?
MF: They’re pretty nice. Yeah, we’ve had a couple barbecues with them and some parties. We play spin the bottle. Yeah, it’s fun. They stole the bottle.
Josh Chamberlain can be reached at Joshch@temple.edu.