An Interview With Van’s Warped Tour’s “Battle of the Bands” Winner, Night Argent

We met up with a great new band: Night Argent. These guys won “Battle of the Bands” in Los Angeles, which made it possible for them to be a part of Van’s Warped Tour. We met backstage with the guys, and we all got cozy into a small interview room. It was so awesome that the entire band showed up for our interview, which made squeezing onto one couch a little interesting.

To start off the interview, I asked Night Argent to introduce themselves individually going in order on who was closest sitting to me, Evan, the bass player, Zac, on the drums, Chase, the lead vocalist, and then we got to Shane who immediately forgot his name and introduced himself as Jake. He tried to make a quick recovery and correctly come up with Shane, on the keys, but we were already laughing our heads off. Finally, adding to tall the laughs, the last member introduced himself as Chase when it was actually Jeff, the guitar player, continuing the funny!

We finally got back under way with the interview, as time in the private room is very limited.

Sara: I heard you won “Battle of the Bands.” How did that feel? And what were your reactions to that?

Shane: Surreal!

Zac: Yes! *gives a fist pump*

Chase: Well honestly, we went into the show, we are playing at one of the coolest venues in L.A. with a band like The Devil Wears Prada, and we went into the show like, “Hey let’s just play an awesome show, Let’s just have fun.” We weren’t thinking about the actual “Battle” part of it. The bands we were playing with were, you know, were actual buddies. So when they called our name, so, wait, this was a competition. So we got to go up on stage and hang out with Kevin Lyman, John Feldman and that moment was a bit of validation for all the hard work we put in the last few years. It was an awesome experience.

Sara: Now that you are on Warped Tour, what does it feel like waking up on a bus, going up on stage and touring?

Jeff: It’s everything that you grew wanting it to be. it’s just funny to be in a band, that you grew up wishing you would be in, with your good friends, it’s like “Wow!” It’s actually what you get to do, because I have gone to these festivals, I have been watching the show, now you think from the other side of it, that you have to put on a show. It’s just a different ball game and it’s just really fun.

Chase adds: We’re all playing music because we all grew up loving music, and the cool thing is pulling up backstage with our rig and seeing bands that we love and respect there all excite us. it is the coolest feeling in the world to feel that unity and community.

Sara: Playing Warped Tour, you get to play your set and then head off and do your own thing, who are you looking forward to seeing play?

Evan: Oh man, I want to catch every band at least once. Masonic is here and D-Day he is awesome.

Jeff adds: Attila! Definitely want to see Attila.

Chase: Definitely PVRIS, I have been bumpin’ their music for last few weeks.

Sara: So how are you dealing with the heat?

Zac: Shows his burnt chest and arms and sarcastically adds, “Pretty well!” All the guys chuckle as several are still a little pink from surviving the Pomona show heat. They said they brought sunscreen, it just wasn’t enough.

Jeff: Where we live is in the desert, so we are pretty much used to the heat. At home, it is about 107 degrees, so we are very happy to be here as it is a bit cooler than that here.

Chase: I think the big thing is that we spent the past in the studio trying to knock out our EP, which we are giving away free to fans at Warped Tour, so didn’t really get a chance to enjoy the summer heat enough before we left.

Sara cracked the guys up with, “Well at least you guys get to rock some sunburns for the rest of the tour.”

Sara: What all went into your new EP? What was behind your writing process?

Chase: We have been playing together for about 1 ½ – 2 years, and as we were writing, we were trying to figure out what the band, Night Argent, was going to be. We decided with the first EP that we wanted to self-produce, what we could write and what we could do with the band. So we had our studio, that we built, we went in and spent hours fine tuning our sound trying to figure out how to best get our live energy that we have on stage with our fans, on to the CD. That was tricky but the amount of time that we put into it really paid off.

Sara: I just love your single and I have it played more than 50 times. So when I caught your set and saw you up there playing that song, I really loved it. Are you guys going to release a full length CD soon?

Chase: We have a 5 song EP that is exclusive to Warped Tour. Once Warped Tour is all done we are going to add a couple of tracks and release it to everybody, eventually. After that, we are going to work on another EP with John Feldman. Which we are stoked for!

Jeff: Yeah!

Chase: It will be interesting to see what he does with our sound.

Sara: Do you have any tours planned after Warped Tour?

Jeff: Just a few in between stuff, not necessarily a full tour.

Zac: We will also be focusing on our music videos which should keep us busy.

Chase: We want to get as much content out to the fans.

Zac: We want to get out to social media as it gives you a broader horizon. One popular hashtag and your band is blowing up. That’s just how it is nowadays.

Sara: What was your favorite band to open for?

Jeff: A very long time ago, we had the chance to play with Imagine Dragons back in our hometown. That was definitely a while ago, but seeing their progression and its very encouraging.

Zac: [Imagine Dragons] is like a big brother and we are trying to follow in their footsteps. I am coming there too, Buddy! We are following ya! They are super supportive.

Jeff: The Devil Wears Prada, they super cool to play with.

Chase: Seeing these bands and realizing that they are a bunch of dudes like us, trying to do what they love for a living.

Sara: What is your favorite part about being on stage?

Jeff: All the music just sounds better live, honestly. For me, recording is hard because its not what I hear through my amp, you can’t hear the natural sound. When you are on stage, you get to be loud, you get to be, you know, out there. That’s what everyone wants to be. There’s time when you play at home and have to be quiet for mom and dad, but when you are on stage you get to turn it up to 10 and we are going to rock out!

Zac: My favorite is when we have people watching our show and they have no idea who we are. Some people turn around and walk saying, “oh, I don’t like these guys,” but when someone who doesn’t even know our name and when the moment they hear and watch our show, it’s “Boom!,” they are a fan. They come up and say, “Dude I love your show!” That’s the best feeling in the world. And then, they are a fan right there!

Evan: I really like the water they give you (everyone laughs). I thought it was going to be Monster (the energy drink as it was in a Monster can). I thought I was going to be cracked out for the entire 2 weeks we are on tour, I was like, “Sweet!” But it was just water. It is Good Water in the Monster cans.

Sara: Well thank you for spending some time with me today and doing our interview! And once again, this is Night Argent who is going to play more shows on Warped Tour. I can’t wait to hear more of your music!

They have a 5 song, free Mini-CD, that is exclusive to Warped Tour, at their merch tent! Chase gave us one as we wrapped up the interview, which we played all the way home!

Thanks guys!

Night Argent based in Washington plays Indi- Alt-Pop music and have been compared to the likes of AWOL Nation, The Neighborhood and Imagine Dragons. You might want to check those guys out!

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Bryce Cooley
I've been doing some form of ministry since 2000. For 13 years I was involved in the youth ministry at Cordova Neighborhood Church as everything from youth intern to youth pastor. God has led me and my lovely wife Bethany to Church of the Foothills where I currently reside as the Digital Publishing Coordinator. I'm excited to see where God leads my wife and I.
Bryce Cooley
I've been doing some form of ministry since 2000. For 13 years I was involved in the youth ministry at Cordova Neighborhood Church as everything from youth intern to youth pastor. God has led me and my lovely wife Bethany to Church of the Foothills where I currently reside as the Digital Publishing Coordinator. I'm excited to see where God leads my wife and I.