When Justin Collier’s not defending pop punk and rocking the stage with his friends in Man Overboard, he’s hanging at the Slurpee truck and enjoying the life of the Vans Warped Tour. I got to sit down with the New Jersey native for a few minutes and ask a few questions.
So tell us who you are and what you do!
Well My names Justin, and I play guitar in a pop-punk band named Man Overboard!
What Got you started with music?
My mom. Also Aerosmith they were my first concert here at the Susquehanna Bank Center – it was awesome.
Ha that’s awesome! It must be cool playing here now. So what are some of your favorite bands on Warped this year?
Well there’s this new band that I got into Dead Sarah, along with Transit.
Are there any bands that have come back to Warped that you are stoked to see?
Aw, man, Taking Back Sunday for sure. Also, Polar Bear Club. They always put on a good show.
Okay now to keep on with the typical Warped Tour questions. What’s your Favorite part of the tour?
Being able to hang with friends, and seeing some awesome bands every day. Everyone is really awesome here. Especially today because this is more like a hometown show for us so all of our friends are here. The catering here is also awesome and the Slurpee truck…that is also one of my favorites. Free Slurpee’s every day can’t get any better than that!
Slurpees are pretty bomb. So random question Cats or dogs? Go!
CATS! Me and my mom have about 6 of them. Well 5 and a half.
5 and a half?
Yeah,we have an out-door cat. It’s name is …. Out-door cat.
Well that’s pretty suitable for an outdoor cat, there’s an out-door cat around my friend’s house we named Yolo but I like out-door cat better.
I don’t know Yolo is pretty funny.
Haha. Well back to a normal question. What is something your band did to get your name out there? And what is some advice you can give to some bands that are still stuck in the local scene.
Well, most importantly you NEED to stand out. When everyone in a scene sounds the same you need to try to stand out and be different. We did everything DIY…we made flyers and handed them out at shows and what not and gave out music for free and really just worked hard.
Nice. It looks like all that hard work paid off. Final question… What is something that touring has taught you?
I like this question. I’ve seen too many bands get stuck with this idea that the world sucks. “Aw man we’re never playing there it’s horrible there.” They talk shit on different parts of the world because they spent 5 minutes there and saw something lame. Touring has taught me many things but I think most of all don’t judge the world too harshly.
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