Pop Evil’s Leigh Kakaty and Matt DiRito Play ‘Would You Rather?’
There’s nothing better than playing a game of ‘Would You Rather?’ with a couple of musicians on the High Line, a park built on an elevated section of railroad situated above the streets of New York City. And we had a chance to do just that with the guys from Pop Evil, who are riding high with their new album Up. Check out our latest installment of ‘Would You Rather?’ with Pop Evil's Leigh Kakaty and Matt DiRito below:
Would you rather be really late for a show or mess up onstage?
Matt DiRito: I would rather f--- up onstage because if you’re late for a show then you’re disappointing someone. If you mess up onstage at least you could laugh about it later or it gives a fan something memorable about that show.
Leigh Kakaty: If we’re headlining and we’re a little late it’s no big deal but if it’s opening for Three Days Grace and we love those guys, if we’re late we don’t want to disrespect them. Everything in this business is about respect. Matt’s right, as a singer though neither bothers me -- I’m not afraid to be late or f--- up.
MD: I’ll cover it with some extra hair flips.
Would you rather play festivals forever or club shows forever?
LK: They’re both unique. Once you play a lot of festivals then you start missing the small stage and once you play too many small stages you miss the big crowds.
MD: I feel like there should be another clause to it, are they good weather festivals or rainy festivals or is it a mix? If they’re sunny festivals I like being outside I would pick that everyday forever
LK: But then the fans are so far away from you and it’s distant.
MD: But then we usually play a little earlier and you get to see other people that you usually don’t get to see and you get to bed a little earlier if you want.
Would you rather have a massive bank account or a massive fan base?
LK: Oh, massive fan base because if you had the massive fan base you’d probably have the massive bank account. The massive fan base is really what it’s about.
Would you rather tour with a band you didn’t respect or tour with a band that didn’t respect you?
LK: I don’t know. I’m sure we’ve had both of those experiences before. I think you’d want the band to respect you. It’s all about respect and we do a big part in trying to respect the people that come before us, they paved the way.
MD: There aren’t too many people that we don’t have respect for, it usually comes after you tour with someone. I would say that I’d rather tour with a band that I don’t respect because I can still respect their fans and that could be potential fans for us, too.
Would you rather have lunch with a music icon who has passed or a music icon who is currently alive? And who would it be?
LK: I already got to hang with mine, Eddie Vedder. It was like 7PM until 4 in the morning and we hung out at Eddie’s house and that’s probably as good as it’ll get for me.
MD: I’d rather have lunch with a musician who’s still alive because there’s a potential to work with them in the future and things you can talk about and negotiate.
LK: Yeah but if you talk to a dead musician you could ask, “Did you go to heaven? Were you in trouble for doing all that boozin’?”
MD: I think if it was like Jim Morrison or anybody like that, I think it would just ruin it for me, like there are even guys today if I talked to them it would ruin it for me.
LK: If you talked to Jim Morrison or someone, it would be a different era. Would we really have that much in common?
Would you rather marry Ozzy of Lemmy?
MD: Lemmy, bass player.
LK: Ozzy, singer. [Laughs]
MD: They both have the accents but I feel like if you married Ozzy, your life would be run by Sharon [Osbourne]. If Sharon is completely out of the picture then Ozzy, he’s a pushover.
LK: I’d pick Ozzy too because then I could talk to his ex-wife Sharon and be like “What do I do?” I could have some guidance.
Our thanks to Pop Evil’s Leigh Kakaty and Matt DiRito for playing ‘Would You Rather?’and be sure to check out iTunes for the band’s new album Up.
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