What tends to be the first reaction when people/fans are made aware of the fact that you do actually have a day job?
For some reason, people assume that we’re minted because we’re signed, have our own van, and some decent gear. But the truth is, our van cost about £800 and looks like we’ve found it on the side of the road. Most of our gear we actually won through the Red Bull Live at Download competition.
Before that, we were using second hand heads and combos that we’d bought off a mate who decided they now hated guitar, or whatever. But yeah, people are genuinely surprised when they find out that we all have day jobs in places like Dominos where I’ve worked as a delivery driver for the past year and a bit. People always laugh when they find out I work at Dominos but I get free pizza, so whatever.
Some artists literally cannot wait to be in a position to give up their day job, whereas others are comfortable and enjoy having something that is separate from the band. What are your thoughts?
I literally despise my day job, and I’m looking forward to the day where I can hopefully walk into my job and tell them bollocks. I wish that I could be doing something band related 24/7, because then it actually feels like I'm achieving something and progressing, rather than just helping some bloke afford a tenth Lamborghini.
Do the stresses of your "day job" sometimes affect creative processes within the band or are you able switch off once you're in a band situation?
I’ve never let a job get in the way of anything to do with my band. As soon as I walk out the door of my job, I completely forget about anything to do with it. I hate it enough as it is without letting it get in the way of anything I truly care about. Its just there to help me pay my bills, at the end of the day.
How do you juggle the demands of being in a band as well as trying to manage the expectations of your employer/clients?
To be honest, I have no idea how Dominos have put up with me for so long. I just kind of tell them that I’m not gonna be in for the next month, or whatever. I tell them they can put me on the rota if they really want to, but I'm not gonna turn up for the shifts so they’re shooting themselves in the foot by expecting me to turn up after I’ve told them I wont.
I just do that with every job until they get sick of it and sack me. But it’s the only way to manage being in a touring band without having to turn down any show or tour opportunities. I can come by a job easily, but it’s not as easy to come by a band that I love, with four of my best mates.
Before Ozzy became big-time, he used to work in a slaughterhouse. Jonathan Davis was a professional embalmer. What's the most "interesting" job you've had?
I can’t really say I’ve worked any insanely weird jobs. I worked in an MOT garage for about two years, until my boss got sick of me being away all the time and sacked me. I didn’t really know what I was doing at first, but they let me drive around in flashy cars from dealers all the time so I wasn’t bothered.
I did work on building sites for a while with our drummer Luke, but that didn’t really last that long.