Q: Do you remember when things weren't so good for your dad, careerwise?
A: Yeah, dude, I remember—I remember I used to get, like, so depressed and sad, because I've always been my dad's biggest musical fan. I've seen his career go from the highest of highs to the lowest of lows and back up. He's had so many songs over the years that I think have just been smash hits, and it kills me that these songs don't even get radio airplay.
Q: What's the best advice you've been given?
A: Tom Delonge from Blink-182 told me not to sleep with too many nasty girls on the road.
Q: What's the worst?
A: Probably the same.
Q: How would Metro Station's path be different if it were 1989 instead of 2009?
A: I think we would have been bigger quicker—music was more accepting back then. When I go overseas, everyone is so open to all types of bands, but here everyone has their mind set on whatever the radio's playing at the time. It's a scary time in music, but, you know, it's not impossible to conquer it.
Q: Those bands in the eighties got away with murder, too.
A: Yeah. You really have to watch what you do nowadays—everywhere you go, someone has a camera taping what you do. But this is the life I chose, so I really can't complain too much.
Q: You've watched music careers come and go. How do you plan to make yours last?
A: The only way to protect yourself is to kill people with kindness. People have this idea of what I'm like by looking at me, and I like shocking them by showing them I'm a good guy.
Q: So nice is the new shocking?
A: I guess so. I'm a very respectful young man.
Q: You'll still trash a hotel room, won't you?
A: Oh, I'll break a hotel room. But then I'll pay for it after.