WARPED REPORT: EAST COAST
EIY Chapter member Emmy attended Warped Tour on behalf of EIY this summer. Here’s her full report!
Whaddup, EIY? I’m Emmy, I’m a student at Drexel University in Philadelphia, and this past week I had the privilege of doing presswork for Earnityourself.com on Vans Warped Tour!
Here’s the breakdown of how it went.
I’m currently at home in DC for the summer, so I left for my first day at 4am to make it to Camden by 8:30. After being granted permission to park in the bus lot (way cool!), I got my vendor bracelet from Natalie Dickinson, founder of Wearethekidsblog.com, and helped set up the FeedOurChildrenNow tent outside the venue. We spent a few hours slapping skip-the line bracelets on kids in exchange for their donations, then Natalie took me to the press area.
There I got another bracelet that allowed me access to the interview areas, and a photography pass for my camera (aka my iPhone, yikes!) We signed in with an awesome woman named Bethany, who gave me a list of time slots for the bands available for interview that day (who all happened to be milling about, right there! Just act casual, right??) After starring at some really big names, I settled on Mayday Parade and made my way back to the FeedOurChildrenNow merch tent inside the venue. I hid from the rain selling t-shirts until it was time for my interview with Derek, Mayday Parade’s vocalist.
I returned to the press area, where Bethany introduced the two of us and lead us to a semi-quiet area to talk on camera. Another EIY volunteer, Megan Duong, filmed as we talked about his time on the tour thus far. It was my first experience conducting an interview, and luckily Derek went easy on me!
I spent the rest of my afternoon in the merch tent until breakdown, and we finished just in time to make it backstage for YellowCard and Taking Back Sunday (unbelievable!).
My next 5 days went about the same, with lots of hours driving in between! Lucky for me, I have some awesome friends who let me couch-surf from Connecticut down to Virginia Beach. Thanks to the passes from EIY and my newfound friendship with press super-star Bethany, I ended up scoring over 15 interviews on my journey. Some highlights were getting to help with practical jokes on Rise to Remain’s vocalist, Austin Dickinson, and being asked to shoot Taking Back Sunday’s acoustic set.
Check out Emmy’s interviews:
Derek of Mayday Parade
Travis Clark of We The Kings
Evan and Drama of Avion Roe
Austin Carlile from Of Mice and Men
Austin of Rise to Remain
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