Guitarist for Nonpoint, Zach Broderick dishes the dirt on the upcoming Soundwave festival, including his top tip for avoiding chaffing and even what undies he plans on wearing onstage!
What is the most exciting thing about the prospect of playing Soundwave 2011?
Probably the fact that we get to be a part of the incredible lineup. It truly is an honor to be a part of this fest. Also, it being our first time in Australia is pretty exciting as well!
What’s the least exciting thing? Is there anything about playing Australia in the Summer that you are not excited about?
The plane ride! I’ve never sat on a plane for 19 hours. Hahaha. I’ve been googling “what to do on a plane for so long”. It tells me to bring an iPod, books, and movies….gee, thanks. So informative.
Which act are you most looking forward to playing with and why?
Tough question!!! Well, I’m a huge Melvins fan, and I love Slayer! Slash is one of my biggest influences ever. Rob Zombie is one of the best live shows anyone will ever see, and Maiden????? Also, Sevendust is one of my favourite live bands on the planet, so I’m really looking forward to their show. Hmmmm I can’t narrow it down to one. I’m a big fan of so many bands on this tour.
What has been your favourite festival experience as both an audience member and a performer?
Probably when we we’re playing Ozzfest last year. Finishing playing, then heading out in the crowd to watch Ozzy and the Crüe, and saying to myself, “I was just standing on that stage…right where Ozzy or
Nikki Sixx was! In front of all these people, using the same P.A.!” Yeah, I’m a total fan.
What items are a must-have on your rider and why?
Do you guys serve alligator over there in Australia? My bass player Ken and I always eat alligator in New Orleans. Yum!
What is the best on stage prank you have been involved in and why?
There was an epic prank we did to Drowning Pool. It may never be topped. Go to YouTube and type “Nonpoint pranks Drowning Pool”.
What is your stance on crowd nudity? Do you encourage it?
I think it’s a great way to show the band your appreciation! Haha, having a nice set of boobies flashed at me while I’m playing always seems to make playing the show a little more enjoyable, and a lot more fun! Yes! Encouraged!
What colour underwear will you wear onstage?
Hot pink. Always hot pink or magenta… or maybe my Australian flag drawers.
Do you have any clue about Australia’s national sport, cricket?
I’m a huge baseball fan, so as long as it’s a sport with a ball and a bat, it’s cool with me. I’d love to check it out. If anyone wants to take me to a game, I’d be much obliged.
What’s the first thing you’ll do when you come off stage?
Take a deep breath, crack a Fosters, and say “damn, that was awesome”. Second thing I’ll do is get out there to meet all the people. That’s the most fulfilling thing about playing in a band.
Slayer fans have been known to carve the band’s name in their forearms. What are your thoughts on this?
Well, I have the Misfits tattooed on my arm, so I guess that makes it a permanent thing as well… just a little more hygienic and sterile. Yeah, I remember getting the Slayer record, seeing the carved tattoo
in his arm and saying, “holy shit! That rules!” Slayer fans are intense, and some of the most dedicated fans I’ve ever seen. Ssslllllaaaayyyyeeeerrrrrrrrrrr!!!!!!! Can’t wait!
Describe your relationship with port-a-pottys (portable toilets)
I used to find construction sites when I was a punk rock teenager and go knock them over. They remind me of the good ol’ days (sigh)… That sure was fun.
What is your favourite festival food and why?
Funnel cake and arepas! Why? Because it’s fried dough! Need I say more?
What is your number 1 tip for avoiding chaffing?
Gold bond! Best stuff in the World! Thanks for reminding me to pack that. Sure glad this question came up today. I was just getting ready to pack. Thanks!!!!!