Matt Warnock of Guitar International recently conducted an interview with vocalist Elias Soriano of Florida's NONPOINT. A couple of excerpts from the chat follow below.
Guitar International: [The new NONPOINT album] "Miracle" has been a huge success for you guys. When you were recording it did you know or have a feeling that it was going to be this big of a hit?
Elias Soriano: We definitely had a vibe that it was something that we were going to be proud of and were about 75 percent sure that it was going to be taken in a positive light, and it was. It's actually still moving quite a bit. "Frontlines" is still in the Top 10 on satellite radio and holding strong. We're getting ready to release "Crazy" in the next few weeks, which has already been getting airplay on HardDrive [Radio]. We're getting ready for the HardDrive tour at the end of the spring, we'll be doing that for about four weeks. So there's a lot on our plates right now, and "Miracle" has definitely helped bring about a lot of these opportunities.
Guitar International: What has been the international reaction so far to "Miracle"? Are you finding that it's been picked up in specific countries more than others, or is it popular across the globe right now?
Elias Soriano: It's broad in the sense that it's getting quite a bit of buzz because we haven't been on the international scene in a while when we were at the mercy of our last record label. There were a lot of opportunities being missed. We were hearing rumors that our popularity in certain countries not being high enough for us to even bother going over, but that turned out to be absolutely not true. We played over at Download and the promoter from Soundwave saw us there and immediately booked us for the Australian shows. Sometimes you don't realize that there's such a strong fan base worldwide, because we've been in the U.S. for about seven or eight years now without really touring outside the country. As soon as our new management and label got a hold of us that's the first thing they did was send us overseas, and it's been great so far.
Guitar International: Zach Broderick joined NONPOINT on guitar in 2008, replacing former guitarist Andrew Goldman. Did you notice a difference in how the band recorded "Miracle" with Zach as compared to other albums NONPOINT did with Andrew in the past?
Elias Soriano: It was different because they're just different people, really. We've had many great years with Andy. He did a lot of the recording of the band. He was the most proficient with Pro Tools and he led the ship in that direction with the technical side of our records. Getting a new guitar player was a bit nerve-racking, but it ended up being a blessing because the transition to Zach was completely seamless. Zach was the first person that we auditioned and he felt right, right away. He was ready to write music and his style was right for us, so we decided to give it a shot. We had tours booked and so he jumped right in and we threw him to the wolves to see how he survived, and he did great. So we're still banging on all cylinders.
Read the entire interview from Guitar International.