Listen to the interview on Soundcloud here: https://soundcloud.com/kamp-student-radio-1570am/jimmy-eat-world-interview?utm_source=clipboard&utm_medium=text&utm_campaign=social_sharing
Jimmy Eat World are undoubtedly one of the biggest and best acts to originate in Arizona. The albums Bleed American and Futures are staples of early-mid 2000s rock, and I would be hard pressed to find a member of my generation who would not enthusiastically sing along to their uplifting, timeless hit "The Middle" at any given moment. The band played their first home-state live show since before the Covid-19 shutdown when they visited Tucson on November 13th to play the Dusk music festival. When I learned Jimmy Eat World were coming to Tucson, I knew getting an interview with a chart-topping band might be a long shot, but I figured it couldn't hurt to reach out to their press team. I was surprised but thrilled when I was informed that the lead singer, Jim Adkins, was willing to speak with me.
In the interview, which is posted on Soundcloud, Adkins and I discussed Dusk, the creative process behind Jimmy Eat World's most recent album "Surviving", the impact of Covid on the music industry, and the current state of guitar-based rock music. As someone who has been a successful musician for decades, Adkins has a lot of interesting insight to offer. This interview was an incredible opportunity for me, especially as someone whose formative years were shaped by the pop-punk and emo music of Jimmy Eat World and their contemporaries. I hope you all enjoy listening to the interview as much as I enjoyed conducting it!
I also encourage any readers and listeners to follow the advice that Jim Adkins gives at the end of the interview: Keep supporting college radio!