During a recent interview with WRIF Virtual Rock Room, Greta Van Fleet’s guitarist Jake Kiszka and drummer Danny Wagner opened up about how their life has changed in the past five years and what they have learned during 2020.
As you may recall, Greta Van Fleet had announced that they are working on a new album titled ‘The Battle at Garden’s Gate‘ which is expected to be released in April 2021. With an album coming, during their recent interview GVF members were asked about their increasing success in the past five years.
Greta Van Fleet is a Michigan-origin band which was formed in 2012 by twin brothers Josh and Jake Kiszka, their younger brother Sam, and Kyle Hauck. Although they had started releasing singles in 2012, they released their debut studio album ‘Anthem of the Peaceful Army’ in 2018.
Their album achieved critical claim and it became the top-selling album in the United States in its debut week, with 80,000 copies being sold. The album also ranked 3rd on the Billboard 200 list. As you can imagine, the band has been enjoying increasing success in the past five years.
When asked about their experience, Danny said that it has been a rollercoaster. Danny added that they knew what they were getting themselves into and that it is definitely thrilling. Jake said that it is tumultuous and that alongside the amazing experiences they have been through, there have been some chaotic moments too.
Danny also said that everything happened very quickly and that sometimes it gets hard and difficult to cope with their increasing fame. However, he added that it is a dream come true, and even though at times it feels like it is a nightmare, at the end of the day it’s all they’ve dreamed of.
In addition, Jake said that even though COVID-19 has made it impossible for them to perform, it has also given them a chance to reflect on the fame they have achieved. He mentioned they also analyzed what they have been experiencing for the past three years, which he believes has been a very grounding process that helped them plan their future as a band.
Here’s what Danny Wagner said about their increasing success in the past five years:
“What a rollercoaster. It’s exciting, it’s thrilling – you wait in line for it, you want to be there always, you’re not accidentally on a rollercoaster.“
Jake chimed in and said:
“It’s tumultuous. The ascension in terms of the number of people that we’re playing for and the places we’ve been in the last three years, probably the most chaotic, exciting things anybody could experience.”
Danny continued by saying:
“Everything happened so quickly, but we were definitely – we knew what we were getting ourselves into. Even if we didn’t, at the end of the day we were absolutely doing what we love. This is the dream, even though it doesn’t appear to be a dream at times, but it totally is.”
Jake Kiszka added:
“Especially this year, we’ve had more time to reflect than ever, I mean, before it was like – we would have no idea what’s going on because you’re so wrapped in the chaos… Your self-reflection really isn’t a thing, but this year, in particular, I think we were able to sort of externally look at it in an existential way and gather some grounding in what’s happened and what’s going on in the last three years.”
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