YourGigs caught up with Jared Leto as his band were about to declare This Is War across Australia.
"Are you hung like a wildebeest, too?" were the first words uttered to me by actor and musician Jared Leto after an admittedly flimsy icebreaker that we share the same birthday. The bouncing baby Leto was born in Louisiana but moved to Los Angeles in the early 1990s to pursue a music career, with acting initially as an aside, and started the band 30 Seconds to Mars with his brother in 1998. The band is embarking on their Into the Wild world tour to support their third album, This is War.
YourGigs (yG): How was the recent American tour?
Jared Leto (JL): It's been pretty great; it's been the tour of a lifetime to tell you the truth. We've just finished off the US leg of the tour and it just went by too quick. We're so happy to be coming down to see you guys really soon — it's been too long — we've been planning on getting down there for a while; it's nice to be coming back.
yG: The shows were rather large-scale productions. How did they go? Do you enjoy getting involved in the technical side of it, too?
JL: Yeah I do, I really do; it's been a lot of fun. We started the year with our first ever arena tour in Europe and have taken that energy and crammed it into every room since. The shows have been chaotic and spontaneous, and it's a night that we all get to just be free and have some abandon.
yG: It has been five years since your last album. How do you think the amount of time it took has shaped the album?
JL: I think we've grown a lot, just as people and artists, and that's been essential. Every time you make a record you have an opportunity to rediscover, redefine and reinvent and we took full advantage of that. This was a record we knew we had an opportunity to transform and reset the bar for ourselves as musicians and creative people and the response has been extraordinary. It's been wonderful; we're just so happy we get to come around the world and share our music with people.
yG: Did the protracted legal dispute [a $30 million lawsuit filed against them by their label, Virgin] the band was involved with affect the album?
JL: It inspired us and made us more determined to do it the way we did it. Those challenges made the record stronger, made us stronger.
yG: Has the visual accompaniment to your music always been an important thing to the band, and has it let you draw upon both of your creative backgrounds?
JL: The videos have always been a pretty big part of what we do and who we are, and I've had a lot of fun with them. I've always taken the approach that these little film projects are as important as the songs themselves and it's been a blessing to be able to make them.
yG: Your fans have always been a huge part of what you are doing. Can you tell us about the "Summit" concept?
JL: I was interested from the very beginning of having an interactive element to this album and utilising new technologies to involve our audiences from around the world in the recoding process, and we did exactly that, and it's turned into a very interesting and exciting part of the live shows as well.
yG: Do you embrace incorporating technology into your music and shows?
JL: Yeah, there is a lot and I think as technology evolves there are always new opportunities that present themselves. We've always been pretty forward-thinking about how we utilise it and are always thinking about having a deeper and, the most important thing is, having a more meaningful conversation with our fans across the world.
yG: As we are a gig guide, we have some regular gig related questions we like to ask. Do you remember your first time on stage?
JL: Not really, but I remember the feeling: accomplishment and excitement and all of the possibility of dreams coming alive.
yG: Best gig you've played?
JL: The gig we played a couple of days ago in LA was the best gig of our lives. Everything just came together and it was the biggest show we ever played in LA. Something happened and there was a spark and it caught fire in the audience and everyone, everyone was just so alive and the feeling was a celebration, it was great. It's hard to compare that to anything.
yG: Worst onstage moment?
JL: I've had so many things happen, I could send you a list — when you are as crazy as what we do live, it just happens. The accidents are usually a blessing that are exciting live and are good to see. For the audience, I think it's important that it's not too perfect. We keep it really spontaneous.
Check gig guide for details of the 30 Seconds to Mars tour.
19 Jul 2010
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