Listening to Saint Motel’s music is the perfect way to lift your spirits and get your toes tapping, so it’s only natural that the band hit the stage at the 2015 Life is Beautiful Music and Art Festival last week.
Celebs like Vanessa Hudgens, Emily Osment and Emmanuelle Chriqui mingled while legends such as Stevie Wonder and Duran Duran performed, and despite all the chaos, we were able to snag some time to chat with Saint Motel.
We found that A/J Jackson, Aaron Sharp, Dak Lerdamornpong and Greg Erwin are not only rock stars, but they’re super chill, down-to-earth guys too.
Here are some fun facts about the boys of Saint Motel.
1. They think social media has made bullying worse
Bullying is a cause that the guys are willing to fight for, and they firmly believe that the advent of social media has worsened the problem. They agreed that kids used to be able to at least take a night, or weekend, off from the harassment, but nowadays there’s just no relief.
“It’s 24 hours a day and it never stops. It can be pretty brutal,” they said.
2. But they don’t let cyberbullying get them down
When it comes to cyberbullying against them, the guys of Saint Motel refer to the old, “I’m rubber, you’re glue, bounces off me sticks to you,” adage.
“That’s why we wear rubber underwear,” they laughed.
They also agreed that, so far in their careers, they’ve been fortunate to stay in the general public’s good graces, and they haven’t been the target of a whole lot of online hate. Unless, of course, they get political in public.
3. Their art is the perfect party
The guys are in consensus: Their music is all about chasing that big moment and creating “that perfect party” for anyone who listens.
4. Music is therapy for them
Listening to music is the best way to release tension from real life, according to Jackson, Sharp, Erwin and Lerdamornpong. The guys grew up playing in sub-par conditions and working “a bunch of shitty party-time jobs,” so coming home and creating their own songs was the ultimate form of escape.
Now, they hope to create that same therapeutic escape for all of their fans
5. Life is beautiful because of their job
For these guys, life really is a dream come true because they are doing exactly what they feel they were meant to do.
“We are a very fortunate group of people that what we do now, as a job, is something that brings so much joy, not only to us, but a ton of people,” confessed Sharp. “That’s a pretty cool thing to be able to do. Even if it’s just for one more year of our life, or if it’s for two more days of our life. We’re pretty fortunate that we’re able to do what we do right now.”
6. They believe in the value of old-fashioned hard work
The bandmates agreed that the biggest key to success is burying your head in your work and to keep on keepin’ on, even if it means missing out on having a social life.
“Just keep doing what you want to do. It doesn’t matter what your struggles are or what other people say,” advised Lerdamornpong. “It sounds cliche, but…”
7. They’re ready to seize the day
This super positive group stays motivated with a quote snagged from a good friend named Timothy. The guys say they live by the mantra “por a vida,” which roughly translates to “everything you need in life.”
It’s their version of “carpe diem,” and they use it often to give themselves a quick kick in the pants.
8. Movies almost trumped their music career
Music is their life now, but Jackson and Sharp initially had different plans in mind. The two went to film school in Southern California — Sharp was even in a commercial or two — but things changed quickly after they met Lerdamornpong and Erwin by chance around the area. The rest, as they say, was history and the quartet decided to make a soundtrack for their lives instead of putting it all out there on the big screen.
Check out the guys and some other awesome acts take the stage at Life is Beautiful below.