ROCKTIME PRESENTS
AN INTERVIEW WITH
TODD HARRELL
OF
THREE DOORS DOWN
SEPTEMBER 5, 2003

INTERVIEW (EXCERPTS ONLY)

RM: Hello.

TH: Hello, this is Todd.

RM: I've been looking forward to your call all week. I'm Nick Running with Rocktime Magazine.

TH: Nice to meet ya.

RM: So, you are the bass player.

TH: Yeah.

RM: Do you sing also?

TH: No

RM: Who sings in the band?

TH: Brad and Matt.

RM: Where are you playing tonight?

TH: Salt Lake City

RM: In the Delta Center?

TH: No, we're playing at a state fair, or something.

RM: Oh, that's way better to be playing outdoors on a nice summer night. So, you guys are from Mississippi?

TH: Yeah, we're from a little town just outside of Biloxi, Mississippi called "Escatawpa."

RM: That's an Indian word, right.

TH: Yeah.

RM: What does it mean?

TH: I'm pretty sure it means "dog" because the Escatawpa River runs
through town and they call it the dog river.

RM: What year was the band formed?

TH: We started playing together in 1995, first we were jamming in the living room. We would move the furniture and couches around to play.

RM: When did you become 3 Doors Down? Who coined the name?

TH: Me and Brad, I think it was. Around 1995, we saw an abandoned building and it said, "Doors down" on it. There were three of us in the band at the time, and we thought, "Three Doors Down," that's a catchy name.

RM: Yeah, I think so too, it's a great name for a band. What year did your band get signed?

TH: 2000, Actually, in 1999

RM: What label?

TH: Universal

RM: How does a song develop? Music first, or lyrics first?

TH: A little of both. I guess more often than not the music comes first and
then we ask Brad to put some words to it.

RM: Can you pick a song from then new album and give us a rundown on the collaborative process of its creation?

TH: Not really, we wrote that album so fast. We got a house and gutted it. Then we just jammed and it all just kind of came together real quick.

RM: What's up with the drummers? You have a different drummer for the tour.

TH: Yeah, we got a great drummer, Daniel Adair, we hope he sticks around for awhile.

RM: But, you used a different drummer for the album.

TH: Yes, we had John Freese on drums for the album.

RM: So, is Daniel Adair a permanent addition to the band?

TH: Maybe. He works with a couple of other bands so we'll see what happens.

RM: Who played drums on you first album?

TH: Brad did all the drums on the first album

RM: So, you guys just multi-tracked it together.

TH: No, Brad used to play the drums and sing at the same time too.

RM: My wife said she saw your video and that it had a heavy military theme.

TH: Yeah, that was an incredible experience for us to go over there and play for the troops just after the war broke out.

RM: Oh, so you guys actually went to Iraq to play for the troops.

TH: Not, Iraq. We were 180 miles away.

RM: You were Kuwait then, or another border country?

TH: No, we were on an aircraft carrier.

RM: Awesome!

TH: It was.

RM: On my promotional copy of your album "Away from the Sun" there are eleven tracks on the track list, but there are twelve tracks actually on the cd. What is the name of the twelfth song?

TH: This time

RM: When does the tour end?

TH: September 24th, I think, and then we have a week off.

RM: What after that?

TH: Back out on tour

RM: Wow, that's a pretty heavy touring schedule, you guys are going to end
up playing around 100 or 120 shows this year.

TH: That sound about right.

RM: Your second album is with Universal also?

TH: Yeah, It's been great with Universal, they've been real good to us.

RM: Are you under any pressure to produce music on any certain time
schedule? Or is there no time limit on how long you have to produce an album? Was your deal with Universal for one album, or multi-album.

TH: It was a multi-album deal, there's no pressure at all, we haven't had to worry about any time issues. We wrote most of the last album while we were out on tour.

RM: What are your influences?

TH: Black Sabbath, AC/DC, Van Halen, I guess my biggest influence was
probably Skynyrd.

RM: Yeah, it's real sad about the death of Leon last year. He was a great guy to see in concert. He made an effort to make eye contact with everybody in his view, making sure there was a personal connection. I will miss him.

TH: Yeah, me too.

RM: Do you change your set lists throughout the tour?

TH: A little, we pick a good solid set list and pretty much stick to that, then it might change a little during the tour.

RM: What was the best concert you saw this year?

TH: Pearl Jam, at a small club in Seattle

RM: Nice. Mine was probably Maiden, or maybe Dave Matthews Band.

TH: Right on.

RM. Well, I want to thank you for your time.

TH: Thanks for talking to me.

RM: Have a great show tonight, good bye.
 


 

 
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STRING CHEESE INCIDENT
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DEF LEPPARD
CHER
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TOM PETTY & THE HEARTBREAKERS
PAUL McCARTNEY
SANTANA
SHERYL CROW
TESLA
JAY-Z AND 311
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DAVID BOWIE AND MOBY AT AREA2
THE WHO
JACKSON
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BUSH AND DEFAULT
INCUBUS
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MARILYN
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MEGADETH
TED NUGENT
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      SUMMER
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AND THE
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ZZ TOP & LYNYRD SKYNYRD
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RAITT
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'98
METALLICA
H.O.R.D.E.
'98
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'98
VAN
HALEN
 311
JERRY
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