Interview: Chad Yates
“My happy place lives in my headphones and I have 3eb to thank for many days of rocking out,” says Chad Yates, our Expert of the Week. I think we can all relate to that feeling of getting lost in the music and finding... whatever we need to find in that moment.
Bella Wolf: Third Eye Blind fans are all ages, some are brand new and some have been there since day one. How long have you been "in the blind?”
Chad Yates: I remember hearing 3eb on the radio as a kid. Semi-Charmed Life... such a catchy tune. I was eleven years old, I believe. I found myself immersed in their songs even more so a few years later, digging into the fresh Out of the Vein. It never stopped. I’m 30 now.
BW: Have you had a major point in your life that 3eb has helped you through it and how?
CY: I went through a breakup, which took far longer to get over than I thought possible… and the only way that I knew how to cope was to dig deep into music. To immerse myself into song, its lyrics and rhythm. I found myself listening to How’s It Going to Be over and over and over again. Strange as it sounds, the more I listened to this song, the more I felt myself moving on, like the song was pushing me forward.
BW: If the band offered to let you perform with them, what part would you want to play? What songs would you want to sing?
CY: I think if I were to be able to join in on a song, it would have to be Wounded. I am such a sucker for a song that starts off mellow, with amazing lyrics and that ends so Rock ‘n Roll. This is a song I’ve found myself rocking to in the shower, in the car and, of course, hardest at the shows. Thank God this chance may never come because, personally, I think I have a terrible voice, but even then... I’d sing my heart out.
BW: What is your favorite interaction with the band? Why?
CY: I remember seeing the band when Kryz had just joined, in Champaign-Urbana, Illinois. It was about a year or so after Ursa Major came out. I remember during Graduate, Stephan came to the crowd, grabbed my hand, then used me as leverage to pull himself onto the barricade between the stage and the crowd and didn’t let go of my hand. He stood there for, it had to be 30 seconds, singing to the crowd, hanging onto my hand for balance, then using my body weight as leverage to push himself back onto the stage. Why do I remember this? Because who wouldn’t remember this moment with their favorite band? I left that show with his guitar pick and a signed Ursa vinyl. Epic.
BW: What's your favorite song(s) to hear live? Why?
CY: Wounded - it’s such an amazing piece of work. Every word means something. I can’t exactly relate to the song… and I hope I never do.
BW: If you could help choose 5 songs to put on a set list, which ones would you choose? Why?
CY: This one sounds so easy, but when you start thinking and listing them… the list changes, it becomes one of the toughest questions you’ve answered all week. Blinded - this is my favorite 3eb song in existence, ‘nuff said. Wounded - This has to be arguably the greatest sing-along song in existence, right?
Narcolepsy - I like the tempo this song sets. I dig the lyrics. It’s metaphorical, yet real. Fast paced life; fast paced song. "I’ll buy you a beer and we’ll drink it deep.” Palm Reader - the why is simple… I’ve never heard it live and I bloody LOVE this song. Semi-Charmed Life - A little nostalgia never hurt anyone, did it? I dare you to try not to rock out and sing along to this song when it starts.
BW: What is the greatest thing that being a fan has brought into your life?
CY: MUSIC!!! I can’t imagine what life would be without their music, amazing lyrics, beats, and songs… My happy place lives in my headphones and I have 3eb to thank for many days of rocking out.