New Things on the Horizon for Asking Alexandria’s Danny Worsnop
Published: Tuesday, July 3, 2012
Updated: Monday, July 9, 2012 17:07
It’s no secret Danny Worsnop has had his share of ups and downs. The 21-year-old English singer of Asking Alexandria has discussed his substance abuse issues with his fans as if they were his closest friends. He has been working hard on bettering his health and is ready to embark on the Rockstar Energy Drink Mayhem Festival, for which Asking Alexandria will share the bill with Anthrax, As I Lay Dying, Motörhead, Slayer and Slipknot. Worsnop is even working on new music, when he’s not fishing for compliments that is. College Times caught up with him during his valued break time before touring.
College Times: Hey, how’s it going?
Danny Worsnop: Yeah, it’s going really good. Just flew to Arizona today for rehearsals and [we’ll] spend the next couple of days getting the new show together and then heading back out on the road again.
How has this past year been for you?
Absolutely mind-numbingly, inexplicably hectic. It’s been a very demanding year, battling demons and trying to get my head together, but I think I’m working through it now…. I’ve been working on some solo music and working on my photography a lot.
Tell me about the music you’re currently working on.
We’re halfway through the new record and I’m going in again in September to finish it off, and it should be out in November [or] December. I’ve got my new band, Harlot, which is kinda straight up rock ‘n’ roll. Similar to Def Leppard, Journey, Aerosmith, kinda feel – that strong blues aspect. Then, also working on some solo stuff that’s similar, but soft and nice and gonna make you want to cry.
You’re on the road a lot, so how does that affect the way you create and write new music?
When I write on the road it’s so much darker because I’m not in a good mindset. It’s always much more aggressive and focused on my insanity, and then when I’m writing from home it’s much nicer and kind of romance orientated.
With this upcoming tour you’re playing with some legendary bands –
[interrupts] Yes, like Asking Alexandria.
Sure. So growing up did you listen to any of them?
Yeah, I mean Slipknot was one of the metal bands I grew up on despite not being a big metal fan. Motörhead, obviously. I had the pleasure of working with Lemmy [Kilmister] before. So, I’m looking forward to seeing all those guys. I’ve met the Slayer guys before; they’re all nice. I’m looking forward to getting to spend some time with them and hang out.
You were raised in England, so what was it about LA that made you want to live there?
The rock ‘n’ roll, but I’m growing to learn that there ain’t very much of it anymore. The Los Angeles now isn’t the same as Los Angeles in 1982, which is what I was expecting. I don’t know what my plan is from here, well, I do but it’s secret right now.
You live in LA so I’m sure no one looks at you twice, but what is it like when you’re on tour and you’re walking around in the Midwest?
People say, “Wow, he’s so good looking. Look at how attractive that guy is. I bet he’s got an enormous cock.”
Do they say that to your face or are you a mind reader?
I’m a mind reader. Sometimes they say, “Look at that f****t with the long hair!” but I know they’re thinking, “I wish I was gay so I could kiss him.” Then they think, “Actually, I’m not sure if I mind. I’m going to go kiss him.” It’s always really good. I never get any negative reactions. Considering my less than few tattoos, I think it’s because I dress really well it counters it. Most of the time when I’m out, I’m kinda dressed really nice.
Yeah, you’re aesthetic is pretty LA.
Are you telling me that I’m pretty?
Sure, you’re very pretty.
[laughs] Well thank you.
You’re really open about your personal life. How does it work out for you being so honest publicly?
I think it works out well because I would have been caught doing all the shit that I’ve openly admitted to at some point anyway and it would have been much more awkward. I like the fact that I can be completely honest and open with the fans about my personal life because that way I have nothing to hide. It makes me be a more honest person which I’ve had trouble with in the past, being a not so honest person. It also allows me to kind of write songs that are truer and ring with people and genuinely connect with them.
What helps you? Is it the support of friends and family?
I have a great company that I’ve talked to about my out-house rehab stuff called MusiCares. They’re an amazing nonprofit. They’re really, really good people there. My girlfriend is always there for me. She’s my stability though it. And then I also have a trusty guitar and microphone.
Rockstar Energy Drink Mayhem Festival w/Slipknot, Slayer, Anthrax, Motörhead, Asking Alexandria, Ashley Furniture HomeStore Pavilion, 2121 N. 83rd Avenue, Phoenix, Saturday, July 6, 1:30 p.m., $42 to $94