Interview: 311 Bass Player P-Nut

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Think about how surreal it would be for you to interview someone from your favorite band.
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…then try not to freak out when they call you on the phone so that you can conduct an interview about their upcoming project(s). And if you know me, you’ll know how difficult it was for me not to jump out of my skin when I was given the opportunity to record an interview with P-Nut from 311.

I don’t tend to get star struck, and I have met the band at their 3-11 Day concert during a meet and greet the following day in 2010, but getting 15 minutes of uninterrupted time with P-Nut, the bassist of the band and all-around great guy, is a whole different ballgame. 311archive

I hope newcomers and fans of the band alike can take interest to the interview where I had to whittle down about 30 or so questions to just a handful in the interest of time. I could’ve talked to P-Nut for hours if his time was infinite, but being in the midst of a sprawling tour with over 25 stops across the country, I couldn’t hog his time all to myself.

 

We discuss how the band has withstood the test of time by being able to tour every year since coming on to the scene in the early 90’s (with the exception of ’98), write/record 11 albums, and still be able to stand each other when it’s all said and done. Celebrating their 25th anniversary with a box-set of unreleased tracks and B-Sides (81 songs in total) and a 60 page photo album entitled: Archive, P-Nut talks about collaborating with other band mates and how he has been contributing to the band’s upcoming 12th album, as well as how songs for albums are selected and plans for an upcoming home video release of the long-requested but never confirmed Enlarged to Show Detail 3!

To hear the 15 minute interview with P-Nut, click the video below:

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311’s Bio, for the uninitiated:

311 was formed in 1990 in Omaha, Nebraska by singer/guitarist Nick Hexum, singer S.A. Martinez, guitarist Tim Mahoney, drummer Chad Sexton and bassist P-Nut. The band now resides in Los Angeles, 311California.

311 mix rock, reggae, hip-hop and funk into their own unique sound. After years of consistent touring, 311 have developed a reputation as one of the most influential and most entertaining live bands in the U.S.

311 have released eleven studio albums, one live album, one greatest hits album and three dvd’s – and have sold over 9 million albums in the U.S. Nine of their albums have reached the Top 10 on Billboard’s Top 200 Sales Chart…and nine of their singles have reached the Top 10 on Billboard’s Alternative Rock Radio Chart (including the #1 singles Down, Love Song & Don’t Tread On Me; along with Amber, All Mixed Up, Come Original, Creatures For Awhile, Hey You and Sunset in July).

311 recorded their 11th studio album, STEREOLITHIC, for a March 11, 2014 release, which debuted at #6 on the Top 200 Album Chart.

The band’s celebratory live shows & incessant touring schedule have earned them a massive grassroots following nationwide. Since its inception in 2004, 311’s annual summer headlining amphitheatre run, Unity Tour, has become one of the largest modern rock concerts of the summer. Support acts on previous Unity Tours have included Sublime with Rome, Cypress Hill, The Offspring, Slightly Stoopid, Snoop Dogg, The Roots, Papa Roach, The Wailers, O.A.R., Matisyahu, and Ziggy Marley.

Check out 311.com for more details on their Summer tour and 25th anniversary box-set.

311’s 2015 Summer Tour Calendar:

07/02 Scottsdale, AZ Talking Stick Resort (Pool Stage)
07/03 Las Vegas, NV Mandalay Bay Beach (Night 1)
07/04 Las Vegas, NV Mandalay Bay Beach (Night 2)
07/06 Oklahoma City, OK Diamond Ballroom
07/07 Kansas City, MO Crossroads
07/09 Detroit, MI DTE Energy Music Theater (Horde Tour Festival)
07/10 Cincinnati, OH The Shoe @ Horseshoe Casino
07/11 Chicago, IL Aragon Ballroom
07/12 Milwaukee, WI Riverside Theatre
07/14 Columbus, OH LC Pavilion
07/15 Cleveland, OH Hard Rock Live
07/17 Long Island, NY Shorefront Park (Great South Bay Music Festival)
07/18 Asbury Park, NJ Stone Pony Summerstage
07/19 Atlantic City, NJ Borgata Casino (Outdoors at Festival Park)
07/20 Hampton Beach, NH Hampton Beach Casino Ballroom
07/22 Richmond, VA Innsbrook Pavilion
07/23 Virginia Beach, VA Virginia Beach Amphitheatre
07/24 Charlotte, NC Uptown Amphitheatre
07/25 Jacksonville, FL Metropolitan Park (Connection Festival)
07/26 Orlando, FL Hard Rock Live
07/28 Birmingham, AL Iron City
07/30 Lake Charles, LA L’auberge Casino Pool
07/31 Houston, TX Bayou Music Center
08/01 Dallas, TX Southside Ballroom
08/02 Austin, TX ACL Live at Moody Theater
08/04 Omaha, NE Sokol Hall