On their way to a show at Six Flags in Gurnee, Illinois, we caught up with Days Difference to hear the ins and outs of touring with family and staying in shape. We spoke with lead singer Jeremy Smith from the band’s van about their shows. “What really sets us apart, I think, is our energy. When we perform, we are happy and we are really into what we are doing,” he said.
It’s obvious this group of four knows how to play and have a good time — whether they’re on stage or playing “Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2.” And Jeremy Smith (lead vocals and keys), Jonathan Smith (vocals and drums), Jeremiah Ricks (vocals and guitar) and Micah Ricks (bass) have put in quite a bit of time touring, including one with with Jordin Sparks across the U.S.
So, how does a group of guys stay entertained and fit while being couped up in a van? Well, according to Smith, “We buy our own food and when we were on tour with Jordin, she always had good food. She eats very healthy.” In addition to eating right, Days Difference has another thing in common — they are brothers. Both Jeremy and Jonathan and Jeremiah and Micah are related, but don’t think for a second it makes road trips tense — the guys get along really well since they all enjoy playing video games, rehearsing and listening to European bands like U2 and Coldplay. The only thing you’ll find them arguing about is grammar. “We fight over words and grammar,” Smith said laughing. “We have English teachers for moms so we’re total grammar nazis.”
One thing’s for sure, the band does know how to create a record. In 2007, they released their first album Numbers and in 2009 they released their self-titled album. “Creativity is useless without hard work,” said Smith. “You have ideas, you try them and see if they work out.” If the band’s concert dates are any indication, their creativity and hard work is paying off.
To find out more about the band, check out their photo gallery and songs below.
“Are You Happy”
Favorite Video Games:
Call of Duty Modern Warfare 2
Madden -- any football games
Favorite TV Shows:
Big Bang Theory
Tips for Staying Healthy
1. Make healthy options available and avoid fast food.
2. Limit pizza and do not eat desserts.
3. Find time to exercise.
4. Getting enough sleep is so important. It helps you stay healthy.
5. Wash hands after shows. You shake so many people's hands.
By Jeremy Smith, Lead Vocals and Keys
If you could tour with any band, who would you choose?
Jeremy Smith: "If we could tour with anyone, I'd say U2, Coldplay and Taylor Swift because of our audience."