Interview with James Ulrich of RunnerRunner

Who are some of your favorite visual, literary or performance artists? (interests beyond music)

James: My Favorite Artist is Monet. I actually got to visit The Louvre after I graduated High School. I was incredible. I have never been artistic as far as drawing or painting goes so I can really appreciate work like that.

I also have a great respect for actors. Leonardo Dicaprio is one of my favorites. He has yet to do a bad job in a movie.

What other great passions do you have beyond music, if any?

James: I ride motorcycles and I love to run. Peter loves photography. Ryan is an excellent tennis player. Nick and Jon love surfing!!

If you didn’t have the music, what would you be doing?

James: I would probably do something with History. I love History. U.S. history the most. I could be a teacher or work in a cool museum or something like that.

Do you have any technical/formal training to do what you do?

James: I took drum lessons for a few years when I was 13 years old. I was involved in music all through my schooling. I played trumpet for 12 years. I learned how to read music and learned a lot about music theory in those years.

When was the day you realized that this was what you needed to be doing with your life?

James: I realized this was it when I became really depressed when I was about to start college instead of begin college. One thing my parents told me was never do something in life that you aren’t happy doing. This is the best advice I have ever received. I stand by it today.

What is your best memory prior to being on the national circuit/signed? How have things changed for you?

James: I miss playing in Nick’s basement in Virginia as kids. We would just jam for hours on end all day long. Now we are touring constantly and we pretty much just play our set on stage. I miss just messing around on our instruments plugged in and full drums during downtime.

Do you have any pre-show rituals? Post-show?

James: Pre-show we huddle up, put our hands in the middle and whisper, “Catalina Wine Mixer”. A quote from the movie “Step Brothers” It’s one of our favorites.

Have you developed any habits on the road that aren’t things you find yourself doing at home?

James: I stay up WAY later on tour than I do when I’m home. At home I go to sleep early. Usually 10. On tour it’s more like 2!

What do you do to pass the time on tour? Is there anything you like to see or do when in a new city?

James: We are constantly on our social networking sites. Our face book page, Twitter, etc. I also try to get a good run in a few days out of the week. Sweat is good for the soul!

How has the digital age affected you band? Do you still see much with physical album sales? What is your opinion of vinyl? Do you feel that merch and touring are a better means of support than music sales these days? Sponsorships?

James: I don’t think record sales will ever be like they used to. Too many people burn CDs or download songs illegally. Vinyl is rad but there are machines out there that will digitalize your vinyl records for you. Touring and Merch is where bands make their money today. Unless you are moving serious units, you’re not going to see tons of money from royalties.

What do you feel is the best way for the fans to support music these days?

James: The best way is to buy a record, come to a show and buy a Shirt!

Is there a question you have been waiting to be asked, that you feel is always forgotten and needs to be addressed?

James: I’ve been waiting to see if anyone has realized that Gisele left Tom Brady for me?? Yes this has happened. We couldn’t be happier.

Are there any questions you are sick of being asked?

James: Nothing! Ask away!!!

Is there something you have wanted to do on a tour but have not yet had the chance to?

James: I’ve been wanting to rent a motorcycle in the Pacific Northwest and ride, ride, ride!! soon…

Benefits are quite the popular thing these days, what cause(s) would inspire you to put one together?

James: My Grandfather Passed away from Parkinson’s disease. He had it for 16 years. It is a terrible sickness. very unfair. There is no cure to date, but we are hoping there will be soon.

If you could be on the cover of any magazine, which one would it be? Why? How would you be posed? Accessories?

James: I would like to be on the cover of Men’s Fitness. I would be standing in my Nike shorts and Nike running shoes, sweaty with a water bottle. The article would be about how to stay in shape while on tour or traveling for long amounts of time!

Which cancelled TV show do you miss the most? Why?

James: I miss the X-Files a lot! I love Sci-fi stuff. Scully was hot too!

Which movie do you think should have had a sequel, but didn’t?

James: There was a 1962 movie called “Dr. No”. It is about a British intelligence agent named “James Bond”. Great movie! Would have been great to see some sequels! HAHAHA

If you could only have one video game and/or DVD [set] to play on your tour bus/van while on the road, what game/DVD would it be? Why?

James: All we need on the RR bus is the movie “Step Brothers”. Laugh out loud funny. We watch it daily.

What now deceased celebrity or other person of note do you miss the most? Why?

James: I miss Marlon Brando. Even though he got kind of strange in his later years he was still the man! “The Wild One” and “Street Car Named Desire” are some of my favorite classic films.

If you were an animal, what kind of animal would you be? Why?

James: I would be a monkey of some sorts. I can make a mean monkey face!

If you were a cocktail, what kind of cocktail would you be?  Why?

James: If I were a Bloody Mary.  Fun but also healthy at the same time!!!

If you only made $100/week, how would that change your life?  Would it change anything?

James: I don’t make tons more than that right now!  Hahaha.  Maybe I would have to start buying white rice to cook on the bus instead of brown?? haha. Maybe I would move to a small remote Island in the Caribbean Sea and Fish all the time.

Is there anything else you would like to add?

James: Thank you so much!! Check us out at www.facebook.com/runnerrunner and at twitter.com/runnerrunner.