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Actor / EntertainerI'm an actress, Sonya Balmores, who plays Auran on Marvel's Inhumans... which wraps up tonight on ABC so now I'm an out of work actress. AMA!

Nov 10th 2017 by alohasonya • 27 Questions • 182 Points

We are Modestep!

We just partnered with Jägermeister to perform an Ice Cold Gig at Cecil Peak in New Zealand suspended between two mountain peaks on a space net. Check out the video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SJspGy7Fy8E&t=25s

Next Monday we’re releasing our new single Higher. Presave link: http://monster.cat/2h6uhQg

Ask us anything

Q:

Would you like to be on Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D?

And I understand if you can't answer this one but what's your overall feelings on how Inhumans turned out?

A:

Do you have a rough idea about when you guys plan on releasing the new album? - So so excited for it! The previews in your vlogs sound insane! Also, do you think you'll do a live UK tour once you've released the album?


Q:

Yes, I would like to keep working and AOS would be AWESOME to book!

A:

We're going to play it by ear. We plan on releasing a new song every couple of months until something really sticks, and thats when we're going to follow up with the album. We kind of figure as long as there is a continuous flow of music, you guys won't care too much about an album release date :P

The plan is definitely to tour the UK next year!


Q:

The showrunners actually asked her not to, because they changed her character completely...

A:

Hey guys big fan, couple questions.

  1. What's the current direction of your music going? London Road was an exceptional album and I'm hoping for more like that.

  2. Any plans for touring the UK next year, specifically Scotland? Saw you guys last time with Culprate and it was wicked! Much love. 🤙🏻


Q:

Thank you for your questions! and for making my first time on Reddit awesome! I have to hit the books now, studying for an audition and then prepping a little party for tonights season finale!! Hope you'll join us on ABC and live tweets on the west coast! xoxo

A:

Hey Niicolzz! 1. I've described our new music as the uplifting/dancey vibes of Evolution Theory but with the finesse and execution of what we learned from London Road. I think its some of our best music yet. 2. We always want to be on tour, like permanently... and Scotland is one of the rowdiest crowds out there. It would be my honour to go back. I think once we have new music out there, we'll be able to get back on the tourbus!

Big love <3


Q:

How was working with Iwan on Inhumans?

A:

How are you? How’s your day been so far?


Q:

Awesome!! I was super nervous to meet him because I watch GOT...

A:

My day has been great so far.. I took my little puppy who is only 11 weeks old to the studio and we practiced for a live session that we're doing tomorrow with a string section. It's going to be our first time playing with a string section and we're both really excited for it!


Q:

Hey! I actually really like the show and your character a lot. Do you think it’ll survive to another season?

Also: if it doesn’t, can we hope for a crossover?

A:

A lot of people feel as if the live shows aren’t as complete with the backing of the two guitars and feel as if Josh is over stretching himself by playing bass, piano, mixing etc on stage and that it’s taking away from what a Modestep set should be. What are you opinions on this? And do you feel your live show energy is sacrificed now there’s only two members or do you not feel any difference?

Personally, I see no difference in energy but see where some people may come from about Josh been too over stretched with everything he has to do and how much harder you both have to work!

P.S new shit is sounding mint and you are truly mad fuckers for doing that mountain ting... I’d of babbed my pants a trillion times.


Q:

I don't know about a second season, always hope for it though! Crossover would be AMAZING! Thanks for watching it and enjoying Auran:)

A:

Mr Irwinator! The live show took some adjusting, an we've decided to completely renew everything about it for 2018. We've rebuilt the entire system, and we're designing a complete visual experience for next year. I'd agree with you though, with the old setup and me having to run about and play 3 instruments, it was a bit tough. All I can say is keep your eyes peeled for next years live show, it's going to be mental.


Q:

What's your biggest regret in life?

A:

any plans for doing another modestep radio? Really miss those on my sunday evening


Q:

Not skipping more school... I took it way too seriously!

A:

Modestep Radio evolved into BSMNT and because Pat and I were not that confident with DJing, we decided to put them on hold until we felt more comfortable behind the decks. I think we're both at the point now where we're super comfortable and we'll be starting BSMNT up again :)


Q:

As an actress, I'm curious about your 2 cents re: all the recent scandal in Hollywood and 'outing' of many players in the business. Many have said this may pave a new way forward for how women (esp. younger women) are treated in the business. Without revealing anything too personal you're not comfortable sharing, have you had any experience seeing this kind of thing and do you feel it's a rampant problem in the business that desperately needs this spotlight?

A:

Hey. Saw you guys at Download Festival a few years ago and you were amazing. Would you ever consider playing there again?


Q:

Yes, it's a huge problem, but I don't think it's just in our business... I think it's a human problem all over the world. I'm very lucky and blessed to not have had to face anything super scary. Everyone I have worked with has been so professional and wonderful to me... there are good men and women in Hollywood and I hope more people with integrity take positions of power to make our industry safer.

A:

Our first ever show as a band was at Download festival, playing the little Red Bull stage there. We then played it every year until we worked our way up to the second stage. I would fucking love to come back, no matter what size the stage.. it's like a second home for us and the crowds are always mental!!


Q:

Who's your favorite Superhero?

A:

How has it been since Tony leaving? Do you feel the direction of Modestep has changed? And How's he doing?


Q:

In elementary school it was Spider-Man... but today I love Dr. Strange.

A:

We've had to make a lot of adjustments. Both Pat and I have been teaching ourselves how to DJ and we've come a long way in the last 6 months! The direction of Modestep was always going to change as, even before Tony left, we decided to switch up our sound a little bit to make our tunes a little more dancefloor friendly. He's doing great, he has a new project called WhyMe? which you should definitely check out!


Q:

Is being a Hollywood actress all glam and champagne? Or is there difficult periods like people in normal jobs?

A:

Are you going to come to Rock im Park 2018?


Q:

Yes, there are moments of glam and always champagne and drinks avail... but yes, it is a job with draw backs like normal jobs: being on set away from family, working long hours, navigating ego's, and then the sad part for the artists in us actors is that you really only get 30 seconds to maybe ten minutes of pure acting moments! The rest is all prep and waiting...

A:

Oh man I wish, if you want us there make sure you relentlessly tweet them and get your friends to do the same. Believe it or not, thats what promoters look at! Rock Im Park/Am Ring are up there with some of my favourite festivals to play!!


Q:

What would be your favorite moment on set?

A:

Will do! Your shows 2013 and 2015 were the best I've ever seen! Also when can we expect a new album to drop?


Q:

My mother-in-law got to visit me on set while I was filming a scene with Ken Leung. Watching her see and learn about everything was so cute, she was like a little kid... I think when you're in the business for even a little while it's easy to forget how cool behind the scenes are!

A:

Thank you ED!

Next year we'll be dropping a new tune every couple of months with an album waiting for that right moment :)


Q:

What is your favorite candy?

A:

Was an honour to do lights for your show at Teddy Rocks! When are you going to get the live show back on the road?


Q:

Dark chocolate anything... Kauai Chocolates has this candy called Opihi's they are the BEST things on Earth: shortbread cookie, mac nut, caramel, chocolate.

A:

Ah dude the lighting was on point.. and the pyro nearly burned my balls to a crisp. Great work!

We're working on a brand new concept live show to debut in 2018 and hopefully we'll jump straight back on the road and show the whole world!


Q:

what was your favorite scene to film?

A:

Do you guys consider coming back to Poland? (Especially performing one more time on Woodstock's stage?) I always loved in your music the combo of dubstep and rock, will it be present in your new content somehow?


Q:

It's coming up tonight in the season finale!!! It's with Maximus...

A:

Well, because we won the spinning top competition I believe we should be coming back to play Woodstock once again. They said once we have a new album on the way to let them know and we'll make that magic happen all over again. Honestly, the first time we played will be difficult to top as it was one of the greatest moments in my life!!


Q:

What is your favourite moment on set?

A:

Hi there from Russia! Can u give an advices to the beginning producer of creating music and how to promote it (some management advices)? Is it worth trying to send stuff to guys like you? So much love! Show between rocks is fckin amazing!


Q:

When they pass around mana pua and pie and sandwiches on platters.

A:

Hey Sergey! My advice with starting production is very simple.. be deliberate in what you make. A lot of producers sit and fiddle for hours and just make horrible noise, especially when they first start out. What I like to do is imagine what I want the song to sound like in my head, and then find a method for making that a reality. When you work like this, you tend to get much more natural ideas down and often much faster.

My management advice would be to never get management. Just make good music, put it everywhere you can (including sending it to people like us!!) and the rest will happen. Some managers can make a huge act from very little talent, those guys are great businessmen.. but if you make good music, a managers job is very easy, and a job you can easily take on yourself.


Q:

Aloha!

What were your tv habits growing up?

Any crushes on celebrities today?

Aloha!

A:

Hi Modestep - Big fan here :-)

I hate to kill the mood but what is your HONEST opinion on your fans taking drugs at one of your gigs?

1) Do you think it happens, and if so to what extent? 2) Would you give your fans a message on this matter?

Oh and whats the best venue you have ever played at?


Q:

I watched TV every morning and every day after school... my mom has a picture of me drinking a bottle in front of the TV at like 1.5 years old! I love Benedict Cumberbatch.

A:

disclaimer - I will not be held responsible for anyone reading this and fucking up.

People definitely take drugs at our shows, and I have no problem with it at all.

Everyone has a right to put what they want in their body, I would just let anyone who makes that decision aware that there are risks and you should find out how to do it properly as to not ruin your (and your friends) nights.. or potentially do something to damage your health. I believe you can now buy drug testing kits that you can test drugs with before taking them to make sure you know what you are actually taking. Also make sure that you google your body weight to get the correct dose for you and DON'T DO ALL OF YOUR DRUGS AT ONCE.

If you follow all of the above, you should have a great night!


Q:

Inhumans was panned pretty harshly by critics. As an actor, how do you deal with that? Do you pay those criticisms mind?

A:

Hi from Estonia! Any plans to make something experimental or different like "Time" on Evolution Theory?


Q:

Luckily, I am just an actor right now and not a producer. I have no control over the final product, so it's really not my problem, thankfully;0

A:

Ooooh I forgot about Time! We're actually talking over the possibility of doing a very rock-heavy EP for a big rock record label. I think there would be room on that EP for something similar to that :) Big love to you and everyone in Estonia <3


Q:

How often do you brush your teeth?

A:

First saw you guys at Download on the second stage, the energy in the crowd was incredible. I hope you guys play again soon, and I look forward to seeing your new live show at a venue (hopefully) near me!

Q. What do you think of other Electronic/Rock hybrid bands, like Prodigy & Enter Shikari? Have they influenced the music you make at all, or do you resent the comparisons?

Speaking of the Prodigy, I don't suppose you're supporting them on the UK tour next month? That would be perfect!


Q:

Never.

A:

I would love to support the Prod again but no we won't be with them next month!!

We're good friends with some of the lads in Enter Shikari, I love their take on the crossover and their live show it absolutely great. The prodigy's live show has influenced us lots, not a lot of shows have that kind of intense energy and its something we absolutely aspire to get to!!


Q:

Opinion on veganism?

A:

So what is the best way to get feedback from guys like u?


Q:

I have lots of friends who are vegan... but it's impossible for me to choose that: I love spam musubi and hot dogs and fried chicken and sushi!!!

A:

[email protected] - send that fire!


Q:

Any plans of performing in Belgrade, Serbia? We are HUGE fans.

A:

I would love to come back to Serbia, make sure you shout at promoters to get us over there!


Q:

What are your thoughts on "Man's not hot"?

A:

He's very lucky and I hope he can make it last, its not often people blow up as big and fast as that!! :)


Q:

Which songs did you play between the rocks for the Jagermeister gig??

A:

We played Higher, Sing, Another Day (xKore & Smooth remixes) - We have the audio if you guys are up for listening :)


Q:

Yes please

A:

I'll see what we can do!


Q:

Josh, do you actually skate or are you just a massive poser? Can pat skate?

A:

I skate to studio every day.. actually I fell so hard last week I thought I broke my elbow. Ive had to stop using my standard board and switch to my longboard because London streets are god awful for skating on. Pat can't skate from what I've seen haha


Q:

hey guys!

is "new modestep" going to be full electronic, or some real instruments still be in your music?

i saw you live twice in poland, once with guitar and drums, and once with DJ set in lublin, both were awsome, but guitar+drums was more powerfull i think :)

all the best and can't wait to hear your music

ps: cute dog :)

A:

We still have live synthesizers and guitars just like before :) Thank you, Fuji says hi! <3


Q:

Josh, are you still using that RED camera of yours? And why didn't u use your canon or whatever it was that you used in Thailand to film modevlog in NZ?

A:

I don't actually have a RED camera! I have a Sony a7s, and I used that an my iPhone for the Modevlog :)


Q:

But you had it a few years ago? (RED)

A:

We used to rent one for all our music videos, I will buy one some day! :)


Q:

Any chance I can make a music video for you in the future?

A:

If you're good at it, sure :) send your work to [email protected]


Q:

Hey lads,

I got 2 questions. Sorry if these have already been asked

1) from the news about how your allowed to release new music as modestep wouldve you started a new band/project if that wasnt the case?

2) this ones for pat but do you miss touring with funeral for a friend

Cheers for the amazing music, unfortunately the only time ive seen you guys was years ago supporting lostprophets in cardiff!

A:

Easy Gav,

  1. Actually due to the nature of the legal bother we were having, we wouldn't have been able to release any music, under any project. Luckily thats fixed though!

  2. Some of my best mates. We had fun times, seems like forever ago now. But nah I wouldn’t say I miss it. I miss them dudes though!!


Q:

Do you return to poland, and be in wroclaw? this is very important to me and my mother for wroclaw doesn't let me go, i love you very much ❤ i'm sorry for what i'm writing but even i can't english

A:

We would love to do a full tour in Poland next year!