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AuthorI am Jay Ingram, Member of the Order of Canada, former co-host of Discovery Channel’s Daily Planet, and bestselling author of The Science of Why. AMA!

Nov 13th 2017 by JayIngramAuthor • 27 Questions • 281 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:

I watched you on Daily Planet all the time as a kid! In the last decade, what was/is your favourite new technological invention?

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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?


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CRISPR, the technology that allows super precise editing of DNA. It's going to have amazing effects.

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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:

In your opinion, is there any particular scientific fact that stands out as being extremely amazing?

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


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Yes. The Big Bang. When you realize that the universe is impossibly huge today, it's mind-blowing to think that if you go back 13.7 billion years, it was impossibly tiny.

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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:

Hello Jay!

Thank you for doing this AmA! I loved watching you on daily planet!

What was your favourite segment you did for the show?

Which technology or invention did you research that never made the show?

Thank you again!

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. 🤙🏻


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My favourite was the time I went Gombe, Jane Goodall's Chimpanzee reserve. We followed a chimp named Patty around from 6:30 in the morning until it got dark at night, and sometimes she took us right through the heart of the jungle.

You're second question is hard to answer, because hosts like me don't do the research producers do. There's no doubt that some producer some time researched a technology that never made it on the show.

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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


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Thank you so much!

It would have been amazing to be immersed in the jungle for a whole day!

Another question if I may.

Usually on the show there was always a new gadget that you used or tested. Which was your favourite?

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hey lads 👋🏻 Have you got any upcoming gigs/festivals for the UK soon? First saw you back in 2011 at NASS, then download 2015 & the London Road tour, I miss the vibe and the energy from your sets and I think it’s about time you come back to touring 😉😂 also Josh what breed is your cute pupper? #modemobalways


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It's not exactly a gadget, but one of my favourites was a 3-metre diameter ball made of lego that we tried to roll down a hill. It was supposed to replicate the boulder that ran down the hill in Indiana Jones.

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We have nothing in the diary just yet, but that tends to happen when you aren't active with releasing music. Once we start the ball rolling with all these tunes, you'll see us back at those festivals creating havoc once again :)

My little puppo is called Fuji and he's a Miniature Pinscher (a tiny version of a Doberman, they call it a Dobermouse! )


Q:

Jay, you're awesome! Where do you see humanity and climate change in 5 years, 10 years, 20 years and 50 years?

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


Q:

If things continue the way they are (business as usual), in 50 years, the world is going to look completely different. There might be no polar bears around Hudson Bay, because there won't be any sea ice for them to hunt on. We've already seen how the weather is changing, and it might be unrecognizable. The oceans will not only have washed away coastal cities, but will be so acidic that major forms of marine life will not exist. It's inevitable that there will be effects that we haven't even dreamed of as well.

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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:

Thanks for the response!

The oceans will not only have washed away coastal cities, but will be so acidic that major forms of marine life will not exist.

How are we supposed to find any meaningful way to survive if/when this happens? Do you think the next world war will be fought over fresh water reserves?

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


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That's a good question. Could a war be fought over water, climate refugees, agricultural resources? It may seem unlikely to us right now, but we should never be overconfident. The meaningful way to survive is to fight for what you think is right.

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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:

You mentioned you've written fourteen books. Is there a particular work of yours that you feel is/was underappreciated?

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


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I don't know about underappreciated, but I wrote a book a long time ago called The Burning House. It's a book about some of the weirdest kinds of brain science. I think 8 people bought it, but I've always thought the stories in it were really interesting, and I was surprised that it didn't sell more.

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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:

Hey Jay, I've heard you love birds. If you had to choose a national bird for Canada, What would it be?

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Are you going to come to Rock im Park 2018?


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The cowbird. People hate cowbirds, because they lay their eggs in other birds' nests. But why are they so common? It's our fault. We've continued to cut back the forests, and little birds that nest in the forest are now exposed to cowbirds. I see cowbirds as an indictment of human beings, and therefore should be our national bird.

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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:

Hi Jay! Long time fan, and love selling your book to people (I work in a bookstore).

What scientific endeavour are you most excited to find an answer to, that is still in the research process?

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?


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I'm really interested in the idea that we could extend the human lifespan. There are scientists who think, not only can we do that, but that we'll be able to do it fairly soon. For instance, change aging medically so that we could live to 150. I think that's going to be incredibly difficult. There are simple animals whose lifespans you can extend, but those are really simple. Our brains alone have more than 200 billion individual cells. How can you be sure that that can go on for another 20-30 years without breaking down in some way? The fact is, we don't even understand Alzheimer's disease yet.

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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:

Have you ever met Bill Nye?

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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?


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No. He hasn't met me either!

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:

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?

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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:

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!

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:

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?

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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:

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

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:

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!

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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:

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

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"?

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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??

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


Q:

Yes please

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I'll see what we can do!


Q:

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

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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?

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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)

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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?

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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!