Editors Note: We first caught VersaEmerge at the 2010 Warped Tour held at Canterbury Park back in August. They certainly captured our rock imaginations at the time, and when we found out they were returning to the Twin Cities this month in support of their latest album Fixed at Zero, we decided to track down lead singer Sierra Kusterbeck for a first-hand account of what is going on with band the behind the scenes.
Chuck Pittman: How did you guys become a band?
Sierra Kusterbeck: VersaEmerge was a band before I started. The genre was a lot harder. They lost their vocalist and they were having auditions. I found them through MySpace and for some reason I just felt like I needed to do this. My mother helped me make a demo (and) they liked it and it ended up working out. I left school and started writing music for them.
Chuck: Was singing a part of your education or was it on the side?
Sierra: I went to art elementary/middle and high school. They were all kind of connected with each other. I majored in musical theater.
Chuck: How did VersaEmerge become your bands name?
Sierra: Blake (Harnage) came up with it. They were in the middle of changing band members. “Versa” as in vice versa, “Emerge” to rise. The opposite, but to change – kind of like an exploding word in an action.
Chuck: Your about half way through your first headlining tour. What has been your favorite venue so far and why?
Sierra: The first day in Dallas, The Loft. It was just so magical, (but) every night is magical. I just love that place.
Chuck: What made it so magical?
Sierra: It was the first night of our first headline tour ever and we didn’t know how it was going to go. The kids were awesome. It was the first time we ever had people singing the words so loud we couldn’t really even hear ourselves. It was really cool.
Chuck: Your touring now with Anarbor. How is it touring with those guys?
posted November 21st, 2010 at 12:00 pm Interviews