Trapt bassist Peter Charell checked in earlier this month before the band's Saturday concert at the York Fair:

What are you up to right now?

Hanging out at my house (in Southern California). We've been writing (music) and stuff like that. We're, like, in the writing process right now. We have a lot of ideas and are trying to sort them out.

What do you like to do when you have time off?

Go to the beach and surf or hang out with my dog at my house.

What are your inspirations for the new material?

On the whole kind of scene, there (are) a lot of things (we) have to deal with, but only in dealing with that can you appreciate what you have. You wouldn't be able to appreciate the good things. A little of that has to do with the fact that a lot of things changed from the second record and our last record. We went through a label change. A song on the last album, "Stay Alive," had to deal with that. We were sitting around going, "what's going on with this career? What are we doing at this time in our lives?" We were kind of in a holding pattern.

How has the record industry changed since you guys started in the late '90s?

The record business has changed a lot since we got into it. A lot of bands are going through label changes and have to deal with different ways of selling and promoting their music other than with CDs and on the radio.


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There is a lot of Internet stuff available. Everything is digitized. It's easy to record a good album. You can do it at home and you can make good songs and use MySpace and Twitter to get them out there.

You guys seem to have adapted well with an interactive Web site and MySpace page.

The main thing with that stuff is that you have to be a part of it because the fans appreciate it more because they can be a part of things and know what's happening with the band. It's more work on the band's part than it was before. (Back in the '90s), bands could hang back and party and the label would promote them. Now, bands have to be proactive about (promotion). If we don't do our part, it doesn't work. And with 360 deals . . . bands are more responsible for selling merchandise because ultimately they're the only ones who interact with fans.

I guess all the technology has made it easier to reach a lot of people at once, right?

We always try to meet all the people that want to meet us. We are able to do that more so online. But the die-hard fans will still come to the shows.

Are you pumped to be playing with a few bands at the York Fair?

Yeah, we've played with Drowning Pool a few times. We know those guys really well.

Do you like playing fair shows?

Sure. I like playing small venues, too, especially when you're right in there with the crowd. It's always fun to play a big stage with a big sound system.

Do you have any pre-show rituals?

Not really. I guess we do a lot of stretching. I have to stretch my hands and stuff like that so I don't get cramps.

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