Gross! This One Direction Prank Turned Out to Be a Disgusting Mess
Bands pull pranks on each other all the time. Did you even go on tour if there wasn’t an epic prank pulled somewhere down the road, right? So, we definitely get that the One Direction boys felt the need to pull out all tricks during the Where We Are Tour, but after speaking with the victim of their antics, a.k.a. their drummer Josh Devine, all we can say is, gross!
As One Direction’s drummer from the very start, the 24-year-old has grown accustomed to 1D’s tour shenanigans, and was able to take it like a true champ. Josh has been busy bringin’ it on during the last leg of the On the Road Again tour, and in the midst of all the chaos he somehow managed to release his first-ever EP, teaming up with his good friend, Ollie Green. While we cross off every day in anticipation to Made in the A.M.‘s soon-to-be release, Through the Fire will be the only thing keeping us going. Read more about it during our talk with Josh:
Congratulations on the release of your EP Through the Fire. Could you tell us a little bit more about that?
“Thank you. It was a collaboration between myself and my friend, Ollie Green, who writes a lot of music for other people, as well. We just decided one day that we should write some stuff for other people. If we like it, we can give it to them; if they like it, they can have it. We had a few sounds and stuff that we thought worked for certain artists. We just started singing on it and thought, ‘This is quite cool. We should just put it out ourselves and see what happens.’ That’s kind of how it came about.”
When did you realize that you wanted to start playing your own music?
“I’ve always wanted to. I’ve been writing songs and pieces of music since I was a kid. I just thought, ‘Why not?’ I’m not just a drummer, I play other instruments and have a of other musical passion and knowledge. I wanted to get this creativity out in other forms instead of just drums.”
As One Direction’s drummer, do you feel like some of their sound has influenced your own?
“Yeah, definitely. It’s a lot more pop-sounding than a lot of stuff that I listen to or the stuff that I was usually writing. Now it’s kind of naturally progressed just because of the industry I’m in at the moment; that’s what I’m surrounded by, so that’s what I started to write. With the fans and the people that follow me, it was a natural thing. It wasn’t just, ‘That’s what I want to write.’ It was also, ‘What would they be happy listening to? What do they want to hear?’ I didn’t want to make it too out there, or too hip-hop or rock-y, because they might turn around and go, ‘Why?’ It’s never been about what I think people want to hear; It’s always been I enjoying making this music or singing this. I want to write what I enjoy, so it’s never something that I don’t believe in myself. Doing this is a little bit different for me, but it was great. I really enjoyed the whole writing and actually doing the process of it. I enjoyed it, so if someone else does too, that’s great.”
Did the boys give you any advice on your solo career?
“Not really, to be honest with you. They lead by example. I’ve taken a lot of advice by watching them and being around them. The world that they’re in is incredible. There won’t be anyone that is in that world again for a very long time. I’ve gotten to see how they conduct themselves and how they act on-screen and off-camera as well. They just stay true to themselves and have fun — That’s the main thing.”
One Direction has had a pretty crazy year. Has the atmosphere or shows been any different since they became a foursome?
“No, everything has been good from where I’m sitting and where I see things. It’s all going really strong and they’re sounding great. I’m still loving performing every single night and the vibe is still good. The crowd is always insane and it holds everything together so well.”
What do you think about Zayn launching his solo career? Do you feel like you could kind of relate to that, too?
“It’s a very different thing to me. They are One Direction and I’m essentially just in the background. He is staying true to who he is. If it is going to make you happy, who can argue with that. Sometimes people have to think about themselves first. As long as it’s going to make you happy, then it’s all good.”
There’s been lots of talk about the boys taking an indefinite break next year, so obviously fans are freaking out. What do you think about that? Do you have any other info about it?
“To be honest with you, I’m personally just taking everything as it comes. If they decided that they wanted to take a break for a year, that’s fine and I’ll do my thing. If not, I’ll continue playing. I’ll always play the drums, that’s my forefront and passion of what I like doing. It’s what I’ve done, essentially, since I’ve been born. If they want to take a break or when they take a break, I’ll just continue doing my thing and playing drums as well. As long as I’m doing what I love, that’s the main thing.”
What’s been the most chaotic thing that’s happened during a live performance?
“There’s been a lot of embarrassing things happen to me, but low key (laughs). There’s been some times… At the end of the run, the boys like to do stuff to us as a band. It started off mild, but I think the worst one was last year. They took my hat off when I was drumming and filled it with nutella, whipped cream and some other random stuff. They just slapped it back down on my head and it was running down from my head to the floor for the whole rest of the show. You can imagine, at the end of the performance when I’m terribly sweaty…I didn’t look very good (laughs).”
“(Laughs) It was during the show too, so I just had to keep playing with it on.”
Have you ever gotten really into a set and came out of it with an injury?
“I break drumsticks every single show and I break cymbals, too. I hit quite hard, so I’ve broken the heads on drums. There’s been a few times, but one time recently happened at the very, very last hit of the show. I stood up and pretty much put my entire body weight into it, and hit my knuckles on the edge of the drum. The edge of the drums are all metal, so it’s like punching a really, hard metal object with your knuckles. My whole knuckle swelled up and I couldn’t bend my finger for a day or two after.”
That sounds painful! Speaking of touring, will you be on the road with your own stuff anytime soon?
“I would love to one day. Singing in front of people terrifies me, because in the studio it’s different; it’s only three or four other people that you’re comfortable with. I’ll have to get over my fear. I don’t know when, but one day there will be something I’m sure.”
Do you have a favorite track from Through the Fire?
“I don’t know if I have a clear favorite. There’s a track on there that’s called “Don’t Let It Go” and it’s the last one. It was one of the first ones we ever wrote, so it has a lot of fond memories. Also, the very opening track, “Make Memories” is one of my favorites because it’s one of the last ones that we wrote. We just had a really good vibe and I always get this cool vibe when I listen to it again. I’m biased though, so I like them all.”
Is there anything else you want your fans to know?
“Just, thank you. The response so far has been mind-blowing. To me, just having a couple of people tell you that they like your music is incredible. The fact that it’s blown up in our face and done so well for us, it’s like a personal milestone. So, thank you to anyone who has considered buying it or listened to it online. It’s the support and kinds words that make it really worth it.”