AWOLNATION’s Aaron Bruno got whole stadiums and millions of Viners on their feet with his energetic anthemic songs “Run” and Sail.” Now the Californian will bring his instrumental powerhouse on the road for Making America Rage Again, featuring the Prophets of Rage, a bass-throbbing super group of made up of Rage Against the Machine, Public Enemy's Chuck D and Cypress Hill's B-Real. The 37-year-old calls from his call in L.A. where he’ll play a few headlining gigs before the tour kicks off their tour in Virginia this month.
Given the name of this tour, do you consider yourself a political person?
No, absolutely not. I have opinions, but they’re more social or musical for that matter. I’m being asked a lot about that now, but I didn’t go to school for politics and the flag I wave is for music and how it can bring us all together, instead of dividing people.
Did you expect the kind of social media reaction through Vine that “Run” received as a single?
Certainly not for that song. I thought it was a good song to start the record with, but I didn’t think it would have this kind of reach. Then again, I didn’t think think “Sail” would be as big as it was. With albums I’ve found, you keep your head down and hope that people will enjoy.
Did you spent a lot of time going through the Vine submissions for run?
[For social media], I’m aware of what’s going, but it becomes very self indulgent to always be looking in the mirror, so to speak. To me, the ones that I enjoyed the most were comedic. The first one I noticed was the dad who take the Barbie from the girl and she went crazy after him.