Bring Me The Horizon and being one of metal's least likely success stories
From outcast to Arena headliner, Bring Me The Horizon frontman Oli Sykes has led one of the most unlikely success stories in metal
IS IT DIFFICULT TO DEAL WITH BEING FAMOUS?
“We’re that band now where, even if you don’t like us, you’ve got a mate who does, so you’ll get a photo with us anyway. The amount of people that approach me is crazy, but I’m aware that not all of those people listen to our band. It’s only as difficult to deal with as it ever was. I’m not someone who can just rock up to a bunch of new people and make conversation – it takes me a while to warm up. But it comes with the job, and I know when it’s not happening, I’ll look back on it like, ‘That was mental!’”
IS THERE A LEVEL OF RESPONSIBILITY BEING A FRONTMAN OF A BAND WITH SO MANY FANS?
“Whether you like it or not, the frontman is for the most part the most recognisable person, but that’s the job you signed up for. And whether you want to be that or not, you have to accept that you are. I think there is a responsibility to do that. When you’re onstage, you’re responsible for the connection between you and the crowd. But at the same time, I don’t think it’s your responsibility to set a good example or go against who you are in real life. I think it’s important to be who you are. I’ve got to come out of my shell a bit and do stuff I wouldn’t normally be comfortable with, but at the same time I wouldn’t try and be anyone I’m not for these people. I’m not gonna act like I’m cooler, more confident or any less awkward or scared to be in this situation than they are.”