I think I speak for all of us when I say shows have always been a place for us to go and be ourselves and be accepted even though we’re a little weird.
About Joh by Joh:
Joh Chubb. When I’m Older – bass. 23. I’m A Loser.
JC: I got involved with WIO in 2013 after I saw Buddha tweet about needing a bass player for a pop band haha I hit him up and we jammed and it was fun. I wasn’t real close with him or Charles at that point. I hadn’t really hung out with either of them that much. But now they’re the two people I’m closest to and spend most of my time with. They’re both super talented dudes and I’ve been grateful the whole time for the chance to make music with them, being a lot less experienced than them and all the drummers we’ve had. Our new drummer Alex is a cool dude that I’m glad I’m getting to know him. He’s a hella good drummer and a sweetheart. I guess my favorite part of it all is just having an escape from “real world stuff”. Music has always brought me some peace of mind. When I’m playing with my best friends, it doesn’t matter if it’s for three people or 100 or whatever, it’s still better than being at work or stressing about paying bills or whatever and just clears my mind of all the anxieties I constantly have.
AH:Local music is important to all of us, but what does it mean to you?
JC: Local music is great. I was probably 14 when I went to my first show. Colin Bugbee was my best friend back then and he took me to an In Irons show I think. I think I fell in love with shows from there really. I went to In Irons and Latin For Truth shows pretty regularly for several years. Our scene has changed a lot over the years, but I think what we’re all trying to do is basically the same. I think I speak for all of us when I say shows have always been a place for us to go and be ourselves and be accepted even though we’re a little weird.
AH: I try to get my brother involved in local music as much as I can. I know that your brother has played with When I’m Older before. What would you say to other young people to encourage them to become more involved in local music?
JC: Yeah, Paul is a very talented musician. I try not to feed his ego too much cause he’s my little brother, but he’s a much better musician than I am. I haven’t been involved in a band for as long as most of the guys around here, and I regret not getting involved sooner. But not every musician has the same priorities. I don’t think Paul is going to start a punk band or anything. I can say though, no matter how busy you are, find time to jam with your friends. It’s fun, it’s healthy for your mind to just lose yourself for a while and make noise. Even if no one else gives a shit about it, which normally they don’t, there is something fulfilling about making songs with your friends. If you love music and make honest, genuine music and pour your heart into it, I’m going to support you. Having a local music scene is a great support system and as a musician or artist of any kind, it’s very important to support each other and be supported by others. So if you’re a young musician, no matter how serious you are, being involved is very good for your confidence and it will grow your musical ability. I think it’s definitely improved mine.
AH:If you could be any other member of When I’m Older for a day who would it be?
JC:That’s a weird question haha if I was able to be someone else for a day I would hope it wouldn’t be another shithead haha Charles, Buddha and I already have a lot in common, but if I could have some of Buddha’s out going personality and Charles dedication and confidence when it comes to creating art, that would be nice. And Alex is the only member with a girlfriend so I guess I could see what it’s like not being a lonely sad-boy for a day. I could probably only last a day with a girlfriend though haha
AH:Who are some of your musical influences?
JC: I have a lot of influences. I think the first time I wanted to be in a band was when I was five or six or so and watched The Moody Blues on a PBS special with my parents. I was pretty sheltered from “rock music” as a kid in a very conservative home. I remember listening to the radio on a Walkman and getting in trouble for listening to the Christian rock stations. My first favorite band was Building 429 and they were the first band I saw in concert I think. I met them after that and to a 12 or 13 year old I remember them making me feel very special and they seemed very genuine and empathetic to a kid whose mom had just died. So as a musician in a band now, they influenced me to be genuine with anyone I get the chance to meet. I listened to a lot of kings of leon when I was re-learning bass and Jared’s influenced my bass playing a good bit. Dave Grohl’s attitude towards music and his success has been pretty influential, he just has fun. Beck sets a good example for having patience and persistence. I can’t really say what bands have influenced my taste cause I like so much different stuff. I think I’m more influenced by the people making the music than what the music sounds like.
AH:What is the hardest thing about being in a band?
JC: All four of us have different schedules and only me and Buddha live within an hour of each other. So its hard finding time for us to get together and practice and write stuff. And it’s hard sometimes to all get on the same page and prioritize on the same levels. It’s hard playing shows for nobody. And its hard when friends don’t support you. But it’s all worth it and you learn to get over the hard stuff and enjoy the fun stuff.
AH: Home shows or out of town shows? Which is your favorite and why? Or tell me the good and bad of both.
JC: Home shows are fun because kids usually come out and have a good time. By home shows I guess I mean Fort Payne and Boaz because Scottsboro doesn’t have a venue, but both places have a lot of really cool things going on and a lot of young people are starting to get really involved and it feels good being a part of it with them. Road shows are fun cause you meet new people or reconnect with distant friends. I can’t really say which one is better cause I’ve had good and bad times doing both.
AH: I like to give people an opportunity to talk about more serious topics. Tell me a bit about your opinions on equality, mental health, and/or any other topics you feel passionate about.
JC: Alright, I’m going to try not to be too wordy about this, but this will be the most important thing I have to say. I don’t consider myself a feminist. I don’t consider myself a LGBT rights activist. I don’t consider myself a member of the Black Lives Matter Movement. I think it would be arrogant of me to try to say I relate to those people enough to take on those titles. I’m very humanistic. I believe in empathizing and loving everyone as an individual. If you try to categorize people, you will begin stereotyping. Even having the best of intentions, you can’t assume you know anyone because of their gender, sexual orientation, race, religion, etc. That being said, if in 2016 you are still unaware of the INEQUALITY in AMERICA that is STILL going on and in some ways growing IN 2016 that is your fault. We have access to more knowledge than ever before literally in our hands. The majority of us spend half our lives looking at our phone screens. You can see with your own eyes things that happen all over this country every day. You can read statistics. You can read and watch personal testimonies from people. There is evidence everywhere you look that things ARE NOT RIGHT in this country. And if you choose to ignore the suffering of other people, or animals, or the earth we live on, I think you’re a very selfish person and I don’t see how you can sleep at night. Ignorance is no longer an excuse for your intolerance or neglect. You might not be able to change the world, but you can choose to either be a part of the problem or stand up for what’s right and stand up for the less fortunate. I had no choice where I was born, what color my skin was, what gender I was, who I’d be attracted to, or how much wealth I would be born into. I could have been a dog or a cow or a tree, etc. I wasn’t given a choice. And for me to take for granted the privileges I have by undermining those who are less fortunate would be immoral. People often get confused when people talk about inequality and act like lazy people just want handouts. Opportunity + Work Ethic = Success. You can’t have one without both the others. There is no way you can believe the gap of inequality of opportunity isn’t huge in our country. I don’t want to get too political, but young people really need to start becoming more aware of it and we need to start changing our communities together. We’re all different and unique but we’re all not that far apart. Humans need to start working together and being more empathetic towards each other, which ties into mental health. Everyone I know has insecurities and doubts and fears. Everyone struggles with depression and anxiety. In a world that’s constantly falsifying what happiness looks like and demands a busy schedule, getting stressed out and feeling bogged down becomes almost natural. It’s important to become self-aware and recognize/control our anxieties because you can get real messed up when you let your anxieties control you. Losing a best friend to suicide was one of the hardest things I’ve gone through, but through that I’ve become much more aware of the fact that all of us struggle. It would be arrogant of me to think I could have changed Stephens mind, but I try my best every day to be the best friend I can be now to everyone I care about. Everyone needs someone to talk to sometimes. We all need to be better at listening. We won’t have the right words to say every time, but we can put aside distractions and listen to a friend and pay attention to them. You don’t want to wake up one day and find out you’ll never hear from someone again. More than any prescription or coping mechanism, we can help others struggling with mental illness by showing them how much we love them and care for them individually. Everyone needs to feel supported and appreciated. We can make a change in our homes, scene, communities and country when we stop being so selfish and start helping others. No one is better than anybody else, it’s time we get over ourselves and become stronger and smarter than ever.