Down With Webster plot party of a lifetime with latest disc

Down With Webster arrives on the red carpet for the MuchMusic Video Awards (MMVAs) in Toronto, June...

Down With Webster arrives on the red carpet for the MuchMusic Video Awards (MMVAs) in Toronto, June 16, 2013. REUTERS/Mark Blinch

Jane Stevenson, QMI Agency

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The name of Toronto rap-rockers Down With Webster’s third disc is Party For Your Life. It follows last year’s platinum-selling single, One In A Million.

But band member, rapper and singer Cameron "Camm" Hunter says it’s a misleading title for their latest album, which hits stores Tuesday (Jan. 28) before a cross-Canada club tour starts in Vancouver on Wednesday (Jan. 29)

“(The partying’s) still going fairly strong but the person who came up with that phrase is Pat (Gillett) our lead singer, he originally meant it as something different than a lot of people take it as,” said Hunter, in his mid-’20s, who just recently returned to “white blonde hair...as a fashion choice (and) out of complete boredom.”

“I take it as party as hard as you possibly can like as if your life depends on it, which I think most people, that’s what they get out of it. And I think what he meant was party for your entire life, do things that make you happy and fulfil you so he meant it in a way more, do what you love sense.”

We caught up with Hunter as he was in a cab on the way to Toronto’s Pearson Airport to talk about the band’s upcoming tour, Justin Bieber’s troubles and to ask whether Drake was robbed at Sunday’s Grammys.

Is Party for Your Life the right message right now given the trouble fellow Canadian pop star Justin Bieber recently got himself into?

I think it’s completely normal. I think if he wasn’t who he was and was just another (19-year-old) kid I don’t think anyone would care. I think it’s normal to go through that kind of a phase when you are that age, that coming of age thing. I think people are just up in arms ‘cause he has such a sweet and bubbly public persona that when they see that it’s a big shock. But from having met him, he’s a normal kid. You can’t hold him to an impossible standard.

Do you ever get followed by fans or photographers in Toronto?

It’s happened from time to time, never on that scale. And again, we never came out as like Disney stars. Like when we started, like if you listen to our original body of work, it’s pretty vulgar. I don’t think anyone had any illusions about what we were really up to. We kind of said it on the record. So it wouldn’t be a shock. I think it’s only a shock when you have somebody who’s like a Britney Spears or a Miley Cryus or a Justin Bieber or someone who’s presented as this very wholesome sort of Disney Channel character and all of the sudden they’re drinking and racing Ferraris. It’s like, ‘Well, he’s a (19-year-old) kid with all the money in the world.’

How will this tour be different than previous DWW outings?

This time around we wanted to sort of step up our production value and do some cooler stuff in terms of how the stage looks and maybe having some video content and we also are rehearsing an entirely new album.

Did you watch the Grammys Sunday night and what do you think about the controversy over Macklemore and Ryan Lewis sweeping the major rap categories leaving the likes or Kendrick Lamar and Toronto’s Drake out in the cold?

I know Kendrick’s supposed to be ‘the second coming’... I think the guys (Macklemore and Ryan Lewis) deserve it and ultimately, it’s just cool seeing guys like Macklemore do well and seeing bands like Imagine Dragons (who performed with Kendrick) do well because it’s touching on similar styles to our music and that’s really cool. It’s cool seeing music that you identify with make it.

What if Drake had won?

Hey, no, I always root Drake first. I was rooting for Drake. But I also feel like Drake’s doing pretty well so I don’t think he can complain.

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