Oli Sykes Shares Bring Me The Horizon’s Reaction To Fans’ Criticism

Bring Me The Horizon vocalist Oli Sykes recently dialed in with KFMA and talked about the scarcity of bands whose standards match with BMTH. The vocalist mentioned the aspects that make Bring Me unique and explained the band’s approach toward fans and their criticism:

“And I definitely feel like I’ve listened to some of the fans over the years and, like, you know what? They’re right. We shouldn’t water our sh*t down. Because we’re like one of the last bands that still do heavy music right? So all that stuff just keeps you in line, and you’ve just gotta realize it all comes from a place of love and don’t let it piss you off.

And at the same time stay true to yourself. We can’t write music for the fans; it’s impossible. But we can let what they say resonate with us and not just automatically, like, the knee-jerk reaction of like, ‘F*ck you. We’ll do what we want.'”

In the interview, Oli also emphasized that the band became famous unexpectedly:

“There are not many bands like Bring Me The Horizon anymore that are in the kind of mainstream stuff.  And sometimes you almost wanna con… not conform, but sometimes… Like our band, ten years ago, I never would have thought that anyone would’ve ever said our band is going to headline festivals one day or that could be the biggest rock band in the world.”

Sykes added right after that the ‘becoming the biggest rock band’ notion clouds the main objectives of the bands:

“Then, all of a sudden, those kind of ideas started formulating and people saying them. And that can go to your head, and then you can start going, ‘Oh, maybe we can.’ And sometimes you get so preoccupied with whether you could that you don’t stop to think whether you should.”

In 2022, Oli opened up about playing in Reading Festival in 2018, how he processed feedbacks back then, and the hardship of gradually becoming a proper band in the public eye:

“I feel like it is really hard, as a British band especially, to change the public’s opinion on you. I genuinely still wonder how we managed to become a band that people finally respect.

It really meant a lot for those big publications to be saying, ‘You are a decent band.’ It’s like we needed that reassurance from outside voices, even though that tour was the first time I could actually look out at the crowd and say to myself, ‘You’ve made it. You’re OK; you’re safe.'”

You can watch the rest of the interview below.