As part of theKnow, The Brink magazine is proud to announce one of the newest features in the magazine:“10 Q’s With…”–a quick Q&A that goes outside the box and off the wall. The Spring 2012 Q&A is with Juan DeVevo, guitarist for Casting Crowns. Have fun reading this short interview…and try not to take some of his answers too seriously!
1. What is your all-time favorite Casting Crowns song?
“While You Were Sleeping” is a Christmas song, but musically it’s so sweet and lyrically it has that punch that you expect. “East to West” is my favorite all original Casting Crowns song. The first time I heard it I thought, “This song is for everyone.” Also, I’ve been told we sing “I Can Only Imagine” so that’s pretty cool.
2. What non-Casting Crowns song do you receive the most requests to play?
“Devil Went Down to Georgia.” We keep telling people we’re a Christian band. We’re unaware of the Devil’s whereabouts.
3. If you could be a diva and add anything to your concert rider, what would it be?
I wouldn’t call it “being a diva” but we do have fresh puppies in our dressing room that have just been bathed in fabric softener. I’m still lobbying for armor and swords for when we want to play Narnia.
4. As a guitarist, what is the most difficult CC song for you to play?
Since I’m the rhythm guitarist, nothing is too hard from a technical standpoint. If you were to ask which one I mess up the most, that’d be a tie between “Holy One” (because I’m having too much fun singing) and “Who Am I” (I stop thinking about it sometimes).
5. What has been your most embarrassing moment on stage?
Of the several fighting for first place, the best one I can share is that I tried to throw out a pick and it landed back on my guitar. For a split second I thought, “Did someone just catch this, see it, and throw it back in .5 seconds? Why would someone do that?”
6. What is the strangest gift you’ve ever received from a fan?
Some guy pulled off his t-shirt and gave it to me because I said it was cool. Luckily for all of us (including folks standing around him) he had another t-shirt on under it. I still wear it.
7. You get the chance to cover any song. What is it?
I would like to cover Benjamin Gate’s cover of the Men-At-Work song “Overkill.” It’s pretty awesome. Also, I’d finally do “Freebird” for that guy who always wants it, whoever he is.
8. What is your favorite book of the Bible?
Hebrews. The entire depth and description of the gospel is in there. It’s a very heavy passage.
9. If you weren’t in the music business, what would you be doing?
I like the idea of movie making and writing scripts. I’ve gotten the chance to do it lately, but nothing has come of it.
10. What is the most satisfying part of your ministry, both inside the church building and out on the road?
For me it’s all about the honor of hearing someone’s story. At church, it’s hearing a student share about God’s faithfulness. On the road, it’s hearing about families that have been restored because of a moment in a concert. That’s a great boost for me. It’s a green light from the Father that tells me to carry on.
To read the rest of the interview check out the Spring 2012 edition of The Brink magazine!
You can also follow Juan on Twitter: @6stringhero