JACOBY Shaddix has sold more than 10 million records and toured the world as the singer in one the world's most notorious rock bands. So when he hits the road life must be one long party, right?
Not quite... "It's 3.30pm. We're just hanging out on the bus now, but I've already been to the gym and out on my scooter around - where are we? - oh yeah, Lexington," he says.
"I'm in my early 30s now and I don't want to be a fat slob - I wannabe hot and dangerous still!"
Papa Roach are in the middle of a massive world tour with Avenge Sevenfold and
Buckcherry, the current leg of which is in the deep south. But Shaddix is itching to get back over to Europe.
"We always have a great time on the road, but we've been in the US for so long now.
"The thing is, we have to prove ourselves over here first before we get a shot anywhere else, like the UK.
"In the UK the coolest, hip new thing changes so often. The media and the record companies have the attention span of a rat. So we have to get the confidence up over here first and luckily, after 15 years, we're selling 6,000 tickets a night - it's amazing!"
It's been almost a decade since their major label debut Infest thrust Papa Roach into the mainstream. It went multi-platinum on both sides of the Atlantic and their brand of rap/rock spawned a whole new genre - nu-metal.
As leaders of the pack they paved the way for the likes of Limp Bizkit and dominated the rock scene in the early noughties.
Their follow-ups' bagged them a loyal fan base, but it's been three years since their last album Paramour Sessions was released and a lot's happened since.
Shaddix's school friend, Papa Roach co-founder and drummer Dave Buckner left the band last year after a stint in rehab.
"Y'know, since then it's been great - really great," says Shaddix. "It's like we've been able to open up our creativity again - there aren't arguments in the studio, we're not storming out. If he'd still been around we wouldn't have got this album done, we wouldn't have our new rock baby.
"I wouldn't change where we are for the world."
Their sixth album Metamorphosis was released last week, ahead of their Kentish Town Forum gig.
"I'm so happy with it!" Shaddix enthuses. "I think the name's a sort of giveaway about where we are at the moment - we're really changing but it's a natural process, it's not something we've forced, nothing to do with Dave.
"We've got some more mellow tracks on there - the music's just evolved.
It's important to our existence as artists - I've never wanted us to be pigeon-holed. It's our most diverse record but it's still cohesive - it flows.
"Personally, I wanted to prove myself as a singer. I've proved that I can rap and I can scream - Metamorphosis was about proving I can sing too.
"That probably comes from the sort of stuff I've been listening to lately - I'm a vinyl junkie," he says, rummaging through a box of records on their tour bus.
"Motley Crue, Black Keys, Lamb of God, James Brown. "It feels like we've had the album ready to go for ages - I can't wait to get it out there and play the songs to our fans, and we can't wait to get to London!
"One of my best memories of playing live is a few years ago when we played at the Barfly in Camden - it took us back to when we were first starting in the early 90s, playing in these dive bars. You guys over there are awesome - completely different to the New York or LA crowds.
"Our gig there's going to be raucous and wild - a real Papa Roach show!"
* Papa Roach play the HMV Forum, Highgate Road, Kentish Town, on April 17.For tickets see www.kentishtownforum.com