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Interview: Huntress' Jill Janus on Heat Stroke, Bus Breakdowns, and Disappearing Trolls

In anticipation of this summer’s Rockstar Energy Drink Mayhem Festival--which we cover in our June/July 2014 issue, on newsstands now--we asked some of the tour's previous participants to share their craziest memories from the experience and to give their best advice to this year's performers. Below, Huntress frontwoman Jill Janus sounds off.

REVOLVER What is your favorite or craziest memory of last year's Mayhem Fest?
JILL JANUS My craziest memory was our bus breaking down. Twice. Our bus mates were Battlecross, team players all the way. The heat was so vicious, our bus couldn't handle the hottest days. The A/C would go out first, all electric in the bus next, then the smell of burning rubber. Overheating was typical, but when it broke down the second time, we had to leave the bus with a mechanic for repairs, then rent an SUV and van. We traveled like this for about a week, then got the bus back. Turns out the bus was way behind on inspections and didn't have back breaks. Shit happens.

What advice do you have for this year's bands?
The best advice I can give bands on Mayhem Fest is don't drink too much water! Sounds crazy, but the problem I encountered in brutally hot temperatures was drinking too much water and flushing out my body's salt. So I got heat stroked twice. A trick I picked up was carrying a salt shaker to side stage and putting a little salt on my tongue before I performed, and washing that back with water. No more heat strokes. And seriously, take advantage of those free Rockstar
Energy Drinks!

What does it mean to you to have been a part of something like Mayhem Fest?
Being part of Mayhem Fest is obviously a killer boost for visibility and fan base, but more than all that, it's like being part of a family. Everyone looks out for each other and there's a newfound camaraderie with bands you've admired for years. Once you're inside this touring machine, all the noise from the outside world dies down; you start to realize as you climb the ranks in metal, opinions of outsiders don't matter. The trolls and negativity disappear, and you truly know you're living the dream.

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