1.What did you want to become when you were a kid?
Architect. I took Architectural classes in High School and grew up watching my uncle as an architect.
2. What schools have you attended?
All levels through College.
3.Have you been a good student?
Yes I think so, but I was bored very fast. My grades were As and Bs.
4.What kind of job did you have before doing Kamelot full time?
I worked in the sports apparel field as a product manager and it was a great job. I was able to design and also do a bit of traveling with it. My first trip to Rio was in connection with my work for Kappa, it was an amazing experience. We were special guests of the football star (soccer) Romario. I am still a consultant with some of the firms.
5.Have you played in any other bands before doing Kamelot?
Not really, I mean some friends and I played when we first started learning. We had some lame names but I cant remember them now, haha.
6.Did record labels ever tell you what you have to do? And did you comply?
Never, we have always maintained 100% control of the music, imagery and concepts. We consult with them regarding promotions, touring etc.
7. Do you do anything special to prepare before going on stage?
I always warm up for at least 30 minutes before the show, either with a small amp or a small headphone type amp. I like to come to the side of the stage to watch the support bands and get a vibe from the audience, then I will have a beer or a warm drink before hitting the stage.
8.Did ever anything really embarrassing happen to you when you were on stage?
I fell off the monitors once at a show in Virginia/DC. We have it on video somewhere, it was funny to watch later but at the time my face was pretty red.
9.What do you like to do in your spare time?
I coach soccer and softball with my daughter and also workout, play golf and tennis. There isn’t a lot of spare time when you do this for a living, not that I’m complaining – because I love it!
10.Can you sing?
Haha, well not too much. I do my best but its not my forte, lucky for me there are some amazing singers in this genre.
11.Did you ever got intimidated by meeting someone famous?
No, not really. I remember as a little kid meeting a lot of famous musicians and sport stars. When there was a concert or sports event at the Arena where I lived, they always stayed at the same Hotel that my father was a supervisor at. So for me they were and are just normal and fun people.
12. Do you have any nicknames that you hate?
Not really, sometimes they called me TJ, Thomas Junior. Growing up I played a lot of American Football and the coaches just called me “Youngblood”
13.How tall are you?
14. If you were reborn as an animal, which animal would you like that to be?
15. Do you read books and if yes, which are your favorites?
Yes I read some, but not as much as I would like. Davinci Code is still one of my favorites. I plan on reading on the upcoming tour, maybe the next idea for a concept album…?
16.Can you cook?
Yes! I am the main cook of the house, when I’m home. My best is Thai food!
17.Can you speak any other languages than English?
I can speak some Spanish and bits of German.
18.What do you like most about living in Florida?
Of course the beaches are fantastic, white sand, clear blue-green water. Sometimes it get to be too hot, that is the worst part.
19. Do you believe in god? If not, what do you believe in?
I believe in being a good person, helping others and being compassionate. This is not something a book told me to do so I can get to the invisible city in the sky, its the right thing to do.
20.Describe your perfect vacation day!
Ahhh…thats hard. Everytime we are on vacation I am thinking about work. Maybe a concert in the mountains followed by a week of skiing and hanging with family and friends.
21.Are you a romantic?
22.What do you think about celebrities like Britney Spears or Paris Hilton?
Paris has no talent and is a shallow rich kid. Britney has some talent but I question her IQ. Pink is the only current popstar that I really respect.
23. Do you play any other instruments other than the guitar?
I play a bit of drums, piano and saxophone.
24.What’s the natural color of your hair?
25.Have you ever thought about cutting it short?
Yes, every year I think about doing it.
26.What is your opinion about casting shows?
If you mean like Idol or XFactor then I think that sometimes, you will find and also help a person that has enormous talent but would have never gotten the connections or possibility to get discovered. I don’t like the parts of these shows that make fun of the contestants. The other reality shows like Big Brother etc are a complete waste of time in my opinion.
27.What are your best and worst childhood memories?
Best is playing football with my buddies in the school yard, for hours on end or riding my XR75 in the woods. Worst is definitely losing my father are the age of 13.
28. If you could choose three things to change about yourself, which would that be?
Have more patience, play more sports and learn to relax more.
29.What do you prefer – Lord Of The Rings or Star Wars?
Man that’s tough, I love them both. Its a tie!
30.What’s the coolest DVD you own?
I have all the Cirque Du Soleil DVDs, those are my favorites!
31.What kind of presents do you like to get the most?
Snowglobes. My daughter collects them and I always get one for each city I visit. Some fans found this out and I get them on tour now, which is awesome. Thank you!
32. Do you have pets?
Yes, two cats. Simon and Kaiya. I call them dwarf tigers.
33. Do you like to dance?
34.What’s your favorite food?
Italian and Thai.
35.Which is your favorite place/room at home?
My studio/office is my mancave. I can stay in here for hours working or researching.
36. Do you have tattoos?
37.Who’s the boss at home – you or your wife?
Haha, this is a loaded question. It depends who you ask, but I think I am. haha.
38.How did you pick the names for your kids?
Annelise was named after my mother Ann. Our son is named Thomas, not because of me but my father was Thomas also. His middle name is from his other grandfather, Dalton.
39.What is your favorite pastime when you spend time with your kids?
Sports and also going to Disney World or Universal Studios. The new Harry Potter section and ride is amazing!
40.Who’s the first who listens to a new composition when you are writing songs?
My wife Mari.
41.Where do your ancestors come from?
Germany and UK.
42. Do you have brothers and sisters?
3 older sisters. They are where my love for bands like Kansas, Yes and others started.
43. Do they like the music of Kamelot?
Yes, they are proud and come to all the shows they can.
44.Where does your last name originates from?
Many people think Youngblood is Native American, but my name is from the dutch and german Jungblut.
45.All you guys in Kamelot are really nice and down to earth guys. Why do you think success makes some people more arrogant than others?
Yes, for some it makes already big egos out of control. For me personally success is shared with the fans and not just me or the band, so its humbling to see the fans and meet them, hear their experiences related to a concert or album. And being arrogant is really more about being insecure with who you are. If you are confident and happy inside then no amount of success will change the core of who you are and your core values.
46. If Kamelot never happened, where do you think you would be at this point in your life?
I am pretty sure I would be doing something at one of the apparel companies I used to work for or starting my own. I still get offers for this even now, but I am glad that Kamelot is what it is. No regrets!
Thank you Thomas for taking the time to answer all the questions!