In light of me posting my 25th band, I thought I would tackle some of the interview questions I have the bands answer. A few bands have turned the tables on me during interviews, so I thought it might be fun to let you readers get to know the person that is Music Fiend.
What kind of music did you listen to growing up? How does that differ from what you listen to now?
My dad really is to credit for my eclectic taste in music, growing up The Ramones, The Clash, Devo, James Brown, Tom Petty, etc. were always playing in my house. I listened to the super popular radio crap for a while, Backstreet Boys, The Spice Girls, and TLC. Then I got my first two CDs- Green Day’s ‘Dookie’ and Weezer’s self-titled/’The Blue Album’, those really created a good foundation for my love of punk rock. I also secretly listened to stuff that I wasn’t allowed to when I was in HS like Dr. Dre’s ‘The Chronic’, DMX and Kid Rock. It wasn’t until the end of college that my tastes really branched out when I discovered indie music, the foundation of which was 100 Monkeys, The Kissing Club, The Devil Makes Three, The Ferocious Few, and on and on to where it is today. I literally listen to pretty much a little of everything.
Do you play an instrument?
Though I have dabbled in playing instruments, I am NOT a musician. I took drum lessons for a while from a friend of mine. I would have loved to continue but our schedules made it impossible. I also have an acoustic guitar, his name is Felix. I have dabbled in playing but I just don’t have the time and youtube/skype tutors don’t help, I need someone right in front of me teaching me. I will say because of these experiences though, I truly appreciate musicians, it’s extremely hard to learn an instrument to mastery level.
Do you get nervous before you go to a show?
No way, I get pumped! I usually just can’t wait to sing along, rock out with my friends and meet new people. I don’t know how people can stand completely still at shows.
Any rituals before you go to a show?
Nope, but I always go eat afterward. I need to soak up all the liquor and have a carb fest! Plus, greasy food helps with a hangover…
If you had the opportunity to change something about the music industry, what would it be?
Well, seeing as I only know a tad about the industry being just a fan, really I would just change the talent that record labels recruit/invest in. As in, get smaller, highly talented bands out there. They also need to stop worrying about money so much, labels have PLENTY of cash, it’s time to work on getting talented bands, not cash cows who are lip-synching to shitty lyrics, and songs that all sound the same. With talent, the money will come, just maybe not immediately. Also, if I could kill off Nickelback, Coldplay, Katy Perry, Kesha, and Nicki Minaj, I think the industry and the world would be a better place.
One song you never get tired of.
‘Mary Jane’s Last Dance’- Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers
What is the best live show you have ever gone to?
This is tough, I have been to a lot of shows! Green Day and Franz Ferdinand at Arco Arena in 2009 is probably number one. I have been a GD fan since I was 13 and for some reason or another every time they toured, I was not able to make a show and it was getting to be frustrating. Finally, in 2009, I told myself, I WILL see them no matter what. It paid off. I was in the GA area right in front of the stage, and not only did FF KILL the opening set, GD played a THREE HOUR SET spanning ALL of their albums. It more than made up for me not being able to see them all those times. I was speechless after the show. As for smaller shows some standouts would be 100 Monkeys/Toy Bombs/Sabrosa Purr at the El Rey last May, The Ferocious Few at The Roxy in Feb 2011, The Devil Makes Three at the Catalyst in Santa Cruz, Motel Drive at Battle of the Bands CSUF, and the Spencer Bell Legacy Show in October 2011 in Detroit. I typically always dig a show as long as the band is into it, and giving it their all. Bands that stand around and look bored don’t work for me.
Favorite things to do NOT musically related.
Read, go to the movies, travel, run, hang at the beach, make cupcakes, sleep.
If you could be a fictional character, who would you be?
I am an English teacher, this is IMPOSSIBLE for me to answer.
Best prank you have ever pulled?
I haven’t pulled a prank in a while because mine typically revolve around having a worthy adversary to have an ongoing war with, just for fun of course. When I was in HS there were tons though, we TP’d and forked people’s houses all the time. I do remember this one time specifically where one student from a rival HS keyed my friends car for no good reason so in the middle of the night we went to their house and poured bottles of syrup on their car, then rubbed dog crap all over it and under the door handles (we had gloves on!) and as a final touch we saran wrapped the whole thing! It was excellent.
What kind of jobs did you have in the past and what do you do now aside from the blog?
I started working when I was 16 years old. I have worked at restaurants, grocery stores, golf courses, clothing stores, and doing data entry. Currently, I am a High School English teacher.
Dumb and Dumber, hands down. I can recite it word for word and I never get tired of watching it.
Not fair for an English teacher to answer, I’ll give my favorite authors instead: Guy De Maupassant, Edgar Allen Poe, Mark Twain, Ray Bradbury and Christopher Moore.
Any Mexican food or Pizza.
What’s something no one knows about you, but you wish more people did know?
I have been told more times than I care to count that I am intimidating. This baffles me because I generally try to be friendly and welcoming to everyone I meet or hang out with. I think its partially my height and partially because I am actually pretty shy/awkward around people I don’t know, so I don’t talk much until I am comfortable with the person. I wish more people knew that.