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Lana Phillips

Lana Phillips
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Interview With Lana Phillips By Chris 29/8/05

Lana Phillips is a very good singer from America.
One of the best singers I have heard in a while.
So here is the interview with her.
Lana Phillips

1. Why did you decide to become a singer?

1.) In 6th grade, i met a new friend named Krystal, who
loved to sing. One day, we were hanging out and she popped
in the Spiceworld CD and asked me to sing with her. I did
and we came up with a routine. We did our routine whenever
we would and I just really started enjoying it. Ever since
then all I’ve wanted to do was perform and entertain

2. Who were your idols growing up?

2.) I really wanted to sound like the big power singers;
like Celine Dion, Whitney Houston, and Martina McBride. But
as the teeny bop scene got bigger I really liked Christina
Aguilera, who in her own way has become a big powerhouse

3. What has the whole American Idol experience been

3.) Seeing myself on T.V. was really cool and i loved it.
But actually being there was hard. I’m one of those people
who need sleep to function and I had little sleep when I
was there. Most of what I remember was hard work.

4. What is it like playing live?

4.) Really cool. You feel the vibe of the audience and it
gives you a powerful energy.

5. Has the internet helped with your music?

5.)The internet is my connection to my fans. It allows me
to me to reach out and talk to them. It also is a way to
buy my CD since it is being distributed by Tower

6. What has the responce been to the single?

6.) The single is very touching for people who can relate,
and everyone can relate to it in one way or another.

7. Any responce from overseas labels?

7.)We are distributed internationally by the JAM label and
through Tower Online.

8. If you could work with any one who would it

8.) Gavin Degraw, Gary Allan, or Josh Groban

9. Where would you most like to tour?

9.) I’d love to tour anywhere

10. If you could have a dream gig line up who would they

10.) Britney Spears(pre-pregnancy), Black Eyed Peas, Gavin
Degraw, Kanye West, The Killers, and Maroon Five

11. Who has helped you out the most?

11.) My parents

12. If you could be on The Simpsons or Spongebob
Squarepants where would you be?

12.) The Simpsons-

13. What is on your stereo at the moment?

13.) Queen-Greatest Hits

14. What are some of your favourite musicial

14.) Christina Aguilera, Queen, BlackEyed Peas, Ludacris,
Maroon 5,

15. What movies you have seen lately you have really

15.) Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou, March of the Penguins,
Cinderella Man, Red Eye

16. What are your favourite movies?

16.) Sense and Sensibility, Liar Liar, Forrest Gump, Batman
Returns, Love Actually, and Napoleon Dynamite

17. Realty TV? Good Or Bad?

17.) Good. I like watching reality shows because they are
really entertaining.

Thanks to Jenny Baldwin for setting it up and of course
Lana for doing it

Elisha Sando

Elisha Sando
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Interview With Elisha Sando By Chris 23/8/05

Elisha Sando is a singer songwriter from the sunshine
She is very good and she worth your time to check
So I interviewed her and here what she had to say.

Elisha Sando

1.Why did you decide to become a

I was pretty much born into music – my parents are both
musicians, so I guess I just formed a love for it as I was
growing up and now it is my greatest passion as an adult.
The writing part of it also happened without conscious
decision; I remember writing my first songs when I was
eleven in my treehouse…. of course I was singing about
“true love” and all that and had never had a

2.Who were your idols growing up?

Musicians like Roxette, Seanad O’Connor and John Farnham
seem to come to mind. Although I must say that my greatest
idol as far as influence is concerned was probably my
mother. I grew up listening to her in jazz and blues bands,
i wanted to be just like her. She’s a great musician.

3.Have you had much support from radio?

Around the time of the EP Launch I had a lot of response
from radio and media. I did a few live performances and
interviews on air which was great. I’ve heard from a few
different people that the stations who actually have their
hands on my stuff play it all the time, however I haven’t
approached the whole “unearthing” situation.

4.What is it like playing live?

Playing live is a mixed bag. Sometimes you get nervous,
sometimes you don’t. Sometimes it feels perfect to you,
sometimes you think someone has stolen your vocal chords
and replaced them with bob dylan’s. Basically I really
enjoy doing big shows rather than weekly gigs. I love
fussing over promotions and the stage…and what I’m gonna

5.Has the internet helped with your music?

Yeah the net is fantastic. I love the idea that there are
people that I have never met writing to me about my music.
I still remember the first time I saw the website and I
think it kinda confirmed in my mind that I was a

6.How did you get involved with Soundcheck?

I think I saw a little ad for it while I was on the
internet, and decided to enter. About 4 days later I jumped
onto the site and checked out some of the artists and was
completely blown away by the number of gifted and talented
people. it was very cool.

7. Have you had much response since you put your music
on Soundcheck?

Not as much as I would have hoped, but it’s still been
good. As I said there is so much talent in this country,
its hard to know who to pursue and congratulate!!

8.If you could work with anyone who would it

The answer is, without a doubt, DELERIUM. Electronica (when
done so well) hugely appeals to me, and ever since I heard
Sarah McLaughlan’s “Silence” I have wanted to record a
single with these guys. The combination of sweet vocals,
tribal drums and really powerful synth sounds completely
rocks my world.

9.What has response been like to your E.P.?

Really really good. The night of the launch was hugely
successful – I think I sold over 90 copies that night (most
of which I signed and my hand was very sore!). As far as
managers and record companies are concerned I have had good
response to the cd, still waiting for the contract of

10.What are your thoughts on reality tv talent shows eg
Australian Idol?

Don’t even get me started! I think that show alone is going
to cause the divide in the music industry. I went to the
auditions of the very first one with a whole bunch of
friends which was fun, however after actually watching the
show a few times I was quite disheartened. The entire show
is based not on music, but ENTERTAINMENT, and it’s crappy
entertainment at that. Don’t get me wrong, I think there
are a lot of people who enter with skill and talent as a
performer, I just think they should explore their options
as an ARTIST. Music has so much more to offer than a catchy
riff, a pretty face and a short skirt. But the writers and
creators are making a mint, so who cares about the
long-term affects on musical creativity? Anyway, the only
one I thought was really good at what she did was

11.If you could have a dream gig line-up who would they

Okay, this may seem to be an weird combination – firstly,
Madonna. She is the cleverest woman in the entire industry.
She’s talented, she’s extremely creative, she’s very in
control of her career, and she has an amazing charisma.
Secondly, Dreamtheater. A lot of people might not know who
these guys are, but they are the best progressive rock band
in the world – the lead singer has an incredible vocal
range, and as for the others well, anyone who can write and
perform in 11/16 timing is okay in my books! Thirdly, Enya.
She has the most beautiful voice I have ever heard in my

12.What is it like being an independent artist in

I think it is very rewarding. However, it’s all about
putting in hard work. I think of artists in America, and so
forth and there are stories of people becoming famous
“overnight”, but it’s a little more difficult for that to
happen over here. In ways I think it’s good to truly earn
it though.

13.If you could be on the Simpsons or Spongebob
Squarepants where would you be?

I’d be jamming with Lisa!

14.What is on your stereo at the moment?

Dave Matthews Band. They’re completely legendary. He writes
amazing lyrics.

15.What are some of your favourite musical

Madonna – I have never wanted to be like her, but for some
reason I have been in absolute awe of her for years and
years. She will always be my favourite, and there will be
tears when she decides to stop her career! Natalie
Imbruglia – I would love to follow in the footsteps of this
artist, simply because she is always herself on stage,
she’s greatly respected and she writes cool stuff.
Honestly, there are so many, including Tchaichovsky.

16.What movies have you seen lately that you really

I actually watched SUPER SIZE ME for the first time the
other day, and was seriously disturbed!! The part that spun
me out the most was the fact that four kids recognised a
picture of Ronald McDonald, but none of them recognised a
picture of Jesus! Scary…. It was a fantastic film. Last
time I went to the movies I saw HITCH – I thought it was
great. Interesting tips for the gentlemen!!! 😉

17.What are your favourite movies?

Anything with Audrey Hepburn. I think she is the most
beautiful, placid thing that ever walked the earth. I
pretty much love classics – Casablanca, Gone With The Wind,
My Fair Lady etc. I also love stuff like Shakespeare In
Love and Ever After. Romance, romance, romance.

18.Reality T.V.? Good or Bad?

Bad!! Go out and live your own life instead of watching
someone else live theirs.


Interview With Marsh from Soular By Chris 23/8/05

Soular are a very good band in America.
If there is any band you must check out it is Soular
Their album Time and Space is one of the best I have
Plus all the attention they are getting is so
So read on and check out their music

Soular Website

1. How has the response been to the last

we are very pleased and humbled at the response to Time
& Space. I think it much more clearly defines SOULAR as
a group. We are very overwhelmed with the responses we have
received so far.

2. How did you go about making the album?

We went away for a few weeks to Oregon City, OR and just
took a bunch of songs and ideas and decided to go in with
no preconcieved notions. We really were careful about the
songs we picked, making sure we could perform them with
authenticity and were passionate about them. This is really
the first band record we have made. The first record we did
was sort of “hodge-podge” and our drummer, Ian, was only on
half of the tracks. He literally drove in, learned the
songs, and laid down his parts. This was a MUCH better

3. How has recording process been different to the last

In the recording of this record, the whole process felt
much more real and inspiring. I think a big part of it was
being away from our hometown. The views were inspiring
around us and we felt like we were literally in another
world. It was truly a spiritual experience making this
record. It was our therapy, which is what songs really are
for us.

4. Has it been different since the last album?

Things seem to be at a new level all around. We are pleased
with the college radio charting we have seen in recent
months. It was a surreal thing to see yourselves ahead of
bands you love and respect, especially on the US College
charts where there are real music fans listening and
programming, unlike a lot of todays commercial

5. Is it hard to be an indepedent artist in

It is actually a wonderful time to be an independent artist
in the states. There are more and more brilliant bands who
are independent. The great thing about it is that you are
in control. If you sit around and do nothing, then its all
on you, but if you work hard at your craft and get the
right people around you, success will happen if you are
persistent. For us it is all about growth and connecting
with our audience. INdie is a cool thing here in the

6. Have you had much responce from labels since the
album came out?

We are very pleased with the labels that have been and are
interested in our band. I think anytime you are doing
better than bands that labels have invested millions into,
they come knocking. Plus, i think if you have a good
record, they wonder why you didn’t need them. I hate when
bands “name drop” labels that have shown interest in them.
For us, we will go about our business as if we will always
be independent. If it is the right deal for us, we would
consider it, but losing control of our identity is NOT
something we will do. We have surrounded ourselves with
people that believe in us and that we trust. We won’t put
people on our team just because they know “so and so” or
wave a bunch of cash in front of us.

7. Who has helped you out the most?

Probably our families. There are so many amazing people we
have met and that have been a big part of our career and
art moving forward and improving. Without our families,
though, we couldn’t be doing this as a career. We couldn’t
tour or record, or anything. We would probably all be doing
some mindless desk job and hating life.

8. What has been your favourite gig you have

This is a tough question because there have been many shows
where there was that mystical “connection” with each other
and the audience. The best show to date has probably been
our show in Albuquerque at the Lobo Theater. It was just a
night where everything felt good. Sound, video, the crowd,
etc. There is something amazing about playing live, it is
what we write songs for, to share them. And to rock!

9. How did you get into music in the first

listening to the beatles and wanting to be them! I used to
lie to friends and tell them i was really sinnging
mccartney’s vocal parts. We are all music fans. I think
that has a lot to do with the environment you grow up in
and the people you hang out with. We all come from
backgrounds where we were exposed to music and have all
wanted to be in rock bands since we were little tots. We
have a recording somewhere of Ian playing Stairway to
Heaven. We will release it someday on the

10. What’s your view on filesharing and the MP3

I think mp3s are cool and we are actually about
filesharing. It happens anyways and all it has done is
actually peak peoples interest in music and the arts. The
more music that is out there, the more people will go after
the good stuff and get sick of spoon fed POP. When I burn a
disc I almost always buy it too, and usually load it on to
i-tunes too or buy it again there. I think the internet and
filesharing is great for music. It also forces bands to
care about their artwork on ther recordings. They have to
mean something too.

11. Do you think the Internet has helped you in getting
your music out there?

The internet has definitely helped us in getting fans. We
wouldn’t be talking right now without the internet. It is
an amazing promotional tour. Combine internet marketing and
presence with touring and if you have good stuff, you will
go far!

12. What is your view on realty tv and more importantly
the talent shows like Idol and so on?

American Idol and similar programs around the world are
merely continuing this computerized and plastic music
industry that reflect the shallowness of modern pop
culture. Although, I will admit, it is entertaining to
watch a bunch of people with no talent think they are the
next Ray Charles or something, overall it just exposes
people to bad art. I believe if you can expose people to
good stuff, they will always see junk food coming a mile
away. It may taste ok for a second, but when you need
sustinance, you have to have the real thing. That’s why I
believe things WILL change and are already changing in the
music industry. Idol has always been around in one form or
another throut history.

13. If you could play on The Simpsons where would it

I would most definitely want to be Bart.

14. Have you much interest from overseas

Yes we have done some chatting with labels from the UK,
Germany, Sweden, Switzerland, etc.

15. Have you had responce from people

A bit. We will tour there hopefully sooner rather than
later. Looking at late Fall or Spring of 2006.

16. What are some of your favourite movies?

Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, Young Frankestein,
Lost In Translation, Kiss of the Dragon, Plan 9 From Outer
Space, Goonies

17. What movies have you seen recently that you really

Layer Cake, Broken Flowers

Thanks for your time any last words

We are so thankful to be doing the thing we love to do.
Make music. Thanks for supporting artists like us…

Claire Clarke

Claire Clarke
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Interview With Claire Clarke By Chris 18/8/05

After hearing Claire Clarke song on Starburst
I knew this a female singer with a voice who will go
I thought she was worth interviewing, so here is the

Claire Clarke

1. Why did you decide to become a singer?

It all started when I stood up at a school talent show and
began to sing ‘The Day You Went Away’ by Wendy
Matthews. As it reverberated around the College auditorium
I could see my audience in a state of high emotion and in
some cases tears!! I’d only recently lost my Dad and
the song was dedicated in his memory. The feeling of being
able to express my emotion and give the audience such
pleasure, and also a little piece of ‘me’ was
absolutely incredible and I loved it. So with a little
encouragement from my teacher, my solo career

2. Who were your idols growing up?

Gosh, Idols! Well, I loved and still absolutely love Kylie.
She is a true Australian artist, who has battled every
hurdle thrown at her in this fickle industry and survived,
coming out as, in my opinion; one of the worlds most
defined and respected Pop artists. Ever-changing and
reinventing, her style is something which has grown and
developed over the years, and the longevity of
Kylie’s career is something I am in awe of. What an

3. Have you had much support from radio?

Local community stations are very supportive. I
haven’t yet had the chance to send out my music to
the more commercial radio stations; nevertheless it is
definitely in my sights! I’d love to hear my music
nationally and see how well I am received! I am so looking
forward to getting my music out there, and sharing a little
bit of “Claire” with the world.

4. What is it like playing live?

Awesome, mind blowing and invigorating all in one. It is
such a joy to share music with an audience, but it is an
even bigger rush when you are expressing your original
songs. It is like opening yourself up for the world to see,
giving the audience that trust and sharing yourself totally
for a whole 3 minutes. Playing live allows me to give to
people in a way in which we can both appreciate the moment
and share unconditionally. Singing in front of a live
audience, and groovin’ away is definitely what I look
forward to the most during the whole process of building my

5. Has the internet helped with your music?

Most definitely. I first was able to get my music out there
with the internet on the Starburst Soundcheck competition
and from there we have developed a website solely for my
music and I’ve been giddy with excitement, for many
people have taken an interest in the music and have
recognised the site and referred other people there also.
It is definitely a roller coaster ride, and the internet
just allows me to share it with people all over the

6. How did you get involved with Soundcheck?

I heard about Soundcheck over the radio, and thought it
would be a wonderful opportunity to gain some exposure, but
more so to see how people reacted to my music. It was a
foot in the door in developing contacts and a small fan
base who enjoyed my music as much as I do.

7. Have you had much response since you put your music
on Soundcheck?

Yes! I was extremely surprised at how well I was received
during the competition. I had numerous responses, with
great feedback and positive reinforcement, and I had many
votes from people all over Australia! Competitions such as
Soundcheck are a great starting point for any young person,
and I believe the opportunity was not wasted.

8. If you could work with any one who would it

Artist – Kylie, or Missy Higgins. They have both been
true to their style, unwavering in their stance to defeat
the status quo and I admire and respect them for their
withstanding vigour. Amazing and beautiful Australian
girls, doing us all proud.

9. Any one you really wanna work with?

I’d love to work with Glenn Wheatley, John
Farnham’s manager. I think this would be such a rich
experience and a life changing opportunity. The knowledge
and esteem that Glenn has is something I’d love to
get an insight into, and if I could work with him I believe
I would grow significantly as an artist.

10. What are your thoughts on realty TV talent shows eg
Australian Idol?

My opinion is not that of judgement of people who do enter
such competitions, though, I personally wouldn’t
enter one. Yes, they are a great way for a TV station to
gain ratings, and eventually for a record company to make a
quick buck, and hopefully for the artist to take advantage
of the opportunity and make something of themselves,
however, longevity of a career is definitely not guaranteed
and many artists do not have the chance to express their
true talent. I know it is a hard industry to crack, but I
believe Reality talent shows blind the home viewer to the
truth that is, if you don’t work hard for it, then
you won’t receive a long standing career. Many of the
artists who have succeeded in these ‘reality TV
shows’ have gone on to be moulded by that of the
record company and released one or two songs, and possibly
an album in a style which they have not defined or
developed, and especially in a music style which
isn’t their own. This part, I am opposed to.
Nevertheless, I’m sure the contestants learn a great
deal and gain much industry knowledge which is a bonus.
Myself, I would advise to any young striving artist to go
out there and learn the ins and outs of the industry and
identify your own unique style and goals, develop it and
then you may find, such a show is not suited to you, and if
it is, go for it!

11. If you could have a dream gig line up who would they

Aretha Franklin – The Queen of Soul. Elvis Presley
– The King of Rock. Kylie Minogue – The
Princess of Pop. That’s probably asking too much
isn’t it *laughter*

12. What is it like being an independent artist in

Australia is very supportive of their new, up and coming
artists and as an independent artist in this environment I
have received so much support, feedback and positive
critiquing. This has helped me to grow and learn vast
amounts in a short time. Obviously it’s not the
easiest road to achieving your goals, however, in the long
run; being an independent is worth all the blood sweat and
tears. I really appreciate everyone who has taken me under
their wing and passed on years of knowledge to a little
tacker like me, and I’m proud to be a young
Australian when such support is consistently given!

13. If you could be on The Simpsons or Spongebob
Squarepants where would you be?

I’d be on The Simpsons! I’d love to live in a
town where everyone was yellow, and I could say “Ay
Carumba” without receiving odd looks!

14. What is on your stereo at the moment?

Missy Higgins – The Sound of White (Fantastic music,
and amazing lyrics) Guy Sebastian – Beautiful Life
(An artist I truly admire, for maintaining his unique style
and breaking into the American market, GREAT MUSIC!) John
Mayer – Room for squares (I love John Mayer)

15. What are some of your favourite musicial

I really like Maroon 5, their music is chilled and funky,
perfect for hanging out with friends! Generally though, I
don’t really have a favourite. I love all styles of
music and appreciate everything from heavy rock through to
classical! I think that being a well rounded artist
includes collaborating with all different people, and
mixing with all different styles. This has helped me to
discover my own niche and groove.

16. What movies you have seen lately you have really

To be honest I haven’t had time because I’ve
been sooo busy! The last movie I did see though was
Hitchhikers guide to the Galaxy, which appealed oddly to my
wacky sense of humour, however left me with a sense of
confusion! Still thoroughly enjoyed that though. I
didn’t so much enjoy Sin City… that was a bit
‘out there’ for my liking.

17. What are your favourite movies?

Favourite movies, gosh, I have sooo many. I love Sweet Home
Alabama, its VERY cool. And of course the old favourite Ten
Things I Hate about You, I’m a sucker for sap

18. Realty TV? Good Or Bad?

Good for cheap thrills.

Thanks To Chris Of Bluestone Records for setting up and
Claire Clarke for doing it

Renee Heartfelt

Interview With Renee Heartfelt By Chris 9/8/05

Renee Heartfelt are a really great band.
Their music rocks and have a album coming out soon.
So here is our interview with Renee Heartfelt.


1. How did the band form?

We did lots of touring together in our past bands and
started talking up the idea. I had recorded some songs by
myself and really wanted to work with a band rather than

2. Who were your idols growing up?

Wayne Gretzky cause I played a lot of hockey. Then in the
late 80’s I got into skating and obviously I was plastering
my walls with skateboard ring pics torn out of trasher
magazine…too many to even mention. But musically I loved
Bruce springsteen and the cure. I literally wore out the
grooves of their “boys don’t cry” album. It was the first
LP I bought with my own money.

3. Who were your influences?

As a band I think we are all feeling sub pop records,
dischord records, and revelation records circa ’90 to
’95…that’s a huge oversimplification, but you get the

4. What has the response been to the new

So far so good. It was an early effort. It’s already been
more than a year since we recorded it so I think we’ve
grown a bit. I think that shows on the new LP we have
coming out September.

5. What inspired you when making the ep?

Seeing engine down live…listening to far…driving four
hours round trip to band practice and listening to
everything from failure to Pete yorn while on I-95

6. Has the Internet helped with your music?

Yea, but the Internet is like this big hype machine. We
certainly try to keep up with the times, but we’re from the
age of the demo tape.

7. What are your thoughts to filesharing and the mp3

If you burn all of the foo fighters records and never pay
them a dime for it, BUT go buy a ticket for $35 to see them
live, they will have made more money off you than if you
had bought their new record 10 times over…so in that
case, yes you are stealing, but you are making up for it.
To be honest, $18 for a fucking album is way too much,
especially if it’s as inconsistent as many foo fighters
records are..Hahahah but seriously, I’m not going to
advocate it, but I will say that if majors would stop with
the payola and spending $100,000 like it was nothing (Which
by the way any promotional material you ever see for a
record is paid for by the band NOT the label) maybe they
could make an LP $8 and we all wouldn’t be so inclined to
burn it. In the end, just remember to support the bands you
love however you are able to do so. I’m sure they would
rather have you listening to their records than not.

8. Have you had much response from labels

Yea, a little interest in working with our LP. So that’s
cool. We can’t wait to get back to Europe. It’s always a
good time to tour there.

9. If you could work with any one who would it

Pete yorn, Jeremy enigk, or ken andrews.

10. How did you get signed to Textbook Music?

The guy doing PR for our ep suggested us to the label. They
came to see us play a few times and we decided it would be
a good fit.

11. What is it like being an artist in

Great I suppose, although I don’t have much perspective.
The music industry is saturated right now, so that makes it
a little more difficult. But America is a great country to
tour in.

12. What are your thoughts on realty TV talent shows eg
American idol?

You know I talked shit on that for a while…but Kelly
Clarkson or whatever her name is has some legitimate pop
songs. Granted she didn’t write them, she does have a good
voice and they are good pop songs…so the show actually
does a good job in that. Nonetheless, I’ve never actually
watched the show.

13. If you could have a dream gig line up whom would
they be?

Bad brains circa 87, minor threat, chain of strength, sunny
day real estate, world’s fastest car, and quicksand…not
in that order per se, but something like that.

14. Have you had much support from radio?

In Richmond VA we’ve had a fair bit. College radio has been
pretty nice as well. It’s hard with an ep though, people
don’t pay too much attention to an ep…with that said
though, Texas is the reason’s first 7″ was number one on
cmj…that only had three songs on it…

15. If you could be on The Simpson’s or Spongebob
Squarepants where would you be?


16. What is on your stereo at the moment?

Hot snakes

17. What are some of your favourite musical

Pretty much any band/person I’ve mentioned in this
interview (aside from foo fighters…although they have
some great songs)

18. What movies you have seen lately you have really

Shit…wedding crashers…so funny.

19 What are your favourite movies?

At the moment…anything with Vince vaughn

20. Realty TV? Good Or Bad?

Bad, but really entertaining

21. Beer Of Choice?

Honestly, I hate beer, but woodchuck cider (the dark and
dry kind) is pretty damn good, but really expensive. We get
drink tickets when we play out and I’ve always got to put
in extra money for that shit…hahah.i need to learn to
drink blue ribbon like everyone else.

Thanks for your time any last words

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Thanks To Jeremy G Of Textbook Music for setting up and
Renee Heartfelt for doing it

The Silent Type

The Silent Type
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Interview With The Silent Type By Chris 9/8/05

The Silent Type are one great band that defiantly
impressed me.
They have released a great album called Of Writing/Of
You have to check it out after you have read this

The Silent Type

1. How did the band form?

I think it was around 1999 that I started writing some
acoustic songs on my own, outside of the band I was in at
the time. I had been doing so since I’d first picked up a
guitar, but the songs started to cohere a bit better and
showed a bit more maturity in terms of their songwriting. I
put together a self-recorded demo the following summer,
mailed some out to labels or for review, and sold them at
solo shows. The idea all along was to recruit some other
members to flesh out the songs a bit more. Long story
short, over the past five years, that idea went into
practice and Silent Type began to grow and evolve. The band
is now six members strong and I don’t plan on stopping
until I’ve achieved full orchestra status.

2. Who were your idols growing up?

I’ll stick with musical idols. My parents were a big
influence in my initial musical background. I didn’t start
guitar until I was thirteen, but my dad is and was a
musician, so I grew up watching him at band practice every
week. Likewise, my mother always sang to me and taught me
songs on the piano. Outside my immediate family, I’ve
idolized Jeremy Enigk since I first heard ‘Diary’ in high
school. My entire musical output seems to be futile
attempts at trying to realize what he has already achieved.
Listen to ‘Return of the Frog Queen’ and you’ve pretty much
got the blueprint for the Silent Type.

3. Who were your influences?

See above. In addition, I consider anything I hear to be an
influence, whether I choose to emulate or avoid a
particular musician or band. Hopefully only the positive
influences filter through.

4. What has the response been to the album?

It’s hard to tell. In our own limited world, we feel
overjoyed to have an actual album released. Having others
respond positively to that album continues to amaze us.
It’s corny, in a way, but true. Also, I feel most impressed
by those reviewers/fans who listen carefully and pay
attention to lyrics, composition, engineering, and so on.
It denotes a kind of respect for music that is rare.

5. What was the recording process like?

A mixture of extreme relaxation, fatigue, inspiration, and
frustration–typical of any recording process, I think. We
are fortunate to record with our friend, Jason LaFerrera,
who makes the whole process as smooth as possible. We also
don’t have to deal with the constant pressure of being on
the clock, losing money, which is nice.

6. Has the internet helped with your music?

It’s hard to put any quantitative measure on that sort of
thing, but I’m sure it doesn’t hurt. For instance, our
older release is out of print, but available in its
entirety on our website ( This
puts the music in the hands of people that want to hear it.
Since it’s out of print, we wouldn’t be making money from
it anyway.

7. What are your thoughts to filesharing and the mp3

I love filesharing and encourage anyone who enjoys our
music to copy and share it with others. At the same time,
keep in mind that recording, pressing, and distribution
cost money, so it’s good to give back some form of
compensation to the artists, whether it’s buying the actual
record or coming out to see them on tour. In the cases
where a listener can either download our music or not hear
it at all, I’d rather they hear it. There will always be
those people that steal music outright, but even then, it’s
flattering that someone would seek out your music.

8. Have you had much response from labels

A little bit. Hopefully something is in the works to have
our album distributed overseas. We’ll see what comes to
fruition in the next few months.

9. What inspired you to the play the music you

That’s a tough question to answer, but I’ll give you a
specific personal story. I’ve listened to music avidly
since I was very young (for instance, I used to hold a tape
recorder up to my television set to record songs from MTV)
and I was always fascinated with musical instruments. Once,
in middle school, I was sitting in the back of the
classroom during study hall. Another older student brought
in a guitar and began playing ‘Stairway to Heaven’. It
absolutely blew my mind that someone could reproduce
another artist’s songs on the guitar. From that point on, I
began begging my dad for an acoustic guitar. About a year
later, he finally relented. I guess I owe it all to my dad,
Led Zeppelin, and an unknown high school student.

10. What is it like being a artist in america?

I can’t say I have a point of comparison. I’ve never been
an artist anywhere else. Although, from what I hear from
bands that tour in Europe, the fans there seem to be a lot
more supportive and engaged. I’m not sure what creates that
difference, but it certainly sounds nice. Fans over here
seem a bit jaded and cynical at times.

11. What are your thoughts on realty tv talent shows eg
American Idol?

It’s mindless, but oddly compelling, like most reality
television. I guess I could make some grandiose statement
about its contribution to cultural decay, but then I’d be
hypocritical, since I’m guilty of watching. I love Surreal

12. If you could have a dream gig line up who would they

Barring any limitations of space and time, I’d like Vivaldi
as the opener, then Sunny Day Real Estate (c. 1994), the
Beatles (c. 1967), and Beethoven as the closer. I don’t
even care if Silent Type plays, I’d just like to see that

13. Have you had much support from radio?

A bit, from college radio and some internet stations.

14. If you could be on any tv show where would you

Six Feet Under. We could be the funeral band.

15. What is on your stereo at the moment?

I don’t use my stereo too often. iPod on shuffle is the way
to go.

16. What are some of your favourite musicial

Sufjan Stevens, Matt Pond PA, Owen, Blonde Redhead, Ms.
John Soda, Starflyer 59, Explosions in the Sky, Slowdive,
Smashing Pumpkins, Sunny Day Real Estate, etc.

17. What movies you have seen lately you have really

Finding Neverland was a real tear-jerker, I enjoyed that
one. City of God was pretty intense, too, especially if you
like gangster-type movies. Gangster kids, that is.

18. What are your favourite movies?

American Beauty, Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, the
Exorcist, and Booty Call, to name just four.

19. Realty TV? Good Or Bad?

See above.

20. Favourite place to play?

Silent Type hasn’t played the Middle East in Boston, but
I’ve been there with another band, and it’s consistently
one of my favorites. The crowd seems more attentive there,
even if you’re unknown. The stage is nice and large,

Thanks To Sean Of Invisible Youth PR for setting up and
The Silent Type for doing it