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Interview with Starflyer 59.
This week I interviewed Jason Martin from the band Starflyer 59. That's right, kids. After going on about how much I love Starflyer, I finally got around to interviewing Jason. In case you weren't aware, Starflyer 59 is one of our greatest living bands. Jason and friends have been rocking for nearly two decades, releasing over 20 albums and CDs, and every release has been a rock masterpiece. Although his style has changed dramatically over the years, one constant remains: Jason Martin can write a great song. While he was just as concise in his interview as he is from the stage, I recommend you pay attention to every word. Enjoy the interview, and don't forget to visit Starflyer 59 at the links below.
Brax: Thanks for taking the time to do this interview! Do you remember the first time you were ever interviewed for Starflyer 59? What was it like? Have you ever been interviewed by an alien before?
Starflyer 59: I remember being interviewed at Cornerstone in '94. All I kept thinking was is why someone wanted to know anything about me. I was 21 and thought I was on the verge of "big things." This is my first alien interview.
Brax: What upcoming SF59 projects are you currently working on?
Starflyer 59: I am working on a new full length right now to be released this summer.
Brax: How is your Jason Martin Recording venture going? Any favorite artists you've worked with so far?
Starflyer 59: It has been going good. I have enjoyed recording and mixing different bands the last few years. Favorite artists would be The Birthday Boys, Cottton Jones, The Drums.
Brax: If you could time travel to any era of the past and play a Starflyer 59 show, when would you choose, and why?
Starflyer 59: A showcase in '95 we did for a publishing deal. I would have made sure we played better than we did that night...oh well. (smiles)
Brax: Please tell me about the best SF59 live show ever. Also, what are your favorite songs to play live?
Starflyer 59: I don't know, back in the day we played a lot so my memory is a bit fuzzy on most of them. Favorite song to play live would be Play The C Chord.
Brax: I've noticed you've been reluctant to play live in recent years, yet you're still recording new SF59 material. Why is that? What would it take to convince you to play shows again?
Starflyer 59: It stopped being fun, and to be honest we don't get many people trying to book us these days. We might be doing some shows in Europe this summer, we'll see what happens with that.
Brax: iPod, CD, Vinyl, or other? Why?
Starflyer 59: I have always liked vinyl, looks cool and sounds cool. iPod is the most convenient, so somewhere between those.
Brax: You've been involved in several side projects and other bands over the years, such as Bon Voyage and the Brothers Martin, etc. Are there plans for any of these other projects in the future?
Starflyer 59: Have a side project I'm gonna try to record this year with a guy named Ryan Clark named "Low and Behold."
Brax: Star Wars or Star Trek?
Starflyer 59: Neither really. If I had to pick one, it would be Star Wars.
Brax: Any advice for others trying to “make it” in music?
Starflyer 59: Yeah, become a plumber...you'll have a better future.
Brax: Anything else you’d like to add?
Starflyer 59: Thanks for the interview.
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Jason underestimates the impact he has on the lives of others. I doubt a plumber would provide anywhere near the same insights. If the goal is money, plumber is great. If you are an artist, chances are you won’t be fully appreciated and quite broke during this lifetime. So it’s obviously not the money that motivates Jason and his friends.
Great interview. Too bad about the live shows. Never
seen them live and if I never do, I won’t die happy.
> Jason underestimates the impact
> he has on the lives of others.
I agree 100%. I had to laugh though, because when I read the ‘become a plumber’ quote, I immediately thought of the line, ‘But its my kids, they need to eat’ from ‘I Love You Like The Little Bird’ lol
I hope he keeps it going for many many years. I love what he does. When I think he has taken SF59 as far as it can be taken, and then I buy the newest CD, I am always ‘wowed’.
Well, people, venues, people that know venue owners , need to start booking SF59!
Because his kids(the fans) need to eat!