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Interview with Writer.
For my first interview, I contacted San Diego based Writer. They're an awesome band and they put on an unbelievable live show. This interview is from a little while back, so we'll have to do a new one with them to get an update sometime in the future. Enjoy!
Brax: Can you tell me about the name of your band, and how you got started in music?
Writer: The band name is pretty simple… a friend of mine wanted to be a writer; I thought that was a funny title she chose to give yourself, so I named the band Writer.
The three of us all grew up messing around in different bands. I played in a Weezer-ish band, Jayme played in a punk band, and Eli shredded in a Metal band. Then after we got all of that noise making out of our systems we started playing together. That was about two years ago.
(Since this interview, Eli has left the band and David Hastings Macadam has joined the lineup. See, I told you it was a little old! -Brax-)
Brax: What project are you currently working on?
Writer: I’m working on a life sized model of the milky-way made out of matchsticks. Its one of the most ambitious projects ever taken on by anyone ever. Outside of that, we’re just playing a lot of shows and writing new songs. Actually next week we are going in to the studio and record a song that will be released on vinyl next year. It will be a split 7 inch with our good buddies Swim Party. Can’t wait for that.
(The split 7 inch is out and available at Writer shows. Once again, old. -Brax-)
Brax: What makes your band special?
Writer: We’re almost all brothers: the brothers Ralph plus (our bass player). That’s pretty special.
Brax: What's your favorite band to play with? Why?
Writer: San Diego band Swim Party kills it every time we share the stage with them. Good songs, good tones, and they have a wicked light set up. The Los Angeles band The Henry Clay People write great songs as well. They also are very entertaining to watch, you know, jumping around and running amok.
Brax: Describe your dream concert. Include where you'd play and what other bands you'd play with.
Writer: I’d like to play a show on my friend’s farm in Pennsylvania. It’s about 3 hours outside of Philadelphia in the Amish Country. There’s a barn (next to a silo full of corn) that could probably work as the venue. And I’m sure our buddy Joel P. West would play too. That would make my year.
Brax: Where do you see your band in 5 years?
Writer: Finally having a t-shirt to sell at our shows, I hope.
Brax: iPod, CD, Vinyl, or other? Why?
Writer: Our bass player is an i-Pod, so I’m gonna have to go with iPod.
Brax: Tell us about your best live show ever.
Writer: We played a show from beyond the grave, 100 years in the future. And it was awesome. I guess that isn’t really a live show though… Last week's show at The Kensington Club was a good one as well.
Brax: What is your opinion on robots?
Writer: Robots are important. They do important things, and again, our bass player is kind of a robot.
Brax: Any advice for others trying to "make it" in music?
Writer: Try not to take yourself too seriously. And usually by “trying not to sound like everyone else” you end up sounding like everyone else.
Brax: Anything else you'd like to add?
Writer: (Support) Obama please. It’s important.
Thanks to Writer for the interview. I'll be asking them for a more current interview in the near future. My interview with Paravell will be posted next Wednesday.