One of our newest features here at Scene Point Blank is our semi-daily quickie Q&A: One Question Interviews. Follow us at facebook or twitter and we'll post one interview every Monday-Thursday. Well, sometimes we miss a day, but it will be four each week regardless.
After our social media followers get the first word, we'll later post a wrap-up here at the site and archive 'em here. This week check out Q&As with Old Man Markley, Magrudergrind, Mad Caddies and Crusades.
Annie DeTemple (Old Man Markley)
SPB: What is the best Buck Owens song?
Annie: Well, my favorite Buck Owens song is "Act Naturally." I'm not just saying that because The Beatles covered it, but it goes to show that they probably thought it was the best Buck Owens song, too! I love “Act Naturally” for its catchy melody. If you’re ever in the San Fernando, you might find Johnny and I singing it as a duet at a local karaoke bar
SPB: What’s the secret to a successful tour?
Avi: Efficiency. Don't bring too many personal items or equipment. Bring essential equipment to retain your sound but try and borrow other items (within reason) like extra cabs for full stacks.
Sascha (Mad Caddies)
SPB: What makes a good roadie? Have you done it?
Sascha: We don't really use the term “roadie.” That seems kinda like an ‘80s word. We use the term “crew.”
Obviously any crew member must do their job well. Besides that they must be easy to travel with and relatively drama-free especially when under the influence of illegal substances.
Once I guitar-teched a show in Arizona for Manu Chao. My buddy is his tour manager and when I got to the show he asked me to help out. The job of guitar tech was between myself and the singer of a mariachi band who didn't actually know how to play or tune a guitar. I got the gig.
Dave Williams (Crusades)
SPB: What do your children think of your music?
Dave: Well, my daughter is only two-and-a-half years old, but I'm a stay-at-home-parent and so our day is pretty full of music. I do my best to be as eclectic as possible, and so we end up listening to a lot of my favourite records that perhaps aren't typical toddler-fodder: The Spectacle, Kiss It Goodbye, Starkweather, The Swarm, etc., but Audrey never really seems put off by even the most extreme sonic onslaught. That said, she does tend to light up when I put on records that are more typically "pleasing" to the ears. Onsind/Martha, The Lemonheads, The Hellacopters/Imperial State Electric, Annalise... she definitely seems to boogie a little more when that stuff is on.
As for Crusades, she's seen us play twice, I believe, and she seemed to think it was pretty neat that I was on stage. That's pretty much all the feedback I've gotten on my band so far. Honestly though, I had a pretty broad musical education growing up and that's exactly what I plan to offer my kids as well. What they decide to do with it is out of my hands. But I'd be lying if I said I wouldn't be at all disappointed if it wasn't an important part of their lives.
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