Interview with Corrosion of Conformity & Down guitarist Pepper Keenan

•October 20, 2008 • Comments Off on Interview with Corrosion of Conformity & Down guitarist Pepper Keenan

pepper-keenanMia Timpano: Do you think Death Magnetic would have been a better album with you playing bass on it?

Pepper Keenan: Hahaha! Oh, I don’t know! There’d have been some head-buttin’, I’m sure. Hahaha. You know, I love what James does, man. He’s got a great right hand and a great sense of melody. Sometimes I think there’s too much thought put into it nowadays, because it’s such a giant band. I think Trujillo’s got it covered though. I think he’s doing a great job.

I guess they’re dealing with a whole bunch of weird issues now, like all that stuff about trying to resuscitate themselves from 25 years ago.

I mean sometimes you can do that. I think the main thing that happened was that they had Trujillo back in the band. So by having Trujillo, they could do things that they were doing with Cliff Burton that they couldn’t do with Jason Newstead before, if that makes any sense. Because Trujillo plays with his fingers and they could really ATTACK it. I think it brought some nostalgic thing to Lars and James, where they felt like they had the energy and the attitude maybe to go backwards now and start doing that. I think that’s the main thing. I think they do it well. They ought to. Hell, they started it.

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Originally broadcast on 3RRR FM 20 Oct 2008.
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Legends of Motorsport guitarist Adam Stokes reads “The Life and Times of Little Richard”

•October 16, 2008 • Comments Off on Legends of Motorsport guitarist Adam Stokes reads “The Life and Times of Little Richard”

“See, I couldn’t allow anyone to take an audience from me. If I saw the audience really clapping and going for another artist, it was as if something aroused up in me and said, I can’t allow this. I would do anything that was within me, anything to keep the house, even if I had to go on stage and throw money into the audience.

“One thing I would do is to dance with a table or chair in my mouth while they were doing their act. I’d seen Barry Lee Gill doing that at the Dew Drop Inn when I was young. I used it when I felt I wasn’t coming across to the people. I’d pick up a table with my arms straight out and let kids stand on the table and dance. I would do anything, and truly in my heart I did feel that nobody could take a show from me. I didn’t care how great they were, I didn’t care how many records they had — I would say, This is my house.”

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Originally broadcast on 3RRR FM 13 Oct 2008.

Interview with Hunters & Collectors french horn player Jeremy Smith

•October 15, 2008 • Comments Off on Interview with Hunters & Collectors french horn player Jeremy Smith

Jeremy Smith: You didn’t get any dirt out of me.

Mia Timpano: Haha, no, I would have been surprised to get any dirt out of you.

No, there isn’t really. I mean, I think with Mark’s book, which … you know, he was quite negative in his book. But he was as hard on himself as he was on the band, and where the band got to and where it should have been and all that sort of thing. So some people have come up and said to me, Oh gee, Mark’s book’s pretty bleak about the rest of the band. And I’ve said, Well have another look at it, because he’s pretty tough on himself as well. He’s often critical about himself as much as he is about other people.

And that seems to often be a trait of frontmen, I think, is this perfection that drives them, and is also what —

It scares them too, I think. I sometimes wonder, if we had been a lot smaller band in terms of personnel, like if there’d only been three people in the band, I don’t think we would have lasted as long. Because the beauty of having so many people in the band is you can go on tour, and if somebody’s giving you the shits, you can avoid them without it being obvious. That was one of the great things … wait, we’ve finished the interview, what am I doing?

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Originally broadcast on 3RRR FM 13 Oct 2008.

Interview with Meshuggah guitarist Mårten Hagström

•October 2, 2008 • Comments Off on Interview with Meshuggah guitarist Mårten Hagström

Mia Timpano: Oh, I was going to ask you if you consider yourself sane.

Mårten Hagström: No, no, no. Not at all. Not from a technical standpoint. And I don’t think anyone is.

What do you mean?

Well, if you look at it, who is the Average Joe? Where is the Average Joe? You know like, okay, whenever you find the Average Joe who looks like the Average Joe, who’s got like two kids, a car, a wife, who lives in the suburbs some place, have a pretty decent income, and have no really radical thoughts about anything, just pretty much goes with the flow, average intelligence or whatever. You’re going to find he’s got a LOT of skeletons in the closet. Not necessarily the serial killer type, but everybody’s kinky and everybody’s twisted at some point, you know? And suppressing that is what turns into hardcore Catholic and real far-out, like, ideologies where you try and suppress stuff that’s actually just genetically encoded into human nature, you know? We could all learn a lot from acting like the insane people we are, but being responsible about it and trying to be loving while we’re doing it and not being such messed up repressed people that we have to take out our frustrating existence on someone else.

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Originally broadcast on 3RRR FM 24 Sept 2008.