Crash Bang Boom! Interview
The Farm Family - Interview
I've been over at Saint Vitus since day one! Or maybe day three? Since they were doing shows. I worked at a bar with David Castillo at the time when they were opening, and when I told him I was a sound engineer he made it happen. I'd known Arty and George from another local bar called Matchless, and had also played some music with Arty.
I saw you post somewhere that you keep the tape strips from certain shows, which have you kept?
I keep some of the board tape from some of my favorite shows. I've got Nirvana, Converge, Harvey Milk, Weedeater, Saint Vitus, Pentagram, and a few others!
How did that Nirvana show come together? Do those late night secret shows usually come together way ahead of time?
Nirvana was fairly last moment. I was told it "might" happen about a week beforehand and was one of 3 people who knew about it. They (Nirvana) were looking for a place to do an after show for friends after their induction to the hall of fame. Vitus was chosen and it was all a blur after that! I managed to sneak Steve (Brodsky) in and my ex, Sarabeth, who sang on Bleeder.
Sarabeth and I wound up smoking a joint in the walk-freezer with Joan Jett. It was awesome! Best part was, I knew most of their crew from other gigs and wound up actually mixing the whole show.
Did your involvement in Mutoid Man start from mixing Ben and Steve's other projects at Vitus?
It did, essentially! Steve was playing a solo show and at the end Ben came up and played what were the first Mutoid songs with Steve. I remember being pretty stoked on what I had just seen, and said something like "if you guys need a bass player, I'm your man!" A couple of weeks later Ben sent me helium head and told me to learn it, we had a rehearsal and it felt awesome. Two of the sweetest, most real, most talented dudes I've ever met.
Mutoid Man by Mitchell Wojcik
What's the most annoying thing a band can do while you're running sound for them?
Tell me they can't hear their vocals when their amp is on 11. At least in smaller clubs where there is less control, this gets pretty annoying. Also bodily fluids and throwing drinks around. Electronics and liquids don't mix.
Advice for someone coming to a show at Saint Vitus for the first time?
Just be respectful and enjoy the show! We are all there for the same reason, we love what's happening. Don't be a dick!
Birthday Cake For Breakfast - Interview
28 / m / Brooklyn NY
Have you ever seen a dead body?
Who is your favourite Simpsons character?
What T-Shirt are you wearing?
Koloss skate shirt.
What did your last text message say?
I love you!
What’s the last song you listened to?
‘Fuck the shit‘ – Sons of Butchers.
How did you meet the people in your band?
Russian Bath House.
What was your favourite VHS growing up?
The Ghoulies or Winner Takes All.
When was the last time you cried?
When Josh asked Amanda to marry him on Bachelor In Paradise.
Have you ever kissed someone & regretted it?
Best Physical Feature?
Ask my girlfriend.
Worst physical feature?
My love handles.
Reasonably ok/not bad feature that you’re not fussed about?
Do you have any pets?
Ever picked up any injuries on tour?
What did you do for your last birthday?
Ate a stake, got way too drunk.
Name something you CANNOT wait for?
Do you have a crush on someone?
What’s the shittest experience you’ve had as a musician?
Sound guy at local 506 in NC.
If you could go back in time, how far would you go?
All the way.
How do you want to die?
What’s your favourite thing about pizza?
All of it.
What are you craving right now?
Have you ever been on a horse?
What did you dream about last night?
One of my old land lords. It was an anxious dream.
If you could go back in time and kill the baby Hitler, would you?
What kind of question is that? I’d probably try to get him to a psychiatrist.
Do you like Chinese food?
Have you ever been on TV?
Ever meet someone famous?
What do you want to be when you grow up?