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10 Questions with Chris Picciuolo of The Uncle Steves

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1: How would you characterize your music?

C: I would say my music is quite simply a bunch of sounds and melodies patched together during desperate times.

2: What is one early music experience that made a deep impression on you//made you rethink what music can sound like//has helped shape the music you make today?

C: My first music experience was when I would play these weird little tunes at on the piano at my Grandparent’s house. I was a sensitive kid, probably 6 years old. I remember my Grandpa sitting in his chair just listening, and when I was done, he told me that I sounded alright but I could use some lessons. For some reason, that always struck a chord with me, and he very well could have meant it in a positive way. But I took it hard. I don’t think I played piano again for a long time. I got my first snare drum, rented from the Catholic School I was attending. I had a couple of lessons in the convent basement, but I did poorly and remember feeling like I wish I could take off the sound pad on top of the snare. I wanted to really hit that thing. The nuns didn’t like that. I think what helped shape my music is that need to do the opposite of what people always told me to do. I never got piano or drum lessons, and I took each instrument up by ear over the years, starting in my mid-teens. I know that sounds stubborn and it probably is. But that stubbornness really is the main driving force behind the music I make.

3. What is usually your process when creating//writing a new song?

C: It can vary on the day, really. It all depends on if I have the will to record at any given moment. The only time I plan to record is during short spurts of house-sitting for a friend, in his basement. Other than that, I will usually just have to want to make time to set up the microphone on my computer and pull out an acoustic guitar and whatever random percussion I have sitting around.

4. Where can we find your music//what have you done to make your music available?

C: I have my music available to purchase on theunclesteves.bandcamp.com

I’ve made a handful of music videos that I directed that are up on Youtube. I think the name is, “TheUncleSteves” on there. So, youtube.com/TheUncleSteves
I’ve tried selling my albums online but after the first album or two, I declined in the amount of people buying. It started to only be acquaintances, close friends, or family who would buy.

5. What is a recent musician//band//music that you are excited about?

C: Well, they’re not recent-recent. But I am pretty excited about Dr. Dog and Hacienda. Those are some talented fellows.

6. How would you describe the music climate in your home when you were a child?

C: Not very many instruments until I got my first drum set at 15. It was a Royce kit, pretty cheap. But there was always a cassette in the house playing The Beatles, The Beach Boys, Willie Nelson, Peter Paul and Mary, etc. A bunch of different artists from that era.

7. Is style//image important to you and if so what//who do you consider cool in music?

C: I think an honest style and image is important. If wearing traffic cones on your head works for you, do it. As long as you carry it well. I consider bands like Little Dragon and Black Moth Super Rainbow to be pretty damn cool, especially when it comes to style and image, from album covers to live performances to press photos. I really connect to their imagery.

8. What song do you want playing at your funeral?

C: I’ve never really thought about this one. I’m not sure of an exact song, maybe the whole White Album or a collection of old blues tunes from the 1920’s. Maybe some Spice Girls. I want to make it a weird one.

9. Why music and why do you make it?

C: Music is the one thing that has consistently kept me looking forward to life over the years. I make it because I have to. If I’m not making music, I feel like that’s one less collection of sounds I can throw out into the universe and I want to do as much music as possible before I die.

10. If I should listen to one undiscovered musician//song today who//what should I check out?

C: Possessed by Paul James is up there, although he has had some mild success lately. It helps to be backed by a label, as small as the label might be. Pocket Vinyl is another one that comes to mind, Husband and wife duo. He plays keys and sings while she paints lovely pieces on stage. Check out their record, “Death Anxiety” Great stuff.

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10 Questions with Vadim Zeberg of The Brokedown Cars

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1. How would you characterize your music?

Z: There is no particular music genre in which we would classify ourselves. There is a bit of everything in it. We tried to make our last EP a bit harder in comparison to the previous one, but not too sure if we have succeeded in it.

2. What is one early music experience that made a deep impression on you//made you rethink what music can sound like//has helped shape the music you make today?

Z: I would have to say Elliott Smith was my early music experience that made a deep impression on me. His music and words are just splendid. True art indeed.

3. What is usually your process when creating//writing a new song?

Z: So far we have released 3 EP’s. All of them were recorded in one day and only the first EP was recorded with songs that we already knew in advance. The other two were recorded completely out of the blue. I mean we had no songs, no lyrics, all we had was a bottle of whiskey and people that loved playing and creating music. I truly loved this process. I still do not know how we managed to pull it off twice with writing and recording everything in one day, but we did. True magic.

4. Where can we find your music//what have you done to make your music available?

Z: All our music is available on soundcloud including the free downloads. This is the only place where all our recordings can be heard. soundcloud.com/zeba-2

5. What is a recent musician//band//music that you are excited about?

Z: There is a new russian band called The Retuses. Lot’s of beautiful sounds in their music. Do check it out.

6. How would you describe the music climate in your home when you were a child?

Z: Well my dad wasn’t crazy about music. My mom, on the other hand, did enjoy it. She could listen to some pop music, but then change the cd to Radiohead. She had a lovely taste ; )

7. Is style//image important to you and if so what//who do you consider cool in music?

Z: No, it is not important what-so-ever, at least to myself. Listen to what you like and don’t care about what other people have to say. Same goes for playing and creating your own music. Stay true to yourself.

8. What song do you want playing at your funeral?

Z: What a cool question. Perfect Day by Mr Lou Reed.

9. Why music and why do you make it?

Z: I cannot live without it, simple is that. Don’t even know what else to add.

10. If I should listen to one undiscovered musician//song today who//what should I check out?

Z: Elliott Smith – I didn’t understand. It is discovered, but it’s worth another listen.


Check out The Brokedown Car’s latest EP “Boyz”.