|It was the summer of 2003 and MP3.com's active message board community was heating up as well -- with flame wars.
Along came Chaz Fanaro, looking to cut through the negative noise. He began to interview many of the musical artists who pitched a tent on the popular indie music forum. Others pitched in with questions of their own. July of 2003 could have turned ugly, but thanks to the interviews blanketing the forum, it became a home for insight and mutual respect.
The forums were wiped clean by Vivendi in December, 2003. The interviews live on.
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Carol Lowery Styles
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Chaz the Spaz
Who are some of your favorite musicians?
I have so many favorites, but have to start with Tina Turner, Bonnie Raitt, Jimi Hendrix, Marvin Gaye... some of today's artist that I enjoy listening to very much are a new artist that I was lucky enough to catch on the Jay Lino show and went out and bought her cd immediately, was Dana Glover, the lady is an awesome singer and musician.
Im a fan of the new Staind cd and of course Sevendust and Ether Seeds. I love many mp3 indies, but I will just leave those alone for the time being.
I knew I would leave out a very important groups that I love
The Rollingstones and Mother's Finest! They have rocked my world for better needless to say...as well as Aerosmith and the Allman Brothers!
I said there were many...I apologize, I left out 2 more shining stars in today's music Alicia Keys and India Arie
those ladies are truly the musicians and singers that not only can record some great music but can perform it just as good if not better and that is hard to do!
Do you consider yourself primarily a songwriter or do you think of yourself as a recording artist? Do you perform live or do you enjoy a reclusive lifestyle?
I consider myself primarily a songwriter, but enjoy nothing more than recording in a great studio. As far as enjoying a reclusive lifestyle, it has to be that way when I am in the creative mood, but once the songs are done, then the networking begins, such as sending demos out to various artist and publishers. Being in a musical family, I have been able to attend and meet many very famous musicians and kind of keep in touch with what is happening in the music business somewhat. As far as performing live, havent done that since Christmas at a few clubs, but will look forward to doing that again.
"Being in a musical family, I have been able to attend and meet many very famous musicians"
Probably so many you can't remember them all!
So which ones stood out the most as your favorites who you'd want to hang around with and which stood out as snobish bores you could not stand?
well let me see, several years back at the ozzfest, I did meet Sharon and spoke with her briefly, a very gracious and down to earth lady, she was very cordial, however, I didnt get meet the OZZ, I have met and chatted with Nickleback, cool guys, Staind, Coal Chamber, Rick Medlocke (Blackfoot), Gregg Allman, from the Allman Brother's band, the Oakridge Boys, Creed ( very nice guys), hung out with Dave and the members of Drowning Pool (Dave of course has passed on) we will always miss his love for the stage, that is all I just sit here and immediately recall, the funny thing is, I met Iced Tea and Emenim around 3 years ago on the same day at a concert in Atlanta, they were a pure pleasure, Ememim hadnt quite gotten to the level he is at now, but he was one crazy drunken young man that day, and he was funny as hell...you know the really great signed artist have all been quite nice, it's the way they have to be if they want to continue in the business, just so you dont too in their face they are fine from my experiences! I have met many band members of groups I cant even recall
you know the really funny thing about signed bands and the indie artist here...the signed and (doing fairly well) stars are nicer than most here...that is strange to me!!
one blue nine
Carol's got a lot of country soul.
Chaz the Spaz
I just finished listening to all your songs, do you have studio musicians record with you?
In order to select one song from your page for the station, I listen to all the songs. In your artist info you state you play all instruments, but to me it seemed that you had other musicians playing with you in a studio.
only on 3 songs, Whole World Is Down On Me was recorded in a studio in Philadelphia along with one version of Things Are Getting Much Better, and of course the collaboration Rainy Daze (with vocals) with Chavait, only he is playin, the rest I played everything!
Chaz the Spaz
How did you first become interested in music?
I cant remember not ever being involved in music! But, I fell inlove with performing at quite a young age. My parents sent me to piano lessons, but although I practiced the scales, runs, blah, blah, blah, at our first recital, I asked the piano teacher if I could play a song I wrote, she said yes and at 8 years old I played, The Boogie Bug, lolololol, the audience to say the least were quite shocked, including my parents! So, playing "by ear" as they said, just came more natural to me. In college, I learned to play guitar, and there is where I first joined my first band. It has just never seemed to have stopped!
I believe everyone pretty much has the same stories about this question basically..though, but i have enjoyed reading the answers to all the questions on the other interviews! Thanks!
Chaz the Spaz
Mostly, people learned music at an early age, from young children to preteens, and older people, from college students to Terry Shea (who just learned guitar a few years ago).
music is like learning new foods to eat, your palette, just gets many different taste after a while, it is a neverending process...
Chaz the Spaz
What is your goal and what are you planning for your music?
brand new eqipment, first item on the agenda, and then, I will work on recording some new material I have been working on, it has been a slow process, but Im hoping to be recording with better quality shortly, thanks!
Chaz the Spaz
Practice makes perfect, do you practice?
oh yes, of course, I'm daily working on material! It is a long process, especially when you work alone. You get into that "all of my stuff sounds alike syndrome" Im trying very much so to do new things, and hopefully before long I will have some fruits for my labor!
but I have some raw stuff coming at you shortly, just got tired of all the sound effects, and im just trying to create songs that go with the my day...letting my feelings flow...without worrying about production for a little while, because a good song, is a good song...and you just have to keep hoping you will write that one song, that tons of people can relate to. That is what it is all about!
-- Rick Munarriz