|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.
MORE INTERVIEWS WITH CHAZ
Vocals: - back, front, soft, hard, veteran tamborine thigh brusing player with morraccas, tin whistle and gob iron, also piano accordian
rock pop jazz blues folk gospel
staple singers, pentagle, van morison, rollinstones, emalou harris, bob dylan, lonnie donogan
Moira and the Mice Quaking House Out to Lunch AP5 Swampstars Swampsters
Brenda,Vince, Rob, Lewis, Madi, Sue, Gareth, Steve, Pixie,
Vocal, piano accordian, whistle, gob iron, tamborine, moraccas
My ambition is to play my accordian upside down on the trapeze by the time I'm fifty and keep on collaborating with human beings and others
Cardiff, Wales - United Kingdom
Chaz the Spaz
Your band has nine musicians, what kind of input to the music do the members contribute?
The 9 musicians stated on my site are more than one form of band. The three current songs that are up are from the Quaking House. In this outfit Vince, Rob and me have all written songs. Many of the Quaking House songs are collaborations between the three of us. For instance Vince might come up with a tune and I'll go away and write words. That kind of thing. With the other musicians sometimes I sing and play on their compositions.
Chaz the Spaz
How did you first become interested in music?
My father was a radio communications engineer and we had that great piece of funiture the Radiogram. As a small child I listened to yellow and pink coloured 45s of popular and less well know nursery rhymes. I guess I was inspired by wonderful hits on 78s such as Champian the Wonder Horse, River of No Return and Red Sails in the Sunset. My first performance as a singer was in Church. I think I was abut 4. I sang Little Donkey, the Gracy Fields version. I took up the piano when I was 6 and played Russion Dance duets with my older sister.
HI, when I was just 17 going on 18 I was really a waitress in the Lexington Hambuger restaurant in Cardiff. All the musos hung out there. I even served Elvis Costello and Lulu before they played in the Top Rank!! I met Moira there who was looking for backing vocalsists and I soon became a Mousette with Moira and the Mice.
-- Rick Munarriz