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The Chaz Interviews - July, 2003
by Chaz and the artists

It was the summer of 2003 and'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.

Chris Gardner

Artist description
The band consists mainly of myself...and musical friends who have greatly increased the quality of my life with music that continues to bring me spiritual highs. When ya get right down to it...what I get out of singing, playing, and writing is music vibrating in my gut and the feeling following a song when the connection has been made. Whether on a stage, by a campfire, in the living is the song becoming "what it really is" through the act of sharing...(the real music is what we exchange one heart to another)...and when that helps people grow...then something is truly accomplished.

Music Style
Rock, Country,Blues,World,Folk,Techno,Jazz...I Love It All!

Musical Influences
WatersHookerSimonJonesWilliamseveryT,D,+Harriet I've Played With!

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Artist History
I've played all over Chautauqua County, home...I've been all over the country...playing, writing, singing, and recording...never really "making it BIG"...I have had label and management offers...but just never much liked trudging through all the "non-music" rigamaroll that is entailed in the mainline recording biz. Now there's MP3 and a host of alternatives...and though its taken me a while to catch-on..... after many years of radio DJ's incredible to know that the Music is finally something for everyone, by everyone. Alot of great songs, singers, and players are finally getting heard!

Group Members
There's just so many people I would like to thank not only for playing music with me but for the inspiration and kind words and thoughts that keep every artist going. They live in Dallas, Ft.Worth and Austin,Texas...San Francisco,Santa Cruz,and Big Sur,Ca... Buffalo, Rochester,Jamestown,Cassadaga,Dunkirk-Fredonia,Sherman,N.Y.C.,NY...Pittsburgh,Warren,and Erie,Pa...They live in Nashville,the Carolinas...all over Kentucky and Ohio... so many places here, there, and inbetween. So many people, my heart and they know who they are. My current gig partner is Danny Shanahan...legendary blues harp player from Jamestown NY.

electric and acoustic guitars....Casio,Yamaha,and Roland keyboards.....Bass.....various Drums and Percussion

Electronic Wilderness, Live at Longmeadows-Fall Fest 99

Press Reviews
Erie Morning News, Dallas Times Herald, Dallas Morning News, Jamestown Post Journal, Buffalo News, Dunkirk Observer, Rochester Times Union

Jamestown, NY - USA

Chaz the Spaz
Since appears to be slowly disintergrating, where do you see your online music heading?

Well good question , CHAZ, you clever editor you.

I have been enjoying a great deal of success at IUMA, with anywhere from 20 to 60 downloads a day. There are several OMDs, out there now, with different approaches. GARAGEBAND is one. I know of one label hooking up with them as AnR.

Chaz the Spaz
Thank you Chris, although I haven't been editing posts (so I'm not sure what you mean by 'clever editor') but I do see myself as the BB operator (number please) for this month. Bringing you connections for all members to all members and visitors alike!

I think is the largest most varied library of music on the net, I think this is it's saving grace. Nowadays, I think you are right Chaz, there are other online venues, ask Father time, he's been kickled out of most.

Chaz the Spaz
How did you first become interested in music?

I started singing publicly at age 3, on the corner in front of my parents house for the kids waiting for the schoolbus. They called me Singasaucer, and I was a little jukebox singing various hits of the day, upon request.
I wrote my first song at age 8 on the piano and started taking lessons around then too.
Wrote my first song on guitar in the late sixties, a "Kent" electric.
sorry I haven't been here to participate as much as I'd like to in this interview. Very cool Chaz....y'all right !

Chaz the Spaz
What is your goal and what are you planning for your music?

My goal right now is to finish my degree in Music Business. I am in the planning stages of creating a label with a well established industry pro. It will be a whole new concept in the music business.

Chaz the Spaz
That's OK Chris, I would have liked to ask artists more questions too. I know some people are busy, especially around this time of year with vacations and other stuff. The INTERVIEWS have taken up all my free time this month, so next month it's back to spending more time with family and household duties.

well you did a great job and I understand how this board can suck up your time.......
I must say CHAZ these INTERVIEW Threads of yours have been so popular, they have run alot of this ANON - Flamer madness right off the board !

Chaz the Spaz
Practice makes perfect, do you practice?

I see you have asked several interviewees this same question Chaz, and I must say my answer is similar to many of theirs. Not nearly enough.
Practiced last night with Danny ( harp, bass player ). I used a new piece of equipment called a "Tube Pre" to get a nice muddy sound on his harmonica. That's mostly what we did last night, experiment with equipment and sounds. We have a gig coming up , in a couple weeks, so it looks like we will be back to it at least a couple times a week. I am still getting used to my new pet, a Fender "hybrid" electric, an interesting concoction of a Fender seventies body, sixties Fender neck ( nice and and broad ), whammy bar, tuning pegs on the bridge, and a homemade humbucker.
I don't know who made this guitar, but it's a wild one. I picked it up from a friend of mine. He gave it to me for Christmas.
One important note about practice I have found. Nothing will keep your vocal skills and guitar abilities in shape, better than, playing and singing a little everyday. When I first started playing, I played for hours everyday. You have got to need to do it, and that's something I have been getting away from the past few years.
Staying away from this board and all the nitpicking and flameheads has been about the best move I have done for myself and practicing. The only reason I'm here now is because I didn't want this great INTERVIEW thread to slip away completely on me. I appreciate the time you have put into these INTERVIEW threads Chaz. It's helped substantially to clean up this board.


  -- Rick Munarriz

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