|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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Chaz the Spaz
Why all the controversy surrounding you and your music?
Well, when I came to mp3.com I said I was the future of rock, which I still believe in my heart, in fact. I broke all the unwritten rules of what musicians are supposed to say, at least according to my peers online. I was misunderstood. I saw it as a bigger than life rock and roll thang, sort of like the kind of promo you saw in the 60s and 70s. My heroes in music all had a cocky side and I loved to see them let it fly on the rare moments they did. Hell, even Chuck Berry, one of the forefathers, saw himself as the very baddest and didn't hesitate to say it, either. Anyway, I saw the whole future of rock deal as a thang for entertaining folks on bbs too. However, I guess I overestimated how many would get it, cause some took it in a literal and humorless way. They wanted to judge my music based on my bbs anecdotes. But you can't judge music that way, music IS what it IS. Listen with pointed ears, going in looking for the diss, and you are not listening for pleasure anymore, it's a self-fulfilling prophecy. So because I was expected to be the future when the future by definition isn't here yet heh, my music took an amazing amount of abuse including a week here when one arch enemy heh had an allout campaign trying to convince the other artists that my music is totally outatune. It was quite enjoyable to see that individual get slammed by most of this bbs. The amount of effort some individuals have gone to to try and sabotage me you must know is unprecedented, but I never dreamed that I would get to a point where my songs were debuting at #1. Hell, I promoted the fuck out of them when I arrived and I couldn't make the Top 40. Right now I have 5 in a row that debuted at the top. Maybe I was packin' more future than most thought. At any rate, I feel 20 times better about my music and my music life right at this very moment than I ever have, so maybe, like a friend of mine says, everything happens for a reason.
Chaz, for your info, the top 3 links in the search engine are my pages. The 4th doesn't go by Father Time anymore, goes by his real name, was an artist on Java. The 5th is not Father Time but a group called Father Time Change. And the 6th has no songs on it, I am quite sure that was posted by one of the anons cause he's used the graphic to flame me. There is another Father Time rap act but I am quite certain that rap act is not the one who put in for the page. I'd bet on Chris Gardner, in fact. ha ha
Chaz the Spaz
"However, I guess I overestimated how many would get it, cause some took it in a literal and humorless way."
Not only did some not get it, some made it their quest to put you 'back in your place'. Do you think this heckling will diminish if you change your 'future of rock' slogan?
I hardly ever even say it anymore, actually. And no, these people aren't gonna stop until I leave the online world and I don't intend to do that. I plan on making them suck my dirt til the end of time, pun intended. You see, it's not about anything else but jealousy at this point. How do I know this ? Cause whenever one of my songs does well at mp3.com, the creeps are by far the worst.
But everything they've done has backfired. I mean, look at the lengths they go. Everything they do proves the antithesis of their claims that I am insignificant and not a stah. I may not be a stah but I'm damn well a stah to them. I'm Elvis, Mario Andretti and Sister Sledge all rolled into one. ha ha ha They're all over this thread. They're all over anything I post. I am somebody's life, and imagine this, they mean zero to me. If they were mosquitoes I would stomp on them and laugh. And they aren't even taking credit for it !! They're too asceered to even be seen dissing me. By the way, it seemed like you were asking one of the anons a question. If you include them in my interview I'm gonna be pissed, thought I'd let you know. Cause they are just usurping pieces of crap. If you need that, go interview a leech. No, excuse me, a leech is more scintillating - at least a leech doesn't post the same picture 87482 times.
But back to the question, as long as mp3.com exists, I will be the Marquee Dude. There's no getting around it. I may have set out to be that but I didn't picture the scope of it. I never thought days would come when I didn't want to be that, and they did. But imagine a road where a giant landslide causes a trillion rocks to bury the road. That's how deeply I'm entrenched here thanks to these doofs. Their children will be flaming Father Time even long after I'm dead. And their children's children. ha ha It's sick but what else is there for anybody to do but laugh at them ? (at least til mp3.com moderation gets their act together)
Chaz the Spaz
It did seem like I was asking the anon, but you can clearly see I pointed out how easy it is to detect the fakes. Also, in these INTERVIEW threads, I'll only ask the interviewed artist the question(s).
And, yes I am enjoying this interview, as well as the others.
I wasn't sure if that was a general statement like you meant it or a open question for the creep heh
Yeah, it is easy if you know their tricks. But I've been outright surprised like a dozen times by people who didn't know at this late stage since I had the name Scott Time reinstated in January.
I'll say this, the peeps that get confused as to who is real and who is fake need to pay betta attention in the future. I'm not gonna' keep pointing these things out to them.
Chaz the Spaz
What happened to the original "Virtual Star", and how much of KurtZ's mix is your music?
Well, the fully-produced version of Virtual Star is not online at this time, along with 17 other songs that I consider to be the best things I've done since I came to mp3.com. I did have them on another site, but had a hassle with one of the partners there who didn't like that a live demo of one of my songs was #1 for like a month. Anyway, I may keep them off until the next FT CD which will be IMHO, considering that it has 18 great songs on it, .. well, I won't say it. Just insert your own superlative. heh
I just call Kurtz version a remix, just wanted to get his name in the title, it's actually a cover song. He's a great artist, one of a kind. And I'm proud to say he's with us at Angah Management, where I literally picked all my very favorite artists in online music to invite and almost all of them came aboard.
Scott, we all know about your online presence and we see all the promo here from time to time for your new songs but I am wondering what you do to push your music offline? Do you do any gigs? Do you send to labels and radio stations? Do you try and get reviewed and featured in the music press including fanzines? If not, is this because you feel that it is possible to be very successful with your music working almost exclusively online, and how do you define success?
Bard, the truth is that I'm a ****off when it comes to promotion. I find that kind of thing tedious and don't like selling myself, believe it or not. I have done gigs in the past but not lately, may again at some point when my littlest child gets a tad older.
I don't really send out much either, I need a manager and I'm too wrapped up in various things to really find one.
I really have given up on success other than the online thing. Don't enjoy business and think there is little chance of anyone, even a supasongwriter like me breaking in. Even if you're exactly what they want in perfect cookie cutter mold there's a thousand others doing the same. For unique acts it's even more impossible. I don't really think there will be much of a music biz in a few years. I'm not hard to find and pretty high profile too heh if somebody wants to find me and make me a real world stah. I will never stop making music.
Chaz the Spaz
You don't post as much as you used to on these boards, the fake FT's are having a field day going into the archives and posting your old threads, how do you respond to the accusation that you are the fakes and you're just perpetuating a myth of being stalked?
Well, anybody who knows me at all from all the time here shouldn't think that. As an intellectual exercise it seems that any reasonably intelligent person should be able to deduce that the anons are not helping my career flourish. I don't think it takes even a reasonably intelligent person to tell that I'm smart enough that it would sicken me to post the same posts hundreds of times, or pics that if I had had my way wouldn't even be available. Like the one where I was drunk at a birthday party. I gave it to Zeeza to make a banner for me and she did. About a year later after she and I were no longer close friends her manager Rene posts it here.
How I respond to those accusations is that anyone who thinks that is a fucking sheep and retarded as well.
I could also if I went into my Emails find probably 100 letters I sent to legal about the subject. And if you went on the PAS board you'd find me asking the moderator to ban the creeps. Doubt I'd be pushing for banning myself. Hell, one time I wrote and suggested to legal that they make Larree and Mike Burn moderators, the 2 guys I was having flamewars with at the time. Cause ANY MOD would get rid of the creep.
Chaz the Spaz
How did you first become interested in music?
Ah, a musical question...
Well, supposedly as a very young child I would stand before the singers at church and act like I was directing the band.
Took up drums in 4th grade, choir in 6th, and I think it was 7th when I started to take piano lessons. Then I got into guitar when I hit college.
My sister was in a band and my mom always had Elvis records playing.
I'd say the pivotal music moment in my childhood was when my sister gave me the 45 of I Wanna Hold Your Hand and I Saw Her Standing There.
And then there is the now infamous story of how I sold my baseball cards for 1000 bucks and bought my first Strat.
Chaz the Spaz
What are your goals and what do you have planned for your music?
My goals are to keep on doing my music and having as much fun as I can with it. I have about 400 unrecorded songs so I will never catch up with that.
The biggest thing coming up for me is the FT production competition, where 13 people have said they're going to produce my songs (with me singing on them). I don't consider myself a good producer so this whole thing should yield some great stuff, I'm thinking.
-- Rick Munarriz