|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
"Number One World is an adventurous musical force ...with few peers in the arena of creative songcrafting."
THE WORLD AROUND ME
David Bowie, Talking Heads, Roxy Music, the Smiths, Wall of Voodoo, Bruce Cockburn, Bjork, Depeche Mode, David Sylvain, Roy Orbison, Alice in Chains, Peter Murphy, The Fixx
Michael Bell, a.k.a. NumberOneWorld, began his career over 20 years ago. In various configurations he has performed both jazz and pop music all of his adult life. As a busker he travelled Canada coast to coast, as a glam rock performer he fronted Toronto sensations EyeEye during the mid eighties. (The band was to win the Q107 Homegrown Contest, only months after forming). He tried his hand as a tribute, imitating David Bowie on the Ontario A-club circuit... But a decade ago, he came off the road to write and demo a wealth of new tunes, as well as begin publishing a regional music/society magazine 'The Wire Megazine'. (In market for 11 years)As the years passed he gathered a host of musicians around him and began performing in support of some of Canada's hottest pop/rock performers including Amanda Marshall, Kim Mitchell, 54-40, Colin James, Matthew Good and dozens more....he also pioneered his area's first homegrown contests and recordings as well as organized and promoted a number of major music festivals, including the Amnesty International Freedom Fest in 1998. Well versed in both the artistic, performance and business sides of the music industry Mb is ready to emerge as one of the clever new sounds of the new millenium.
-Damn, but this guy combines a lot of styles and influences! A little Wall of Voodoo, some Roxy Music -- and somehow he managed to remind me of Roy Orbison and Bjork at the same time. (And I love those chainsaws.) There's just about everything here but zydeco! Review by Randy aka Zoolophone -Here's an artist that loves to swerve from one extreme to another on that windy road of popular music. From Jazzy crooning to wavey wailing, from folky thoughtfullness to bar-room attitude, NumberoneWorld always has a firm grip on the wheel ....loads of talent, plenty of charm...good intuitive songwriting!!! Tim Trenner INTRO MAGAZINE. -One word sums up this artist/site: SLICK. David Bowie fans hurry, hurry, hurry step right up! 'If a tree falls', and 'How the world began' are strong cuts. REVIEW BY ACE DIAMOND*********
Anywhere, Moon - Canada
Chaz the Spaz
Mike, we don't see you around here anymore, what have you been up to?
one blue nine
Details. We want details.
he wrote me to tell me about his new song and stated that he doesnt come around here much anymore at all
Hey Chaz, very cool of you to do this! I haven't been here in a long time.. came back for the first time a few days ago...
what have I been up to? well, I launched a new company a few months back and it's been taking up most of my time...
I'm working on a new CD... doing the odd concert on Paltalk... numberoneworld.com has expanded with some video and what nots...
haven't had much time for thewireweb these days, which is a shame... could sure use some help with it...
and then there's my personal life! .... and then i sleep 6 hours..lol
thnaks again for the promo, much appreciated.. I owe ya!
Chaz the Spaz
What are your goals and what do you have planned for your music?
my business goals aside, my music goals are to release a new cd within the next couple of months, continue my online concerts at paltalk and grow my supporter base (listeners)... maybe sell a few CDs... I recently picked up a publisher who's started mailing tunes around and continue to add songs, pics and videos to NumberOneWorld.com ie....stay the course...
I finally got to listen to your collab of 'wild is the wind'. It's very good. So different with a female vocal. The male vocal reminds me of the Furs. I think thats a hard track to convert to a dance track without coming out sounding 'silly' and your track doesnt. It still sounds quite 'regal' in it's delivery. The original Bowie version I love to bits. So I found that really interesting.
I also played 'in my room' described as Glam. Recorded great and so proffessional. It didnt do it for me, but maybe with a few more plays It would grow on me some.
A question ? Whats the longest time you can go without playing or listening to music ?
Chaz the Spaz
Is there really an Anywhere, Moon in Canada?
-- Rick Munarriz