1. This is your first interview as a member of the Pink Motel Records family! How do you feel about releasing your very first E.P.?
Yes, I’m the new guy around here but it’s all very natural. The Motel is run by my good friends Antonis and Nefeli, so I feel very at home through the process. I love being a member of their roster since they ‘ve got some pretty great stuff going on. I’m extremely psyched, kind of like a kid on sugar! It’s been more then 10 years since I recorded my first demos with my high school band, and after so many songs written and shows played to finally have something in print is a really big deal for me. It’s also a funny story, beause Lucky mrs Daniels was something I stumbled upon and not so much a conscious decision. I just started writing songs and they were different from past projects. So I started recording demos, then experimenting with my friend and producer Stef on recording more “seriously”. Then one day I’m on the phone with Antonis, chatting about our favorite team and he asks me, “how’s the recording going” and I say “slow, why?”. So he tells me, “hurry up, you’re scheduled for release in October”. So I did it, and now he can stop calling me Brian Wilson, hahahaha.
2. Is it true that you recorded the whole thing while drunk?
This is a completely false accusation and I feel I need to set the record straight. The songs were recorded in two sessions. The first was guitars and I was completely sober. On the second session we did bass and vocals. When it was time to start singing, my producer started drinking copious amounts of tequila and it was rude not to join him. Then we had some beers. Ergo, I didn’t record the whole thing while drunk, but rather was drunk by the time I was done recording.
I will admit though that bourbon or bourbon hangover had a lot to do with the writing process.
3. So, “Inkstains” is the title of your forthcoming E.P. Why did you decide to name it that?
Normally I would just say that it’s because it’s the best song on the E.P. according to some. On the other hand, there is a story behind it but some stories are better left unsaid. This isn’t one of them. Inkstains are obviously tattoos, and tattoos have different meanings to different people. They’re a way to express yourself, but also reminders. They’re memories and scars. Kind of like songs. Writing a song is something impulsive for me, something I can’t control, and it usually happens in certain periods of my life. Listening to a song can be an amazing experience on it’s own, or a background to a certain thing, like driving around with the person you love or drinking with friends. It can bring back memories and it can heal. It can go unregistered, like an old tattoo, but it’s always there. It’s part of who you are. I know it may seem like an absurd connection, but both the pain and the healing, the fading and the permanence are very much alike to me. And since it’s my first release, it’s kind of a statement on everything that formed me until now, like the end of a chapter. Time for a new one!
4. Which were the 5 albums that made you want to start playing music?
This is a tricky one, since I’ve been playing music all my life. My mother has a piano diploma so I had no choice on the matter. But when it comes to consciously want to start writing music, being in bands and what not, I’d have to pick several records. When I was 9, Smash by The Offspring and Dookie by Green Day came out, and of course I thought they were the coolest and it would be awesome to do something like that. Then there is No Control by Bad Religion, which I discovered as a teen and is still one of my favorite albums. AFI’s Sing the Sorrow was very important to me as a guitar player and then I’d have to say that Cocktails and Dreams by The Lawrence Arms and Sink or Swim by The Gaslight Anthem have been quite obvious influences to how I evolved as a songwriter. So that’s 6 albums and I’m not really answering the question.
5. Do you believe in Magic?
Well, as a chemical engineer I’d have to say no. But for the same reason I need to say yes. There are things that I cannot fathom to understand that make me believe in Magic. I know that love can be explained as a sum of hormones and biochemistry but it’s more than that to me. The fact that coffee smells so amazing and if the same atoms were arranged just a tad different it would smell awful is amazing. Diversity, both in nature and human feats, is magic. I also believe that there is Magic like in Harry Potter and J.K. Rowling is just not telling us something. I would also like to add that my favorite dessert is ice cream.