I was interviewed today.
I've been running an e-zine
and I've seen many of my contemporaries get interviewed by other contemporaries. I've been interviewed by newspaper
s about my compositions and stuff but I'd never done a website interview. Now I have. This and composing
two fine melodic development
s is what my day consisted of.
1) you are completely correct in describing john bonham as "god". do you have any other drummerly advice/opinions that you would care to share with us?
Well, since drumming is what got me tossed out of the Berklee College of
, my first instinct is to say "Don't do it."
Let me explain. I got every type of muscular
disease a drummer can get
after doing it for 11 years, non-stop. I won all kinds of contests, was
world ranked a couple of times, etc etc. Because it was ALL I DID. I loved
it and I still do but because I loved it so much it kind of side-tracked
for a bit.
As far as advice, I would say that any good percussionist
lessons and learn to read lead sheets and standard notation, as well as
piano lessons. You might think I'm kidding but nothing helps your feel and
as a percussionist like understanding melodic construction
Also, learn to play more than just the drum set, if you have the means.
, latin percussion
, african percussion
, the works.
Your local college should offer night classes in most styles of drumming.
Finally, John Bonham was godlike in the weight and groove of his playing.
However, he also undeniably proved himself to be a total retard by drinking
himself to death. People who are incredibly talented and very lucky should
never be that stupid, but unfortunately many are.
2) what are some of the common bonds that connect the various participants of the site?
It's sort of like a "six degrees" thing. I went to high school with Tenth
, and Space Boy. Tenth Day and Djuxtapose are brother and
sister and Tenth Day is my fiance. Outlander, Graceness
and Pumkinbomb I
met playing UO. I went to Berklee with Princess, Harry Parratestes and
just asked to be a part of things. Morgan is a politcal activist I
met through some of Tenth Day's friends at work and The Subliminal Kid
writer I'd wanted to work with for awhile, who I met out in California.
I met while working at a coffee shop several years ago and he's our
network admin. Hoffma is a high school friend of his from North Dakota
Jesus I have a lot of writers.
They're all part of The BlackRage Organization
because I asked them to be.
In former versions of the site I loved doing it but being solely responsible
for all the updating was a drag and having only my opinions expressed on the
site kind of went against the grain of what BlackRage is about. It takes
more than one person to hold up the giant fucking mirror society
order to see itself.
3) your "stop the morons" campaign is intelligent and even slightly poignant. how does one actually KNOW if one is a moron, what can one do to stop it and how does one keep from becoming a moron?
Many people misconstrue the "Stop The Morons" thing as being solely targeted
at the webmistress or webmaster
, but it isn't. It is targeted at the
viewers who act as the enabling parties of the people who push nothing but
subject matter which will garnish an audience. They aren't funny. They
. They are the proverbial
mother bird farm feeders of the
digital generation who push a button to get a response.
I'm not faulting them for what they do because many of them make a living
off of their webpage, and who wouldn't want to do that? They simply provide
access to death
, and death porn
; it is the millions of viewers who
attack this subject matter like hungry hyenas feeding off the lumber
giant mammals that are slowing down and dying. It is a pack animal mentality
that is fearsome and most likely cannot be overcome
. In this as in all
things, the effort is of equal importance to the outcome.
You may be a moron if you visit a site or pander to a webauthor who has very
little to offer in the way of creativity
but instead publishes vapid
consisting of mislabelled links to grotesque porn and crime scene
You may be a moron if the method and motive behind a website matters nothing
to you, and you would rather fill your brain with anime bondage
humorous or investigative original commentary on current world socio-political situations
You may be a moron if the Internet uses you to serve its purpose
should use the Internet to serve some sort of purpose
past shock value.
Shocking imagery is wonderful if it makes a point; otherwise it is a base
form of escapism no better than drugs
, alcohol, web design, etc.
Don't get me wrong. I think porn has a place on the internet. People view
imagery to become aroused, to appreciate the human form or to
fulfill a curiousity
. Pictures and videos of people getting hurt or in
fact dying gruesome deaths also serves some purpose, I imagine; it escapes
me but I am not the end all be all of morality
, nor should I be. What I'm
saying is this: if all you do is download porn from Stile
and get snuff films
from Archu and yet, you have no idea where you'll ever find all that
information your research paper
requires, you are a moron and you need to be
Creatively presenting shock imagery is also eons better than just making it
a link and forgetting about. My man Tom Fulp
has a unique
brilliance for humor and animation. Many of his cartoons deal with death,
porn, and what would otherwise be considered tragic
subject matter. He uses
these images in a manner that is creative, that took years of hard work
perfect, and that utilizes humor to make light of the sometimes overdramatic
ness life presents to us.
He's an artist.
You can stop being a moron by realizing that you fill your hours and days
things. If you can only get off
by watching people get
shot in the face with handguns, then get all the snuff you want. But if you
do simply want to shock yourself
, watch a sunrise, or hit yourself in the head
with a clawhammer
They will both have more immediately relevant impacts on
3 1/2) is chubby nastygram somehow related to that evil "snuggles" fabric softener mascot of some years back?
No. The backstory on Chubby D. Bear
is that he started out as just a cute
teddy bear and somehow with the reinstatement of blackrage on the internet
he became this dishonored ninja assassin
. He smokes cigars
, he beats a lot of ass and talks like a sailor
. He's the teddy bear
equivalent of a love child of Tom Waits
and Bruce Lee
Chubby became a mainstay of blackrage when iamhappyblue.com introduced Swash
The Can Bear
not too long after I linked them. Chubby began constantly
threatening the life of Swash, and said he would be forced to kill Swash
ninja-style if Swash didn't give unto Chubby the Holy Giant 10lb. Bag Of
Belonging To Ron Jeremy
. The night of the deadline, I went out on a
smoke run and tripped on something outside my apartment
door. It was a
ZipLoc bag filled with powdered sugar, addressed to Chubby in Swash-speak
asking for mercy.
I'll have you know, that since I only get about 100 visitors
a day, I was
flattered and scared shitless all at once.
Now Chubby is a regularly contributing member of the writing staff but only
when something really pisses him off.
4) it would be interesting to hear some of your observations about boston, a city which seemingly has no relevance to anyone who is was not born here.
is a great town and also a cruel bitch-mistress. I hate the fact
that the streets roll up at nine o'clock and going to a party in Allston
when you live in the Back Bay
and then missing the T
totally blows, because
then the cab ride
home costs, on average, eleventy billion dollars.
Boston offers a great deal of culture in that it features one of the best
in the world and a fabulous museum
, an amazing ballet
along with a large number of community theatres, orchestras, and acting
troupes. The venues to view these in are also amazing.
On the contrary, the Boston modern music scene eats the big one. The most
entertaining night I had in a Boston club was going to see Nancy Mroczek,
And that was just because she was so very bad.
I went to Berklee
and to most people on the East Coast
, Berklee is a joke.
For an aspiring composer
, Berklee is a joke. I also spent some time at the
which is much like Berklee, only being more expensive(!)
and actually requiring talent to get into. I still have friends there about
to graduate, and Berklee can make you the best music therapist
artist or songwriter
in the world. Other than that, its a sham.
Boston is beautiful in the summer and fall. If I never go back to Boston
between November and March it'll be too soon.
The mass transit system
and everything being so close to everything else is
fantastic. Most people in Boston don't know what a pain in the ass
it is to
have to drive an hour to get anywhere, like you have to do in Texas
For every amazing restaraunt
in Boston there are 15 shitty overpriced ones.
For every beautiful street in Boston there's a dirty one with some drunk
decked head to toe in Patriots
sweats screaming about how we was robbed.
Foxboro is a great stadium but its bereft of soul. Fenway Park
shithole but you can feel the energy and pride contained therein. You can
ride a boat around the harbor for a dollar all day long but taking a taxi to
the airport costs 30 dollars.
All in all, Boston is like my favorite Boston eatery, Little Stevie's House
. (On Boylston street
between the Berklee Bookstore and 1140
Boylston Berklee building.) The outside is dirty. The inside is
uncomfortable. The pizza looks like it will hospitalize you but its
enormous and its the best tasting slice you'll ever have.
5) i was very struck by your perceptive observation that there is little or no greatness in this generation. we seem to be "borrowing", "rehashing and "reinterpreting" more than ever. could you talk a bit more about this dilemma? and how does this contribute to one's status as a moron?
Not only is it rare to find true innovation
or originality among our
generation, when it does exist society does its best to quell it. We're a
civilization of people who know shortcuts but not what is actually involved
in the long form of the process. We know the easy, simple, fast and
painless way to do things. Quick and dirty
has more value than something
which sports a rigorous attention to craftsmanship
and detail and yet takes
more time to create.
The problem is that while in earlier generations good craftsmanship was
rewarded in almost every career or aspect of life, today no one wants to
wait. If an idea is presented that the masses cannot instantly identify
with or rail against, it is met with the deadliest of poisons: apathy
artists living amongst us in our generation and the one preceding ours have
made the mistake, on the whole, of alienating those who would otherwise not
give a damn about what we're doing. We go out of our way to disclude
uninitiated from our club in hopes (conscious or not) that someone will be
upset that they don't know what's going on and investigate.
The problem is that most of society doesn't care for anything past their own
bills, bankbooks and interests; the creators and potential brilliance
our generation are starting to not care that society in general vists us
only with apathy and general discontentment. It's a viscious cycle
has to stop.
Slamming nails through your cock and video taping it
is not, in my opinion,
a form of art. Slamming bottles against the wall until they break, recording
the audio, and then calling it music
is not, in my opinion, art. Artists
and creators have a responsibility
to stay true to the intention and motive
of True Art, whatever it may be. Doing things to freak people out or making
a work so intentionally obtuse
so that only certain people with certain
backgrounds and certain life circumstances will "get it" is wrong. It is
wrong, it is grotesque
, and it does nothing but drive the Majority away from
the message we are collectively trying to convey.
All art should say something. It should never say "go away." Art as a
profession and a lifestyle cannot exist without a base of patrons
have whined about this for almost all of the 20th century and of course what
little of the 21st we have experienced. If an aspiring
artist were to research
history before the 20th century he would rarely ever see anything mentioned
in journals about starving artists or potential artists complaining that no
one understood them. You either were an artist or you weren't. Sometimes
you paid your bills and debts, sometimes you didn't, but you were an artist
because you simply could not be anything else.
If our generation were to discover this perhaps our greatness
We do have greatness among our ranks. It just has to get humble
How being a moron plays into this should be fairly easy to see. If you
always take the idea that's the easiest to digest
and you never look closer
at that which you do not understand, you are a moron. If you, as an artist,
make it your sole purpose in life to be as obscure and alienating
possible, you are a moron.
5 3/8) could you talk a bit about the concept behind the website's fairly stark black/blue/green visual presentation?
It's funny you bring this up. Originally, I designed what you see before
you as a content-delivery device
and little else. I didn't want a flashy
design or banners or mad scripting skrillz
on display; I just wanted
something that would make the massive amounts of text we produce easy to
I still feel that way but I got tired of the design we've currently got and
with making us a new one. He's got a brilliance for graphic
design and visual presentation that far surpasses my own, and I trust he
will be able to keep our simple presentation's idea and mythos
while making it a little easier on the eyes, and maybe just a little cooler-looking.
Content is still king though
. It always has been and until they pry the
site out of my cold, dead hands
it always will.