01 Oct 2004 // An interview by Shade
Interview taken from the muzic.net.nz newsletter:
1) Who are your favourite New Zealand musicians/bands?
Steve: Luke Hurley
Paul: Bressa Creeting Cake, Headless Chickens, Split Enz, Unity Pacific, Masters of Metal, Fat Freddy's Drop, Missing Teeth, Evil Priest
Rik: Shihad, Grand Cantral Band, Katchafire, Finn Bros.
Simon: 8 Foot Sativa
Tom: Graveyard Rumble, Evil Priest, Missing Teeth
Sandy: One Million Dollars, Katchafire, Dawn Raid, Pacifier, Missing Teeth, Split Enz, unity Pacific
2) Who would you most like to support live?
Steve: UB 40
Paul: Fat Freddy's Drop, Katchafire, Blink 182
Rik: Katchafire, Fat Freddies Drop
Sandy: all of the above
3) What is the strangest thing that has happened to you while playing on tour?
Steve: Talking to a bag lady at 6am who helped me figure out where I was staying after being lost for 5 hours in shorts & T-shirt in the middle of winter in Dunedin...
Paul: having a dude play along to a brand new song of ours he can't ever heard the lyrics of before. he picked it up after two verses...
Rik: Seeing two dudes eat glass at the "Kings Arms"
Simon: Playing in the Band for the first time live
Tom: Getting a free feed of vegan pasta at the Grand Hotel in Helensville. They didn't digest properly and I ended up pulling a full noodle out of my ass whilst taking a shit. I made the mistake of sharing this with the boys and have been known as 'noodles' ever since.
Sandy: Getting a Mohawk
4) Where do you see The Managers in 5 years?
Paul: Touring internationally and producing albums, going strong
Rik: Successful Music Career in Australia, Europe
Simon: On the cover of Rolling Stone
Sandy: Having a drink at a tropical beach after 6 months european tour
5) What advice would you give other budding musicians/bands?
Steve: Remember peoples names
Paul: Be true to what music you want to write and play; i.e. don't write for an audience or genre just to please people or get in on a scene; don't be afraid of taking risks musically, avoid cliches, get involved in all aspects of the industry to open doors to other avenues of income
Rik: Focus on tempo & groove rather than the notes and aim always for a strong relationship with the band, working as a unit; keep smiling on stage...
Simon: Work hard & enjoy yourself
Tom: Clip-on mikes for horns are fucking cool
Sandy: (answer got lost in transcript)