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Back in 2005 my best friend and I created a podcast called Chub Creek. It was fun and it got us both through some hard times. We would tell stories and write music, and we enjoyed a lot of great feedback from a lot of people and made a lot of friends. This collection includes some of the songs I wrote to play on the show. The last episode of Chub Creek (Chub Creek 95 - For the Last Time) went out on November 4, 2007.
Why this name?
There was a creek running through the back of our property in rural Ontario, Canada. It never had a name (that we knew of) but my friend and I would fish for "Chub" there, which I believe are a form of trout. Chub Creek became the name for our podcast because it seemed only natural.
Do you play live?
I used to play live when I was younger as part of a band called Humphrey Go-Cart which was led by Rob Brewer, a very talented vocalist from Chicago. We played locally and had the opportunity to open for some exciting acts such as Steppenwolfe, Edgar Winter, Carmine Appice, and Wild T and the Spirit. They were the best days of my life.
How, do you think, does the internet (or mp3) change the music industry?
I think it's great. I understand the "stealing music" problem, but it's much the same issue as the day the mini cassette tape player was invented. People started taping things off the radio and the big record companies were up in arms. I think what it does is make everybody much more accountable for their music. In other words, you have to love music a bit more and money a bit less in order to be successful. I have no plans to be a big recording act, I just enjoy putting my thoughts down in music.
Would you sign a record contract with a major label?
Not gonna happen, but sure. I'd also take the money if I won the lottery.
It's not a band.
Insane to try to pinpoint, but number one would be my Dad who is a very talented guitarist. As far as guitar influences: The Ventures, John Lennon and George Harrison, Les Paul, Chet Atkins, Chuck Berry, Elivs, Randy Rhoads, Eddie Van Halen, Ratt, Def Leppard, Brian Setzer especially in his Stray Cats days, Stevie Ray Vaughan, Eric Clapton. Loads more. I really enjoy anything weird but still evocative like: Radiohead, Infected Mushroom, Michael Oldfield etc. and I also really enjoy Acid Jazz stuff such as The Brooklyn Funk Essentials, Funki Porcini, Groove Armada, Nighmares on Wax. And I think Brian Eno gets his own category as far as influence goes. I think he is a genius.
My favourite spot is home.
I have a few guitars now my favourite of which is my cherry red Peavey Wolfgang Special (a collector's item now). It's beautiful and sounds like it's worth a million dollars. I have Yamahas and also a 1985 Kramer Pacer with the curved banana. I use Peavey amps or Fender, and I use Macintosh for recording (Garageband) with a lot of free plugins and sound effects I've found online. Tweaking Garageband is essential if you want to do anything out of the ordinary.
Thanks for listening to my music. Drop me a line at email@example.com if you want to say hello I'd really enjoy that.