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This band is actually just me. I'm a 9-to-5er in New York that's passionate about writing and recording my own music. I'm kind of a control freak - it's like I would rather it be crappy and mine, rather than really awesome and not. Despite this, I think a lot of it turns out all right. I'm really much better than I think I am.
Why this name?
It's my name. Basically. I opted to use my initials rather than my first name because it's easier to pronounce. And it sounds vaguely indie. The other reason is that I like there to be a small separation between myself as a musician and myself as a person. None of my friends call me "B.C." So later on, if someone calls me that I'll know what category they fall under.
Do you play live?
No. I don't play anywhere, not solo anyway. At some point I really should. It's just hard to be a musician and a performer AND keep a day job. I come home so exhausted most days that it's hard to be like, "Okay, now it's time to work again." But it's worth it, I guess.
How, do you think, does the internet (or mp3) change the music industry?
Honestly, I'm not the person to be asking this. But I do think it makes it significantly easier to distribute independent music. But the power to promote that music still lies with the big companies. I think there's a lot of music out there that's just going to be heard by that person's friends and nobody else will ever know it exists. Who knows, maybe that's a good thing. I hope that's not true for my stuff.
Would you sign a record contract with a major label?
No. But they wouldn't want me anyway. I'd like to find a NYC-based indie label, ideally. Then I could perform and promote my own material, and still be able to go to work the next morning. I'm not planning on quitting my day job, so to speak.
Band History:
Well, I've been writing songs since I was in elementary school. But I haven't been taking myself seriously as a songwriter until maybe last year. It's not that the songs weren't good - I just didn't notice they were good. For some people, no matter how many people tell you you suck, you keep believing in yourself. I think that's dumb. I think you should assume you suck until enough people tell you you're good.
Your influences?
I can't get over the catchy pop hook. I consider my music to be deeper than most pop music out there, but in terms of structure it's still verse-chorus-verse-chorus. I'm not really breaking any rules - I'm reverent of them. Okay, time to drop some names - Semisonic, Fountains of Wayne, Beatles. Not that I really sound like any of them. But I share with them a sort of respect for traditionally structured rock. You know, songs with actual melodies and a chorus you can remember.
Favorite spot?
New York City, baby.
Equipment used:
I'm a cheap tightwad, so my equipment is pretty crude. I use the low-end version of Pro Tools, along with a "McCartney-style" bass, an acoustic-electric Ovation guitar, and a DR-5 drum machine I bought almost a decade ago. Oh yeah, and my voice. I'm not really about making new, innovative soundscapes. I just want it to sound good so people will listen to me long enough to hear what I have to say. Whatever that is.
Anything else...?
Nah, not really.
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