Wednesday, February 23, 2011
Interview With Campfire OK
First off How did the name of the group originate?
Brandon: Similar, to the stories behind our songs, this is a bit of an opaque mystery. I suspect Mychal went into the woods on a spirit walk and hallucinated the band name.
Andrew: I think he was in a bar and it came to him.
Mychal: It was a total fluke to be honest with you. I made it up one day long before the record was made and I just couldn't shake it.
With all the members being able to Play a multitude of instruments …. Have any of you made a instrument from scratch just to play something that no one ever heard before?
Mychal: There is some trash can on the album. No joke.
Brandon: When I started recording music as a teen, I didn't own many actual instruments so I improvised percussion using scissors and cutlery.
Andrew: Before I owned an electric guitar, I built one out of plywood and parts of a guitar that we found lying in the grass, getting wet from sprinklers. I also modified a straight mute for a trumpet to include a telephone mic so I could run my horn through a guitar multi-effects pedal. I think Mychal did some of singing into a similar effects pedal on this album.
If you were the serial killers of the Music industry what bands would you dismember first and why?
Mychal: I would not dismember any bands. They are our friends.
Brandon: I don't have a good answer for this because sometimes when a band is truly awful, I might accidentally like them...ironically.
Do you feel that Videos that basically go viral and make a band famous overnight is a good thing or bad and why?
Mychal: I think it can be very very good for a band if they are seasoned musicians. If a band is full of young musicians who have not yet seen the business side along with the creative side, it can destroy them. But if a band is full of hard working, level headed, talented musicians then I think it is an amazing phenomena.
Brandon: There's really two ways something goes viral - one because it's really exciting and connecting with a lot people, quickly. The other way, alas, is when something is catastrophically and horrifically stupid. Let's avoid that shall we?
With so many members in Campfire OK is there a main writer of the songs or are they a collaborated effort?
Brandon: Mychal is the main songwriter, but we all find ways to put our stamp on things. I play guitar, bass & piano too so I clearly can't be made to shut up. We're very supportive of each other though, and we often try every twist and flavor of a song first before figuring out it might have been better "the way we played it first."
Mychal: True, I write the "songs" and we all contribute to the instrumentation of them. We have a very fluid musical collaboration effort. I put songs in bunny ears because most people refer to a song as the basic chord structure and the lyrics.
What can we expect from you guys this year?
Mychal: A lot. Surprises. Tours.
Brandon: More beautiful strange sounds.
Andrew: Yeah, making more videos and new acoustic recordings.