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CHECKONETWO Musician Survey: “Scottish” Brian Hirrel October 29, 2008

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NAME:  BRIAN HIRREL

BAND(S) YOU ARE IN:  LOCH NESS MONSTER.
PLAY ANY INSTRUMENTS?  DO TELL:  GUITAR (A TOOL WITH 6 STRINGS).
DESCRIBE YOUR MUSICAL STYLE: WILDLY FLAMBOYANT WITH A HEFTY DOSE OF INEPTNESS.
HOW’D YOU GET STARTED PLAYING MUSIC?  LISTENING TO MY 4 OLDER SISTERS MOTOWN, T.REX, THE WHO, BEATLES , STONES AND SABBATH LPS IN THE LATE 60’S, EARLY 70’S JUST MADE ME WANT TO PLAY GUITAR AT AGE 11.
FAVORITE LOCAL MUSICIAN BESIDES YOURSELF (AND WHY): DAVID JUKES HAS A STYLE ALL OF HIS OWN, WATCH AND LEARN. MATT FLOYD IS ALSO GOOD VALUE FOR THE MONEY. I ALSO HAVE TO MENTION THE LATE GREAT VICTOR WYLIE, THE CLICKING BEETLE BAD OMEN BAND WERE ONE OF THE MOST INNOVATIVE BANDS EVER IN LITTLE ROCK.
WHAT’S IN YOUR POCKET RIGHT NOW?  KEYS, WALLET, PEN AND A MOBILE CELLULAR DEVICE. 
YOUR FAVORITE VENUE IN LITTLE ROCK (AND WHY)? WITHOUT A DOUBT VINO’S. IT’S WERE IT STARTED FOR ME AND A WHOLE HOST OF GREAT LITTLE ROCK BANDS. IT HAS CERTAINLY CHANGED IN THE LAST FEW YEARS BUT THAT’S ALSO DUE TO THE FACT THAT I’M NOT 25 ANYMORE. JUANITAS HAS GREAT SOUND AND THE WHITE WATER IS NICE AND INTIMATE. 
 TELL ME ABOUT THE FIRST “REAL” CONCERT YOU EVER ATTENDED.  ROD STEWART IN 1975, THE ATLANTIC CROSSING TOUR, A MAGICAL MOMENT FOR A 14 YEAR OLD. IT WAS AT THE APOLLO IN GLASGOW (SADLY DEFUNCT) , CAPACITY 3,000 AND WE HAD UPPER BALCONY SEATS. IT WAS THE FIRST TIME I’D EVER HEARD THE TERM NOSE BLEED SEATS
HOW ABOUT THE FIRST SHOW YOU EVER DID YOURSELF?  PLAYING IN A GLASGOW COMMUNITY CENTER WITH A WEE PUNK COMBO CALLED THE HEARTBEATS. IT WAS MORE OF A PRACTICE THAN A SHOW, BUT THERE WAS ABOUT 30 PEOPLE THERE WATCHING INCLUDING THE JANITOR AND THE CLEANING LADIES.
BEST SOURCE FOR MUSICAL INFO? (MAG, WEBSITE, ETC)  WORD OF MOUTH IS GOOD FOR ME. I ALSO TRAWL THE NET FOR STUFF.
WHAT DOES THIS TOWN NEED?  A REALLY GOOD FISH AND CHIP SHOP
YOUR THREE FAVORITE ALBUMS, ALL-TIME:  FOR THIS WEEK, RAW POWER; THE STOOGES, SKETCHES OF SPAIN; MILES DAVIS, SYMPHONIE FANTASTIQUE; BERLIOZ
 RE YOUR MUSIC: DOES YOUR MOM LIKE IT OR NOT? MY DEAR OLD MOM NEVER DID CARE FOR THE ROCK’N’ROLL THING.
FUNNIEST THING THAT’S EVER HAPPENED AT ONE OF YOUR SHOWS: WELL, THERE IS THE LEGENDARY BIG BOSS LINE SHOW IN MEMPHIS WHEN OUR LEAD SINGER GAVE AWAY A DEMO TAPE TO SOME KIDS WITH AN EIGHT BALL OF COCAINE INSIDE IT. FUNNY LATER BUT AT THE TIME……..
AS A KID, WHAT’D YOU WANT TO GROW UP TO BE? A MECHANIC. I FAILED, I’M A RESTAURANT LIFER.
MUSICAL/LIFE ADVICE YOU’D GIVE TO MY 13 YEAR OLD GUITAR FIEND SON?  PRACTICE IS FOR DUMMIES, WING IT SON, WING IT.
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CHECKONETWO MUSICIAN SURVEY: DAN JOHNSON September 19, 2008

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NAME:  dan johnson

BAND(S) YOU ARE IN:  i was in the contingencies.  i’m actually still working on a new contingencies “b-sides and outtakes and other badass-stuff-you-never-heard” kind-of release.  i played a couple shows with pete jones and the tiny vibrations – which was much fun.  i was in cream and sugar with david slade (and matt quin?) for a show or two back in the good old days.  one day, there will be a reunion.  i’m currently looking for a few good people.  i may also be responsible for project sunshine.

PLAY ANY INSTRUMENTS?  yes  DO TELL:  guitar.  voice.  i can hammer, like, two notes at a time on a keyboard.  but only if i concentrate.

DESCRIBE YOUR MUSICAL STYLE:  smart.  tasteful.  sexxxy.  familiar.  polite, but not really.  misunderstood.  kinda’ cerebral.  foundational.  personal.  moody.  idiosyncratic, yet somehow likeable.  funny.  honest.  it has its limitations, but it eventually creeps up on you.

HOW’D YOU GET STARTED PLAYING MUSIC?  in college with the contingencies.  we used to be called other things like the halloweenies and the slush puppies.  we only did covers back then.  we told people we wrote them.

FAVORITE LOCAL MUSICIAN BESIDES YOURSELF (AND WHY): lenny bryan.  he does it all better than just about anyone.  even drums.  kevin kerby says his lyrics used to be shit.  but by time kerby left ho-hum, they weren’t anymore.  i REALLY like a lot of other musicians too, though.  the guys in battery.  the guys in the easys.  jim mize.  the guys in american princes.  zach reeves.  andrew morgan.  chris denny.  the guys in the moving front.  dusters, cats, pants, johnnies, reds, tokyos, fits, kyotos, parachutes, and ‘heads.  and many, many more.  i like most everybody and for different reasons.  if i don’t like them, then people probably know it.

WHAT’S IN YOUR POCKET RIGHT NOW?  i’m not telling.

YOUR FAVORITE VENUE IN LITTLE ROCK (AND WHY)?  whitewater.  the stage feels like my bedroom.  it’s very comfortable.

TELL ME ABOUT THE FIRST “REAL” CONCERT YOU EVER ATTENDED.  michael jackson on the “bad” tour.  ’nuff said.

HOW ABOUT THE FIRST SHOW YOU EVER DID YOURSELF?  does an acoustic open-mike in college count?  we played “angel of harlem” by u2.  yeah, yeah, yeah.  i know.

BEST SOURCE FOR MUSICAL INFO? (MAG, WEBSITE, ETC)  i stopped playing that game a couple years back.  i only hear about new stuff from my friends now.

WHAT DOES THIS TOWN NEED?  an enema.  there’s talent.  but there’s also laziness and complacency, which leads to excuses.  i know because i’m as guilty as anyone.

YOUR THREE FAVORITE ALBUMS, ALL-TIME:  really?  i can’t do that.  i can do my top five favorite bands of all time, though.  that seems more manageable.  the beatles, radiohead, pavement, guided by voices, built to spill, and ho-hum.  okay, that’s six.

RE YOUR MUSIC:  DOES YOUR MOM LIKE IT OR NOT?  she’s deaf.  if she could hear it, she would probably hate it.

FUNNIEST THING THAT’S EVER HAPPENED AT ONE OF YOUR SHOWS:  us-on-stage.

AS A KID, WHAT’D YOU WANT TO GROW UP TO BE?  indiana jones.

MUSICAL/LIFE ADVICE YOU’D GIVE TO MY 13 YEAR OLD GUITAR FIEND SON?  work hard right up to the point of it being boring or un-fun.  then stop, for a little bit.  then push yourself.  find your voice.  play to your strengths and occasionally beyond them.  know that your limitations are what will define you.  become okay with that.  satisfy yourself.  be prepared to throw away a lot of money.