I don’t know…
what are aliens like?
I imagine that aliens are attracted to drum beats and they always
wonder into some kind of a party. They are the ones that put too
much Tabasco on their Pizzas and are surprised by it when they
go to take a bite. Then they take a bite of the sushi that’s
next to the pizza, and is again surprised by the Wasabi. It screams
“Oh my Spielberg!!” but they don’t really like
Spielberg movies because it gives them a bad
Your songs are certainly one of a kind..
We have some serious songs too. They are written in Japanese.
Like the song called Ocue. It’s
about these two presidents; president of The United States
and Iraq. Basically the song is about these two
presidents who have too much oil in their heads and need to be
treated. To slim away the surplus of greed, we need to get them
treatment (pronounced ‘okyu’ in Japanese)
and cleanse their souls!! Moxa is a treatment
in traditional eastern medicine where this medicinal herb called
moxa is placed on the patient’s body and
lit on fire. It’s like incense on your body, but it’s
painful because the moxa is lit directly on top of your skin.
It’s like torture and treatment at the same time. It works,
and the two presidents need it bad!!
How about that song
where you play a tennis racket like a guitar..
The tennis guitar.. yeah, I get asked about that song all the
time. The song is called “0 Game”
(pronounced “love game”) It’s about women’s
tennis match. Men’s tennis ended with John
McEnroe. His play was so rock n’ roll.
No other male players after him really strike me as anything.
I think women’s tennis is much more interesting these days,
and it’s NOT because of their short skirts!! The questions
people ask me regarding this song always have to do with me having
a fetish over female tennis players. I also make these noises
during the song, and people always think that it’s about
this dirty old man getting off while watching a female tennis
I am glad you clarified
that.. To be honest, I was a little worried.
Shame on you! It’s a dedication to the player Martina
Hinges who retired so young. She was so rock
n’ roll because she would fight all these bigger players
and the Williams
sisters and for her, it was such a mental
Where does your inspiration
I usually write songs as a tribute to a friend or I’ll write
about someone I know or respect. I wished that someone would write
one for me. (hahaha) The important thing is for each
one of my audiences to have fun. That’s all I care about.
Rock n’ Roll is such a powerful force. I want to use that
force to the benefit of my audience.
What kind of a band
is Fantasy’s Core in your mind?
This is a band that requires a lot of energy and fitness. My dances
are not really dances. They are all these weird contortions and
jerks of the body, so it requires a lot of flexibility. Took me
years to do it. I think at times we are more of athletes than
musicians. Sometimes I don’t know if I’m making music
or if I’m working out. (hahaha) Our live shows
are unique in that typically they consist of 5-6 song medleys.
That means 5-6 songs singing straight through with no break. At
the end of the set, which is about 45 minutes long, I am totally
burned out. But I think that’s the least I can do for the
people that come to see us. That’s just manners as a performer.
Fantasy’s Core is supposed to ease the audiences…
with loud and offensive music….??? (hahaha)
The other important thing about FC is that “songs”
and “sounds” are kind of like the same thing to us.
Obviously words have meaning, but we don’t expect the audiences
to grasp every subtle nuances at our live shows. I mean I didn’t
understand everything Bob Dylan and Bruce
Springsteen said in their concerts…(hahaha)
Yeah, well perhaps
there is a different reason for that.. …? (hahaha)
Hahaha….Anyway, my point is, people from all over the world
go to record stores to get their CDs, because they are drawn to
the uniqueness of the sound, and captured by their energy, the
one and only-ness about them.
That’s why I listen to all sorts of things including traditional
Bulgarian music, Pakistani religious music, and so on. I don’t
look for meaning. I just listen to them having in mind of the
fact that sound is an expression. Rock n’ Roll is such an
emotional style, and I think the sound really is suppose to convey
the emotions and the thoughts. If you want nice words, get a book!!
With that being said though, I don’t think that lyrics are
unimportant at all. That’s not what I’m trying to
say. I just believe that those who can write great tunes, also
write great lyrics.
Do you find that all
your efforts playing in SXSW for 4 consecutive years and going
on tours are paying off?
Nite 2003, we had people lined up outside
the venue waiting to see us. Unfortunately not all were allowed
in due to capacity rules. This year at SXSW
2004, we were not on a showcase that is as well known as Japan
Nite. We played with other American bands, and a band
from New Zealand, but still our show was packed. We had the most
people for that showcase. I am extremely appreciative of the fans
and press in Texas that have been supporting us. I want to thank
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