Welcome to HORDE Cyberchat 98. Live from Florida.
Blues Traveler: This is Brendan Hill, the drummer from
HereTitlePlace: What's life like on the HORDE Tour?
Blues Traveler: The HORDE tour has always been the most
fun on our schedule. Its like summer camp with trucks. Every band on this
year's HORDE are great musicians and such nice people. And we're having a
great time. Summer camp for us.
SonicNetHost2: How's the catering?
Blues Traveler: I haven't had any of the catering, but,
generally, it's been quite good. Though I avoid sushi.
HereTitlePlace: Who's your favorite band on HORDE right
Blues Traveler: I would still have to say Mosaic, who are
hosting the workshop stage along with Chris Barron from the Spin Doctors.
Mosaic is a band from NY who have been blowing away crowds all tour. And
I'm very proud of them.
SonicNetHost2: What has the public's reaction been to the
diverse line up? (the Pumpkins, Catatonia)
Blues Traveler: One of the best things about the tour is
its eclecticness. We can have any type of band from SKA, i.e. MM
Bosstones, to southern rock, i.e. Allman Bros., Black Crows to cutting
edge alternative, i.e. Smashing Pumpkins. And I think it's interesting to
put all these bands in front of the combined crowds and watch people
getting into music outside of their personal taste.
Kevin_is_my_inspiration: When did you first start making
Blues Traveler: Individually, I started when I was 6,
playing the violin horrendously. John, I believe, was the cello at age 5.
Also to little accolade... Bobby began a bit later with the bass guitar, I
think in middle school. And Chan with the guitar at age 10. We all joined
together as a band in 1987.
p38_: What is your favorite song that you have ever done
Blues Traveler: I would have to say "Mountain Cry",
because I was able to realize recording that song with Greg Allman playing
Hammond, and he also sang a version which sent chills down my spine. So,
as far as songs that I've written, that has to be my favorite. But songs
to play, my favorite new one, so far, is called "Her and Me". Look for it,
TeenAngel_316: Who are your major musical influences?
Blues Traveler: Personally, John Bonham, Ginger Baker,
Mitch Mitchell, Clyde Stubblefield. And Cosy Powell. To name a few. But
listening to guitarists, sax players, and bass players have given me
inspiration as well.
lethargicbanana: What do you do in your spare time?
Blues Traveler: I enjoy motorcycle riding, I'm a
certified scuba diver, I have a 1970 Chevy Chevelle and I love to
rebeccaj6: What is the most embarrassing thing that has
ever happened on stage during a performance?
Blues Traveler: I believe one time, musically
embarrassing, I counted off a song in 6/8 instead of 4/4 and none of us
knew what to do, so we played the whole thing in 6/8. But John tries to
embarrass us all at least once a week. The last five shows he's made Chan
do splits. (Girls, watch out!)
Babe5050: How did you come up with the name Blues
Blues Traveler: We were originally called Blues Band. But
when we moved to NYC we realized that there were 1000 Blues Bands. And it
was the time Ghostbusters had just come out and we all thought that the
idea of Gozer the Traveler, who could take any form, was a cool idea. So,
we dropped 'Band', added 'Traveler'. and when we are really hitting a good
jam we can almost feel a fifth entity in our midst (But it's probably
BeastieBoysGirlie: How did you like playing with Dave
Blues Traveler: Dave Matthews Band I believe are the most
deserving band out there. The excellent musicianship, the long years of
touring, and the personal obstacles they've had to overcome makes me feel
they've reached - scratch that. When I heard they were playing Giant's
Stadium, I cheered them. We would love to tour with them in the future, we
consider them very good friends.
JaNe_LaNe_2512: Will y'all be doing any other festivals
Blues Traveler: We're gonna try to mix it up next year,
nothing's solid yet but we want to try and do some amphitheaters on our
own. HORDE has always been a great gig for us, so it's always hard to not
do it. And then there's always Europe. But, rest assured, Blues Traveler
will be playing in a town near you next summer.
IceSk81ngR0x: What is it like to perform and have girls
scream at you?
Blues Traveler: There was a time when our video was out
when it was almost impossible to hear John singing over the crowd who were
singing along to "Run-Around". And that's a good feeling, because you know
everyone's having a good time. We hope that people are listening to our
new record and will be singing along with some of those songs as well.
But nothing beats playing in front of a live audience, thank you for that
Nelsea: Where do you think you'll be in 10 years?
Blues Traveler: Hopefully, I'll be playing with the band
doing exactly what I'm doing now, which is making music, getting to tour
around the country with my friends and paying the rent. Hopefully, the Y2K
bug won't trigger a massive nuclear war, or else we'll all be dead. I
don't want to think about that (and I won't be in the Oval Office).
rebeccaj6: If you weren't part of Blues Traveler, what
would you be doing?
Blues Traveler: I always wanted to be a Marine fighter
pilot, if not in this country, for the RAIF. So, if I weren't a drummer,
I'd be a pilot. Or an Outward Bound sailing instructor.
toaster555: Do you like country music? And if so, which
Blues Traveler: I like some of it. There's so many
different artists, I couldn't begin to narrow it down. When you're on the
road, probably 70% of the music stations are country, so it's hard to
ignore it. I love the simplicity, the story telling, and the general
LLRain8: I was wondering what you guys thought of this
year's Furthur Festival and if you think it is a good idea for The Other
Ones to continue to tour?
Blues Traveler: I think it is a good idea for them to
continue touring. There's no rules in music, and I think that if they
enjoy playing with each other they should do it. I think changing names
was a good move, because they aren't the Grateful Dead without Jerry. And
the Furthur Tour, I think did really well this year. And hopefully
sometime in the future I'll be home and see it. But nowadays there's so
much good music to see all throughout the year. We feel lucky to be on
this HORDE with this lineup. I'm about to hand the baton my bandmate,
John. I didn't mean this to rhyme, but I'm well out of time. Thank you for
your questions. Hope to see you all soon.
Blues Traveler: Hello everyone, it's John. How goes it in
the world of cyber porn?
peaches_1_1998: I don't want to ask you about the
president thing because that is stupid and wasting your time. How did you
come up with the name HORDE?
Blues Traveler: I think the president is stupid and a
waste of time. As far as HORDE is concerned, I was always a historical fan
of a period in European history when the sedentary, agriculturally based
villages trembled with fear at the approach of Hunnic Avar and Mongol
warriors (basically big tough Asian gangs) who, because the motorcycle
hadn't been invented yet, descended on the helpless villages by the way of
horseback. In fact, one of these lesser gangs, Magyas, would soon become
the kingdom of Hungary. And as a Hungarian-American, I cannot help but
feel some kinship to the saddle, so when the first HORDE set out, I had a
glorious vision of five different tribes or bands converging on a town and
ravaging it. Fish would come in from the North, we would ride in from the
East, The ARU and Panic would come up from the South...erm, that was
PHISH. There would be no escape. The devastation would be substantial. So
I needed some sort of anagram for HORDE, Because I wanted to call it the
GREAT AMERICAN HORDE. So, since all the East Coast bands originated it, we
thought it would be cool to call it Horizons Of Rock Developing
Everywhere. Ego sum Atilla flagellum dia, which means I am Atilla, the
scourge of God.
JasonMillner: John, I know you had visions of a harpless
album, and at RR, a lot of the songs were harpless, but on HORDE, many of
them have gotten a harp added. Have you backed off the idea?
Blues Traveler: The initial idea itself was not to be a
matter of doctrine. We had always left room for a harp to creep back into
the music. If a tune needs harmonica, we are always prepared to put some
in. The object of trying to avoid harmonica altogether was merely a
starting point. If we feel that a tune would be really enhanced with a
harmonica on the record, we will certainly visit that. But at this point,
I have no guarantees in my mind that the little harp I am playing on these
songs will actually make the album. I think largely the reason I play harp
on the new stuff when we play live is that I basically feel like a dork
standing there not doing anything. I mean, it's right there, I might as
well use it. Once we have recorded these songs, we'll be better able to
determine my role song by song.
abcor: John - when it comes to making a decision about
new songs is it gut instinct that drives you or is it the consensus of the
rest of the band?
Blues Traveler: Yum, chocolate. Each song can be written
by any consistency of every option we have. If I have an idea that is
complete, the band will adhere to the idea that I have and find their own
pocket within the structure. If I have an idea that needs a little work,
then the band helps finish writing it. If I don't have an idea, the band
works on it together. A great example of one extreme is "The Mountains Win
Again", by Bobby. Bob wrote the song in its entirety and we filled the
parts he had written. Another extreme could be "Sweet Talkin' Hippie"
where Chan played a groove, I played another groove against that, Bob
played a groove to match those, and Brendan made up a drum part. But as
for being driven, personally, I like to try things I haven't tried yet.
Execution is certainly fun, but I find myself more attracted to inception.
Cupid17x: I heard that while you were in Virginia Beach
doing a show, you sang "MmmBop" with Hanson. Did you have fun doing that?
Do you like Hanson?
Blues Traveler: It was a real treat to play "MmmBop" with
Hanson. Whether you like Hanson or not, the song that song has a
historical basis. Centuries from now, everyone will have to concede that
back in the 90's, Hanson's music affected contemporary music. The boys
were nice enough. Humble, polite, etc. But I'd like to talk about their
musicianship for a second. When were their respective ages, we couldn't
play instruments nearly as well. When I first saw Hanson on video, I
remember feeling a little concerned for them, insofar as they are cute
little blond boys who will be chewed up and spit out by an uncaring and
fickle teenybopper, radio-friendly audience. The reason this concerned me
was that they seemed to care about playing their own instruments and
writing their own songs. It is my hope that given enough time to interact
with other musicians, as they get older they will continue to grow in
their playing and their songwriting. I think they did a fine job, bravely
walking on someone else's stage, a stage full of musicians who can really
play, and sell a hit song to a very skeptical crowd. What was weird for me
was looking back and seeing young Zach behind the drums. Because he looked
exactly like Brendan when he was 13 and I first started playing with him.
Quite the eerie flashback. Hanson has both blessed and cursed for being
cute in a teen idol kind of way. If I was them, I would milk it till the
teat is dry, and then regard it as merely an introductory chapter in their
Carly_01: Who are some artists or bands that you would
like to perform with in the future?
Blues Traveler: Time and computer chips do not allow me
to list every musician I would like to play with. Suffice it to say,
barring Madonna and the Spice Girls, I would like to play with everyone.
I'm not really into Bush either (the band that is) but I really think
playing with absolutely everyone teaches you something. But if I had to
pick a favorite off the top of my head, I think I would most like to play
with Prince, whatever name he's under at the present time. He is a
BRILLIANT guitar player, and yet he plays it so rarely that when I hear
him play, I have to stop what I'm doing and listen. By and large, I've
gotten to play with most of my favorites. Led Zeppelin might be fun. And
Metallica with a real amp would be really cool.
HereTitlePlace: OK. Blues Traveler and Backstreet Boys in
a fight. Who would win?
Blues Traveler: The outcome of such a battle would never
be in question. I feel the real question would be, "To what extreme would
the Backstreet Boys pay for their audacity?" It is my strong intention
that the arena of our battle would be strewn with the bile and physical
remains of the dead. The human entrails stretches some 35 miles if you
stretch it properly, and I feel that we could achieve this. And with the
razor-sharp implements at our disposal, we could slice through the goo,
bones, etc. and have the entrails, laying them end-to-end for a whopping
70 miles of BB blob. If you feed someone enough Alka Seltzer they'll
explode. We have crates of Alka Seltzer the size of urinal cakes, and
after removing all of their teeth and portions of their upper jaws, we
could stuff jumbo tablet after jumbo tablet down their throats despite the
twitching protests of their near-lifeless bodies. Then we would start with
fondue forks. If you heat a fork enough, you can pierce the human eye
without losing any fluid. Upon penetration of each Backstreet eye, we
could superheat the forks beyond 3000 degrees, causing their beautiful
eyes to burst like ripe cherry tomatoes. Then we would take sharpened
spoons, also superheated, and burrow into their flesh, creating many
additional orifices for us to sodomize with dull lead bars. Then we would
get started. I have an erection just thinking about all this. Please help
me. I would also like to point out that if you properly access the human
circulatory system, you can over a long painful period of time replace all
blood with a mixture of coffee and sulfuric acid. Those wacky, darling
Backstreet Boys would feel so much pain they might actually come to love
us. But we're not violent. So the thought has never really occurred to me.
Closing statement. The info superhighway is a vast and marvelous place. It
can be used to discuss which the better Star Trek was with a friend in
Iraq. It can lose all of your tax forms or send kiddie porn to a friend in
Peru. I am very proud in being involved in constructing a use for this
helpful thing for daily life. There is power in the web. But with power
comes responsibility. So, remember kids, try not to learn how to type
and always be as stoned as you can when using the computer. And if I could
add one final thought it would be..................................