CanadianIdiot: This should be fun then.
N: First off, let me say that this interview is just to get to know some freshmen in the school that have taken part in extra curricular activities. I’m sure the school saw you with the marching band at the pep rally before Thanksgiving.
C.I.: Yeah, I was on the bass guitar.
N: Has anyone said anything to you about it?
C.I.: Not really.
N: But wouldn’t you be a rock star after performing in front of the school and at the Thanksgiving game?
C.I.: Yeah, you’d think that. To my friends and people I know I’m a rock star, but to the school? No, not yet. I didn’t even have my name announced, but that didn’t bother me. I’m a freshman and nobody really cares about us in ninth grade. Plus, I’m bass guitar. I stand on the side, playing along in the cold with my fingers while the guitar takes his solo and all the cheerleaders scream his name. It doesn’t really bother me now, since I’ve just got here.
N: Let me say that I thought you did awesome.
C.I.: Thanks, I appreciate that.
N: Well, let me ask you about your bass. What exactly were you playing?
C.I.: That’s a Frank Bello Squire jazz bass.
N: Frank Bello is who?
C.I.: He’s the guy from Anthrax. I’m really into those thrash metal bands, and Anthrax got my attention when I heard the bass. So I just had to get this one, since Cliff Burton from Metallica never had a signature bass.
N: Did you pick that bass for any other reason?
C.I.: Well, I guess I can say so. I had my uncle’s old Ibanez EX series bass, which is good for starters, but after you’ve been playing for a while you realize you need more. I was watching a documentary on The Who and noticed that the main attention was on Pete Townshend. John Entwistle (May he rest in peace) would just stand on the side playing his song and playing the bass line in an awesome way, using power chords and stuff. So some times, he would dress up in a skeleton suit and everybody noticed him. I knew the guitar would be getting a lot of attention in marching band, so I saw the bass and that came to mind. I bet it did get some attention.
N: You mentioned Anthrax and Metallica. Are there any other bands you’re into?
C.I.: Oh yeah! My iPod has about 2500 songs on it and is constantly growing in size! Metallica, Anthrax, Avenged Sevenfold, Slipknot, Megadeth, Testament, Rush, Green Day, Black Tide, Trivium, Dragonforce, Rise Against, Muse, Iron Maiden, Dio, Disturbed, and so much more fill my iPod. And I take influence from every single one of those bands.
N: From those bands you just mentioned would you consider yourself a metal head?
C.I.: I guess. I mean, last time I checked on my iPod, I had about 600 something metal songs, but most of my iPod is dominated by rock. That’s the main basis of metal, and without it you wouldn’t have metal. Punk is also in there, too. I love old school punk, like Sex Pistols, The Clash, The Ramones, and Generation X. They’re just awesome.
N: Back to the marching band, have you been affected by the band in any way?
C.I.: Yeah, they’re my second family! This year was a great, fun year and an excellent way to spend your first year. We didn’t compete at all and had a great time. But next season we’re competing. And we’ve got a bunch of talented people in the band, despite our size, but also some really talented leaving this year. But you saw the size of the band, so with what we got and what we got coming in, we’ll be sure to do well in competitions. I’ve come to know that people can be much closer to you than you realize. You spend enough time and you’ll care about them like family. It’s a great feeling to have and you just know that everyone there is nice to each other. You can’t say a bad thing about it.
N: Have you ever heard anything bad said about the band?
C.I.: Yeah, once in math class. One person was saying stuff about the color guard to at girl who was on it. It was kinda harsh, so I stepped in and we left for the pep rally. Like I said, we’re like family and family stays together.
N: Outside of the marching band, do you have your own band?
C.I.: Yeah. We’re called East of Here. We just started out a little bit ago and don’t really stick to one type of music. My drummer likes the alternative stuff, my guitarist likes the classics, and I like my metal. We all try to appeal to each other and get something that we all like.
N: What other hobbies do you have?
C.I.: I love movies; I can’t get enough of them. When I’m not doing homework, surfing the web, or playing my bass, I’m watching a movie.
N: What are some of your personal favorites?
C.I.: I’m a huge Star Wars fan. I’ve been a fan since ever since I was little and have a bunch of comics, too. V For Vendetta is easily a favorite, too. That movie is just so awesome. I also really liked the Lord of the Rings movies. I’ll sit here for hours talking about how awesome those movies are.
N: Any other hobbies?
C.I.: I’m also a bit of a writer.
N: What do you write?
C.I.: Stuff. If I have an idea, I’ll make it into a poem. I find poetry an easy way to get an idea out because you don’t always have to rhyme but you don’t have to write a short story to get it out. The poems I usually write can be dark and almost really emotional and reflect how I feel sometimes. But sometimes I can just pick on the things that are wrong in the world, use fear to scare you, or just take a common fear and make it more twisted than it originally was. Fear is fun to play with, which is what Alfred Hitchcock did with his movies. In Rear Window, you didn’t see anything, but you would think of what is going on and it could really be much worse than it Hitchcock really wanted it to be. The Blair Witch Project also uses this kind of idea. It’s all in your head, pretty much scaring you through the whole movie. So when I write, I take a common fear, like nuclear warfare coming true, the end of the world, sickness or anything that can just be scary and make it happen.
N: That’s intense.
C.I.: Most people think it’s weird, but when you’re a writer or someone who is as active in the arts as I am you can understand.
N: So does that mean you’ll be writing lyrics for your band?
C.I.: I’ve already called dibs.
N: Does that mean we can expect twisted lyrics that will scare us in your songs?
C.I.: No, not all the time. I want to write more than just that. I want to write more realistic and more modern themed in the way it plays out. I like to write it dark, but I don’t always want to use my mind to make stuff up in a story. I want to use life experience. I’ve had my heart broken recently, my dad went into the hospital when I was in the 4th grade (which really screwed me up for a bit), people didn’t like me for most of my time in middle school, people picked on my friends because they were friends with me, and I didn’t do so hot in French last year. There’s a lot of anger, frustration, and depression to write about. And I’ve always got ideas getting together in my head. Plus, I can put all of those feelings into the riffs I pump out with my band. There’s a lot of ways to get it out.
N: You seem like you’ve got it all under control now.
C.I.: I’m just good at covering it up, I guess. [laughs]
N: How are you doing now?
C.I.: Being honest, I’m doing great. When you’re in a depression, you’ll sometimes listen to the actual emo music and the really soft, depressing songs. For about a week that was the stuff I listened to. I’ve got nothing against emo music, but it’s not something I’m really into. So when you turn on some metal and you hear the awesomeness of it, you can’t help but feel better. I did that and I felt so awesome for the longest time. I think I still feel the same way now.
N: Well that’s really good to hear. Did this depression affect your grades in any way at all?
C.I.: I don’t really feel comfortable talking about this, but I’ll say that it didn’t. Grades are one of my top priorities in my life. It’s get good grades of die trying at my house.
N: Since you’re uneasy with that discussion, can I ask you something about your bass again?
C.I.: Sure, hit me.
N: How long have you been playing exactly?
C.I.: Since late March or early April.
N: And you’re already playing in front of the school?
C.I.: Yeah, I know. My bass teacher is amazed at how good I’m getting so fast.
N: Do you think you’re good?
C.I.: For the amount of time I’ve been playing, yeah, I’m good. But overall I’m not that good. I’m not a bad player by any means, but I’m not fantastic yet.
N: Well, I would like to say thank you for spending your time doing this interview with me.
C.I.: No problem! It’s really fun, to be honest!