Rock Bottom October 13, 2006 - Tonight is the second ever interview by myself and Viking Raider, and I talked with a band called Timeslip. The band's slogan reads "Classic Rock of the 60', 70's and 80's", although there might have been a couple songs before and after these dates, along with a couple original tunes thrown in.
These guys look like they are having a lot of fun, and fun being contagious, the audience looked like they were having a lot of fun too. The familiar songs were such that most everyone could sing along, and the wireless connections to their instruments allowed members of the band to move about the room and perform amongst the onlookers.
As in the first Viking Raider Interview, 4 questions were asked of the band to try to get to the heart of what drives and inspires them. Starting with the lead singer Chris, I asked when he started playing music and why. Chris started playing music at the age of 12. He said that he had always written songs, and needed to play some chords to turn the lyrics into music. Asked who his major influences are, he says The Beatles, Steely Dan, Stevie Wonder, and Sam Cooke have inspired him, and all of these artists' hits have made their way into Timeslip's repertoire. The final question, what are the last 3 CD's you have bought, Chris says that he usually buys compilation works, including "Hits of the 70's and 80's", and "American Gold".
Timeslip's drummer Paul has probably been playing music the longest, starting at age 9 and playing the piano because his parents forced him to. At age 16 things turned around for Paul and he started playing the drums because he wanted to be in a band. As a music major in college, Paul studied the drums. His major influences include Aynsly Dunbar, the drummer for Journey, Ian Pace of Deep Purple, Buddy Rich, and Joey Cramer of Aerosmith. The last three CD's Paul bought span a wide area if interests and are Keane - "Hopes and Fears", System of a Down - "Toxic", and John Denver's "Rocky Mountain Collection", an album he highly recommends.
Lonnie, the guitar player, started playing the guitar in 1973 because his friend was also playing the guitar. The two young musicians were both inspired by Neil Young and Crazy Horse. The more Lonnie learned, the more he wanted to play, and soon began to play music by such artists as Johnny Winters and Alan Allsworth. The last three CD's Lonnie bought are Bryan Addams, "Volume 2", "Rick Derringer and Johnny Winters, Live", and "10 Years After, Recorded Live".
Finally, the bass player for Timeslip, Jeff (who, like myself, is left handed), came from a musical family and started playing piano and guitar in the 7th grade so he could play along with is Dad, Grandma, and Grandpa. Jeff is inspired by musicians of all classes of music, but particularly by The Beatles, Bela Fleck (one of my favorites), Ringo Starr, and Steven Crapelli. Jeff adds that he is inspired by everyone else who plays music. The last three CD's that Jeff bought also include a wide range of tastes, and are "Flutes of the World -South America", the new Bela Fleck and the Flecktones disc "The Hidden Land", and The Band - "King Harvest".
Thanks to Timeslip for a great evening of Classic Rock, and for taking the time to answer my questions.