When The Fresh isn't playing some hip venue in the Silver Lake region (that's LA's answer to Williamsburg), we're betting he's locked up in an artificially dark room somewhere just south of Hollywood Blvd surrounded by keyboards and guitars. A virtual mad scientist of musical standards, the Fresh isn't just a musician, he's a performer. An award winning one at that, just ask the Malibu Film Festival. To learn more about the Fresh check out his website, where you can download most of his songs. His debut east coast performance is Tuesday at the Gothamist show, so be sure to get there for his 8pm set (more details after the interview).
Let's get this out of the way, where did your band name originate?
It was the first thing I said when I got up on a Saturday.
You may be best known (on this coast at least) for a song about the Olsen twins turning 18. [We think the song is hilarious, by the way, but...] care to defend yourself to any who may have taken this the wrong way?
Teenage lust is an important issue that should be addressed more often, I'm upset Bush and Kerry stayed away from it. I like to think of this tune as a PSA for adults. The message is to not be obsessed with young twins if you're 41 because that's freaky. I'm doing this for the good of the people.
What is your first conscious memory of New York?
Buying a rasta-Bart shirt when I was ten. You can't find that kind of gold at home!
What is your favorite/least favorite memory involving New York?
Favorite memory is when all the New Yorkers threw out their Yankees hats and bowed down to the Red Sox. Wait, that was a dream. My least favorite memory of New York is leaving..tear,tear.
Um...what's LA like?
LA isn't really a city, it's more like a bunch of suburbs spread out filled with very intellegent people that know alot about everything. I found out a secret: if you don't look at them in their cars, they get really mad and jealous.
What are some differences in the LA music scene versus the NYC music scene?
NYC just hasn't caught up to LA. This weekend I saw Motley Crue at the Whiskey, Poison at the Roxy and tonight Diamond David Lee Roth at viper, apparently he's real up and coming.
Now its time for some fill-in-the-blank action:
You know you've made it when.
You have a tech for the guitar tech.
It'll be time to pack up the gear for good when.
I start using the name of Hollywood streets in my songs.
I'll never forget the first time I.
Won Mike Tysons punchout..special moment indeed.
I'll never forget the first time [insert another band members name here].
Duff and me were in Amsterdam and Slash had this pink elephant...
And finally, lets have some fun with word association. Give me your immediate feelings on the following (if youve got no discernable feelings, make something up that wont embarrass you in the morning):
Suck (only in '86)
Playboy in a year, porn in two.
Bridge & Tunnel
Good voice, bad writing
Where have all the hookers gone?
Bloomberg/Smoking Ban/Noise Laws
NYC, so ahead of it all.
Questions inspired by movies...
If you will, a brief justification of the ontological necessity of modern man's existential dilemma (in less than 10 words). (Reality Bites)
Sox v. Yankees - Justified
What came first, the music or the misery? (High Fidelity)
Ask Elliot Smith
A few quickies on the music tip:
Who would be in your ultimate music supergroup, your all-star Olympic team of rock?
'68 McCartney on vocals, '77 Zappa on guitar, '75 Jaco on bass, '70 John Bonham on drums-Doing Phish covers.
If you released a 7-inch what would you put on the cover?
two more inches
What was the first/last album you bought on the day it was released?
John Denver and the Muppets/Steely Dan-Everthing Must go
Catch the Fresh at the Gothamist Movable Hype show next Tuesday (November 16th). He'll be starting the show out right so get there at 8pm!
Tickets are available here.