by Debbie Seagle
Back to Part II
RNW: I see that “Wisconsin
Death Trip” went platinum.
Do you expect the same from “Machine?”
TC: You know, you never know.
If it does just as good, I’ll be extremely happy. Hopefully it does
just as good, if not better. And I think we have momentum on our
side, so it may do better.
RNW: The touring helps.
RNW: Having a new CD out when
you are going on a high profile tour like you have coming up is a really
good combination of events.
TC: Hopefully it all adds
up and the record does really good.
RNW: What advice do you have
for people out there that want to make it like you have in the music business?
Now that you are on the other side, looking out.
TC: The one thing I always
stress is if you aren’t having fun doing what you do, don’t do it.
Cause the odds are against you and you are going to face a lot of disappointment
and if you’re doing it solely for the purpose of wanting to be famous and
you don’t really enjoy playing music, you are setting yourself up for major
disappointment. I know a lot of people out in Hollywood, just bitter
old rejected musicians.
RNW: So its not just money
for nothing and your chicks for free?
TC: Right! Its not that
easy. It’s a lot of crappy gigs, a lot of crap, put it that way.
A lot of crap you’ve got to deal with. Even now things are pretty
good, but there’s still crap you’ve got to deal with on a daily basis.
After 22 months doing it, the only thing that makes it worth it is
those 40 minutes to an hour you get on stage. You just play your
heart out. And if it wasn’t for that time I get to run around like
an idiot on stage every night, it wouldn’t be worth it to me.
RNW: So it is worth the price?
TC: Yeah, those 40 minutes
to an hour that I get to play makes everything else I have to do worth
RNW: You probably have a good
support system within
the band for dealing with the different types of issues that come up.
I had a good time reading some of the road notes on your web site.
I thought I would die laughing about some of the things that have been
happening to you guys. I won’t elaborate on that, I’ll just let the
readers go and take a look for themselves, but do you also have a good
support system with home and family? I know that that is hard on
TC: My family has always been
there for me, from day one. They are very supportive and there when
I need someone to talk to.
RNW: What about the band?
Do you all hang out when you aren’t playing music?
TC: Oh yeah. After a
show we’ll all hang out. Like, during the day, we’re all kind of
busy doing interviews and whatever, and doing things on our own.
But we’re actually a very close band. We hardly ever get into arguments
or anything really. When one does arise, its taken care of rather
easily and quickly.
RNW: So when it does happen,
is it over song writing, or production, or touring issues?
TC: No, its usually over somebody
leaving their socks in the corridor or leaving a mess in the back lounge
(on the bus) or something.
RNW: That sounds more like
brothers fighting at home.
TC: Right, yeah, exactly!
RNW: So its all good is what
RNW: Well I hope it continues
to be all good for you. You have a promising new record coming out
and a promising new tour to sell it with. It looks like the summer
is going to be hot for you guys. Happy trails. Have a safe
outing and much luck with your new CD!
TC: Thank you. And you
have fun in sunny California.
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