Monday April 15th, I had the extreme pleasure of talking with
Michael Glabicki and Jenn Wertz of Rusted Root before their show
in Philadelphia, PA at the Electric Factory. Michael and Jenn
were super nice to and talked with us for over an hour before
tearing the roof of the Factory. It was an honor to talk with
two artists as nice and humble as these two were. Take a listen
as we talk about Rusted Root's breakup/makeup, Jenn's reentrance
into the band, selling out, and hell, even Mozart gets a mention
1. About a
year ago, rumors were all over the Internet about the demise of
Rusted Root. Next thing you know, Jenn is back in the band and
Jim DiSpirito is out. What in the hell happened, and how have
the dynamics in the band changed since Jenn has been back?
2. At what
point did you know that Root was back?
3. What was the
writing process for Welcome to
my Party like, especially compared with the previous studio
to my Party features a lot of older songs like "Sweet
Mary," "Too Much," "Artificial Winter,"
etc...How did they make it onto the record?
5. Some fans
have complained about the length of the CD since it can hold around
74 minutes but the disc clocks in around 45 minutes. Why so short?
6. A lot of artists
have strong opinions about MP3, especially in relation to their
record sales. What are your thoughts about MP3s?
7. Their has
long been rumored a live album on the way, will we ever see one?
8. Your sound
has changed a lot over the years. Has it been a conscious effort
and what do you say to fans who worry about you "selling out"?
****The selling out question was attributed to Scott McCamley
purely by mistake. Scott said nothing about the band selling out,
but rather how the band writes a song, whether it be a certain style
or not was his question. We here at the EmpyreLounge really appologize
for the mistake and hope we did not hurt Scott too much by our carelessness.
So he knows, the person who made the mistake is being castrated
as i write this....that careless bastrard!
How do you come up with the setlists for your show, is it anything
goes on stage or do you have a set number of songs you have to
play with just a few empty slots?
10. If you
could put together an All-Star band featuring artists both live
& dead, who would be in it?
11. Who have
been some of your influences?
12. Do you have
any pre-show rituals and how does that carry over onto the stage?
Do you feel/feed off the crowd energy that is put to you?
13. Is it more important for you to be a studio band and sell millions
of records or a strong touring band, a la the Grateful Dead?
How do you spiritual beliefs tie into your music?
15. Who are
you currently listening to?
16. You have
jammed with a lot of musicians, do you have any favorites?
What is the next step for Rusted Root?
I want to
thank Mike and Jenn and everyone at the record company for hooking
this up. Not only was it a great show, but they were the nicest
people that I have met and made a conscious effort to talk with
us..and not give us the standard answer. Everyone should check
out Rusted Root when they come to your town. Check out to see
Root is playing in your area!
& Mike Kaveney
Drop us a
line to let me know what you think of what Mike & Jenn said
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