2. Do you find it important to be classified as a progband and /or do you see yourself as a progband?
I don't see Phideaux as a "progband". I think we are art-rock in the sense that we use our music to express art, rather than as a dance band or party music. I love progressive music from the 60's and 70's as well as the post rock music of the 80's. Perhaps I think of us as psychedelic art rock. For me, the art of making albums is what I most enjoy. I don't think the classification is important, however it is important to try and reach the audience you think would like the music. So, to this end, we embrace the progressive rock music audience (of which we are also consumers)
3. Do you find cover art important? Please elaborate.
Cover art is very important because it makes a statement that expresses the music. It is a calling card, it is an extension of the music. I have the luxury of working with some fantastic artists who I have known since I was a child. They are super talented. Linda Ruttan Moldawsky did our last album Number Seven, easily a mind bending visual experience. Molly Ruttan, who emerged from the same embryo as Linda, did the paintings for the two albums prior. She will be doing the Infernal album cover in 2010 and Linda will do 7½ at the end of the year.
Always the music comes first. I might have a fragment of lyric, some phrase or word or idea. But the music usually comes full blown like a egg fallen from the sky.
5. Which bands/artists/genre would you name as your inspirational source?
The Beatles showed me as a small child that music was magic. Jefferson Airplane revealed the chaos in psychedelia and showed how you could go very far within the realm of listenability. I love rock music and that includes progressive rock, post punk rock, 60's music. Van der graaf Generator, Genesis, Buffy Sainte-Marie, Leonard Cohen, Siouxsie & The Banshees, Joy Division, Alice Cooper, David Bowie and of course Jethro Tull. But, that leaves out the other thousands of artists that amaze and distract me.
6. The Mellotron, has become an icon..a pseudonym to great music in progmusic circuits, whats your thoughts on that and the particular instrument?
I love that instrument. I love Moog sythesizer and Mellotron. We just got an electronic cd version of mellotron from Germany called Memotron. It operates with the same parameters and drawbacks as the original Mellotron and is quite quaint. I loved Mellotron when I first heard Nights In White Satin. I was hooked by the sounds of that song and In The Court Of The Crimson King. Two fantastic tron songs. Of course, I didn't realize it at the time, but Strawberry Fields was probably my first mellotron experience. But, everything I heard from the Beatles (when I was 3 and 4) was a revelation about music and production and spirit in art.
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