pseudo star's interviews
Interviews - Dylan and Craig of pseudo star.
Q: Who came
up with the name pseudo star?
A: Craig -
Matt did. I wish I could take credit for such a wonderful
name. It was Matt. I wanted to call the band My mom is a
fat retard or Flusher, or something dumb but Matt
insisted on pseudo star.
- Dylan - I'd have to
say that was me, but I first suggested Pseudo...
(fake, plastic, etc.) and then later the star
part was added. Everybody agreed for the most
part, I've never had to argue with anyone about
it, so I think everybody likes the name. Charlie
and I filled a notebook up with some really
stupid band names.... I forget them now, but I'm
sure they sucked. They all had to do with the
Beatles, our high-school, and death. One day I
was getting very frustrated with not having a
band name, I began reading something, maybe a
guitar magazine or something, and I came across
the name Pseudo. I looked up the meaning and knew
from then on that I had to use it. It's a perfect
band name for us, a band dedicated to offending
the commercialized music industry full of Pseudo
Stars. (Brandi, All Saints, Celine Dion, Jimmy
Ray, Savage Garden, Our Lady Peace, etc.).
Q: What does
the name pseudo star mean to you?
- A: Dylan - Well a
Pseudo Star would be someone who is only an
image, not an actual being. You know? Like
someone who is not actually deserving of the
level of fame or fortune that they are currently
enduring. Someone who did not work for what they
have, but rather, had the right face or body or
attitude, or someone who is famous because of
corporate contacts, or someone who was in the
right place at the right time. Basically, anyone
who didn't work for what they have, or don't
deserve what they have is just lying to
themselves and their fans. These people are the
- Craig - It means that
I am a member of a Celine Dion hate band.
pseudo star's sound.
- A: Dylan - I can't at
this point, ask me again in September, I think
we'll have a whole bag of new songs by then.
Right now I'd say were trying to be very pop
(Average Girl, and Wrong). Those are the Pseudo
Sounds I like... sometimes were very spacey and
- Craig - Pumpkins hang
out with the Beatles while listening to Weezer.
Q: What are
your influences when it comes to song writing?
- A: Dylan -
Influences?? Well Extremely all the time would
have to be mostly Sonic
- Youth and Champion
Sprout. Some other artists that influence me are
the Beatles, Square root of Margaret, the
Smashing Pumpkins, Bob Dylan, and so on. I'm also
a huge Foo Fighters fan, though they don't
influence me. There is MOORE I'm sure.
- Craig - My
influences? I have an infinite number of
influences, some musical, some are people I meet,
some are from books, TV, the Internet. Musically
I'd have to say the Beatles. I've been a fan
since I was born. A song like Chrome is my
attempt to sound like SROM, but it doesn't even
come close. Wrong is just a pop song about a girl
I knew. You know.
Q: Dylan you
put out two solo albums. How does the band feel about
A: Dylan -
Well I'm not really sure, why don't you ask them? I don't
think they think they care either way. It was a way for
me to say "Hey, I've got these songs.....".
That's all it is. Personally, I hate both albums, but
they are necessary because now I'll never make either of
those mistakes again. I think they probably liked the
first one better than the second, but I liked the second
Q: Craig tell
me about your solo projects (Diefenbakers, cosmonic)
- A: Craig - My solo
projects suck. The Diefenbakers is my band where
I demo songs that will eventually become pseudo
star songs. They are songs that need a ton of
work. Cosmonic is fun. It's a band where I get to
make creative noise music. I love feedback, white
noise, etc. so I have a good time recording with
them. The only people that hear this stuff are
friends of the band cause it sucks so bad.
direction are you trying to take the band?
- A: Dylan - Right now?
I'm trying to get everything we've ever down on
tape, just so
- I can see where we've
been. I don't want to forget anything or lose
anything, were all ready letting material slip
away by not recording it. There's an amazing song
we used to do when Jordan Tanner was our drummer,
where we would turn off all the lights except a
colored rotating strobe light... it was extremely
cool. We'll probably never be able to play it the
same way again now. So right now I'm trying to
get everything recorded so we can sit back, look
at what we've done, and THEN choose a direction
in which we should go.
- Craig - I want to be
a great live band. I want people to have fun at
the shows. When they leave our concerts I want
them to say, "Those guys are on
Q: What is
your opinion of the Dresden music scene? Are there any
other cool bands?
A: Craig -
Dresden music scene? Oh yah. Arts Fest 98 was the high
point of that thing. I love Cataclysm, they rock! At Arts
Fest there was a band that Mark Huston, Robyn Childs,
Vince Filby, and Clayton Smith played in that I loved. I
wanna see them again. I love Frosty too.
Dylan - The
music is cool, but nobody cares. Cataclysm is the only
other cool band from Dresden and they are very
entertaining. I can't wait until they start releasing
material. Other than that, there is no music scene unless
you like Punk or Nirvana/Bush covers.
Q: What is
- A: Dylan - He's an
icon for our band. If not for the music, people
come to the shows
- to see what crazy
situations Omar will be placed in next. (If Omar
is reading this, please do not sue me, this was
all Ryan Moore's idea.)
- Craig - Omar is the
epitome of evil. He is also Grant Browing's love
bass playing, what do you think about that?
- A: Dylan - I've never
actually heard the bass farting. The sleeping and
the tuning was the most annoying thing in the
world. But that doesn't happen anymore. Now
Charlie's Bass playing is incredible and is
responsible for a big part of our bands sound.
Charlie has an unusual style, it's perfect for
- Craig - Charlie is
the best bass player I know. Watch out Les
Claypool and Brandon Lawson!
- Q: What do you think
about when you are playing(Onstage, Practice)?
- A: Dylan - Hmmm...
I'm always wondering what the people in the
audience are thinking. That's what I think about,
and I think about if Craig or Charlie is having
fun or not. Also, I think about my girlfriend.
Craig - I'm
just trying not to forget the words.
Q: What band
would you most love to tour with?
- A: Dylan - Right now
it would be fun to tour with Cataclysm!! But the
ultimate would be to tour with Square Root of
- Craig - Smashing
Pumpkins/The Beatles/Weezer/SRoM. Maybe if D'Arcy
met me she would get a divorce from Kerry Brown
and go with me.
Q: When did
you start learning a musical instrument?
- A: Dylan - Well I
took some piano lessons when I was 10 or so...
mostly theory. That's when I learned to read
basic music, and at one point (grade 6) I could
play recorder really well, but I've forgotten
that now. Then I bought my first guitar in March
of 1996. I had never played a guitar ever, before
that. So I have been playing guitar now for 2
years and 4 months.
- Craig - The one and
only instrument I can play is guitar, which I
started to learn Feb. 3rd 1993. Yes I've been
playing guitar for a long time.
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