Wednesday, March 10th, 2010

Emerging Artist Interviews: Keith Monacchio

NJ-based Keith Monacchio is a previous member of the bands Commons and Semibeings. You can check out his music at:

  1. What was the first record/cassette/CD that you owned and how did it change you?  It was an 8-track of the Beatles Abbey Road.  It changed me the same way the Beatles changed everyone. 
  2. If you could pick any musician's brain over a beer, who would it be?  I'd like to sit down and talk to Lucinda wiliams sometime.  She seems like she has a lot of war stories to tell about the music industry.
  3. What would the name of your band's biography be?  Well, being that I'm recently solo, after spending the better part of two decades in a band, I'd call my biography "I was in a band that lasted 10 years together..and I made it out the other side somewhat intact."
  4. Which musician would you be most comfortable dating your mom?  This is a tough one because I was reaised by a single mother and no one would be good enough for her.  But,  It would have to be someone that I respected musically.  But, probably a side player, like a sax player or a piano player.
  5. Name your dream tour: up to 5 bands, dead or alive.  Nick Drake, Otis Redding, Beck (acoustic), The Sundays, and Dylan (circa 1965 acoustic))
  6. How would it feel to play with your favorite band?   I'd be to worried that they would be pompous jerf-off's, so I probably would not speak to them unless they engaged me in conversation.
  7. What's the funniest moment your band has ever experienced?  Once, my guitar player threw the drummer over his drums during the set.  IOt was a tussleon stage about a tipped over hi-hat stand.  Joe just launched him over his drums.  We kept playing and finnished the song, sans drums.
  8. ...the craziest/most bizarre?  We once played in the basement of this NYC club.  That was flooded around the stage with water.  I kept getting shocked off the mic and was generally fearing for my life.  The theme of the night at the upstairs club, was "Trip and go naked".  So, as I was getting shocked, naked people on acid and X were strolling by.  Very strange.
  9. Who are you musically influenced by that no one would ever guess by listening to your music?  Nirvana
  10. Tell us about the most unique member of your band and why he/she has earned this title.  From the Commons, it would have to be the drummer.  Tom is just a strange guy.  It always looked as if at any point, he wanted to kill one of us.
  11. If someone invested a million dollars into your band, how would you use the money?  Hire a really good radio and publicity firm to to get the word out. 
  12. How do you feel being on stage when the audience is having an amazing time?  It's a rush that i don't get tired of feeling.  But, it makes it that much worse when you don't have a night where you are connecting with the audience. 
  13. Which 5 songs would you cover if you had a cover band?  I think about this sometimes, because I don't know any covers. Elvis Costello - "Shipbuilding",  Peter Gabriel - "Mercy Street", Prince - "Computer Blue", U2 - "Where the Streets Have No Name", The Beatles - "Getting Better"
  14. If you swapped ipods with other members of your band, what's the most surprising music you'd find?   Nothing would surprise me.  The center of a a good band is to come from different places musically.  all the elements they bring will make the kind of music your making that much more interesting.
  15. Name the place you'd most like to play a show, anywhere in the world. I'd like to play at "Town Hall" in NYC.  An intimate night of music from Keith Monacchio.
  16. What's the most memorable musicial moment of your life?  1997 - CMJ Festival The Semibeings at the Westbeth Theater.  Place was packed...  We were off our asses good that night!!  Although, I blew it after when CMJ magazine wanted to take a photo of the band.  I was so drunk I kept dropping my pants.  The picture or story never ran.
  17. If you got a band tattoo, which band would it be?  I would never get a tattoo and if I did it wouldn't be a of some silly band name.
  18. Tell us a situation where another band really helped you out.  I'll tell you an oppisite story of a band not helping out.  We were opening for the band "Live".  Big show for us.  Our drummer cracks his snare head in soundcheck.  We begged the drummer of "Live" to lend us one of his back-up's..he refused.  It worked out as one of our friends hauled it back to our rehearsal space to get another snare head. He made it in 20 minutes flat and we pl;ayed our full set.  I hate "Live" to this day.
  19. What moment has made all of the hard work being a musician worth it? The best part for me is when I finish a record and can put it on my CD rack with all the others.  It represents a body of work that I'm proud f.  To me the CD is not done until I slide it into it proper slot in the rack.  It represents some small victory in this disgusting business. 
  20. If your band was a comic, what would each member's super power be? Rodney Dangerfield.  I never thought we got the full respect we deserved.