I love the title of your new release, it’s reflective of the notion of tainted love…
“Love songs for when you leave me”, well there is that paranoia, and it’s not personal, I’m in a great relationship now, but while I was writing it my parents were in the middle of a divorce.”
“My music is going in a direction that I never could have possibly imagined. Like being in a different environment. It’s never a static project. It continues to change, but is totally malleable, but it manages to keep its essence.”
What other bands are you listening to now?
Best Coast, my friend Nicole Kidman, I’m kinda obsessed with him right now, My other friends Moses Cambell, Big Whup, and this rapper Micheal Nhat. My favorite right now is this group called Marine Girls. I don’t think they were big at any point, but they’re from the 80’s and they’re like bubble gum pop, check out the album “Beach Party”.
What was your first instrument?
I trained on the piano, classically, then I became a punk, and started skateboarding, and doing bad things, then I came back to music when I was like 17. I wanted to learn how to play guitar. My Dad’s a musician and had all these instruments, but he’s a righty and I’m a lefty, so we went to guitar center to get a $200 guitar. Guitar center had no guitars for lefty’s at that price, but he grabbed a $2,600 Taylor, and this guy was like, look, I’ll let you have it for $900 and my Dad had his guitar center credit card and got it for me. I’m like this kid who doesn’t understand the value of a dollar with this really, really, high end guitar. I’ve never treated it right. The sound quality has gotten better and perservered throughout the years, I’m 27 now, and I don’t think I’ll ever buy another guitar. It’s got knicks and scratches all over it.
I read you’re “Fly a Kite” song, which was a huge hit, you had decided to put the money you made from it back out into the world, keeping none for yourself?
Yeah. The first EP I self supported did really well and so I put everything back into the music and we went on to play 26 shows, driving 8,000 miles on a month long tour. I think it’s beautiful I can do it! If I make money that’s awesome, and if I’m not, double awesome!
What shows do you have coming up?
Saturday we’re playing in Long Beach, playing with Jessica Dobson and her band Deep Sea Diver. She’s a great friend and has helped me out a lot when I moved to Long Beach. I’m playing McCabe’s the 20th with Moses Cambell. They’re like 18 years old! They’ve got 8 years on me, like I was playing BS on a guitar at their age. I’ve been writing in other bands since 2005, but finally in Wizards, I’ve finally found the sound, the dynamic that works. The rate in which its developing is nuts. I’m living off past investments and these books. I’m struggling right now, and that makes it all that more exciting. Keeps you on your toes!
So Many Wizards plays in Long Beach Sat. June 19th
So Many Wizards & Moses Cambell plays McCabe’s Sun. June 20th @ 5.40pm
So Many Wizards & 60 Watt Kid & Voice on Tape @ Neon Venus Art Theater Fri. June 25th