Apr 2, 2013

P+M#12 Interview : Campfires


Q1. Please Introduce Yourself.
Hello! My name is Jeff and I’ve been recording music as Campfires for about 4 years or so. I live on the West Coast in Portland. When I’m not recording music I work as a designer and illustrator.

Q2. How did you start this band?
I started Campfires as a hobby at first, not really knowing what it would become. I would record music in a spare room in my apartment when I lived in Chicago. I kept it to myself for a long time but eventually friends said I should put it out so I put some songs online and those turned into the first single which came out on Mexican Summer.

Q3. Who is the artist from whom you were influenced?
My biggest influence is the Kinks, especially the songs Dave Davies wrote. I also love all garage and psychedelic music from the 60s and a lot of mod and punk music. Other bands that are a big influence are 13th Floor Elevators, the Velvet Underground, Television Personalities, and early Who records.

Q4. What are you just doing (release, live, recording, promo, study, work, vacance, etc..)?
A new record is coming out, so I’m mostly working on promoting that and making the cover for it and other things. I play live with some friends when we have a good opportunity to but they are in University so it’s not that often. I’m also always recording ideas for new things.

Q5. What do you value most in music life?
Recording. It is my favorite thing in life I think. Also I love that other people are listening to the music, especially people far away. My favorite thing about that is when people hear a song and they make it their own with their imagination. That is when it becomes more than just some project and becomes something really special.

Q6. What was the first tape, record or CD you bought for yourself and when?
Beatles tapes! I used to buy any of them I could find when I was a kid. I would bike up to the record store with enough coins for a used tape. I was probably 9 or 10 years old.

Q7. What is most favorite music now?
I think White Fence is my favorite band now.

Q8. What is the dream in the future?
I want to do some tours and record a few more albums. If I could ever go to England or Japan to play music then I think I would die a happy person.

Q9. Please Message to readers.
Rock and roll will set you free. I think Japan has a great music community and great music fans, and I hope they enjoy the new album when in comes out this month.

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  Q1 自己紹介をどうぞ。

Q2 バンドを始めたきっかけは?
Campfiresはもともと趣味として始めたんだ。将来どうするかは、特に考えていなかった。シカゴにいた頃、アパートに空いた部屋があって、そこで曲をつくってレコーディングしていたんだ。自分だけの趣味として長くやっていたんだけど、そのうち友達にどこかで発表するべきだって言われてね。それで数曲、ネットで公開してみたら、それがファーストシングルとしてMexican Summerでリリースされることになったんだ。

Q3 影響を受けたアーティストは?
一番影響を受けたのはThe Kinksの、特にDave Daviesが書いた曲かな。それに、60年代のガレージやサイケとか、モッズやパンクもすごく好き。ほかに影響を受けたのは13th Floor ElevatorsやThe Velvet Underground、Television Personalities、あとはThe Whoの初期のアルバムかな。

Q4 今どんな活動をしてる?(リリース・ライブ・レコーディング・プロモーション・勉強・仕事・休暇など何でも)

Q5 音楽をやっていて一番大切にしている事は?

Q6 最初に買ったテープ・CD・レコードは何だった?いくつの時?
The Beatlesのカセットテープ!子どもの頃、見つけるたびに買ってたよ。近所のレコードショップによく自転車で通ってた。中古のテープが買えるだけのコインをポケットに入れてね。多分、9歳か10歳くらいだったと思う。

Q7 今一番ハマってる音楽は?
最近気に入ってるバンドはWhite Fenceかな。

Q8 将来の夢は?

Q9 みんなにメッセージをお願いします。

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