Questions Answered By by MikeD. aka Michael DeWolf (Guitars/Effects)
Interviewed by wookubus
PRP: What were your musical influences growing up?
MikeD: I could go on all fuckin day, but for
me it all started w/ Van Halen.
PRP: How did you guys all hook up?
MikeD: Steve and I have known each other since 3rd grade
but we didn't start playing music together until we were 14 or 15. We've been
real serious about it ever since. I'm leaving out alot here, but basically Steve
met Jrod & Phil who stayed in a (partyallnightkindof) house w/ Steve's
cousin. we all got together and ...here we are.
PRP: What do you currently listen to?
MikeD: Anything that inspires me. Right now it's anything
from Deftones to Madonna, Failure to Will Haven. I don't know, I'm moody.
PRP: What do you think of the mp3 idea as a way to
get word of mouth? and the whole mp3 situation in general?
MikeD: I don't know how well it works as of yet as far as
promoting, but Mp3's are cool as hell as long as the whole thing doesn't get out
of hand. People just have to give respect to the artist and buy the albums or
else they're the sellouts. It's all about support & respect.
PRP: Quite a few bands that don't get as much
attention from the media such as 20 Dead Flower Children, Drown, Stuck
Mojo have been submitting their music to mp3.com to gain exposure do you see
yourself approaching that route?
PRP: Do you wear striped socks or plain
MikeD: I wear plain striped ones.
PRP: If I'm not mistaken thats "Get Out Of My
Dreams, Get Into My Car" on the end of "Scapegoat", Whats up with that?
MikeD: You are correct. It's whack. I hate
PRP: There's a definite progression in sounds from
"...Something More Than
Nothing" to "Mentobe" and the new
material sounds even more evolved with more use of integrated electronic effects
and tighter rhythms do you see them becoming more prevalent in your music?
MikeD: We continually grow and figure out
what works and what doesn't, what we like and what we don't. I don't think we
will ever just stick w/ one thing ...I'm sure we won't.
PRP: With the recent mainstream success of Michigan
bands such as Kid Rock, Insane Clown Posse
& Eminem do you find
more attention turned your way?
wish. I think there will probably be more attention placed on MI in the near
future, but I haven't seen much effect as of yet.
PRP: If you had a choice of peeing indoors or
outdoors which would it be?
MikeD: Inside of
PRP: How did the meeting of Fred Durst of Limp
MikeD: Back before 3dollar bill
came out, Steve and I saw them open for Korn. Steve ended up getting an advanced
copy of there CD, and we sent them a demo (not expecting anything). a month or
so after, Fred left a message on my answering machine saying he liked the shit.
we met up w/ them when they came through Mi. thats the story.
PRP: The bands website is constantly changing who
does the web design?
MikeD: I do the graphix.
phil does the brainwork. I'm just never fully pleased.
PRP: Any favorite places you guys have played?
MikeD: Anywhere a good hyper positive crowd
PRP: With the possibility of being signed coming up
what do you see in Taproot's future?
MikeD: Good, bad, ugly, fun. hopefully a long lasting-ever
PRP: Stuck on an island with only the choice of
spam or canned cornbeef which would you choose?
PRP: Boxers or briefs, Or boxer-briefs?
PRP: What do you enjoy the most of the whole band
MikeD: The times when I look
at/listen to the guys in my band and go "damn".
PRP: Crunchy peanut butter or smooth?
MikeD: Smooth baby!
PRP: You guys are one of the biggest indie bands
on the scene now in the opinion of many, how does it feel to be one of the top
of the heap?
MikeD: It feels little. Like no
one knows who you are - ha ha.(weird)
PRP: Any comments or shout outs you'd like to
MikeD: Shouts to my sweetest perfection.
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