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Odd Project

Interview von: arne mit Eric, am: 23.08.2004 ]

Anhaltender Erfolg auf verschiedenen Internet-Plattformen verhalf dem Odd Project aus Kalifornien zu einem Deal mit Indianola Records, wo kürzlich das Debüt "The Second Hand Stopped" als Prioritäts-Release erschien. Das Erfolgsrezept der Band ist dabei simpel wie erprobt; Odd Project mixen Hardcore mit Metal und vielerlei emotionalen Momenten.

 

Musicscan: give our readers a short briefing about odd project, please. what are you guys doing right at the moment?

Odd Project: well, we just got home from about a 2 month long US tour so i would imagine that we all are just relaxing right now. we all have to get used to the "normal ways of life" once again, and we are all looking foreward to spending time with our friends and families now that we are home.

Musicscan: what's your self-understanding of odd project? what does your band stands for? what are goals you are reaching for?

Odd Project: hmm, self understanding...? heh i'm not too sure about that one... but I know our songs are all open for self interpretation. of course they were all written about a certain thing, but they're made for people to relate to and hopefully enjoy musically at the same time.

Musicscan:...and how did your goals chance within the progression of the band? everything has become bigger since you started...

Odd Project: yeah its amazing how things have progressed and more people have heard our music. i'm in awe myself and i find it unreal really. our goals are basically the same tho. we are hoping to somewhat branch out tho and get a little more experimental with our next album. hopefully with the same emotional appeal... or something hah.

Musicscan: if an underground band gets bigger and signs to a bigger label many kids speak of sell out and blame those bands for some reasons. what do you think is the reason for this? is it just some kind of jealousy? i often think so...

Odd Project: hah i really have no idea. kind of a weird question... i don't see what the big deal is when a band signs to a bigger label, it means more exposure. more exposure of course leads to more fans. and really, labels help out bands a lot in every department. i don't know if people realize that part of it or not. a bigger label also helps bands out with recording, meaning they will have a higher quality recording... you can pretty much see where i'm going with this. and i don't know if there really is such thing as "selling out" in the hardcore scene... but that’s just me.

Musicscan: was odd project confronted with such problems?

Odd Project: eh we kind of have been confronted with these problems. Before indianola, we recorded locally, which, at the time, was pretty good. then we were given the opportunity to record at the infamous zing studios (which was totally amazing and a great experience) and our album came out with much higher quality than our demos. but our demos were faster, so people thought we lacked energy on our album. just the way things work i guess.

Musicscan: are there any principles you would never give up to? what are your main values for life?

Odd Project: i don't want to give into the whole idea of sucking... yeah i just don't want to suck... heh but seriously, i wouldn't want to be in a crew, but thats just me. as for values... treat others as you wish to be treated... and then punch them in the face.... no nevermind don't punch them in the face

Musicscan: where do you see odd project in the grand scheme of punk music? you don't fit nicely into punk, hardcore, emo, whatever...

Odd Project: eeeh we try not to put a genre on anything. i don't even really put genres on the music i listen to unless the bands label themselves under a certain genre. so under the grand scheme of punk music... i guess we don't follow it much. altho i would like to be a little more political with our music, i'm not sure thats what we're made for.

Musicscan: what is your opinion to the fact that underground music runs more and more into the commercial? of course it offers chances but also have negative aspects...

Odd Project: i don't think its such a bad idea that "underground" music gets out into the open. i believe that music comes in "waves". not too long ago, super happy/bubble-pop music was the hit on the airwaves. and now everywhere I look, more and more "hardcore/metal/emo" shows are selling out. I believe heavier and darker music is the next wave for the future generation... or something

Musicscan: what do you think is the most positive thing in the current hc/punk-scene, as well as the worst? maybe in comparism to some years ago...

Odd Project: the best thing about that group of people is that when everyone goes to a show, everyone is there to have a good time and to see a certain band they like. the worst part is that the "scene" is usually about being "tough" or who can mosh the best or whatever. its cool to mosh and everything and have a good time, but i don't believe there is any reason to go beat someone up over it.

Musicscan: is there something you miss within todays scene that was there some time ago?

Odd Project: i think there was a better sense of unity and a sense of individuality at the same time at one point.... but i could be wrong and just talkin out my arse.

Musicscan: what do you think about political correctness? it's still an important issue over here in europe, but i think less important in the states. or am i wrong?

Odd Project: its in between really. its all about who you are with and at what location and everything. some people just don't get offended. and then of course some people do. i know people here think that when someone is PC, they are considered more fake because they have to put up a front from saying something that they would normally say.

Musicscan: any political activities besides the band? do you think that political awareness is important? which?

Odd Project: i do think political awareness is important, but i'm just one of five guys in the band who thinks that. at the same time tho, we are apparently supposed to be on a compilation cd which comes out just before the elections which is a "rock the vote" style cd. and as for activities besides the band... a few of us are voting and thats pretty much all i know.

Musicscan: how do you think punk/hardcore has influenced your way of living? what would you guys be doing if you were not around as odd project? any idea?

Odd Project: yeah i believe punk and hardcore have influenced me in some way. i'm not exactly sure how, but i did have a mohawk at one point in my life. And if we weren't around as op, then i'd probably be off trying to write music for another band with hopes and dreams of having people know who we are. or maybe even playing soccer, i used to do that so who knows really.

Musicscan: if you would summerise the message and atmosphere of odd project's music in one sentence. what would it be?

Odd Project: it can be summarized in a single mosh call: "shake it like one of those 99 cent salads you get from fast food places, but the lid is on too tight so actually have a lot of trouble getting the dressing all over the entire salad but end up eating it anyways."

Musicscan: you surely want to cause feelings and reactions within your listeners? what kind of? is it just some kind of positive outlook?

Odd Project: generally it is a positive outlook yes. and the feelings can be anything really. the lyrics are open for interpretation as previously stated...dawg.

Musicscan: can you take one “typical” odd project song and explain what you hope people are getting out of it.

Odd Project: in a "typical" song, i hope people just get a good feeling deep down when the hear us. i just hope people say "yeah... i liked that. oooh yea!"

Musicscan: what kind of mix you see as your crowd while playing live?

Odd Project: i see some people singing. others getting mad at other people for flicking their long hair on them on accident. i see some people moshin pretty hard, others don't know if they are supposed to or not. its usually really fun either way because i try to talk to every one of our fans so i can get to know them on a personal level. that way i can say "we played a show for a bunch of friends" which is generally true.

Musicscan: your biggest wish to happen for your future life?

Odd Project: that someday, i can get attacked by some large animal, but get hurt only a little bit so i can live to tell the story of what happened. i'm sure it would be a life changing experience as well, you should try it sometime.

 
 
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