Interview: Project 86
November 12, 2010Posted by on
Project 86 frontman Andrew Schwab was kind enough to answer some questions from CMZ’s Cara Fisher recently, here are the results:
CMZ: After fifteen years of making music, Project 86 is about to release its firstlive album, 15. Live. Why do you feel like now is the right time for the bandto release a live album?
AS: We have never released a live album previously, and the fans have been askingfor one for years. In doing this year-long celebration of P86, we just thought nowwould be the perfect scenerio.
CMZ: You guys are known for your high-energy shows. Were you concerned thatthis wouldn’t be captured in the recording?
AS:It’s much easier to capture the energy naturally contained in the music from the actual performance that it is for a regular studio album, believe it or not! When you are in the studio, you have to imagine a live setting to maximize theemotion. But this is just the band doing what we love to do best, and the energy is higher than any of our studio albums. I think, when people hear this, they willagree.
CMZ: Where was 15. Live recorded?
AS: It was recorded on the road, Summer 2010 throughout our festival run.
CMZ: Is there an accompanying DVD with live footage and special features?
AS: The live album is just the recorded material without video. Since we havealready released two DVDs with tons of live footage, we felt like a live albumwould be a different take on the experience than what we have previously released, and we knew the fans would love it because they have been requestingit.
CMZ:How did you go about deciding which songs to include in the set list for thelive album?
AS: We picked a balance of the new and old, keeping in mind what songs get the best reactions at live shows.
CMZ: Are there any songs from past records that didn’t catch on with fans untilyou performed them live?
AS: Definitely. There are also songs that were great album tracks that didn’t translate as well to the live setting. We chose songs that were a balance between album favorites and live favorites for this project.
CMZ: Aside from being the frontman of Project 86, you’re a journalist and poet aswell. When you set out to write a poetry piece does it ever turn into a song instead? And vice versa?
AS: These days I always have so many different projects I am working on, it’s hard to just get away and just be creative for creativity’s sake! What this means is Idon’t usually have much material that goes unused…it all usually ends up going in the next book, song, blog, article, etc. that I am working on at the time. The good news is that I haven’t hit a creative wall as of yet…I always seem to have something to talk about!
CMZ: What are Project 86’s plans for 2011?
AS: The whole of 2011 is a celebration of 15 years of Project 86. We plan to release several new pieces of media for our fans, who have stood by us for the lastdecade and a half through thick and thin. Our fans are the greatest, and we could never say thank you enough to those that have been a part of what we do.