Q: How long have you worked for the Femmes and what's your job history?
A: My first road gig w/ violent femmes was Caranige hall 1986 and I did the stage lighting. I have been the production manager , tour manager and currently band manager for Violent Femmes.Over the last 20 years, I have done every job except mixing the sound.Good or Bad the buck stops here.
I have also toured with 10,000 Maniacs, Dinosaur JR.,Drivin n’Cryn,Kevn Kinny, The Ocean Blue,Robin Holcomb,Bo Deans,The Mercy Seat,TommyKeene,DieKreuzen,
Tense Experts,They Might Be Giants.
When I moved to Minneapolis w/ my family 6 years ago I started working as a promoters representative for Sue MLean and associates. I find this very, very interesting to see how other band's / manager's operate their tours and deal with artist and crew...And Sue and her staff are great - one of the truly independent promoters .
I try to spend what little time I have at home working Minneapolis Woman's Club Theater - A wonderful theater from 1920's.
Q: They call you "the big man with the little trumpet." Why do you play such a little trumpet?
A: Don Cherry played one and I like the compact size and easy of play. Yea, good point, I should get a new stage name.
Q: Who are your main trumpet influences?
A: By Action: Brian Ritchie who provided my current instrument. By their playing of the trumpet: Louia Armstrong, Akh Tal Ebah, Cosey Fanni Tutti and the guy in Bor Dirt Car.
Q: What is the silliest thing you have seen on stage with VF?
A: Any one who does not get within 6 feet of the microphone when they play. So they can not possible be heard. A great example of this was in Australia in 2005 there was a contest for radio winners to perform in the Horns of Dilemma
unfortunately the winners were radio groupies, not musicians.
Q: Do the Horns of Dilemma get fan letters and emails?
A: This is the first and last.
Q: Who are your favorite HOD cohorts?
A: I love all the brothers and sisters who join in with the noise.~