I sincerely appreciate the band taking the time to answer my questions and help us get to know the Indie Rock band, Unfinished Wood... I hope you enjoy....
Q: What made you decide to call the band Unfinished Wood?
A: When we first started (2002, I think?), we would email one another regarding band stuff... rehearsal schedules, for example. We needed a name, so we had a rule: Any time you email the band, you had to have at least one band name suggestion at the bottom of the email. One time, I suggested the name, Chest Rockwell... a reference to the movie, "Boogie Nights". I was pretty excited about the name, but one of the guys said he didn't care for it... He thought it sounded too much like the Flintstones! One time I wrote an email, so I needed to make a name suggestion. Then suddenly, an image popped into my head: A sign of an Unfinished Wood store close to an old apartment of mine. I hadn't seen the sign in years, but it just came to me. You can see a picture of the sign on our Facebook page. I knew some people would relate the name to a sexual connotation, but that really wasn't the plan. But anything that helps people remember the band name is actually ok with me.
Q: What would you say is the greatest challenge with being an Indie artist?
A: For us, building an audience that goes beyond family and friends. We do this because we love it. We all have jobs, families, mortgages, etc. As much as we'd love to do this for a living, we're simply not at that point. The truth is, we're still small potatoes. But thanks to people like Destiny at DyingSuperNova, our name is getting out there. The magic of the internet...
Q: Some say that the title "Indie" has become trendy and that many artists choose to stay Indie merely so they can continue on the trend... Do you agree? Why or why not?
A: I'm sure everyone is different. Sometimes I think people say they'd rather be "indie" because they don't have the opportunity to be anything else. I think some indie artists would be thrilled to be more mainstream.
Having said that, there does seem to be a certain level of credibility with indie artists that doesn't exist with some mainstream artists. After all, no one can accuse an indie artist of "selling out", right...?
Q: What or who is your muse in creating music?
A: The music is just music. What I mean by that, is you play around on your guitar until you come across a riff you like and think you can use. Then that progresses to a song. I think LYRICS require real inspiration. I write lyrics on whatever I'm feeling at that particular moment. Lyrics are actually much easier for me to write than music. The toughest part (for me) of writing lyrics is deciding what to write about. Once I have a theme in my head, the words just seems to flow.
Q: If you could share the stage with any artist, who would it be? Why?
A: My three favorite bands of all time are Kiss, Rush, and Foo Fighters... in that order. Sharing the stage with any of those bands would be a dream come true. But Dave Grohl seems to be so down-to-earth, that I'd pick him if I had a chance. Geddy Lee recently said that Grohl is the nicest person he's ever met in the music business. Now THAT'S saying something!
Q: Has there ever been a point in time where you have just wanted to give up and stop making music? What made you decide to continue?
A: I never had the nerve to pursue music in lieu of education and jobs. I wish I could have been one of those guys... Someone who jumps in a van and drives cross-country to pursue a dream. I think I was too logical (not necessarily in a good way) to do that. But I always loved playing and writing. I think the cliché is true: Once music is in your system, there's no getting rid of it. Lucky us, huh?
Q: What do you hope the future holds for Unfinished Wood?
A: I just want music to remain as fun as it always has for me. If people hear the music, I'd love for them to dig it. I'm not really looking for tons of attention, but I can't help but enjoy when someone like my songs... Or when they're singing my lyrics back to me.
Q: Some say that fan loyalty has dropped ever since the introduction of social media, since so many "say" they support the artists, yet never take action to help... Have you found this to be true?
A: It's no secret that things are so different today than they were ten... even five years ago. But this flaky fandom is certainly not restricted to music. It's true for everything out there... music, movies, television. So many things are grabbing our attention these days. I just hope people take a few minutes to listen to a couple of our tunes.
Q: What is the absolute best moment in Unfinished Wood's musical history?
A: For me, when I held our "Is It Just Me?" CD in my hands for the first time. I had dreamt of having my own record (songs, liner notes, lyrics, pictures) for so long, it was really exciting. Even if no one was to ever hear it, I wanted something that I could hold in my hand when I'm 100 years old. I simply want to be able say, "I did this."
Q: What do you think of current mainstream artists and all the attention they receive?
A: It's hard for me to have ill-will towards musicians that I like and respect. Hating mainstream musicians because they're mainstream is like hating movie stars despite the fact that you love movies. Those stars provided you with a great deal of enjoyment. How can you hate them for being mainstream?
I tend to look at these things from a selfish point of view. My goal is simple: I want to be entertained. If you're able to entertain me, and you get a great deal of attention doing it, I don't have a problem with that since the main goal has been accomplished.
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