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(SD) 1. Thanks for your time. Let’s discuss the current Buddy Holly tribute record, “Listen To Me: Buddy Holly” that you’re a part of!!
It was an album my dad put together and the band and I were able to do the cover of "Peggy Sue." It was really fun getting to work with my dad and to try out something different that sounds separate than my regular co-production work. My dad helps me with my own personal songs and he is always willing to give a helping hand in whatever I am involved in, but this is the first time we directly did a song with my dad. I have seen my dad at work. He is incredible with what he does and it was nice to be able to work with him and to be creative with him. It was great!
(SD) 2. You and fellow band mates recorded a very unique cover of “Peggy Sue” for the album. What inspired you to choose this particular song?
Peggy Sue is a really fun song and has always been one of my favorites. That and "Everyday" are probably my two favorite Buddy Holly songs. My dad brought up the idea of the song being from Peggy Sue's prospective and me singing that part. I thought the idea sounded fun. I'm really happy with how the song turned out.
(SD) 3. How has the legacy of Buddy Holly and his timeless music personally influenced you as an artist?
The way he was an anti-rock star, he didn't look like musicians at the time. He made the "geek chic" thing popular. (Laughs) He didn't have to be a rock star with cool hip movements to be a big star. He had his own unique way of singing, his look and the thick rimmed glasses that definitely inspired lots of people and still inspires now. Everything about him was so cool and different. I love watching old YouTube videos of him performing.
(SD) 4. Tell us about your band Cobra Starship, and your latest record/tour!
We just came out with our new single called, "Middle Finger." We also came out with a music video for the single and it features Mac Miller, he is a really cool rapper. Right now we are not currently on tour in the U.S. We are going to Australia the end of February and going all over there. Then we are going to Manila and a couple other places. We have been fortunate enough that this will be our fourth or fifth time in Australia. We do a lot of international touring. We have been lucky enough to go back to Australia and Japan quite often. Those are some of my favorite places to visit.
(SD) 5. How do the fans overseas differ to those here in the states?
The fans are different in Japan compared to the U.S. They are crazy when you are performing on stage and then in between songs they are completely silent. They are giving you full respect and wanting to hear everything you have to say. At first, it was really intimidating. One of our first shows was to 30,000 people in Japan at the "Summer Sonic Festival" and in between songs you could almost hear a pin drop. They are so respectful to artists. They take the time to stop and listen to what you are going to say, which is pretty amazing.
(SD) 6. How would you define your style as an artist and musician?
Musically, we are kind of all over the place, which I think is what makes it so fun. We all grew up in a rock background, but we now we get into a lot of electronic stuff and do a lot of pop music. We also have songs with hip-hop influences. It is kind of a wide range of stuff. I get to play around with different ideas and different genres; I think that is what keeps it fun and interesting.
(SD) 7. Who are some of your favorite artists?
Still to this day some of my favorite artists, who are my influences, are all ones I liked when I was 16. When music was so exciting and you would die for every band you went and saw. Weezer is still one of my favorite bands. Their first two records I could listen to a thousand times and never get sick of. The Beatles I could listen to over and over without getting bored. Right now I like La Roux, Chromeo, Ratatat and a lot of electronic music. I like all different types of music. I also like a lot of older music like: The Zombies and Buddy Holly, of course!! (Laughs)
CHECK OUT COBRA STARSHIPS'S hip new video of "PEGGY SUE" below: