I am so glad to have been able to let my friend Doug answer some questions about his musical career. We actually played together back in the day with our band Faze Factor. I still remember working on songs in my backyard, playing shows in the basement, living rooms, cafeterias, and front yards. We even put together a cd that had it's exciting moments. I will always think that was the start of my musical career, and I thank Doug for that.
Sappy stuff out of the way here's the interview!
What are you doing music wise right now?
I finished writing and recording an album that I had been working on for a couple years for my one man band named Lapidus called “Where’s the Band?!?!” and it is available to download for free from my bandcamp site. I’ve talked with a few people about starting a band, but it just hasn’t worked out at this point and its looking like I might have to go it alone. The thought of just me and an acoustic guitar is a little frightening, but I think it might be fun. I would prefer to hide my voice and mediocre guitar playing behind a nice wall of distortion, but it might be good to get out of my comfort zone. I’ve also been working on a concept album about the Devil in the Old West (yes, I’m aware that Murder by Death has already done this) for about 5 or 6 years, and I hope to get that all written and recorded this year.
What got you playing music?
I can pinpoint the 2 exact moments when I knew that I wanted to learn to play guitar and play music. They may or may not be lame. The first was when I was watching the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductions, and the Foo Fighters played the Queen song “Tie Your Mother Down,” with the surviving members of Queen. It was awesome. They rocked so hard. I'm sure it is on You Tube. They played with 2 drummers!!! Dave Grohl was my musical idol at that point. The other instance was when I went to see Mxpx in high school at the Murat with my friend Emily. It was one of the first shows that I had ever been to and was an eye opening experience. I started getting into punk rock and from there I started looking up guitar tabs online and taught myself how to play on my brother’s guitar.
What are some of your favorite artists or albums?
My all time favorite bands are the Descendents and ALL. They are technically 2 different bands, but really they are the same band with a different singer. My favorite Descendents album is probably “Everything Sucks” and my favorite ALL album is “Breaking Things.” Some of my other favorite albums include “The Greatest Story Ever Told” by the Lawrence Arms, “You Can’t Live This Way” by Drag the River, “Let It Be” by the Replacements, “1372 Overton Park” by Lucero and "London Calling" by the Clash. This can change depending on the mood I’m in.
What do you think of the music scene here Cincy or just overall??
The music scene in Cincinnati is pretty good. There are some great smaller venues like the Southgate House, the Mad Hatter, Molly Malone’s and the 20th Century Theatre, that have music pretty much every night. There are some good bands like the Dopamines, Mixtapes, 500 Miles to Memphis, Alone at 3am and the Tillers. Some other notable bands from Cincy that I’ve been meaning to check out but haven’t heard are the Seedy Seeds and Bad Veins. I’m honestly a terrible person to ask, because I don’t really go to many local shows, despite there being a pretty good scene.
What could make it better?
More all ages venues. It doesn’t really affect me because I’m of age, but most of the places where bands play are 18 and over, which probably hurts the scene.
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Here is some way to go check out music Doug has done.