10 Questions with…Elgin Park

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Honest Tune:  The last couple of years have seen you quite busy with the Greyboy Allstars (GBA).  How does it feel to be back on the road with a group?  Prior to recording “What Happened to Television” with the GBA you were also quite busy with studio work and film projects.  Do you have a preference to either style of working?

Elgin Park:  I always look at being on the road like being on vacation.  The days are pretty simple out on the road: wake, coffee, classified ads, eat, soundcheck, eat, play, hang out , watch movies, eat.  Sounds like vacation to me.  The downside is being away from loved ones. 

The answer to the second question is, yes, I have been busy working on film and tv stuff for almost ten years.  The six years that GBA was off was when I first got into it.  You can look at IMDB to get specific dates. 

I enjoy both worlds, they provide relief from each other.

 

HT:  The music to “Freaks and Geeks” was very well done.  How true to life was the music to that TV series when you compare it to the soundtrack of your own youth?

EP:  Well I am an west coast surf kid, so the late 70s early 80s for me was more of a rockabilly, new wave  scene, than a classic rock scene.  But there were definitely those tuines from "Freaks and Geeks" on the radio. 

 

HT:  Let’s talk about your ukulele.  Do you travel with one?  When/Where/With whom do you tend to play?

EP:  What I do with my Ukelele is private.

 

HT:  Where do you like to shop for guitars?  What’s your guitar/strings collection like?  Are there any vintage guitars or gear out there you are currently in search of?

EP:  My instruments and gear has been amassed over the last 25 years.  It is hard to talk about it in general except that it sort of documents my musical course, from acoustic to electric, jazz to rock to folk.  I have bought a few things on eBay but I like the personal interaction when I get a guitar so I can get a story out of the owners, even if it is a lie.

I am always in search of everything, and nothing.

 

HT:  Which guitar players or musicians do you most admire at this stage of your life? Is there anyone who you aspire to play or work with in the future?  What film projects will you be involved with this year, if any?

EP:  It changes daily but at this moment I am admiring the early film work of John Williams, Sly Stone, Bert Jansch, Mississippi John Hurt.  No one comes to mind except people I work with now.

 

HT:  Is there any new music you are currently enjoying that would like to mention to our readers?

EP:  Robert Walter turned me onto the Books the other day and they are pretty fascinating.  Most of the stuff I listen to is old.

 

HT:  What is an early childhood music memory for you?  At what age did you pick up the guitar and what inspired you to do so?  What age did you decide to make music a career?  What other jobs have you enjoyed that had nothing to do with music?

EP:  I started touching the guitar around age five, and I believe it was a ukelele.  I was too small to play guitar.  My brothers played so I wanted to play too. 

I try to never look too far in the future so I never use terms like career.  I don’t want to jinx it . But I started making records when I was 16.  I have been in a band since I was 7. 

I wouldn’t say enjoyed with reference to any other job, but I enjoy architecture and building.  But I have only done my own projects.  By the way, that was like 5 questions!

 

HT:  Tell us about the Andrews Family in 50 words or less.  Does your mama dance?  Does your daddy rock and roll?

EP:  I am one of eight.  Father is a doctor, and Mom was a music teacher at my catholic school growing up.

 

HT:  GBA is ten years old.  How does that feel?  All though you haven’t toured the entire length of time you must have some great stories in your history. What are your favorite early days of GBA memories?  What are your visions for the future of GBA?

EP:  GBA is 13, actually.  And it feels great.  I love playing with those guys.  It’s the easiest thing I get to do.  There have been good times all along.  I loved playing back in the early days at green circle bar in San Diego in the mid 90s.  This was before they tried to turn San Diego into an amusement park.  People were discovering rare groove and getting tired of grunge, it was really a great time. 

I have never had any plans for GBA, that’s the best thing about it.  It just keeps going…who knows where???

 

HT:  What city(s) in America do you find most enjoyable to perform? Why?

EP:  I enjoy playing the Fillmore in San Francisco. For obvious reasons(historical)…it feels great to be on stage there.  It sounds great and when the room is full it feels great.  Also, its always a diverse crowd there, a nice mix of jammy folks and funk fans.

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