Saturday, August 25, 2012

Gish & The Future Project

Interview by Ed Stuart

Who’s answering the questions? 
Mike Holt
Gish (a.k.a Michel S)
Rita Fine

How did the band start?
Rita: I guess the band started roughly 2 years ago. Mike and I were already jamming together. We decide to look for a singer and found Gish on Craigslist. He was totally into it. For the longest time we searched for a bass player, just couldn't find anyone good enough. So we decided to contact our old friend Jeremy who had played with us years ago in Ballpit. The four of us just seem to mesh.
Mike: About a year and a half ago Rita and me where trying out singers for a new project and we met Gish. We just tentatively titled the Craigslist ad "Singer wanted for FUTURE Project." So we where trying to think up a name and Gish said, "I like Future Project." We said “Hey what about "Gish & The FUTURE Project" and there it was. So, we just ran with that name & concept.
Gish: So I’ve been a singer songwriter for eons and when I came to Orange County I continued to produce my own music. My music tilts towards sounds like Daft Punk, Imogen Heap, Coldplay, Radiohead, Thom Yorke, Beatles, MuteMath, Foo Fighters and a shitload of trance. So the moment came where I felt it was time to start putting a band together so I can play my music live.
         I went on the search. As part of that search, I was like, why not, let’s see what Craigslist has to offer, after all I did buy a road bike from their once; how bad could it be? So, I posted an ad or two looking for guitarists, bassists and drummers. The people writing back were not who I was looking for in their style of playing.
        I was looking for people who knew of bands like MuteMath and other bands that infuse electronic sound with alternative rock sound. This would be the starting point for where I wanted to innovate. I bit the bullet and said why not look for people looking for vocalists and maybe find something that way. So I did. I found an ad posted by a guy called Mike and his music was under a heading called “The Future Project”. It involved him and Rita (drummer).
        After listening to the music and especially the guitar work in one of his tracks, and, how he infused some electronic sound into it, it seemed like we may be on the same page musically; that, and the fact that he was a MuteMath fan.
         So, we got together, and started sharing some music ideas. Both of us started playing each others music to each other and then began to innovate from those ideas sculpting those songs ideas into new songs that started a base fabric for this musical collaboration.
         During this time of exploration, innovation and song building we finally roped in, our now, bass player Jeremy who weaves his bass strings into this musical fabric to contribute with Mike, Rita, and I to build onto this musical adventure called “Gish and The Future Project.”

Jerm: The band had already been together for about 6 months before I joined. I guess Mike and Rita put an ad in a paper and landed up auditioning Gish, and the FUTURE came to light. One day I got a call from Mike and he asked if I would be willing to play bass for them. Mike, Rita, and I have a past playing in other bands together, so I said, “Yes.”

Who is in the band and what instrument do they play?
Gish: Vocals, Keys
Rita Fine: Drums
Jerm: Bass
Mike: Guitars

Any bands you were listening to a lot while starting the band?
Jerm: NIN and Mute Math

Mike: MuteMath and NIN. I would say these bands are our main influences now, but we are always trying to add new sounds and rhythms to our style. We are constantly looking for new and exciting music.
Rita: For me music is all about "How I am I feeling right now at this moment?” When I’m in a good mood, I listen to bands like MuteMath, and Nine Inch Nails. When I feel mellow, I like classic rock like the Beatles, or some old Aerosmith. When I feel like I need some inspiration, I like to listen to newer bands like White Stripes or Black Keys or Yeah Yeah Yeahs. But these are the bands that get me going.

Gish: MuteMath, all kinds of Trance from the DJs of  “Above and Beyond”, Radiohead, Thom Yorke, Daft Punk, Imogen Heap, Coldplay, Beatles, Foo Fighters.

Where can people hear the band?

Mike: We are playing Monday Aug. 27th at the DETROIT Bar in Costa Mesa and Thursday Sept. 27th at the TIKI Bar in Costa Mesa also.
Jerm: We go on at 9pm for both shows.

I’m just going to ask to get it out of the way. How are you bringing the future to the present?
Gish: By keeping everything new and fresh. New in + our hearts and minds = New out.
         The future is giving something new that innovates beyond what exists. Innovation comes once we have explored the essences of what exist until we are inspired to naturally and optimally produce something that does not truly exist, but yet can provoke and inspire our-self and others.
        There are no rules; all I know is that I am a vessel and communicator of the universe. Input from one end and output from the other. My vehicle just happened to be music. I did not choose music, music chose me. I’m a singer/songwriter, just as a fish is a fish. Sounds, songs, emotions, desires, and many things will influence me and us as a group, and as a natural reaction, the desire is to “Song” it out.
       “Gish and the Future Project” is an element in the universe made up of strong atomic pieces with strong musical and songwriting agendas. As a musical body we have no choice, but to reformulate and export out the new essences that we experience into new sounds and songs that invoke, provoke, create love, entertain and inspire.

Rita:  Just trying to be original and play for the heart. Have no boundaries.

Mike: We are bringing the FUTURE to the present by introducing NEW sounds & rhythms to the people NOW.
Jerm: We really mix a lot of what people like today, with the influences of the past, and throw in electronica to infuse the FUTURE.  Music is like a living entity.  It has its own course.

Do you think music can still be a vital force in such a disposable age?
Mike: YES! If you can write a GOOD song it is just as vital today as it was 10 or 30 years ago. But not many people are doing that or are trying to; they seem to just rewrite a song that is on the radio or copy a sound they have already heard a million times. A good song will have staying power and be just as good a year or so later when you here it, you say "Ow! Ya I love this song!" Then you turn it up and it feels great.
Jerm: Music is the key of life. Everyone one is moved by music. All cultures and all ages are moved by music. People are moving at a faster pace more than ever. Yet, music follows along at the same rate. How many kids do you see these days without ear buds in there ears?

Rita: Of course music is the future.
Gish: Yes, but I think the art form will evolve. It will remain a vital force nonetheless. Singing, and creating music, is a wonderment of the human species. Music plays on the natural frequencies of sound. Until we speak in song, the moment we are born and have a string-plucked sound come out of our nose when we sneeze, putting these natural frequencies together will still remain a beautiful art form that depends on creativity as well as talent. Just as we evolve as a species, we will evolve in how we create songs. We have no choice but to create as a species and thru song we shall continue to create in order to speak to one another in the most beautiful language of all: Emotion.

I know Mike has a recording studio called Drop Dead. Is it open to the public or only for the band? 
Mike: Well we just renamed the studio, since we got the street sign from out front.
It is now called Pepper Tree Studio and no it NOT open to the public. It is for the FUTURE to practice & record there. We do record some friend’s bands and we have done some tracking work for some other people.
Rita: The studio is not open for the public, but [Mike] does do recordings for friends and family. Occasional voiceovers and drum tracks. I have a classic rock band that I play in and he has recorded us before.

Jerm: Just for the band and very close friends. We don’t need the whole world invading the FUTURE. 

When is the debut single, EP, LP coming out? I ask this because the band has easy access to a recording studio and I saw videos of tracks being laid down for recording.
Gish: Soon. Stay tuned.
Rita: We are constantly recording.  An EP should be out soon.

Mike: Well, we have recorded about a full CD of tunes, but we are releasing a 4 song EP at the Tiki Bar show in Sept. We will have a couple new tunes to debut at the show as well.

I saw the band had played some battle of the bands shows. How did those go?
Mike: I don't remember doing that?

Jerm: Umm, I don’t think I was there for that. I always saw battle of the bands was for the High School kids that had their first band, and wanted to show it off.

Rita: I don't think we ever did the battle of the bands. Most of those make you pay to
play and we will never be a band to do that.

Gish: We did not do battle of the bands. We had several gigs though, but no battles.

What’s next?
Rita: Live it, love it, play it good!!!!
Mike: Well with the near conquest and acquisition of Mars we will probably be playing some shows their and bringing the FUTURE to Mars.

Jerm: A beer and a nap.
Gish: I’m going to get a coffee now. But after that I’ll get back to my studio, conjure up something that inspires me. Then meet up with the rest of the GFP band, and jam on some sick sounds and produce something awesome that inspires us, record it and a few more, post them, get people to love it, gig again and again, open for other even more awesome bands that we love, gain a fan base of people who love our stuff just as much as we love our stuff and love to entertain them, become a lead act, become millionaires, save the world. The End.

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