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Chicago-based pop music rocker Tom Fuller's second album is called Abstract Man,
full of melodic pop rock tunes
It's the follow up
to his debut, Chasing An Illusion, and he's been promoting it with his six-piece
band in the USA, UK, Germany, and Japan.
What are you
currently up to? (recording, gigs, plans)
WEEKLY IN THE STATES, WRITING, AND GETTING READY TO TO LA TO RECORD A DOZEN NEW
TRACKS WITH A FEW WELL KNOWN MUSICIANS I CANT TALK ABOUT YET.
Brief history of the Tom Fuller Band..
FOUND 5 GUYS WHO
LOVE MY MUSIC, BEEN TAKING IT TO THE PEOPLE..
Could you take us through your latest album 'Abstract Man'
STARTS WITH A
FEELING( MUSIC), THEN DEEP THOUGHT PROVOKING LYRICS, RECORD IN A STUDIO,
REDEFINE EACH TUNE WHEN PERFORMING LIVE. ABSTRACT TOOK 1 1/2 YEARS TO MAKE.
How have the recent live dates with King's X and Blue Oyster Cult gone?
AWESOME. I THINK
THEY LIKE OPENING BANDS THAT RAISE THE BAR, RATHER THAN LOUSY MUSIC WHICH COULD
REFLECT BACK ON THEM.
How do you go about promoting your music? Do sites like MySpace, Facebook
etc. bring you in new fans and potentially sales? Or is it a case of having lots
of 'friends' many of whom never bother with the music?
I TRY TO DO
ANYTHING AND EVERYTHING TO GET THE WORD OUT. ITS A HARD JOB.
Who are your musical influences and what inspired you to become a musician?
SAME INFLUENCES AS
MOST I SUPPOSE, BUT I ALWAYS LOVED BRITISH ROCK. INSPIRED ME MORE THAN ANY
AMERICAN ARTIST. THAT IN TURNED MOTIVATED ME TO PLAY.
How do you view the current music scene? Do you think live audience
attendances will be hit with the current economic climate?
YEAH PEOPLE ARENT
SPENDING MONEY. BUT SOMETIMES WHEN TIMES ARE TOUGH, PEOPLE WANT GOOD MUSIC TO
FEEL BETTER. MUCH OF THE MUSIC SCENE IS FRUSTRATING TO ME.
What have been the most memorable live shows for you and why?
THE LAST ONE,
CAUSE IT WAS A NIGHTMARE. MOST MEMORABLE IN A GOOD WAY? 24-09-08 CAVERN
CLUB/LIVERPOOL. WOULD GO BACK IN A MINUTE TO DO IT AGAIN.
Any good rock 'n' roll tales to tell?
YEAH BUT I WOULD
GET IN TROUBLE EVENTUALLY :)
What do you like doing with your spare time outside of music?
MY DOG STAR,
ANYTHING HAVING TO DO WITH WATER, AND MEETING NEW PEOPLE.
Message for your fans...
I LOVE YOU ALL AND
AM GRATEFUL YOUR SUPPORT.
February 2009 Jason Ritchie.
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