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In between rehearsals, studio sessions and school, Phil Schloss of Maggie Who found some time to answer a few questions for BeijingDaze… Cool beans!
1- What’s going on in your world? This is your chance to plug your stuff:
Right now we are all waiting for the record to come out and anxious to hear peoples reactions. Studio has been hard work and a lot of fun and we are all really excited that we had the chance to do something like that at this point in our lives. High school is finishing up for us so again, we are all looking forward to graduation. As for the band, going out and playing more shows is going to be a big part of the rest of this year. Eager to play as many shows as possible and rocking out as hard as we can.
2- first things first! How did the name “Maggie Who” come about?
This is a question I always get. Back in 2005 when we were doing our first show, which was a school show, we were asked for our set list and our band name. Since we didn’t have a name yet our drummer at the time threw out the word Maggie Who. That just stuck. We found out later that he was either trying to think of a porn star or a stripper that he thought was named Maggie Who. Still trying to figure out who it is we are named after.
3- The band has been together since 2005 one way or another, that’s not bad for Beijing! Did you thinks back in 05 that it would take 5 years before you recorded your first EP? and why did it take that long?
Well, back in 05 it was just Brian, a drummer, and me. We had no bassist and we were only in middle school. We were all still learning the basics of how to play in a band and as we got older and better, we brought in Jim on bass and David on drums. I don’t think that we ever really had a clue that we would be doing an EP, but it was for sure an idea that had always been around. I think it took those 5 years cause that’s when we really got tight as a band and were ready to do something like an EP. Also, with the live shows, it kind of took away time for writing, but once we all got together and had a few practices we were banging out tunes and it sounds like it’s all come together on the record.
4- First time i saw you guys was in September ’09 opening for “Dirty Deeds”. I was talking to Desmond of Black Cat Bone fame while you were covering Buckcherry’s Too Drunk To F–k and he said “Look at these kids, they walk and act like rock stars already!” Do you consider yourselves rock stars?
Ha. I wouldn’t say we are rock stars and I doubt any of us think that. We are just following in the footsteps of guys we look up to. We are all really comfortable on stage with each other and I think that has a lot to do with the way people see us. It’s nice to have the spotlight for a little while and act like rock stars, and if people see us as rock stars already, then that’s awesome. Do we think we are rock stars? No. Do we act like rock stars? Of course.
5- You haven’t been playing much over the past year. Any special reason?
A lot to do with writing for the EP and practicing. Schoolwork, and holiday’s when we are not together takes up some time too. School has been busy this year so we don’t have as much time as we would like to, but the time we do have goes into the studio. Other than that we try to play every show we can get and we promise there will be more to come!
6- Word association. for each one of these words, write down the first thing that comes to your mind:
* Beijing: Fuck yes.
* Shanghai: Fuck no.
* Baijiu: Where’s the whiskey?
* Chou Doufu: Eat it whenever it’s around
* Cui Jian: Living legend. Godfather of all that is Chinese rock and roll.
* AC/DC: For those about to rock, we salute you!
* Polka Dots: Buddy Guy.
7- What about this EP? When is it coming out and what’s on it?
We are hoping for it to come out in early April. Still a few things left to do on it but apart from that, its sounding pretty good and now we just need to get the little bits and pieces together and it will be ready for release. It’s a 4 song EP. All originals that all the guys wrote. There are 2 tracks on the EP that we have been playing live for quite awhile now so some of our fans will be familiar with them and the other 2 are songs that have not been played live yet.
8- Name 1 high points and 1 low points of your musical career:
A high point would definitely be playing live at the Hard Rock Café. It’s pretty cool telling people that you have played at a place like that and you’re still in high school. I think all the guys were blown away by that. A low would have to be paying for an amp I broke onstage at Mao Live House. I had a beer on top of the amp and in the middle of our set at one of our biggest shows to date, my guitar cut out and it turns out that beer had overflowed in to the amp and broke it. I had to play the rest of the show with a shitty clean jazz amp and ended up paying for the repairs for the other amp. Not fun.
9- Seems to me like Beijing’s music scene has exploded over the past few years with veterans and new comers and It’s getting harder to keep track of the bands/shows now; Any particular gems people should be aware of in your opinion? Some bands or singers that pretty darn good but can’t seem to get recognition?
Rolling Rolling – Guys that would always play when we started at Mao Live and we think they are great. Can’t wait to see them play again.
Bad Mamasan – Some badass old school metal that straight up kicks ass. Jaime Welton shreds and it’s the closest thing to Motorhead and Sabbath in Beijing.
The house band at Cheers is amazing. I have never seen them play anywhere but Cheers, but every time I go there and see them they are great. The bassist is crazy and the singer has an amazing voice that always gets people dancing.
10- What if: What if you just couldn’t be in Beijing doing the things you do… where do you think you’d be and what would you be doing?
I don’t know if I would have even picked up the guitar. I know there would have never been Maggie Who. I would probably be in either Hong Kong or the states waiting to finish up high school and go off to college. As for the other guys, I can imagine that it would be similar to that too. Not as interesting compared to what we are doing now.
Catch Maggie Who along with Dude and others @ Mao Live tonight ( Feb 24th 2010) and let me know how it went!