One of the things I admire about musicians who've been musicians for awhile is just that -- they've been musicians for awhile. It's difficult enough to have the same job for a number of years, but when that job is primarily one which generates creative products as an output, keeping things fresh over a long period of time is particularly difficult.
Which is one reason I wanted to talk with Steve Denyes of the band Hullabaloo. Their brand new album I Chew features songs mostly written last year when the San Diego-based Denyes set himself the goal to write and record one song a day for nearly a month. Anyone who wants to challenge himself that way has figured out how to keep things fresh and wants to try new things.
And indeed, when I suggested that instead of doing an interview over Skype to record it, rather than by phone or over e-mail, Denyes was game to sign himself up for Skype and tackle this interview in a slightly different manner.
So in just a shade under 30 minutes you can listen to his thoughts on the growth of his band, the origins of I Chew, and how surfing helps him be a musician.
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