This was my mission statement, before I even started recording:
The Mighty Greegor is not a band. it is a man (a plan, a canal - PANAMA). The music conceived and performed under that title is completely unknown to anyone at the time of this writing, even The Mighty Greegor himself. It all remains to be seen.
It is to be recorded in North Jakarta, Indonesia. It is a solo project, utilizing guitar, bass, drums, vocals, some keyboards, and/or almost surely the odd sound that can be picked up by a microphone (but not a sampler - that would be well beyond my financial and intellectual capabilities).
Why this name?
It is my name. I did not choose it. It was chosen for me, I know not why. It's a nickname that goes WAY back. It's a long story.
Do you play live?
No. I do play dead, however. I am trying to teach my dog, but he is stupid, so I must teach by example. My ex-wife actually thought I was dead once when she saw me do this, and went so far as to bury me, alive. Fortunately, there was a bell on the top of the casket and when I awoke (I think I had also been drinking) I was able to ring the bell and eventually someone came along and dug me up. My wife later had to give back the insurance money, but she got out of any serious jail time.
How, do you think, does the internet (or mp3) change the music industry?
The Internet (I believe that should be capitalized) and mp3 change the music industry by forcing all recorded music to be in a digital format. Prior to digital recording, I believe the method of choice was some sort of analog type of thing. Tape? I'm guessing tape would have been popular, preceded by wire recording (this takes us back to WWI and different types of spy surveillance). (It also takes us back to Spike Jones records, which were later pressed at a breakneck speed of 16 rpm, on disks about the size of a semi-tractor trailer wheel; which is to say, LARGE.) Now, of course, we have digital and not really any sort of choice in the matter, which pisses off Neil Young NO END; just ask him. HE thinks that the pops and scratches of those black vinyl (or wax, or something) records were BETTER than clearly recorded and rendered digital whatever, though I have my doubts that he ever had to play a Minutemen record with a quarter dollar on the tone-arm to flatten out the scratches and skips. Yes, I'd say the Internet and mp3 are improvements, over all. Although the CD version of "Double Nickel on the Dime" is missing two of my favorite cuts, so Mr. Young might have a point after all.
Would you sign a record contract with a major label?
Yes. If it makes me more money than it costs me, sure. But that is not bloody likely, is it?
Haven't we already discussed the band's history? Gregor is a drummer, but he hasn't got any drums at the mo'. They're stuck in storage somewhere in Shenyang, China. He can play some guitar and maybe some bass, so we'll see how it goes.
He's an old guy, and married, but separated, and lives in Indonesia, anyway, so anything that there might be written here in terms of history would be just that - ancient history, completely irrelevant to the topic at hand.
Which would be the solo work of The Mighty Greegor.
This is not going to give anyone any idea of what to expect.
Influences? Kurt Vonnegut, Jr. and Dizzy Gillespie come to mind, and maybe some Zappa (Frank), The Residents and the Meat Puppets. Certainly the Minutemen, but more to the point, there is the DIY attitude (and quality!) of the early 80s punk rock that really did it for me.
Ben Folds inspired me to actually buy a piano, though. My ex-wife said I suck at that, and she was surely right. But we shall see...
My favorite SPOT? HA!
No, I won't go there.
Jakarta, maybe? Shenyang is cool. So is Dalian. Guangzhou is actually starting to grow on me. Those three last are in China. Oaxaca, Mexico is good, if a little dangerous. Denver is OK, but it's in the U.S. which is NOT a selling point, in my opinion. Amsterdam is a good place to visit, but I suspect that living there might get a little old. Umm...I dunno. Ask me again, after I have established my small town (the first in history!) on the Antarctica continent. THAT one has almost as much potential as my recording career.
Yeah. I don't really know. I write on a no-name acoustic guitar and a Caraya bass, whatever THAT is. I have a super-cheap Paul Reed Smith copy at home, and I have no idea who made that. When I record, I use whatever is lying around the studio. I think their drums are Yamaha? Not really sure. I don't really have any idea. I like Harry's Drum Craft in Jakarta though. I think I use one of his kits in the studio as well. Maybe.
My wife was Chinese. Well, she probably still IS; she's just not my wife anymore is all. I'm American, but I haven't been there in a LONG time. I like the Meat Puppets a lot. People say I sound influenced by them, and that's surely true, though I personally don't hear it in the music.