November 2010
Interview: DownTown Mystic
What got this band together and started in this business?
We all started like everybody... just wanting to play music we were inspired by and taking it from there.
Who writes and produces all the material for the band?
That would be me (Robert). I produce with my Co-Producer and Engineer, Ben Elliott.
Has the band played in front of or with any acts our readers would know from the mainstream?
Not yet... although I've recorded with Garry Tallent & Max Weinberg of Bruce Springsteen's E Street Band.
Where can people access your music on the web?
Any embarrassing moments on stage?
Not really... we're professionals! Haha!
Any good stories you want to tell us?
Steve has all the good stories and he's not talking...
Who are the band's musical influences?
The Beatles, Stones, Buffalo Springfield are probably the main ones for me. From The Springfield came Poco, Stephen Stills and Neil Young. They had a big influence on my playing and writing.
What is your musical background like?
I took guitar lessons for at least seven years and was accepted to the Hartt School of Music on Classical Guitar. But I was always working on my own songs. I just couldn't get into the discipline it takes for that. Most of us are self-taught in what we do. I think you always go after the stuff you really want to know and it develops from there.
Any other members in your family that are musicians?
My father had an uncle who was a drummer and his cousin was a drummer. I have a nephew who started playing guitar a few years ago and started a band.
What is the top reason why you want to play music?
Money and babes!
What has been your best show?
Haven't had it yet... they're all good though!
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