Lukas Rossi, probably best known for many, for winning season two of CBS's reality show Rock Star:Supernova, has, after a rewarding experience with them, decided to head out and form his own band Stars Down, an amazing band based in L.A. which blew me away from the get-go. Their debut album, "Mood Swings", is brilliant, (and soon will be reviewed here so keep a lookout for it), and any fan of Lukas' style, charisma and his killer pipes will not be disappointed. Stars Down shines brightly and beautifully. Find out much more about Lukas and Stars Down, in his explosive interview below.
Thanks again SO much Lukas for the interview---it truly was an outstanding honor to have had you here on Grave Concerns E-zing. Our best to you all! (:
Grave Concerns: Dark and fabulous greetings Lukas, Jon, and German---this is one hell of an awesome honor to have you here at the grave---I'm flippin' going crazy here right now. And here's a shout out too to Lou; your talented and lovely keyboardist who makes guest appearances with you guys! (: So my rockin' friends, how are you gentlemen doing?
WE WOULD BE DOING A LOT BETTER IF WE WERE DRINKING JAGER WITH YOU INSTEAD OF SITTING AT A COMPUTER!!!
GC: Yeahhhh...that would've been awesome; let's plan on that for next time. Seriously.
Grave Concerns: Please tell us how you all came to be Stars Down?
THIS PROJECT HAS BEEN A DREAM OF MINE SINCE I WAS A KID, I HAVE BEEN SEARCHING FOR THE RIGHT MUSICIANS MY WHOLE LIFE. JON I HAVE KNOWN SINCE I WAS ABOUT 4 YEARS OLD AND IS A PHENOMENAL DRUMMER…GERMAN WE FOUND PASSED OUT IN FRONT OF OUR HOUSE A FEW MONTHS AGO LOL…NO SERIOUSLY, HE IS MY MUSICAL COUNTERPART. WE JUST STARTED JAMMING ONE DAY AND THAT WAS IT!
GC: Sometimes, it's as simple as that...and look at what a great band has come out from it. That really is fantastic. I'm so glad for you, as are your fans.
Grave Concerns: Lukas, it must have been such an incredible rush to be chosen as Rock Star Super Nova's lead singer, on the second season of the CBS's reality show Rock Star: Supernova. Tommy Lee, Gilby Clark, and Johnny Colt are brilliant and unique in their craft, and I have to say that they chose the right winner for the competition---I knew from the moment you stood on stage and sang, you were the one who would take it all the way. So congratulations for that, sir. Did you ever feel you were in contention for the lead, or did you struggle with doubts?
I ALWAYS BELIEVED THAT I WAS THE RIGHT MAN FOR THE JOB, IT JUST SEEMED TO FIT. I AM HAPPY FOR THE DOORS THAT SHOW OPENED FOR ME, BUT AT THE SAME TIME I AM SO COMPLETELY GLAD TO BE DOING MY OWN THING NOW.
Grave Concerns: What impact did Rock Star: Supernova have on you as an individual---as an artist, and what were some of the most rewarding feedback received from Tommy, Gilby, and Johnny?
WELL, AS AN INDIVIDUAL, I LEARNED HOW TO DRINK A LOT AND HOW TO GET RID OF THE GIRLS WHO WERE STILL THERE AT 7 AM. AS AN ARTIST, I WAS REALLY ABLE TO GET COMFORTABLE ON STAGE, WORK MY VOICE, AND BECOME A BETTER GUITAR PLAYER AND SONGWRITER. THE BEST FEEDBACK I GOT FROM THE BOYS WAS SIMPLY THAT THEY ALL WELCOMED ME WITH OPEN ARMS AND TREATED ME AS AN EQUAL…COMING FROM THOSE GUYS, IT'S A HUGE COMPLIMENT!
GC: Well, at least the girls got to spend the night...lol! You may have learned to drink a lot...but did you learn to handle your liquor...hmmm? And for the guys to have openly accepted you, and made you feel like an equal, shows how much respect and belief they had and have in you.
Grave Concerns: On Rock Star: Supernova, you were able to perform an original song, which was, "Headspin"---a song that immediately captured my attention, and one that I have numerous, over numerous times, watched, as well as, downloaded off of iTunes---burned onto a disk, for times when I need a really intense treadmill workout. Please share with us, the insight into this song…I thought it had something to do with the relationship with you mum? And is it one, which you still perform?
YES, MY CHILDHOOD WAS NOT THE EASIEST…LIKE MOST PEOPLE...WE ALL HAVE A STORY TO TELL...AND I WAS SO HAPPY THAT PEOPLE EMBRACED THAT SONG THE WAY THEY DID…PEOPLE TELL ME ALL THE TIME THE IMPACT THAT MY MUSIC HAS MADE ON THEIR LIVES, AND THAT IS WHAT MAKES ME MOST PROUD…YES, I STILL PERFORM THAT SONG, AND I ALWAYS WILL , AS LONG AS MY FANS STILL WANT TO HEAR IT. THAT SONG IS A BIG PART OF WHO I AM.
GC: Songs like "Headspin", have a way of opening not only your soul, but of your fans, and that is a wonderful connection to be able to make. Music is very healing, and when an artist reveals something about themselves through their music, it's an amazing gift shared, and, hopefully it will help with the healing process for others feeling similar.
Grave Concerns: Lukas, I am very sorry to hear of your father's vision impairment---how is doing? He must though, be extremely full of joy with what you've been accomplishing. Your voice and stories are what he feels and sees so deeply. What has he told you about your music?
MY FATHER IS DOING WELL, THANKS FOR ASKING. HE HASN'T LOST ANY OF HIS PERSONALITY, THAT'S FOR SURE! HE HAS TOLD ME TO QUIT SMOKING…I PROBABLY SHOULD.
GC: You're very welcome Lukas. And I'm happy to hear he's doing well. Yes, YOU should quit smoking!
Grave Concerns: Do you keep in contact with any of the past contestants of Rock Star: Supernova?
YES, TOBY AND I ARE STILL CLOSE…AND STORMY IS THE QUEEN, I LOVE HER SO MUCH! I TALK TO THE OTHERS RANDOMLY TOO…WE ALL SHARED AN EXPERIENCE AND A HOUSE…AND SOMETIMES OTHER THINGS LOL...AND WE WALKED AWAY AS GREAT FRIENDS.
GC: Hmmm, shared things in the house...what possibly could those have been? (; It's really very cool to know friendships were made, and have continued on.
Grave Concerns: Lukas, you've made quite a name for yourself in the music biz, including winning back in 2000, the NXNE contest for the Best Unsigned Band; performed live in 2006, at the Gemini Awards, have an impressive seventeen years of song writing with prior bands Cleavage and Rise Electric; and have a song-writing deal with EMI Music Publishing. WOW! How are you dealing with all of the beautiful accomplishments?
I'M JUST SO THANKFUL FOR ALL OF IT…HONESTLY, I JUST HAVE THE BEST FANS ON THE PLANET, THEY REALLY SUPPORT US AND PROMOTE US. I COULDN'T BE HAPPIER!
GC: And I'm sure your fans will continue to support you all the way.
Grave Concerns: And now, you've debuted your new band, Stars Down at the Viper Room on Saturday, June 21st---how did that night turn out for you guys? You must all be so proud.
IT WAS AWESOME! WE HAD A LOT OF PRESS, AND A LOT OF OUR FRIENDS AND FAMILY THERE...AND OF COURSE OUR BEAUTIFUL FANS, SO WHATS NOT TO LOVE?
Grave Concerns: You've also scored an incredible residency at The Mint, where you'll be performing there on Tuesdays in July---that's stunning, such awesome news guys! Tell us more about it.
WELL WE PLAYED A PRIVATE SHOW THERE AND WE JUST HAD SUCH A GREAT TIME WITH THE THE PEOPLE THERE, WE THOUGHT WE WOULD ENJOY HAVING A "HOME" SO TO SPEAK. SO WE'RE GONNA TRY THIS OUT AND WE ARE JUST THRILLED TO TAKE A STAGE THAT SOME OF THE ALL TIME GREAT MUSICIANS, LIKE JEFF BUCKLEY, HAVE PLAYED. HAHAHA!!
Grave Concerns: So, is there any underlining significance in how the name of your band Stars Down was chosen?
TAKE FROM IT WHAT YOU WILL. HAHAHA.
Grave Concerns: Your debut album, "Mood Swings", which I'm so very honored and excited to review soon---sounds amazing, from what I've already heard. One song, in particular stands out to me---so much so, that I I'm listening to it so much…"Monster", is very provocative and it seems very personal---what brought on the inspiration to create this song? And why this title for your album?
MOODSWINGS BECAME THE TITLE BECAUSE IT WAS A TIME OF HEAVY TRANSITION FOR ME , AND FOR THE BAND AND WE WERE WRITING AND CREATING SO MUCH AND REALLY POURING OUR HEARTS INTO IT…THE TITLE JUST SEEMD TO BE WHAT THE ALBUM IS. OUR MOODSWINGS..AND MONSTER IS PERSONAL, PERSONAL, LIKE ALL OF OUR SONGS…WE WRITE ABOUT WHAT WE EXPERIENCE…AND HOPE OTHERS CAN RELATE…THIS SONG PARTICULARLY IS ABOUT ADMITTING THAT EVEN IF YOU LOVE SOMEONE, YOU MAY NOT ALWAYS BE THE BEST PERSON FOR THEM.
GC: Well said Lukas...and I understand.
Grave Concerns: Which songs then, on your album, "Mood Swings", were the most difficult and the most rewarding to have created? And personally, the most difficult ones can also be the most enlightening…the most healing, and the ones that bring clarity to the artists, or at least the chance for reevaluating ones life in a more positive mindset.
GOOD ENOUGH WAS THE FIRST SONG JON AND I WROTE TOGETHER, IT WAS THE SONG THAT ESSENTIALLY STARTED THIS BAND...AND IT CAME FROM THIS REALLY NEGATIVE PART OF MY LIFE SO IT WAS BOTH REWARDING IN THE SENSE THAT IT STARTED US, BUT ALSO HARD TO WRITE BECAUSE OF WHAT I WAS GOING THROUGH IN ORDER TO WRITE IT.
Grave Concerns: The photos you guys have up on your MySpace page, and website are so smashing---so artistically fun, sexy, and smokin' creative---LOVE them! Tell us about the photographer, and do you get to offer your suggestions for the photo shoots?
THANKS!! OUR PHOTOGRAPHER IS ERIC OF GEA PHOTOGRAPHY. HE IS ONE OF THE BEST ON THE SCENE RIGHT NOW, HE REALLY KNOWS HOW TO CAPTURE US, AND HOW WE REPRESENT OURSELVES. HE HAS A GREAT ARTISTIC EYE, SO WE NEED NOT GIVE HIM MUCH DIRECTION OR VICE VERSA…WE JUST WORK REALLY WELL TOGETHER!
GC: You're welcome, it's a pleasure.
Grave Concerns: When do you find you're most creative; and do you have a special place to help bring out that creativity with more clarity?
TYPICALLY, WHEN I'M ALONE IN MY STUDIO IS WHERE I ACCOMPLISH THE MOST…OR EVEN LYING IN BED AT NIGHT…AND AFTER SEX...AND DURING SEX…AND BEFORE SEX…AND IN THE SHOWER…AND WELL...YOU GET THE POINT…
GC: Not sure if I do...you may have to clarify more on that question, at a later time. (;
Grave Concerns: Congratulations Lukas, on your one-year plus marriage to Kendra…awesome! She's such a beautiful lady and so sweet. Love that you guys are so passionate about animals too. May you both be surrounded with lots of life, health, and beauty---and may your family grow soon…in the furry and not-so furry ways. (;
THANKS…WE ACTUALLY ARE REALLY INVOLVED WITH ANIMAL RIGHTS CHARITIES, AND ONE IN PARTICULAR WE SHOULD MENTION IS FOREVER PET HOMES. WWW.FOREVERPETHOMES.COM . THEY ARE AMAZING, NONPROFIT, AND IF ANYONE HAS TIME TO VOLUNTEER, OR CAN ASSIST WITH FOOD, TOYS, OR BEDDING FOR ALL THESE LITTLE CRITTERS, THEY COULD USE THE HELP.
GC: (: You're welcome. Thanks for the web address---I'm a huge animal supporter and we need more compassionate people to help. I'm glad you guys are involved.
Grave Concerns: Do you know if Stars Down will come to Boston, MA? You won't be disappointed by the city---you have such fans here.
YES, I AM SURE WE WILL…MY WIFE WAS BORN IN MASSACHUSETTS SO HER FAMILY WILL BE PISSED IF WE DON'T.
GC: Cool! Well keep us (ME) posted...I'd love to see you guys.
Grave Concerns: Talk shows have embraced you, including one of my favorites Ellen. She has such a hip, genuine and positive way of bringing artists into the spotlight. How was it being a guest on her show? And now with your new band, and album, will there more talk shows?
ELLEN IS AMAZING! I WAS SO EXCITED TO BE THERE, SHE EVEN GAVE ME UNDERWEAR…WHICH WAS GOOD BECAUSE I NEEDED THEM... TELEVISION HAS BEEN VERY GOOD TO ME, AND I WILL ALWAYS CONTINUE DOING IT…HOPEFULLY STARS DOWN WILL BE ROCKIN THOSE SHOWS SOON.
GC: Ellen is SO awesome---and for her to give you underwear...now that's a cool lady!
Grave Concerns: Reuniting with Rock Star Supernova, to film a benefit concert for the Griffith Park wildfires, called Battlefield Earth, to be aired on the Discovery Channel on Wednesday, October 15th, 2008 must have been an emotional experience---for many reasons. Please tell us more about how this started, and the impact that the event had on you.
TOMMY CALLED ME AND ASKED IF I WOULD DO A SONG OR TWO FOR THE SHOW, AND OF COURSE I WANTED TO. THAT BAND WAS A PART OF WHO I AM, AND I WILL ALWAYS LOVE PLAYING WITH THEM…IT WAS A GREAT FEELING TO BE BACK ON STAGE WITH NOT ONLY THEM, BUT LUDACRIS AND TRAIN !! PLUS, IT WAS FOR A GREAT CAUSE!!
Grave Concerns: Hey, you guys are in contention for being in the lineup for Lollapalooza, because of the "Lollapalooza's 2008 Last Band Standing contest"---WOW…that's excellent news! We hope you'll be there! VOTE People! I know, I'd LOVE to see you guys there. When will you find out?
WE GOT THE HIGHEST NUMBER OF VOTES, BY OVER THREE THOUSAND! OUR FANS WERE VOTING LIKE CRAZY, BUT AT THE END OF THE DAY, THE JUDGES CHOSE SOMEONE ELSE...WE WERE THRILLED TO BE IN THAT POSITION REGARDLESS...
Grave Concerns: Can you tell us something about yourselves that you think we might be surprised to know about?
I PLAY GREAT HACKEYSACK…GERMAN HATES FLAT IRONS…AND JON WEARS TIGHTY WHITEYS WHILE HE DOES HIS GARDENING LOL.
Grave Concerns: Blogging has become such a staple now, in how artists can interact with their fans. What is that you find yourselves getting from this type of fan connection?
WE LOVE THE FACT THAT WE CAN KEEP IN SUCH GREAT CONTACT WITH OUR FANS, WE LOVE IT SO MUCH WE DO LIVE VIDEO CHATS EVERY MONTH AT OUR WEBSITE STARSDOWNINC.COM ...SHAMELESS PLUG, I KNOW…BUT IT'S TRUE. THE INTERNET HAS REALLY PAVED THE WAY TO GREAT ARTIST AND FAN RELATIONS…AND MAKES IT MUCH EASIER TO STALK PEOPLE...BUT THAT'S A WHOLE OTHER STORY...
GC: Next time my friend...we're going to talk 'bout the stalking! (;
Grave Concerns: As team collaborators, what have been the most difficult compromises to been made, regarding lyrics and music? How do you move forward, when something you'd really wanted to be considered, is not mutually felt?
I'M THE BOSS SO I JUST DO WHAT I WANT LOL…NO, IT'S HARD SOMETIMES BUT I AM REALLY FORTUNATE THAT I HAVE A BAND THAT WE GENERALLY ALL AGREE ON WHAT WE ARE WRITING AND CREATING...
Grave Concerns: Being a member of MySpace, how has it helped, or hindered your musical endeavors? And which countries do you feel have embraced your music the most?
I GET A LOT OF E-MAILS FROM PLACES LIKE AUSTRALIA, NEW ZEALAND, EUROPE AND SOUTH AFRICA...MYSPACE AND OTHER PLACES LIKE THAT HAVE REALLY HELPED US REACH A GREATER FANBASE AND GET OUR MUSIC HEARD IN MORE PLACES.
Grave Concerns: Would you perform on SNL if asked? If so, which two songs would you perform? Would you also like to perform in a skit?
HELL YES, I WOULD…NO ASHLEE SIMPSON MOMENTS HERE…WE BRING IT LIVE EACH AND EVERY TIME!
GC: I hope you guys do---you'd have that stage fired up! Now that would be a good time for me to plan another trip to New York.
Grave Concerns: How do you differentiate a real good song, from a classic? In other words, what really makes a song stand out and last? And with your music, which song or songs do you feel have met that challenge, have come close to it, or are you currently just enjoying the creative bliss?
A CLASSIC TO ME, IS SOMETHING PEOPLE REMEMBER FOREVER…SOMETHING THAT CAN TOUCH YOU AND MAKE YOU FEEL SOMETHING…I HOPE AND BELIEVE THAT OUR SONGS DO THAT.
Grave Concerns: Thanks so much---we needed MORE kinds of greeting cards with a rockin' and edgy flare to them. What's the name of your greeting card company, and what are your three top selling cards?
GC: That's just me being creatively odd with my questions...next time. (;
Grave Concerns: I'm thinking of a number from 0 to 5,968. What it is?
I'll tell you what mine is when your interview is posted.
IT'S 4397. DON'T LIE.
GC: I don't lie...I just don't tell the truth. (; Nooooooo, seriously though, my # was 2,195.
Grave Concerns: Since nature is very precious to me, I tend to be drawn more toward the Earth element. Although each one has its own special attributes, together they are priceless. Which element do you see yourselves more drawn toward?
THE FIFTH ELEMENT.
GC: You are a wiseass my friend---no wonder I like you! P.S. Fantastic movie too! (:
Grave Concerns: Favorite holiday, color, number and symbol?
CHRISTMAS…I'M ACTUALLY GOING TO RELEASE A CHRISTMAS ALBUM WHICH I AM TOTALLY EXCITED ABOUT…FAVORITE COLOR…PINK…AND SYMBOL...MY STARS DOWN LOGO…IT MAKES A GREAT TATTOO.
GC: A Christmas album...wow, that's awesome! Really?
Grave Concerns: Have you ever had to perform CPR?
ONLY ONCE, ON GERMAN…BUT HE WASN'T ACTUALLY PASSED OUT…LOL.
GC: There is SO much more to this story...you're going to have to spill it to me, one day Lukas. Please? We can play reenactment day...or night...or both! (;
Grave Concerns: OK---we're going to play a card game---poker. Deal yourself 5 cards. The 4 of hearts and the 9 of spades are wild. Discard what is not wanted, and pick off of the deck, the card(s) needed to complete your final hand. What did you get? I'll tell you my hand when I post your interview.
STRAIGHT FLUSH…NO I'M LYING…I GOT NOTHING…I FOLD.
GC: I got a pair of Queens (Diamonds and Spades). I also had the Ace of Spades; Jack of Diamonds; and the 2 of Clubs.
Grave Concerns: You're in the process of designing your own night club…what's it called, where is it located, and how does it look on the inside?
IT'S A STRIP CLUB, OF COURSE AND IT'S FULL OF HOT CHICKS AND BOOZE. I THINK I'LL CALL IT FUN.
GC: You and many. (:
Grave Concerns: This time around you've created a beautiful and darkly provocative "Virtual Reality Game"---what's this one about? And can you tell us two of the characters names?
SALEM AND LULABELLE.
Grave Concerns: You just opened your fortune cookie---what does it read?
GC: So the fortune cookie told you what you had already done. (; That's a smart cookie!
Grave Concerns: Tattoos are a very intimate---a fantastically creative way to show a part of ones personality. It can be too, a very erotic sensation. What do your tattoos represent, and what kinds of images…thoughts…feelings, have gone through your minds when getting inked? Planning on any more?
YES, THERE'S A LOT MORE COMING...EACH ONE THAT I HAVE REPRESENTS A TIME IN MY LIFE, OR SOMETHING THAT I BELIEVE IN. WHEN I AM GETTING INKED, I'M TYPICALLY THINKING ABOUT REDEMPTION.
Grave Concerns: You've been given a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame---whose name are you next to?
GC: Santa ROCKS!
GC: That's so sweet.
Grave Concerns: If you could be on "VH1's Behind the Music", what would you hope your episode would be about?
DON'T THEY ONLY DO THAT SHOW WHEN YOU'RE DEAD OR IN REHAB? I'LL PASS.
GC: Pretty much, I think, but your episode didn't have to be about that...
Grave Concerns: Let's play, "paper, rock, scissors". We'll play the best out of five. And just so you know, I won't be looking at your answers. I'm going to put mine in first (in secret). Then I'll post it, after I read your answers.
Grave Concerns: What is your drink of choice? And what are some of your favorite foods?
DRINK OF CHOICE…LIGHT BEER…AND FOOD…I DON'T REALLY EAT, I'M TRYING TO LOOK LIKE NICOLE RICHIE.
Grave Concerns: Any fetishes?
YES, I LOVE BLINDFOLDS AND THE ALPHABET…
GC: You are a WILD one! (;
Grave Concerns: As musicians, how does the music in movies affect you?
And if you were asked to compose a song for a soundtrack, which genera would that be in? Now let me take that question even further---actually backward; if you were to go back to the past, with your current music in hand, and were asked that same question, would any of your songs stand out as a good fit? If so, which song and movie would it have been?
MOVIES WOULD BE AWFUL WITHOUT MUSIC TO SET THE MOOD. I THINK MANY OF OUR SONGS COULD BE GREAT SOUNDTRACK SONGS, ESPECIALLY ONE WE HAVE CALLED EMPTY CITIES. IT REALLY LENDS ITSELF TO A GREAT STORY.
Grave Concerns: When are your birthdays?
LUKAS IS 12 21 JON IS FEB 15 AND GERMAN IS EVERYDAY…AT LEAST THAT'S WHEN WE CELEBRATE IT.
GC: June 16th.
Grave Concerns: Create an acronym out of the following words:
NO THAT TAKES TOO MUCH EFFORT AND I'M HUNGOVER.
GC: (: Ok, I'll let that one slide...for now.
Grave Concerns: You've become the inspiration for a comic book publisher whose series of books, specializes in rock/alternative super-heroes. Your first cover, and issue are now out. What does the cover look like, what are your characters names, and what special abilities to do possess?
HIS NAME IS PASTAMAN. HE SHOOTS SPAGHETTI OUT OF HIS FINGERTIPS AT RUDE PEOPLE, AND MOSTLY AT DRUNK GIRLS.
GC: Cool. Rude people really upset me.
Grave Concerns: If you could have a movie director direct your next video, who would it be and why?
QUENTIN TARANTINO CUZ HES THE SHIT!!
GC: I LOVE HIM!
Grave Concerns: You've been asked to create your own signature sandwich at your favorite hometown eatery. What's your sandwich going to be called, and what's in it?
ITS GONNA BE CALLED THE EGG MCMUFFIN …TOTALLY ORIGINAL...DONT TELL ANYONE...
GC: Well you better step on getting the trade mark for that one...it's going to go FAST my friend!
Grave Concerns: Other than musical inspirations, who are your favorite authors, poets, painters, or any other artistic creators whose work you respect?
THE GUY THAT CREATED THE SIMPSONS, KENDRA JADE ROSSI , HEMMINGWAY AND VAN GOGH...OH AND ALSO GLAMMA BOY FROM HOUSE OF GLAMMA.
Grave Concerns: What's in your refrigerator right now? What shouldn't be?
6 BEERS, 2 WATERS, OLD SALAMI, A PEACH, SOME SPINACH ,A CONCOCTION THAT LOOKS TO BE SOME SORT OF PORRIDGEISH THING, 3 DAY OLD PIZZA , AND SOMETHING ELSE THAT LOOKS KIND OF HEALTHY BUT I'M NOT SURE WHAT IT IS.
Grave Concerns: How do you keep in shape?
I LIVE A PRETTY HEALTHY LIFESTYLE.
Grave Concerns: Grave Concerns: Have you thought about covering one of your favorite artist's songs?
YES, WE COVER A COUPLE OF GREAT SONGS ACTUALLY, PROBABLY GOING TO PUT ONE OF THEM ON THE ALBUM. IT'S FUNNY BECAUSE I NEVER ACTUALLY LIKED DOING COVERS AND I HAVE COVERED EVERYTHING FROM BON JOVI,TO EURYTHMICS, TO JEFF BUCKLEY. IT'S ACTUALLY FUN WHEN YOU CAN PUT YOUR OWN TWIST ON THEM AND MAKE THEM YOUR OWN.
Grave Concerns: Besides the obvious necessities of life, what are six things that you can't be without?
MY FLAT IRON.
Grave Concerns: What movie character's name do you think is cool? And if you were to be cast in a movie, what cool name would you go by?
I LIKED ERIC DRAVEN FROM THE CROW, THAT WAS A COOL NAME... I DON'T KNOW WHAT I'D CALL MYSELF…
GC: I love that movie, it's one of my favorites.
Grave Concerns: If you could pick a choreographer for your next music video, who would it be, and why?
IF I HAD TO PICK A CHOREOGRAPHER FOR MY VIDEO, I'D BE IN TROUBLE. WERE NOT NSYNC.
GC: Good point. (;
Grave Concerns: Other than your phenomenal talents as artists, name three things about your band mates that make them special, in your eyes.
GERMAN IS MY MUSICAL EQUAL, VOICE AND ALL,
JON IS A SIMILAR SONGWRITER AS ME AND ME…WELL I PLAY MUSIC FOR THE SAKE OF MUSIC AND I THINK THAT MAKES US ALL PRETTY SPECIAL
Grave Concerns: Did you ever play "Spin the Bottle" or "Strip Poker"?
Did you cheat to win? (;
YES, EVERY TUESDAY NIGHT AT MY HOUSE. WANNA COME?
GC: Thursdays would be better...but what the hay, ok! (;
Grave Concerns: You're making a peanut butter and jelly sandwich. What kind of bread is it; what flavor of jelly; and is your peanut butter crunchy or smooth? And now for the crucial question---do you use the same knife you put into the peanut butter, for the jelly?
WHEAT BREAD,SMOOTH AND THE SAME KNIFE.
Grave Concerns: What are some of your favorite TV show themes?
THE FACTS OF LIFE AND COPS.
Grave Concerns: Write whatever comes to your mind after reading the
1. The silver chains touched her skin…
2. It made to sick to think that the only reason for that to have… 3. Sometimes life has such a way of bringing… 4. When nothing felt good and my last thought was… 5. That would have to be the… 6. It is now time to come together and… 7. All I want to know right now is why…
THIS IS A STRANGE INTERVIEW…
GC: Thank you Lukas. (;
Grave Concerns: If you had the ability to change the color of the sky during the daylight hours to a color of your choice…once every 3 months, what four colors would you choose, and why?
GC: Again, thank YOU! (;
Grave Concerns: What is sexy in your minds?
MY WIFE…MY GUITARS...AND GERMAN…
GC: Cool. And I can see why you'de say German is sexy...(;
Grave Concerns: You've been asked to create a new word defining your style of music. What is that word?
Grave Concerns: You've just created a jigsaw puzzle…how many pieces does it have, and what will the final picture be of?
IT'S NOT ACTUALLY A JIGSAW…IT'S A CHAINSAW…HOW MANY PIECES WOULD YOU LIKE?
GC: I'll start with two...but make sure you have plenty though, I can eat like the best of them!
Grave Concerns: Would you perform on SNL if asked? If so, which two songs would you perform? Would you also like to perform in a skit?
I THINK YOU ASKED THAT EARLIER, BUT YES…WE WOULD. THAT WOULD BE FUN! WE'D DO TAKE A CHANCE ON ME, AND HERE COMES THE RAIN AGAIN.
GC: I did...sorry, I was probably drinking then. But if I didn't ask the question again, I would not have gotten your other song choices, which are VERY cool! So, it all worked out...this time! (:
Grave Concerns: If it were possible to have trees and flowers which only bloom in the springtime, be able to bloom once every other year in complete safety, for three extra weeks, which trees and flowers would you like to see, and what season would they bloom in for you?
TRILLION, AND IT WOULD GROW ON MY BIRTHDAY.
Grave Concerns: Same question as above, although this time it's in regard to birds. I'd love to see the Hummingbirds…in winter. It would look amazing to see snowflakes and a thin glaze of ice on their wings, and iridescent bodies.
LOON, IN WINTER.
Grave Concerns: A fictitious record company (you can even name it too, if you like) has the tough decision of choosing only one band to sign, out of four possible ones. The bands are ALL fabulous, the decision then---is to choose the band based on their name.
1. Dead Wink.
2. Blistered Souls.
3. Bleak Visions.
4. Mind Dark.
Grave Concerns: What time is it right now? What did you do 19 hrs. and
13 minutes and 15 seconds ago?
1 18 PM …I WAS WRITING THE ANSWERS TO THIS INTERVIEW…
Grave Concerns: If you could live without one of the following for one-year, without any kinds of side effects, consequences, worries---how ever you like to look at it as, which would you choose and why?
1. Daily hygiene.
3. Going to the bathroom.
Grave Concerns: Do you believe in ESP and ghosts or "other"
Grave Concerns: Create an acronym out of the following words:
Invaluable, justice, and remarkable.
WE WENT THROUGH THIS ACRONYM THING ALREADY LOL.
GC: We did... sorry again.I think it was the red wine that time. No, actually, if you go back to the original question, there were no words to choose from...these words above, are what I was supposed to have there. I screwed up somewhere! Well, I was just so excited to be interviewing you...I got nervous. And that IS the truth!
Grave Concerns: You've been asked to be immortalized in Madame Tussauds' Wax Museum in New York; do you accept? If you do, what will you be wearing?
HELL YES…I WILL BE WEARING A SOCK.
Grave Concerns: Here's another game I like to call "Would You Rather"… 1. Be a monster from a famous horror movie or the hero who brings him or her down?
2. Lose your lover to the dark side, and fight to win her back, or be a drifter in search of his true and eternal love?
3. Open Pandora's Box or create your own?
Grave Concerns: If you were a curse, which one would you be and why?
Grave Concerns: If your were to write a short story or a novel based on one of your songs, which one would it be? And if it was to be adapted to the silver screen, who would be your leading actor and actress?
EMPTY CITIES RYAN GOSLING * AT MY WIFE'S REQUEST* REQUEST* AND MEGAN FOX PER MY REQUEST
Grave Concerns: Which of the 7 Deadly Sins do you relate to most?
Grave Concerns: Since I'm such a fan of games…here's yet another one for you to amuse me by. This one is…how many fingers am I holding up? But to make it even MORE fun, you're going to have to tell me how many fingers, and which fingers were held up on which hand. We'll play the best out of three, and again, I'll write my answers down first. But let me make one thing clear…I've read your mind already…and there will be NO Middle fingers held up this time…ha!
I'LL TELL YOU WHICH FINGER I'M HOLDING UP!!! LOL
1. [5 fingers] Left hand: Thumb, pointer and pinkie; Right hand: Index and pinkie.
2. [2 fingers] Right Hand: Thumb and index.
3. [5 fingers] Left hand: Pointer and index; Right hand: Thumb, index and pinkie.
AND WHATEVER! (;
Grave Concerns: Look out the window closest to your right---what do you see?
Grave Concerns: Are you missing anyone right now?
Grave Concerns: What is something about the human race that really gets you down…makes you wonder…how could that person do that, act that way…say that?
SELFISHNESS AND NEGATIVITY.
Grave Concerns: What then, on the other hand, does the human race do to make you feel simply proud and amazed by?
Grave Concerns: I'm giving you 13 letters to choose from, in any order; you only have to use 6 of them (you can use more if you want, but not less than 6) and you have to make up a song title. But only with these letters...FSLJITWPBMARV.
Grave Concerns: What's in your CD players right now?
Grave Concerns: Any regrets?
NOPE...DONT BELIEVE IN THEM..
Grave Concerns: If you had the power to live the life of any character in a movie for one-week after the end credits rolled, who would you choose and why?
THE GUY IN 28 DAYS LATER BECAUSE HE'S ALONE ON EARTH.
Grave Concerns: OK. After reading below, see what you can come up with.Grab a dictionary. Close your eyes---keep them closed until the end. Open the dictionary. Spin your left pinkie finger around 6 times, counter clockwise, then, reverse, and spin 13 times, drop your finger on a word. Now write a phrase, question, poem, whatever you like with that word. BUT…you only have 10 minutes to do this. Seriously 10 minutes. Get cracking! (;
I DON'T HAVE A DICXTIONRY AS YOU CAN TELL.
Grave Concerns: What would you like to say to your fans right now?
I LOVE YOU ALL.
Grave Concerns: Anything else you care to share with us about yourselves and your insanely HOT music?
THE BEST IS YET TO COME…
GC: Looking forward to it Lukas! (:
Grave Concerns: Lukas, Jon, and German---thank YOU ALL so much for this interview. We here at Grave Concerns E-zing feel so insanely happy to have you apart of the magazine. What am I saying? I'm SO insane and happy---that I keep touching the computer screen to make sure this is real. (: You're ALL so amazing and so kickin' cool. May your album "Mood Swings" hit the roof…of each and every neighborhood that has its rockin' hands on it---you deserve it! So looking forward to following the career of your band, Stars Down. Please keep in touch guys! Cheers!
GC: You're VERY welcome...thank you sir. (:
For more information on Stars Down check out http://www.starsdowninc.com/ and www.myspace.com/starsdownmusic
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