Angels, Candy, The Loveless. Three bands whose names can bring a smile to the
face of even the most jaded of glam hounds. A tie that binds each of these fine
ensembles is bassist and song writer Jonathan Daniel whose compositions have
found their way into the scene's lore. I discussed this storied past with the
man himself, as well as giving him ample opportunity to give a little insight
into his current association with Crush Management.
Q1. Since the demise of the Loveless, not much has been heard from you. Please let us know what you've been up to since then
A1. I manage artists now--I have a company called Crush Music Media Management. Website is www.crushmm.com. Everyone we work with is listed there.
Loveless had a sound that was hard to pin down. Please describe it in your own
A2. Really? I never thought about that. I wanted to make a record that was less hard rock than Electric Angels so I had my friend John Ceparano, who was more of a new wave guitarist play on it. Maybe what you're hearing as hard to pin down is John's sound--he was into alot of post punk bands from the 80s, kind of like what bands like Interpol and the Killers are into now. Maybe he was just 10 years too early or too late.
Q3. You have writing credits for the Dogtown Balladeer's song Amusement Heart. Do you enjoy writing songs for other artists? Do you have any writing credits for songs that would be known on a more mainstream level and, if so, what would they be?
A3. The Balladeers
were good kids that would come to see us play in Philly. Saying I wrote that
is pretty generous. I think I just helped Harlan with some lyrics and possibly
melody, but it was his song. I would've loved to write songs for others-I spent
about a year after the Loveless album writing with different people but none
of the songs were that compelling.
Q4. Who's your favorite songwriter at this time? Do you feel that songwriting is a skill that's valued has waned somewhat in today's world of mainstream music?
A4. Butch Walker. Full disclousure-I do manage him.
Hard to really say one. I'm still a big music fan. I love Ryan Adams, Adam Schmitt, Wilco, Lloyd Cole, there are so many good ones. I think perhaps for bands, songwriting has somewhat changed. I like the sound of alot of bands now, but for songwriting, I gravititate more towards solo artists.
We have a new band called Academy is who I think write really really well, particularly for 19 year old kids. I'm interested to hear how they evolve as a band.
Q5. Please discuss your relationship with Crush Management.
A5. I started the company about 4 years ago. Most everyone that works there is a former musician. Do you mean what's my title? I guess I'm the CEO and the janitor.
Q6. If somebody made a movie called Return of the Ex-Girlfriend, would you go see it in the theater, wait 'til video, or pass altogether? What would you be expecting, should you see it?
A6. I guess that would depend on who made it. I like going to movies in the theater. I'm not a big tv/video watcher--I get too distracted sitting at home trying to focus on a movie for 2 hours.
I'd love it if it were film
noir style, like a Jim Thompson script. Either that or a romantic comedy with
Hugh Grant (kidding).
Q7. Pain is a hell of a tool for artistic creativity. That said, it also sucks for obvious reasons. If you had a choice, would you eliminate all painful experiences from your life, past and present, fully understanding the implications of doing so? Why or why not?
A7. That's a really good question for alot of artists. You have to wonder how an Elliot Smith or Kurt Cobain would answer that. I've been pretty lucky as life goes. I think, relatively speaking, I've been somewhat pain free so I'm not sure the songs would've turned out that much differently. That isn't to say I've never been let down, but as far as death and bad health, I've, so far, been very lucky.
Q8. In 2003, a collection of rare and unreleased Candy tunes titled Teenage Neon Jungle was released. Any chance of such a release for Electric Angels or Loveless music?
A8. Probably not. Kyle put together the Candy release and I thought he did a great job. There are plenty of Electric Angels bootlegs available--some have pretty nice art. The Angels and Loveless demos were, for the most part, done with drum machine. So out of respect for John Schubert, who deserves all the respect in the world for putting up with the rest of us through all those bands, there won't be an official release unless he decides he wants to do one.
Q9. What's your opinions on the presidential election? Do you find that the venom being tossed around is moreso than usual? Also, any candidates whose winning will force you to leave the country?
A9. We've had the worst four years in the history of the country. If it were any other job, the guy in charge would be fired. I think people have really strong opinions because of that, not so much because of the candidates themselves-neither of whom mean anything to me.
Q10. Over the course of your career, what bands/artists would you most consider to be your contemporaries?
A10. The bands that people group together with us that I like are Dogs D'Amour and the Wildhearts so let's go with them. I think Butch Walker is an extension of what I was as a songwriter, only alot younger and more talented.
Q11. The following is a series of either/or questions. Feel free to toss in a description wherever you see fit.
A. South Park or Simpsons?
Simpsons, the jokes are very clever.
B. Kyle Vincent or Shane?
Kyle for voice, Shane for front man abilities.
C. Pizza Hut or Dominos?
I live in New York so you would never get pizza from either of those places. If I lived in middle America, definitely Dominos.
D. Gin or Salvation?
Salvation would be good. I prefer scotch, vodka, or rum to gin.
E. Underground Hero or Mainstream Superstar?
Underground Hero, hands down. Unless you're talking J Lo. She's such a huge multi-talent.
F. Glam or Punk?
Punk, but not mall punk. UK punk from 76-79.
Q12. Whatever happened to fun?
A12. The guy from Creed shot the weekend in the head.
Q13. Any new artists you think our readers should be keeping an eye out for?
A13. Are you talking about our artists? I think the two they'd be most interested in are Butch Walker and Academy is.
Q14. When was the last time you listened to FM radio for music? What was the last cd you bought as a result of hearing a song on the radio?
A14. No idea, 20 years ago? Does the internet count? If so, A Girl Called Eddy. Great album. I give it two opposable thumbs up.
Q15. Many cds you've played on are only available through sources such as ebay where they fetch upwards of $30. Any feelings on this?
A15. I like that the people that did like us have been fairly fanatical. I'd take that over being a one hit wonder any day.
Q16. What five cds have been getting the most spins in your player of late?
A16. new Josh Rouse "Nashville" (not released yet), a Girl Called Eddy, new Tommy Stinson album, Academy is new album (not released yet), Kanye West.
Q17. In the following area, please feel free to promote any projects you're working on, etc.
A17. The Bronx are an incredible punk band--go see them live.
I've already hyped Butch and the Academy is enough.
Midtown and Fall Out Boy. Hell, go to our website: www.crushmm.com and pick whatever you like.
you for taking the time to do the interview.
Interviewed by Lycan Davis