Interview with Jonathon Daniel

Candy, Electric Angels and The Loveless have something in common, they are all branchildren of the immortal songwriter and bassist Jonathan Daniel. As these bands are earning more interest than in a long time, Glitzine contacted Jonathan Daniel himself to ask some questions.

Are you an LA native or did you move to Tinseltown in search of fame and fortune?

I moved to LA from the San Francisco area to start a band.

What bands did you listen to as a kid? In which way have they influenced you?

I grew up listening to glitter/glam a la Bowie, T Rex, Sweet, Mott the Hoople, and Kiss and discovered punk rock--Pistols, Clash, Gen X, Jam, Ramones, Blondie, Elvis Costello and starting writing songs

Did you play in any bands before Candy?

Not really

Could you tell us a little 'bout your view of Candy's rise and fall?

I'm not sure it was as grandiose as a rise and fall. Candy started out wanting to cross the spirit of punk with the pop sensibilities of the Beatles. We did very well in the LA clubs because we were something different. I don't think our record label ever quite understood what we were. I think we were ahead of our time.

Whatever happened to... Candy?  Why did you break-up?

We split from Kyle because we were young and naive and no one stopped us from taking out our frustrations on each other. We eventually broke up because we weren't going anywhere without Kyle.

It's almost 5 years between Candy and Electric Angels. What did you do in the meantime? Where did you meet Shane and Ryan Roxie?

We looked for a new singer for Candy for a year, we met Ryan then and we played for another year with Ryan and Gilby (Gilby was singing). Then I met Shane and we started 2 bands--Kill For Thrills and Electric Angels. We played LA for a year, then we moved to NYC and got signed in March. We did the album in September and it came out in February. Thus, 5 years...

Why did you relocate to New York?

No particular reason, we all just liked the city and no one else was doing it. Everyone else was moving to LA. As Ian Hunter says, "You gotta be crazy to live in the city and New York City's the best."

Electric Angels released one helluva album then disappeared. Why?

Once again, our label didn't understand us. I wanted to be a modern rock band, not some old 80's metal light group. But Atlantic didn't think that made any sense. Of course, a year later, Pearl Jam, Alice In Chains and Soundgarden proved they were idiots. We couldn't get another deal after we left Atlantic and it wasn't like it is now where you can release your own album on CD so easily.

What factors caused Electric Angels to develope into The Loveless?How would you differ the bands?

The Loveless was much less of a band and more of a record--we didn't play a ton of gigs. It was more an opportunity to do things in a different way.

Could you please invite us to the members of the band?

Shane sings, I write, John S plays drums and John C plays guitar

"A Tale of Gin & Salvation" is a favourite among many readers, can you tell me a little bit about the album? The Concept? The Layout?

The art concept (which is, I assume what you're talking about) comes from John S and I's fascination with film noir. Shane has a knack for detail and he and I put the booklet together. The album is really just a collection of 12 tunes, some of which we played at the end of Electric Angels, but most of which were written after that. They were the best songs out of about 40.

What have you been doing since the release? Any future plans for The Loveless?

I actually work with alot of other groups and I would love to do another Loveless album--it's a question of time and money.

What do you think about the current music scene? Any tendencies for a glam/glitter/sleaze revival?

I'm a music fan so there are always groups I dig--Wilco, Mark Eitzel and AMC, Radiohead, Manic Street Preachers, Lloyd Cole etc. There are only two kinds of music--good and bad, and there will always be some of both out.

I think if there is a glam/glitter revival, it'll have a new spin on it, with new kids playing the music. You've gotta reinvent it somewhat, otherwise what's the point?