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MusicIamA Everything Everything AMA

Jul 18th 2017 by EEOfficial • 12 Questions • 439 Points

My name is Dane Jasper (/u/danejasper), and I co-founded Sonic in 1994, at a time when the “World Wide Web” was brand new, Linux had just been invented and avoiding dialup busy signals was the main customer issue. Today, Sonic is the largest independent ISP in Northern California. As a 20-year industry veteran, I've seen a lot of change, but I remain committed to the concept of alternative competitive broadband access services, which is why I’m fighting for net neutrality today.

Sonic firmly believes that internet providers should NOT be able to charge content creators -- like Netflix or CNET -- more money to stream their service, or have the ability to block others entirely. The internet should remain open and equal for all.

I’ll be sticking around to answer your questions on net neutrality and what’s at stake for you and everyone else who uses and loves the internet, amid the FCC’s plans to roll back current net neutrality regulations. Ask away!

Proof: https://i.redd.it/25jzwv38c19z.jpg

Q:

Hey! Huge fan of you guys (and singing Spring/Sun/Winter/Dread at the top of my lungs).

My question: In Suffragette Suffragette, did you mean for it to sound like you were saying "Who's gonna sit on your face," or was that just a happy accident?

P.s.- come back to the states! Missed your last tour here but won't miss the next!!

P.s.s.- Alex, will you say hi to my fiancé, Andrew? He has a man crush on you!

A:

Hi Dane, thanks for doing this.

What kind of pressure have you felt (say from competitors, from corporations/content providers, or from government) to abandon Net Neutrality?

(Unrelated, but I hope to be a Sonic customer someday ... if/when fiber comes to my town of Moraga.)


Q:

Hi Andrew!

We knew this question would come up, im afraid i dont know the answer..

Alex

A:

Clearly most large carriers have been against net neutrality, and Title II in particular, as well as against any regulations around consumer privacy. Sonic bucks this trend, but there's no pressure anyone can put on us, we have an independent viewpoint and are able to express it to regulators, legislators and the public. We do this, widely, signing on to support letters from industry coalitions, speaking with the FCC, federal and state legislators, and asking our members to get involved too.


Q:

Hello from Australia! Hope you guys visit soon. My question is: which song on the new album was the most difficult to put together? Whether the most challenging to write, record or a combination of things. Thanks!

A:

What exactly is ocean water?


Q:

I think Long Knives was the biggest battle in the studio, the arrangement was hard to perfect. The Demo had this outrageous math riff which we had to cut sadly which was a shame but it was getting quite prog so probably a good thing.

Most the other tracks were written over a long period of time on the road so never really felt like they were too difficult really, they just came together over time. Put Me Together particularly went through a lot of lives before it settled to where it is now.

Alex

A:

It's the salty kind. Which might be due to the fish pee. Or not.


Q:

What's your fuck style?

A:

Can you please come to Seattle to offer us an alternative to Comcast?


Q:

STRICTLY THE PACK ONLY MFER

A:

We are expanding very quickly, but are not yet outside of California. Please tell your CA friends, because more Sonic members == bigger, further reaching Sonic!


Q:

still wanking with a robot arm?

A:

At lot of the larger ISPs are fighting against neutrality. As a favorite ISP, it might seem surprising that you're not fighting with them, so it's really encouraging to see this AMA!

I'll ask the biggie: why is net neutrality important for you as an ISP?

(Also, as a non-US citizen is there a way to make my voice heard in a useful way?)


Q:

u got it

A:

Clearly, Sonic is in the minority when it comes to our position and advocacy around topics like neutrality, privacy, and competitive policy. We're the good guys.

As for why it's important, there are two primary points:

1) A better internet is a healthy internet, and our success is thanks to all the wonderful innovation out there on the net that you want access to. We sell subscriptions to the internet. You love the internet, and we are just the conduit to get there. (And we won't sell out on items like neutrality or privacy, that would violate both our members and the internet as a whole.)

2) Competitive outcomes of policy. While we can protect our customers on privacy, and we can run a neutral network, if our industry peers are permitted to exploit consumers and online sites and apps, the money they make on that may tilt the playing field. In other words, if Cable can get $5 for selling your browsing history, and $5 for slowing down your gaming and video, while we do not, we might find it challenging to compete on price. Result: current monopoly is entrenched. They need to be disrupted!

(As a non-US citizen, I'm not sure how you'll have a real voice in US policy. But do support the organizations that align with your policy feelings, like the EFF, and spread the word about Sonic.)


Q:

Suffragette Suffragette.

"Fence" or "Face"?

A:

As someone from outside the US, why does this matter to me?


Q:

let's just keep this about RAMPART ok?

A:

Because if US carriers can charge sites for usage, speed and latency, you're likely to see less innovative new applications and services on the internet. In other words, the next Netflix might not happen, or might cost twice the price due to the toll they'd be paying. (Do you think Cable companies LIKE the fact that consumers are not cutting the cord in record numbers, switching to over the top services like Hulu, SlingTV and YouTube?) And this isn't just streaming video: any site, service, peer-to-peer application or IOT device that uses a lot of bandwidth or has a need for low latency could be affected. That means gaming, VR and augmented reality, or something new we haven't even seen yet.

The other important note, for those in the US: in a non-neutral internet world, if you're going to sell a fast lane, you have to put everything else into the slow lane first. Increase latency a bit, so Playstation and Xbox networks have to buy lower latency. Cap monthly usage, so that streaming video sites have to pay for more. Think of it this way: If you're Big Cable, and you've got a near-monopoly nationally on high-speed access, why wouldn't you find every way to extract fees from consumers and websites and applications, all while limiting the spending on upgrades to the network to the absolute minimum?


Q:

Jonathan- how'd you learn to sing like that? Ever take formal lessons or just figured it out on your own?

A:

Hi Dane,

Consistent uptime and bandwidth are the most important thing to your customers. How do you balance profit and delivering a good product, and has the thought of abusing your bandwitdh for profit ever been brought up in your boardroom?


Q:

figured it out by having bad technique and trying to sing radiohead

A:

We've been pitched a number of schemes that would "monetize" our member's internet usage. Ad swapping, DNS error redirection, etc. But no, none of those pitches have ever been seriously considered, because they're wrong.

See also: https://corp.sonic.net/ceo/2011/08/11/the-five-levels-of-isp-evil/


Q:

Hey guys! Huge fan here after taking a punt and buying Get To Heaven back in December 2015 and seeing you support Foals in manchester last year, one of the best decisions I've made!

I have a few little questions for ye

1) I gotta ask for the "At The Border" fam... MAN ALIVE VINYL REISSUE WHEN?

2) Of all the new songs on the album, which are your favourites? I was lucky enough to see you guys in Nottingham, Manchester and Glasgow recently and I loved all the new material, particularly Ivory Tower, A Fever Dream and Night Of The Long Knives.

3) For Jon...Would I be right in thinking that recent political events, or rather the division that these have caused, are a central theme on AFD lyrically? I get this in particular from the title track ("I hate the neighbours, they hate me too") and the rather awesome title for Night Of The Long Knives, which I assume is a reference to the systematic arrests/executions of Hitler's political opponents in, I think, 1933 (GCSE history coming in handy there, haha). I feel this is certainly an interesting progression from the very violent Get To Heaven... from what I've heard this album is more suspicious and fearful. Like how Run The Numbers seems to reference the post-truth world we now unfortunately live in. Would love to know your thoughts

4) Is it true you took your name from Radiohead's "Everything In Its Right Place"? Seeing them again after you guys at TRNSMT was pretty damn awesome. My favourite bands in one place!

5) It's been a few weeks since the excellent Can't Do was released but we're hungry for more. Any chance of a cheeky new single being dropped some time very soonIvoryTowerPls ?

6) PLEASE tour the UK again soon. Your live show is incredible. Was also wondering how you choose which songs to fit into the setlist? I'd love to see the likes of NASA, Final Form, Treasure Set and Warm Healer make an appearance again. Also, it was a pleasure talking to you briefly in Manchester, Alex!

7) And lastly, all hail neckbeards

Thanks for doing this guys!!

A:

Do you agree that ISPs should be classified as common carriers?

Also, how much do I have to bribe you to get the fiber installation trucks to skip directly to me?


Q:

dude man alive reissue, I DONT EVEN HAVE A COPY and i am the singer. hopefully one day but we arent actually with that label anymore so it's a bit more difficult. in fact that label doesn't exist anymore lol. Ivory Tower is a lot of fun to play. With that neighbours lyric i wanted to sum up an awful lot with something childish and blunt, there's a lot of childish lyrics on AFD, it's become the language of politics and a lot of other things.

A:

Yes, in the absence of effective competitive pressure that would keep bad behaviors in check, I believe ISPs should remain regulated on key issues like privacy and neutrality.

We are building as fast as we can, but it'll go more rapidly if we have more members. So rather than bribe me to send those trucks to you, bribe your friends to switch to Sonic and support our mission! =)


Q:

Hey guys!

What sort of themes will A Fever Dream address? Get to Heaven was angry and raw but I feel like the world's only gotten worse since then.

A:

Do you have issues with sonic the fast food place??


Q:

It's more personal than GTH, more human level than global. it covers all the stupid shit that's gone on but it's looking much more at the person to person aftermath rather than the big sweeps and predictions of GTH.

A:

Yes.


Q:

When are you headlining Glastonbury?

A:

What would be the best way as a consumer to find an alternative service such as yours in my area?


Q:

2022

A:

I'd suggest starting with the US broadband map, here: https://www.broadbandmap.gov/

But the tool hasn't been updated with new information since 2014, so speeds now available are likely to be higher, and there may be new carriers who are not listed due to the lack of updates. (Hopefully this FCC will take this issue up!)

Next, check FISPA http://www.fispa.org/where-we-are/ and WISPA http://www.wispa.org/Directories/Member-Directory for local providers in your region.

Finally, your state may also have broadband mapping, which may be up to date than the FCC system. California has theirs updated through 2015, it can be found here: http://www.broadbandmap.ca.gov/ For your state, google "state-name broadband map" for example.


Q:

Hey guys huge fan. I love the political references in songs of yours like 'The Wheel is Turning' and 'No Reptiles'. Just wondering if Trump and Brexit play a big part in the new album and if so which songs should I be looking out for them in?

A:

Not sure if this has been asked before so here goes..if one service provider does this and limits the sites and all that, wouldn't their customers just leave and go to their competitor?


Q:

thanks man, yes Run the Numbers and Big Game look into those areas, but there is a shadow cast over all of it. the new album is less explicitly political, it's more about how world events have affected you and me, not these big characters and movements, it's more like the background to a more personal journey

A:

More than 50% of households in America have just a single "choice" for Internet access at 25Mbps or above. So where would they go?


Q:

Why is Alex's nickname temps/temples? (If it even is - i might have misheard/read something!)

A:

what do you think of the situation in venezuela?


Q:

The Temple of Tone.

A:

I think that Maduro should step aside. He has lost the confidence of the public, and should make way for new leadership.


Q:

Hey guys, I was lucky enough to be in the crowd for your 2015 William's Green set at Glastonbury and to this day it's still one of the most incredible atmospheres I've experienced at a gig. Jonathan - What was the reason behind your emotional response to No Reptiles, and was this one of the bands favourite performances of it?

A:

Thanks for doing this!!

Why do we humans try to make everything that's good into something worse like this net neutrality which would make Internet worse?


Q:

thanks. it was mostly because we'd only played it once on the radio, it wasn't released, and i'd worried since the day i wrote it that people would laugh, that they wouldn't get it. i thought people would snigger, even the band thought it was odd on first listen, and it meant so much to me i really believed in it - so to hear the crowd sing it back, it made me feel really emotional and accepted, both for the meaning of the song, and for the fans saying "we understand this, we understand you jon". hard to put into words even now and it's hard to explain what the song is even about! people jsut seem to know, they get it, and they got it after one performance on the radio, just amazed me and still makes me tear up now.

A:

$$$.


Q:

Did you guys ever see the film Everything Everything?

If so, what was your opinion on it?

A:

definitely not, they stole our name and it looks shit.


Q:

Who's the least straight of the squad?

A:

mike is exceptionally not straight


Q:

Would you ever consider releasing a b sides album/collection? I'd pay silly money for those songs on vinyl

A:

hopefully


Q:

Hey guys massive fan here❤ Been listening to you guys since I was 11 and you are mine and my family's favourite band

Got a few questions here:

Will there be a deluxe version of A fever dream?

Are you guys doing record shop album signing for A Fever Dream?

What's your favourite lyric from the new album?

Jon, how many cats do you have now?

Thanks guys looking forward to seeing you guys loads this year🙌🙌

A:

i've got 10 now. favourite new lyric is probably LORD I SEE A FEVER DREAM BEFORE ME NOW. there won;t be a deluxe version, we didn't like doing them in the past as people just think we made a 20 track album that tails off halfway through!


Q:

Sam from At The Border here! So many questions... please feel free to answer any / none of these...

1) On Radcliffe and Maconie last week, you were about to reveal which your favourite / least favourite tracks to play live were. What are they, for each of you?

2) During your performance of Radiant at Down The Rabbit Hole last year, Jon sings something that sounds like "touch my buttery head". Battery head... buttery hand... Is this an in-joke, and if so, what's the back story?

3) Jon, how did you actually get hold of your set of scrubs?

4) Are you ever going to release the Arc doc?

5) A lot of your songs feature some ingenious harmonic twisting and turning as they progress - I'm thinking specifically of Kemosabe with a verse in Cmin, bridge alternating between Eb maj and C# maj and a chorus in Eb min / F# maj. Do you set out to create harmonic 'journeys' like this, and if so, do you start with a disparate set of sections and ideas and weld them together deliberately? What is your songwriting approach here?

7) Finally, and this is something a lot of ATB members are keen to find out - WHO IS THOMAS SILHOUETTE?

A:

scrubs were stolen from a hospital in Crewe. it's touch my buttery "A" as in A-hole. 7) he is here now.


Q:

Alex, what's your pedal board like, and if you could only use one, which would you choose?

A:

Its just been entirely re done to accommodate the new record. Don't have any pictures. I'd probably just keep a reverb when i reach an old age.


Q:

If you had to choose one of your tracks to play continuously on a loop inside your heads during all your waking hours, which would you choose?

A:

tin


Q:

Which is your favorite album cover out of your four studio LPs? Thanks!

A:

A Fever Dream at the moment. Love GTH too


Q:

heya fellas! met you last year at a festival you were performing at (still have the autographed artwork too)! huge fan!

my questions simply go as such...

  1. what do you all do outside the band?

  2. favorite b-sides?

  3. planning on coming to the U.S. soon? (specifically michigan cough cough)

A:

reddit too much, in fact it drove me mad and i quit. wizardtalk is my favourite bside yes we will be back, can't say when exactly


Q:

Firstly, just want to say that as a drummer, i've really loved the development of Mike's playing over the albums in terms of incorporating more and more electronic aspects to suit the bands evolving sound. Was just wondering how you found the transition and how it affected your part writing, and where do you guys get the percussive samples you use?

(I love you so much)

A:

A lot of it is in the writing, Mike is an incredible drummer to work with as he can make things possible.


Q:

@ Jon how's sandro doing? very interested about your cats

A:

he;s alright he caught a mouse last night and actually ate it for once


Q:

Can we just talk about how awesome Peter Sene is? What was behind the decision to bring him on board live?

A:

i (jon) couldnt be arsed to play the keys and gtr and sing all at once.


Q:

why don't you play Warm Healer live much? The outro was absolutely amazing when you did

A:

Its fucking hard, but we love it and im sure it'll come back at some point.

We have so much music now its feels hard to get everything in the set and keep it all ready to go.


Q:

Just want to quickly say that I adore your first three albums and am counting down the days until A Fever Dream! Loved what I heard in Heaven a few weeks ago.

Are we going to see a load of B-sides for the new album like with the other releases? And are there any musical or lyrical innovations on the new record that you're particularly proud of?

A:

thanks! actually no there wont be any b sides, but there is a reason for that which will be revealed eventually.


Q:

Jon, at 10:13 AM on the 6th of May, 2014, you tweeted "New song sounds like the Grandstand theme"

Which track on Get To Heaven did you mean, and did it make the final cut?

A:

they all sound like grandstand!! how dare you


Q:

Most of the vocals for Yuppie Supper were cut for the final product. Was this to be another full song (with verse and chorus)? What were the original lyrics written for it?

I love your work ^

A:

It was a big instrumental that i worte in the back of a splitter van whilst James Bond was on very loudly. Vocals were very much an afterthought.

Alex


Q:

Please please please explain "ISOLATE THE MOUTHS/SO HOT HE MUTILATES"? It's been bothering me for a while now...

A:

don't let it bring you down.


Q:

Guys! I was at one of your shows years ago in Manchester where you played with an orchestra and were supported by James Blake - have you got any plans to play with an orchestral backing again in the near future? Because it was bloody beautiful

A:

Would love to and are talking a lot about it at the moment. Hopefully we can do it soon.


Q:

What are the chances of Final Form being played again on tour? It's may fave song ever and I've never seen you play it!

A:

we often start tours playing it so come to the start of tours!


Q:

Why is come alive Diana the one that nobody likes?

A:

we changed it at the last minute which is a really bad idea


Q:

have you ever sneezed during a performance?

A:

yes.


Q:

You were the first band that I ever saw play live, and Man Alive is one of my favourite albums of all time so thank you so much for the music guys! Massive fan since I was 12 :D Also saw you in Manchester last month and was blown away by the new songs, really excited for Fever Dream!

My question is what is your song writing process like? How do you go about crafting such interesting music and intricate lyrics? What are your main influences?

A:

generally start with something on a laptop, we record straight in on the road with guitars and vocals and program bass and usually more electronic drums etc.

Tried to write one thing a day whilst on the road and then come back to them when we have free time after to develop them into more fully formed songs.


Q:

Hey guys thanks for doing this AMA! I've been wondering, since you mentioned Sega in one of your songs, do you guys play any video games? :)

A:

I just played Firewatch the other day, really reminded me of when i went hiking in Yosemite a year ago. Minus the relationship issues! Was a great game.

A


Q:

How do you guys go about rehearsing vocal harmonies? Vocals first, then the music? Rehearse both at the same time? Music first, then vocals?

A:

Tend to rehearse the music first then harmonies start to come together after. Sometimes on stage..........

We should do more just harmony work to be honest!


Q:

Are you aware that this track pinches a sample from Choice Mountain?

A:

no we didn't. someone is gonna get sued tonight


Q:

Another question: Which is the weirdest interpretation you've heard of some of your lyrics??

A:

i need a chicken for all of my deeds


Q:

Whats your average monthly Topman budget?

A:

we used to get free shit but then we got too fat for their image /s


Q:

I just recently got into your music and I'm so happy I did. No Reptiles will always have a spot in any playlist I will create.

Struggling as a musician myself, my question is: What's more important in music industry? Talent and ambition, a good agent or luck?

Looking forward to A Fever Dream. 😏

A:

All of the above i guess is helpful. You have to be pro active and put the music first always. Be honest.


Q:

Hey chaps,

Massive fan might I add, can't wait to hear the new album, also to see you live again (3rd time). What would you say is the best track of yours to try introducing people to your music? Personally I describe your works as Radiohead you can dance to.

Keep it up chaps Rob

A:

Probably No Reptiles maybe. We have never been good at staying still.


Q:

Hello there! I really love some of the remixes you've made (all I want and don't try remixes are two of my favorite songs, period.).

Is this something you plan on doing more of? Are there more out there and we can I find them?

Thanks for making such excellent music!

A:

We love doing them. We just finished a new one last week, glad your enjoying them.


Q:

Saw you guys at the Brighton Dome some years ago, with Crystal Castles, The Vaccines and Magnetic Man. Hands down my favourite gig of all time. So yeah, I guess my question is: favourite place you've ever played?

A:

glastonbury, it will always be. on that tour magnetic man had a heckler that they pulled out of the crowd and gave a stern talking to backstage


Q:

What secrets have we missed in your albums and are there secrets to come?

A:

lots, less so on AFD, i wanted to be more of a straight man on this record. I'll probably go back to hidden things in a big way moving forward though.


Q:

My question is: what's the one thing you'd change about any of your albums? Any songs you would remove if you had the chance?

A:

we'd all remove different ones and end up with none


Q:

Where did Craven Baboon come from? S/S/W/D is my favourite song, but it still puzzles me.

Alex, member of At The Border

A:

it;s a victorian insult, except craven which came from a misprinted travelodge sign


Q:

Hey guys!

Would you say any of you are primary songwriter? Or do you all contribute?

A:

ed sheeran


Q:

What's the best Radiohead song and album?

Also, is "Where in the blazes did I park my car?" in GTH a reference to Morning Bell?

A:

no it's actually a reference to the evil dead 3 comic book, ash says it when he is thinking about going home once he finds the book of the dead.


Q:

Are all of you married, or is it just A-dawg?

A:

we're all married to the game