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!
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!
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.)
We knew this question would come up, im afraid i dont know the answer..
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.
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!
What exactly is ocean water?
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.
It's the salty kind. Which might be due to the fish pee. Or not.
Can you please come to Seattle to offer us an alternative to Comcast?
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!
As someone from outside the US, why does this matter to me?
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?
Jonathan- how'd you learn to sing like that? Ever take formal lessons or just figured it out on your own?
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?
figured it out by having bad technique and trying to sing radiohead
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.
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!!
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?
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.
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! =)
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.
Do you have issues with sonic the fast food place??
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.
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?
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?
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
More than 50% of households in America have just a single "choice" for Internet access at 25Mbps or above. So where would they go?
Did you guys ever see the film Everything Everything?
If so, what was your opinion on it?
definitely not, they stole our name and it looks shit.
Alex, what's your pedal board like, and if you could only use one, which would you choose?
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.
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?
Which is your favorite album cover out of your four studio LPs? Thanks!
A Fever Dream at the moment. Love GTH too
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...
what do you all do outside the band?
planning on coming to the U.S. soon? (specifically michigan cough cough)
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
he;s alright he caught a mouse last night and actually ate it for once
why don't you play Warm Healer live much? The outro was absolutely amazing when you did
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.
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?
they all sound like grandstand!! how dare you
Please please please explain "ISOLATE THE MOUTHS/SO HOT HE MUTILATES"? It's been bothering me for a while now...
don't let it bring you down.
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
Would love to and are talking a lot about it at the moment. Hopefully we can do it soon.
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? :)
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.
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
Probably No Reptiles maybe. We have never been good at staying still.
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?
we'd all remove different ones and end up with none
Would you say any of you are primary songwriter? Or do you all contribute?