OtherWe're Charlie Harding and Nate Sloan of Switched On Pop, a podcast that breaks down how pop music works. Ask us anything!
Nov 13th 2017 by switchedonpop • 27 Questions • 63 Points
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OK omg I love you guys... The quality of your podcast is absolutely beyond reproach.
Charlie 😍 ...I didn't really care about pop until my life was changed by Taylor Swift in 2014 and it seems to be what happened to you as well. I relate to your experience so strongly and I know so many people who had the exact same experience! Taylor is a gateway drug to pop becuse she shows people that, when in the right hands, pop can be deliciously smart and well thought out.
What other pop artists has become your faves since then? For me it's Carly Rae and Lorde, they're unbelievable. Melodrama is the undisputed album of 2017, reputation is lit but Melodrama is like the DSOTM of our time, it's that monumental to me.
Do people ever get mad at you for looking like Joel Osteen, after telling them you’re not him?
1) How has your day to day life changed the most? 2) From your perspective does it seem like things are/will get better anytime soon?
A good family friend of mine recently lost most of his right hand in an accident. He's 11 years old. Are there any tips you might have for him? Or, for me/my family/his family on how best to help him going forward?
Not mad, but impossibly disappointed. Just kidding. No they liked the gag
1) Down time is really rough. While I'm at work, things are pretty much "normal" (they have power). But when I get home and remember that the night will be dark (just candles), It get's kind of frustrating. Keeping busy has been really essential to surviving. 2)It does not. Politics are getting in the way of real progress. People with electricity say they have constant power outages so not even they feel they are back to normal.
Yes yes definitely! Will you pass on my channel link? It's all about how I do things with only 5 fingers: youtube.com/abshowfosho and instagram.com/abshow where they can message me -- I'd love to hear from them and answer any questions! Also luckyfinproject.org is an organization that connects people all over the world with limb differences!
We're going to play it by ear. We plan on releasing a new song every couple of months until something really sticks, and thats when we're going to follow up with the album. We kind of figure as long as there is a continuous flow of music, you guys won't care too much about an album release date :P
The plan is definitely to tour the UK next year!
Yes Ariana is an incredible talent that people just aren’t fathoming yet. I know she’s popular but she’s a phenomenon that’s only gonna rock the world more in the future.
And Harry has been impressing me too, I enjoy his new shit, it has a classic sound to it 🤣 I don’t think he has a John Mayer level talent in him but he’s got something 👌
Did anyone figure it out that it wasn't Joel? what was your response?
They did! I would just laugh and say I'm his tall brother!!
We can't! They turn the generator off at 5pm sharp. But I charge my phone there during the day.
Thats a hilarious and sweet story! I think sometimes people with physical challenges work extra hard to prove they can do it! One of my best friends had no idea i had one hand the first few times we met... and then he thought I was a twin because he saw my wearing my prosthetic arm after seeing me with out it at first -- haha!
My day has been great so far.. I took my little puppy who is only 11 weeks old to the studio and we practiced for a live session that we're doing tomorrow with a string section. It's going to be our first time playing with a string section and we're both really excited for it!
Can you analyze heteronormativity in pop music? As a lesbian woman, it's hard to find music to relate to as pop music is mainstream, it really mostly centers on heterosexual love. There are rare gems like Halsey and Lauren's 2017 pop song "Strangers" and Frank Ocean's "Thinkin of you" but it's very rare. Perhaps provide examples of pop music that is bold and reveals same-sex love and discuss issues with the heteronormativity.
Are you ever worried that Joel Osteen is going to come to your neighborhood and pretend to be you and get into all sorts of trouble?
hahaha I would to do a video where joel pretends to be me and valets cars
We were not prepared for this at all. We were pretty much YOLOing it.
Good questions. I think I would be naturally right handed. My whole family is right handed and I kick with my right..right dominant in sports, drumming, and guitar. My handwriting isn't too bad actually! I'd say average.
Hey Niicolzz! 1. I've described our new music as the uplifting/dancey vibes of Evolution Theory but with the finesse and execution of what we learned from London Road. I think its some of our best music yet. 2. We always want to be on tour, like permanently... and Scotland is one of the rowdiest crowds out there. It would be my honour to go back. I think once we have new music out there, we'll be able to get back on the tourbus!
Big love <3
As someone who's lived through several hurricanes, I was just thinking that you better at least be charging your damn phone at work. How are you getting laundry done? Old fashioned way?
What are you sick and tired of hearing the most from people who realize that you only have one hand?
hey lads 👋🏻 Have you got any upcoming gigs/festivals for the UK soon? First saw you back in 2011 at NASS, then download 2015 & the London Road tour, I miss the vibe and the energy from your sets and I think it’s about time you come back to touring 😉😂 also Josh what breed is your cute pupper? #modemobalways
One of my favorite examples of interpreting lyrics is with Robyn's "Call Your Girlfriend." We did an episode about this piece and only later learned that it was a gay anthem that could be heard as a coming out story. (Charlie)
I park cars everyday. I have to be at work at 11am today. So I'm gonna wrap this up at 10:30am pst. I'm trying to get paid solely to doing acting and comedy with my dabs den crew
Bucket. Also, wash boards have become a hot commodity.
Not much really bothers me, but I don't love it when people express sympathy. Not that sympathy is bad, but they usually do that only because they haven't asked me any questions and don't realize that I'm not sad about having one hand!
We have nothing in the diary just yet, but that tends to happen when you aren't active with releasing music. Once we start the ball rolling with all these tunes, you'll see us back at those festivals creating havoc once again :)
My little puppo is called Fuji and he's a Miniature Pinscher (a tiny version of a Doberman, they call it a Dobermouse! )
Batteries as well?
(I have some of these at my house, actually, but I doubt you want to drive all the way to Humacao. ...or that you want the ones I wore in Afghanistan, which were gross before Maria started moldering everything.)
I’ll bring new ones if you want to coordinate linkup via PM. In Plaza or wherever’s nearby. I have to fly into SJU, and my wife will probably want to wait to drive down to Humacao until early evening.
Ever done a cool Halloween costume with your arm? Imperator Furiosa?
Yes! I've done some pretty gross makeup on my arm and had so much fun with it! I actually made a video about my top 3 favorite "armless" Halloween costumes here https://youtu.be/ZEVQ4MLegq0
Modestep Radio evolved into BSMNT and because Pat and I were not that confident with DJing, we decided to put them on hold until we felt more comfortable behind the decks. I think we're both at the point now where we're super comfortable and we'll be starting BSMNT up again :)
Oh, that would be good! I wish I had suggestions, but unfortunately I need to brush up on my indie/alternative artists. I've been so focused on Grimes and my other few favorites for so long lol.
EDIT: I did think of one, but it's from a few years ago- Kimbra on Gotye's "Somebody That I Used To Know."
What's the most expensive car you've parked?
Thank you for your post..keep us informed about PR. I am so sorry that it has been 54 days?!? Good God. We are in Florida on the west side. How are you doing otherwise?
As a fellow person with 1 arm, I always get, you can do that with one arm? And i always respond, why does it take you two.
What's the dumbest thing someone thought you couldn't do bc you have I've atm? Mine was Button a shirt.
Haha! Thats great. I once had a little kid absolutely insist that I couldn't ride a bike. I was like, no I really can... let me borrow your bike, I'll show you. Haha!
Our first ever show as a band was at Download festival, playing the little Red Bull stage there. We then played it every year until we worked our way up to the second stage. I would fucking love to come back, no matter what size the stage.. it's like a second home for us and the crowds are always mental!!
Have criminals been taking advantage of the disaster? For example looting?
Is there a curfew?
What's your worst experience with ignorant adults? If miraculously you could take a pill and wake up with your right hand, fully functioning, would you take it?
Home invasions are a large concern right now. Not in my area thankfully, but criminals have been targeting people with generators and stealing them in more remote areas .
I get a lot of questions from curious people, but not really much negative questions or attention -- thankfully! The funniest question I've ever gotten from a poor soul was "So do you write with your right or left hand?" Haha! And, although that would be an incredible thing to wake up with a new hand, I don't think I would do it. I have faith that God made me this way for a reason, and he has proved that in my life so far in many ways. Reaching young kids who are missing fingers/limbs and encouraging them through my YouTube channel is one (an awesome one) of those ways!
We've had to make a lot of adjustments. Both Pat and I have been teaching ourselves how to DJ and we've come a long way in the last 6 months! The direction of Modestep was always going to change as, even before Tony left, we decided to switch up our sound a little bit to make our tunes a little more dancefloor friendly. He's doing great, he has a new project called WhyMe? which you should definitely check out!
Can you dissect and discuss kpop more? Perhaps the growing popularity of kpop group BTS. They seem most successful in being a crossover kpop group to get into the US. They are nominated for the AMAS this year too. Their song Best of me had some assistance from The Chainsmokers so could be a good one to dissect. Although being a new genre (kpop), what sets them up for crossover success to the US ? whereas other kpop groups couldn't find it
Don't know if he'll answer this but honestly they all just become a blur after a while. I've parked Lamborghinis, Bentleys, everything you can think of.
No big deal really. No time to really do anything other than park it and get back up to the valet area to do it all over again.
What has been the most surprising part of this experience for you? And what has been the hardest?
Hey, my buddy at work is a paralympian who's missing his left hand, it sounds like a match made in heaven. Y'all should meet up, sound good?
Yes we definitely want to cover K Pop and would love to have a knowledgable guest on for it, say a musician or critic. Any suggestions?
Yeah I agree! At this point I just want a comfortable car that's easy to enter and exit
I was surprised how fragile modern society really is. The hardest has been losing hope some days.
Oh man I wish, if you want us there make sure you relentlessly tweet them and get your friends to do the same. Believe it or not, thats what promoters look at! Rock Im Park/Am Ring are up there with some of my favourite festivals to play!!
Hi guys!!! Long time fan! You're responsible for helping me gain an appreciation for Taylor Swift's songwriting prowess. What are your thoughts on her new album regarding songwriting? What are the major changes in her melodic or structural style? Is there an episode coming up discussing this? - Paul B.
Dude, keep up the amazing work. I swear If I were a director id cast you. Fucking Hilarious.
I think that theory is damn accurate. It was scary the first couple of days.
Thank you ED!
Next year we'll be dropping a new tune every couple of months with an album waiting for that right moment :)
How many beers did you get at the event?
Hope is a lubricant that we give our souls to function properly. Here's hoping you stay properly lubricated.
I was going to go with a deep meaningful question but got tired typing it out so.... Favorite food?
oh bummer they weren't selling beers, but I had a few after
Haha! Asian food. Korean, Chinese, Japanese, Vietnamese.. I️ love it all.
Ah dude the lighting was on point.. and the pyro nearly burned my balls to a crisp. Great work!
We're working on a brand new concept live show to debut in 2018 and hopefully we'll jump straight back on the road and show the whole world!
are the rich in puerto rico also similarly affected, or do they have better infrastructure, backup generators etc...?
What do you do with all the right handed gloves?
No. There isn't really anything bad we did. This is probably good press for him
Good question. They don't have better infrastructure but they do have backup generators. Funny thing is, those generators are not made to run for 50 days straight, so they have to either use them at certain times or use them until they stop working and then pay someone to fix them. No one has been able to escape the effects of the storm.
Well, because we won the spinning top competition I believe we should be coming back to play Woodstock once again. They said once we have a new album on the way to let them know and we'll make that magic happen all over again. Honestly, the first time we played will be difficult to top as it was one of the greatest moments in my life!!
Chinese food. Never stopped serving. Also, I saw Blade Runner 2049 the other day and people were looking around the theater during the desert/junkyard scenes like "that's us right now"
Great question. My grandpa used to tell the story of taking me to the park and me trying, but ultimately having to give up on, the monkey bars. Just couldn’t make it happen — haha! I allllmost gave up on putting up my own hair in any sort of bun or ponytail, but I kept at it and after several years of on and off frustrating practice, I got it down! (I actually made a video about how I do it 👆🏼) :)
Hey Sergey! My advice with starting production is very simple.. be deliberate in what you make. A lot of producers sit and fiddle for hours and just make horrible noise, especially when they first start out. What I like to do is imagine what I want the song to sound like in my head, and then find a method for making that a reality. When you work like this, you tend to get much more natural ideas down and often much faster.
My management advice would be to never get management. Just make good music, put it everywhere you can (including sending it to people like us!!) and the rest will happen. Some managers can make a huge act from very little talent, those guys are great businessmen.. but if you make good music, a managers job is very easy, and a job you can easily take on yourself.
As a fellow left hander - How do you cope when writing on a notepad bound with those metal rings?
I eat precious crystals and minerals every day and then to 1,000 sit ups to maintain my chiseled 6pack. Also, I do crossfit. JK JK
Oh my I feel your pain! I write checks for my job a lot and those metal rings are the WORST. I usually just reposition the thing and come at it from an awkward angle. Haha
disclaimer - I will not be held responsible for anyone reading this and fucking up.
People definitely take drugs at our shows, and I have no problem with it at all.
Everyone has a right to put what they want in their body, I would just let anyone who makes that decision aware that there are risks and you should find out how to do it properly as to not ruin your (and your friends) nights.. or potentially do something to damage your health. I believe you can now buy drug testing kits that you can test drugs with before taking them to make sure you know what you are actually taking. Also make sure that you google your body weight to get the correct dose for you and DON'T DO ALL OF YOUR DRUGS AT ONCE.
If you follow all of the above, you should have a great night!
Hasn't been asked actually! I think my most honest answer is that I just didn't want to miss out on life. I've never been one to give up before even trying. I love trying new things, even at risk of failure. It's worth it! My hope and joy in life comes from the essence of Psalm 34!
Ooooh I forgot about Time! We're actually talking over the possibility of doing a very rock-heavy EP for a big rock record label. I think there would be room on that EP for something similar to that :) Big love to you and everyone in Estonia <3
Thanks for the AMA!
- What would you like people with two hands to know?
- What's the funniest situation you've been in because of having one hand?
- What would you like to tell young people with visible disabilities?
I'm in LA are you in Florida? I love Martin Short!!!
One of the most common things I hear from two handed people is "What is it like having only one hand?" I always tell them that I have no idea because I've never known anything different, just like they can't really describe to me what having two hands is like... it's just... normal!
I have a TON of funny one handed situations/stories (I tell some of them on my channel linked above). One of my favorites was when I was 12, fishing on a pier. I told a kid who was relentlessly staring at my arm that a local shark bit my hand off, and the longer he stared the shark would know and come after him. Haha -- terrible!
I want young people with differences and disabilities to know that God is good and made us a certain way on purpose... meaning WE have a purpose. And as that purpose shakes out over time, we should have the courage to try the things that might be scary to try, have fun in the process, and stay hopeful for the future!
I would love to support the Prod again but no we won't be with them next month!!
We're good friends with some of the lads in Enter Shikari, I love their take on the crossover and their live show it absolutely great. The prodigy's live show has influenced us lots, not a lot of shows have that kind of intense energy and its something we absolutely aspire to get to!!
What have you been eating lately? It must be hard cooking without power.
What artifact in public is poorly designed for you?
Ha! Great question! Those soap pump things that are always on the right side of the sink in public bathrooms. Trying to pump the soap into my hand with the same hand is awkwarrrrrd!
[email protected] - send that fire!
Any plans of performing in Belgrade, Serbia? We are HUGE fans.
It definitely belongs in the pantheon along with "Tears of a Clown" and "Call Me Maybe."
No I'd love to meet him I love Rick and Morty. Hook it up dude
Yes! Oh, I forgot to mention Chef Boyardee and Vienna Sausages. A running local joke is how kids born in 9 months will all be called "Carmela" (a local sausage brand) and they will all be Chefs (from Chef Boyardee)
I would love to come back to Serbia, make sure you shout at promoters to get us over there!
If you could have one physical thing show up at your doorstep, what would it be?
Has this affected how people consider the statehood vote where you are?
As someone with a newborn girl that has a limb difference, thank you for what you do. I constantly worry that she will be bullied. That she won't be able to do a lot of things that most people can do. This gives me hope.
I find that a lot of kids in our extended family always ask what is wrong with her hand? Growing up did a lot of other kids ask you about it? Were you ever called names? If so, how did you handle it?
I specifically told a lady I wasn't joel because she was getting too emotional and she refused to believe i wasn't him.
A solar energy panel with a generator. And yes, people are disillusioned with the United States.
What inspired the stunt?
As a fellow puertorican. Where are you from? Is your area better off than others? Im from Aguadilla over in the west corner of P.R. as far is im aware, we are way better off than the middle of the island.
I am missing my left hand. CAN WE BE GLOVE BUDDIES!?!?
Not kidding. I don't buy gloves much because I hate paying for something I'm only using half of. So many useless left hand gloves and mittens. TOGETHER WE CAN CHANGE THE WORLD ACTUALLY USE A WHOLE PAIR OF GLOVES.
I didn't necessarily want to do this I had to. With our uncanny resemblance it was insane.
San Juan, Hato Rey specifically. My street is full of garbage and mountains of debris. Not a pretty sight. And the lack of electricity has everyone on edge in the area.
We played Higher, Sing, Another Day (xKore & Smooth remixes) - We have the audio if you guys are up for listening :)
Haha! Well... maybe picking stuff up with my right foot? I’ve gotten pretty good at that over the years…
And i’ve actually never measured my typing speed but I can type pretty fast. I use my right arm to help!
I'll see what we can do!
How has cell coverage been? I attempted to text a friend a few times with no reply, but I wasn't sure if he was able to get my messages at all. :(
Can you drive?
Only cell coverage in some parts of San Juan, some parts of Ponce and some parts of Caguas.
I skate to studio every day.. actually I fell so hard last week I thought I broke my elbow. Ive had to stop using my standard board and switch to my longboard because London streets are god awful for skating on. Pat can't skate from what I've seen haha
Personally I like that you guys focus more on the music. I follow other pop reviewers who focus more and let their opinions be more driven by lyrics, so I like to have the balance, especially since I personally find that music is far more important than lyrics in determining whether or not I like a song.
I mean, LotR is HEAVILY influenced by Christianity, unlike Olsteen.
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I live on St Croix... No power since the 6th of Sept.... AMA?
I too have electricity at work.
Woah will you be doing a manual transmission driving vid? I can't imagine how it's done with left hand only. I can only use my right hand for driving.
is "new modestep" going to be full electronic, or some real instruments still be in your music?
i saw you live twice in poland, once with guitar and drums, and once with DJ set in lublin, both were awsome, but guitar+drums was more powerfull i think :)
all the best and can't wait to hear your music
ps: cute dog :)
Totally, and as I wrote in response to another question here, analyzing the music can make you think differently about certain lyrics.
Wow! Good to know you're ok! Irma, right?
I would've done and on the spot sermon about how to maintain your rage while driving in LA
I hope you get power back soon. Did you see the hearing today at the Natural Resources Committee? The Rep. from the Virgin Islands did a great job.
I actually grew up wearing a more basic one (3 of the fingers moved in one direction) but it never actually helped me. I always explain it by comparing to having to hold a baseball bat in one of your hands at all time. Cumbersome and heavy!
I don't actually have a RED camera! I have a Sony a7s, and I used that an my iPhone for the Modevlog :)
Can you provide some lessons learned or advice for others in order to prepare for this type of situation? I am looking for lessons learned on how much food, water, fuel, propane, etc. that people should consider having on hand in case of an emergency.
Have you ever tried one of the 3D printed prothetics? I've made a few of the flexihands for people who way prefer them to the "medical devices" that cost more than the $25 or so to make. I've also made them for people who think they're great and all, but in the end it is a piece of plastic strapped to their arm.
We are definitely going to do something again! That guy didn't give us away, security came through the fences right as that was happening and we bolted out of the arena
Oh yes! Save water for 2 weeks. People go crazy and lines become endless. Also, get a generator and make it solar. You don't want to wait in line in the sun for 8 or 10 hours just to use your generator. Also, get a gas stove. Hot food became a commodity for about 3 weeks. And most importantly...SAVE! A small savings account can save your life.
I would ask him If I could go to the bank for him. Cash a check!!!
Thank you! :) I would LOVE to learn how to play more advanced piano. I've tinkered off and on and can play a liiiittle bit, but I'd love to play for real some day.
If you're good at it, sure :) send your work to [email protected]
Hi Nate and Charlie, thanks for doing this! On the show, you guys sometimes discuss how an artist's lyrics in a particular song are enhanced or reflected by some of its musical components. (For example, you pointed out in the Kesha episode that the line in "Praying" that goes "I hope your soul is changing" is reinforced by a change in the chord progression that occurs when she sings the word "changing"). I was wondering -- in the pop music industry, how often are the vocalists aware of those theory-based components that might be present in their own songs, and to what extent do you think it matters whether or not they are?
How much rehearsal did you do going into this versus doing it on the fly?
Thanks for doing this AMA
Do you have or have you ever had a sensation of a phantom limb where your right hand would have been? How do/did you adjust to it?
I'm asking, because I've heard that the brain has a certain image of the body from birth, which might not reflect the reality of the body. I would like to hear your first hand experience on the matter. EDIT: PUN NOT INTENDED!
Edit: Have you tried mirror box therapy? Any thoughts or fears about it?
I have don scripted Osteen videos before and those are more rehearsed for sure. At this point for this video I felt comfortable enough to stay in character and try something gonzo. Something different. We had to do something new this time around
Red Cross, FEMA and Daddy Yankee (no joke)
Haha! Great unintended pun! I have heard of those phantom sensations but I've read that those usually come when the person previously had a limb but lost it somehow. I've never felt even the slightest twinge of anything beyond the end of my right arm. ha!
Actually due to the nature of the legal bother we were having, we wouldn't have been able to release any music, under any project. Luckily thats fixed though!
Some of my best mates. We had fun times, seems like forever ago now. But nah I wouldn’t say I miss it. I miss them dudes though!!
Hey guys, absolutely love the podcast, about halfway through catching up in your catalog. :-) Any chance of an episode on pop offshoots or blends, like pop punk? Ty!
Did you at any point reasonably believe you were going to jail? It might be intimidating but they had literally no grounds to arrest you. Maybe things are different up here in Canada, but seems like the most they could do is remove you from the premises.
Would you, and your family like to stay at my house in Washington until things get better? Maybe your boss would let you telecommute?
Pineapple on pizza. Yay or nay?
Do you return to poland, and be in wroclaw? this is very important to me and my mother for wroclaw doesn't let me go, i love you very much ❤ i'm sorry for what i'm writing but even i can't english
We definitely want to do more throwback episodes for sure. It would be fun to launch a whole series of other genres but we're both engaged in too many other projects right now. If you have other people who could make great hosts, let us know. (Charlie)
Oh yeah we were all scared we were going to jail. I didn't want to go to jail and for some reason I was alike ahhhh I'm gonna have to call my mom.
You are so kind. Thank you for that offer. Since my parents recently got their electricity back we are pretty committed to staying here. But your offer shows such kindness. Thank you!
Please forgive my ignorance. Prior to Maria what was the worst power outages you'd experienced? The media here sometimes paints this picture that Puerto Rico's infrastructure was failing prior to the hurricanes, almost implying you are all used to this sort of thing. Can you comment on that perception?
Does it bother you when people say you’re brave or inspiring or are amazed that you’re able to function?
I was a kid during hurricane Georges and I was without power for about 3 weeks. Lately we would lose power for maybe like 1 or 2 hours if it rained a lot (once a month). Never for this long. It is really subhuman living conditions.
Plenty of people have said things about being "brave" to me, but it doesn't bother me much because after talking for a few minutes they usually don't feel that way anymore! I like when people are inspired if it ends up helping them do something they were struggling with!
When you do realistically think you'll have electricity at your home again? Is your family trying to buy a generator? When do you think the island will return to using an electrical grid and stop needing to rely on generators?
What is the one thing besides Reddit that made you smile today?
1) Realistically, January. 2) The whole Island, at least year.
I was at church earlier today and the pastor said something that made me laugh.
Not sure if you're still answering questions. But I read a week ago or so that there have been thousands of deaths in Puerto Rico since the hurricane but they aren't sure how many can be attributed to the aftermath of the hurricane such as drinking contaminated water.
Have you noticed if there are people succumbing to illness more often than regular? Or have the deaths been fairly consistent with old age and death by natural causes?
Do you joke about your disability? Like try to high five people with your missing hand?
Great question. Suicide rates have spiked. And yes, people are dying from diseases that we never worried about. You have to be really careful what you put in your mouth.
Yes, most definitely.. joking around is my bread and butter!
Just to reinforce my upvote, I second all of this!
How do we know you aren't just Joel Osteen impersonating Michael Klimkowski?
I wake up and ask myself that question everyday in the mirror. then i look at my bank account and i know i'm michael
Thank you. We are. We lost a friend to cancer due to the deterioration of infrastructure. He was a great guy.
Did the power cut made people to interact with each other more now? Like we did in the past
Ahhh I would have taken Mixolydian for its scale tones. I wish I were cool enough to be Phrygian. But in reality I'm probably more like a Minor Pentatonic scale: simple, a bit moody, but always reliable. (charlie)
The first weeks we did, but then desperation kind of set in and people realized this was going to last a long time, so they got kind of alienated. It was a strange shift in energy.
I'd like to hear about the intersection of musical theatre and pop, like how broadway cast albums used to make it into the pop charts and they don't anymore (except Hamilton?) and people sampling from musicals (Hard Knock Life, Rich Girl, etc.).
I also like the Classical Masters bits and everything that adds context to the pop music I'm hearing.
That was sweet. What sort of stuff did you leave out?
Have you had issues with price gouging?
I hope things are resolved quickly for you!
Haha Charlie! Too good -Nate
I'm always putting up comedy with dabsden.com probably more joel for sure too. Idea can cause I look so much like him.
Thank you. I hope it ends soon.
So cool you're doing this. I'm likely too late, but:
I spent 6 months working in Puerto Rico this year, mainly in the mountains of Toro Negro, Tres Picochos, Adjuntas/Giullarte, Jayuya, Maricao... How did these places and the people there fair? Even before the hurricane, it seems the roads and the infrastructure there were in pretty poor shape. I've had difficulty finding news about these smaller towns.
So many incredibly kind people there, that I haven't had no way to get in touch with.
Too many artists in this industry get away with horrible abuses. We shouldn't continue to heroize them. While I believe it is important for our society to embrace rehabilitative justice, that does not mean that people who abuse their power should maintain or reclaim it.
This Saturday, I’m headed to see my family who rode out the storm near Humacao/Yabucoa. I wasn’t able to get a flight there and back right after the storm, and by the time the airport was opened back up fully, my wife (medical professional in Humacao) thought it would be easier, logistically/cost-wise, to wait for thanksgiving.
Anything specific I can bring you, even if it’s just a small comfort item or two? I usually pack lightly, but Southwest passengers get two checked bags. (Just don’t say paper towels.)
There is absolutely no doubt in my mind that Arthur is the best violinist I've ever seen perform. Joshua Bell is a close second. (Charlie)
Honestly we had a great crew!!! I would have tried to go deeper into the green room and get face to face if security didn't boot us hahah. I am of polish decent. Jindobre? Is that hello
Haha nice one. I had a very cool flashlight you could put on your head but gave it away to some people in the mountains. They are in very low supply here and they needed it more than I did at the moment. If you could find one and bring it I would really appreciate it.
Real police were much chiller they were laughing saying how much i looked like joel hahaha. the security dude was the real presser
Sure I will Pm you!
I think what matters is having a clear artistic vision for the album. Then you find the right producer. Could be the same person or a new one.
It was crazy I just trusted my dabsden buddies and we all had each other's backs and i had to double down on the character to get anywhere.
Yes! My favorite shirt.
May sound dumb, but why didn't you just run at the end?? Were there cops there, or just security? I was thinking I would've just ran away lol. Were you tresspassed in the end?
Is despacito really the way you do it in Puerto Rico?
The directors john parr and reggie henke wanted more coverage. it's all about coverage. in the time we debated staying or going we were already being apprehended.
Just putting power back.
How do you feel about EA, in light of their recent shit storm?
Rather not have power than play their games.
The link to the Paypal does not lead to your fundraiser. Would you please re-post?
Can you check again? I changed it.
How's the laboral situation over there? Have some people lost their jobs because there's no power, or is work mostly normal for everyone? Saludos desde Costa Rica. Espero que estés bien.
Gracias! It's really bad. 15,000 people have already filed for unemployment. So many businesses are closing. I'm so lucky to have a job right now.
How much debris is left by the road? Crews want to come help but can't afford the 90 day payment terms PR included in the latest RFP for debris removal. (Standard is 30 days, plus no assistance for getting trucks over there.) Hopefully the Army Corp will step up and straighten things out.
Oh man I didn't know this! Will be looking into that 90 day clause.
What's the situation with the trucks now? Last I heard they didn't have drivers to deliver supplies.
This has been resolved thankfully. The U.S. military, along with private truck drivers have transported diesel and supplies to most of the island. The first weeks were scary. Empty shelves everywhere. Now supermarkets are more or less back to normal if they have power or generators.
Has this whole power outage been helping you with No Nut November?
Do you think humans are too dependent on modern technology? Have you seen any people there such as homeless people or farmers or fisherman that are dealing with lack of electricity better than others simply because they are not dependent on technology?
Yes! Homeless people have adapted brilliantly. And I would say the problem of our dependence on modern technology is that it is outsourced. I'm really considering going off the grid.
My parents' apartment got power 3 days ago. It is the lap of luxury.
Would you rate the rest of the USA's aid response as a 10 out of 10, as Donald Trump did? If not, how would you rate it?
What was effective about the aid response, and what was ineffective?
Here's hoping you have better days ahead.
Thanks: I can't rate the US aid, because this is like nothing before. The easy answer would to say there are days where it is at a 10 and days where it is at a 1.
Effective: Cargo ships with literally tons of supplies arriving 2 or 3 days after the storm. Ineffective: Turning on the Power grid, and the President not understanding the seriousness of the issue, plus the politicking with the mayor of San Juan. It has put people against each other here.
I haven't been there yet. I was in Ponce two weeks ago and they are soing much better than San Juan.