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Request[AMA Request] Mariska Hargitay

Apr 4th 2018 by thevoidisfull • 34 Questions • 295 Points

Hello! My name is Brandon Hardesty and I'm the singer/songwriter of Maryland based ska/punk/reggae band Bumpin Uglies. We've been touring the United States since 2008 working on building up a fan base one fan at a time. We've done and seen a lot of crazy stuff over the last ten years and I would love to talk with you about it. We're currently on the road somewhere between Houston and Louisville so I'm gonna try to respond to questions as quickly as possible. AMA!

edit gonna be passing around my laptop to the other boys in the band, so if you have any questions for the band or crew ask away!

edit 2 sorry, got wrapped up in the show yesteday. gonna go back through and answer everyone elses questions now.

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Q:

luv too build a career out of turning sexual violence into entertainment

A:

UGLIES NATION!!!!!

Brandon - Who was/is your inspiration for your music? I hear a lot of SKA/Punk influence in your earlier material and was wondering what bands/groups you would attribute that too?


Q:

Hello Chris! I enjoy watching your videos and find them wholesome and informative.

I'd like to ask you a question that you frequently ask your guests- what is one thing that you would like the world to know about you?

Keep up the great work!

A:

Hey Michael,

I've always wanted to know... how much fun did you and Tony Sirico have while doing "Pine Barrens"? I can't imagine you two not bursting out laughing at some points while shooting that episode.


Q:

UGLIES NATION!!!!!

Brandon - Who was/is your inspiration for your music? I hear a lot of SKA/Punk influence in your earlier material and was wondering what bands/groups you would attribute that too?

A:

Have you heard her speak or seen her outreach? The show was developed for entertainmen, yes, I'll give you that. I remember in a brief interview I caught in passing that she said she took the role because she saw the importance in speaking for victims though, so I'm more inclined to go with that.


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i'm gonna answer this, but its gonna require a lot of writing so i'm gonna come back to it later!

A:

I'm awkward and hate being on camera! I've gotten better with time but you can really see in those beginning videos I am uncomfortable. Also, my favorite hobby is beach volleyball! I play every day when home.


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we are good friends and had a ton of laughs, especially when bacala shows up in the orange hunting hat

A:

i'm gonna answer this, but its gonna require a lot of writing so i'm gonna come back to it later!


Q:

The road to hell is paved with good intentions

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Hi brandon! if you had to pick one of your own songs, which one is your favorite and why?

Greetings from Chile!


Q:

First of all, I can’t believe this thread isn’t more popular! As a special education teacher, I fell in love with your videos when I first saw them posted on Facebook (and have followed since). I’ve already wondered — where did you teach in Philly? I believe that’s where you said you’re from!

A:

Thank you so much for responding! I'm a huge fan so I'm kinda freaking out.


Q:

Hi brandon! if you had to pick one of your own songs, which one is your favorite and why?

Greetings from Chile!

A:

I understand. I just feel like she's genuine.


Q:

whoa! would love to make it to south america one day. right now my favorite song is called optimism in F#. its the last song on the record we're about to release. i struggle with depression and tend to see the worst parts of situations and i wrote that song as a reminder to myself that i don't want to think or live like that. i don't listen to my own music or anything, but there's something therapeutic about being able to look back at a thought that you wrote out and thinking 'ok, i thought like that. i can think like that. lets think like THAT, and not like THIS.' not sure if that makes sense, but essentially it helps pull me out of funks when i'm feeling depressed.

A:

I actually taught in NE Florida but was born and raised in NE Philly by the Roosevelt Mall.


Q:

thank you!

A:

whoa! would love to make it to south america one day. right now my favorite song is called optimism in F#. its the last song on the record we're about to release. i struggle with depression and tend to see the worst parts of situations and i wrote that song as a reminder to myself that i don't want to think or live like that. i don't listen to my own music or anything, but there's something therapeutic about being able to look back at a thought that you wrote out and thinking 'ok, i thought like that. i can think like that. lets think like THAT, and not like THIS.' not sure if that makes sense, but essentially it helps pull me out of funks when i'm feeling depressed.


Q:

Is that the song y’all sang last in Pensacola when there were a few minutes left in the set?

A:

Chris!! Long time viewer, first time question asker. :) One of your most recent interviewees, Betty absolutely made me bawl. Thank you for doing that interview! I’ve spent much of my life working with individuals with developmental disabilities, spanning to when I hung out with the Special Education class to play games and such on my snack break. Mostly because I was bullied and those kids never judged me and were always up for a game of UNO. I graduated a decade ago and have spent most of the time since working with these amazing individuals. Anyways, I digress. What has been your favorite interview to date? And, since I have the opportunity, you’re going to be in Fargo later this month and I didn’t learn that you’ll be here until it was too late and the tickets were sold out. Any chance you could sneak me in? I’d love to meet you in person! :) Cheers, Chris! Keep being awesome and bringing a voice to some of the most amazing people in our society!


Q:

What do you think happened at the end of The Sopranos?

Also, loved Summer Of Sam. Underrated movie. Were you originally planning to act in it as well?

A:

Is that the song y’all sang last in Pensacola when there were a few minutes left in the set?


A:

Haha send me an email at [email protected] and I'll see what I can do. Make the subject Fargo. It'll help me keep track. And I know it sounds like a cookie cutter answer but it's impossible to pick a favorite. Each person I've met brings something new to the table. I look at SBSK as many interviews that together send a measage. No one is greater than the whole. The first few interviews in my hometown will always hold a special place in my heart though.


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i think tony dies at the end of the show but that is just my interpretation. i was originally going to star in summer of sam but the sopranos was filming season one at the same time so i was only able to do a smaller role

A:

ya


Q:

Love you guys! Beyond stoked for your Long Island gig.

Question for all members - What is one "big name" band that you would love to tour with? Do you all have a set one, or do you each of you have your own "dream band" to share a stage with?

A:

I will send you an email shortly! I figured you couldn’t pick a favorite. So, do you still keep in contact with those kids you taught? Do you think you’ll ever go back to classroom teaching?


Q:

Hey Spider! Two questions: 1) As you can tell I love Goodfellas so I have to ask, how was it working with Martin Scorsese? 2) What is your most prized possession, something you've had since even before the Goodfella days that you have and will never get rid of under any circumstance?

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Love you guys! Beyond stoked for your Long Island gig.

Question for all members - What is one "big name" band that you would love to tour with? Do you all have a set one, or do you each of you have your own "dream band" to share a stage with?


Q:

we definitely all have different ones. i'll ask.

brandon - slightly stoopid

tj - iggy pop

chad - papadosi

wolfie - the slackers / miley cyrus

carl - goldfinger

justin - the dude from youtube who turns every song into allstar

A:

Yup I do keep in contact. Some more than others. I have daydreams almost daily of being back in the classroom. I loved every moment of teaching and am open to one day doing it again.


Q:

1)Marty was very kind, generous and trusting towards me on the set and really treated me like i truly belonged on that set for which i am forever grateful. 2)My most treasured possession from way back is my sanity which seems to be harder and harder to hold onto.

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we definitely all have different ones. i'll ask.

brandon - slightly stoopid

tj - iggy pop

chad - papadosi

wolfie - the slackers / miley cyrus

carl - goldfinger

justin - the dude from youtube who turns every song into allstar


Q:

When’d you get into reggae?

A:

I will send you an email shortly! I figured you couldn’t pick a favorite. So, do you still keep in contact with those kids you taught? Do you think you’ll ever go back to classroom teaching?


Q:

Is there a small part of you that gets tired of being recognized from the Soprano's? Spider was awesome, too.

A:

When’d you get into reggae?


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honestly i got into reggae after i got into ska/punk. i don't really consider sublime reggae, they're a melting pot of a lot of sounds, one of which is reggae. i'm not sure exactly when i got into it but it was sometime in my early twenties. i was immediately really drawn to dub like scientist and king tubby. i loved the psychedelic aspects of it. been really into chronixx lately too. his latest album is insane.

A:

Live with *


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if i were to be remembered by one role i would be happy its the sopranos

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honestly i got into reggae after i got into ska/punk. i don't really consider sublime reggae, they're a melting pot of a lot of sounds, one of which is reggae. i'm not sure exactly when i got into it but it was sometime in my early twenties. i was immediately really drawn to dub like scientist and king tubby. i loved the psychedelic aspects of it. been really into chronixx lately too. his latest album is insane.


Q:

Yo! What's the craziest thing you've ever had happen to you while on stage? Much Love from South Dakota!

Ugliesnation!
A:

Hey Chris what’s the most difficult video you had to do? in terms of “this just hurts my heart”

You’re videos really showed me happiness and opened my eyes to how ignorant I was. I just want to say you’re amazing and my partner says you really know how to make your eyes pop with your wardrobe choices lol


Q:

Huge fan! I'm re-watching the Sopranos with my roommate, and we just watched the episode where Christopher is stoned at Livia's memorial & talks about how we can't really know if no two people look alike, and it had us cracking up.

That may be my top favorite silly Christopher scene, but which episode/scene was the most fun for you to shoot?

A:

Yo! What's the craziest thing you've ever had happen to you while on stage? Much Love from South Dakota!

Ugliesnation!

Q:

man its hard to pinpoint, but one time we played a festival next to a corn field and somehow or another wolfie ended up with an ear of corn. he proceded to play a gnarly slapbass solo using the ear of corn and the crowd lost their shit. it was incredible

A:

Toughest one was Kayne when he admitted he was aware that death was only a few weeks away. He told me his only wish is that he can watch his friends and family in the after life. His pic is on my fridge and I give him a pound every day.


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that scene was very hard to shoot because when the song started playing we all broke out laughing! it took forever to get!...the scene with Lauren Bacall will always be a stand out for me

A:

man its hard to pinpoint, but one time we played a festival next to a corn field and somehow or another wolfie ended up with an ear of corn. he proceded to play a gnarly slapbass solo using the ear of corn and the crowd lost their shit. it was incredible


Q:

not really a question, more of a request. can y’all please avoid playing at house of blues in the future? thanks!

A:

Hey Chris! I'm a school psychologist and a huge fan! How do you find your interviewees? Do their families contact you, or do you find them and contact them?


Q:

How long did it take you to write your novel? What’s the writing process like for you?

A:

not really a question, more of a request. can y’all please avoid playing at house of blues in the future? thanks!


Q:

haha we'll do our best! sorry you had a bad time at the venue. we'll be back this summer and the show is definitely not at HOB

A:

They reach out to us on our website.


Q:

the book took me the peter part of two years...i write in the morning for between 4 and 6 hours

A:

haha we'll do our best! sorry you had a bad time at the venue. we'll be back this summer and the show is definitely not at HOB


Q:

Acoustic or Electric Guitar?

A:

I was binge watching your videos yesterday after I saw the one on /r/videos. I plan on watching your Google talk later (saved but no time to watch this week).

How do set up the meetings and interviews with the people in your videos? Do they reach out or do you reach out to them and ask? Were there any instances where you chose not to have an interview with someone for personal or safety (perhaps this person had a bad immune system)?

Quick edit: first two questions were answered here https://www.reddit.com/r/IAmA/comments/89s8tx/i_run_the_youtube_channel_special_books_by/dwtyvj1


Q:

You’re an Emmy winning actor. You’re an author. You’re absolutely one of my favorite actors of all time. I have incredible respect for you. What’s something strange or quirky about you that no one would ever imagine?

A:

Acoustic or Electric Guitar?


Q:

i'm way more comfortable on acoustic

A:

Ive received over 10000 requests for interviews so I'm unable to accommodate every request. As I travel I reach out to people who have filled out our form that includes city/state. I try to interview people with as many diverse stories as possible.


Q:

i hate watching violence in movies, and am very squeamish

A:

i'm way more comfortable on acoustic


Q:

Carl or Justin?

A:

Hi Chris,

I've watched a ton of your videos since the one you did with Liz was posted on reddit yesterday. I was incredulous at first but it just seems like you're a wonderful human being. Thank you so much for your hard work!

I find your videos fascinating. The more I watch the wider my range of normalcy becomes! I'm keen to understand more about the brain and how we communicate - could you recommend any decent books that give an insight into different neurodiverse conditions and /or communication?

Also, what position do you play in football? (Soccer)


Q:

How did you feel about your death in The Sopranos? Did you think it was a good end to Christopher's story?

A:

Carl or Justin?


Q:

Carl is light, Justin is dark. Carl is Luke, Justin is Vader. Different twin for a different job

A:

I would recommend Neurotribes. And I was a striker St a d3 school. I always say I got all of the glory but did none of the work.


Q:

i think christopher's death was spot on and very necessary to the story, especially in terms of who tony became...which is, in the end, a vicious criminal

A:

Carl is light, Justin is dark. Carl is Luke, Justin is Vader. Different twin for a different job


Q:

Where is your favorite place to perform and why (or why not) is it The Saint in Asbury Park?

I don’t really have any other questions but wanted to say thank you, your music has gotten me through some hard times.

A:

Very true, really spoke to his true character no matter how much he was adored. Best of luck with the book, I look forward to giving it a read!


Q:

Where is your favorite place to perform and why (or why not) is it The Saint in Asbury Park?

I don’t really have any other questions but wanted to say thank you, your music has gotten me through some hard times.

A:

thank you, that means a lot. that's all you can hope for as a songwriter. I really do love Asbury Park, the energy is always insane. Would have to be Asbury Park or Ohio in general. i love it when the crowd is raging.


Q:

thank you !

A:

thank you, that means a lot. that's all you can hope for as a songwriter. I really do love Asbury Park, the energy is always insane. Would have to be Asbury Park or Ohio in general. i love it when the crowd is raging.


Q:

What do you guys do in the van when touring for fun or to just pass the time?

A:

Michael, thank you for your tremendous career. If Tony had not killed Christopher after the car accident, do you think there was any chance at reconciliation between the two characters? Also, if not, do you think Christopher would have attempted to harm Tony eventually?


Q:

What do you guys do in the van when touring for fun or to just pass the time?

A:

listen to talk radio and stare at our phones


Q:

I think what happened was exactly what needed to happen so its hard for me to envision an alternate version to be honest

A:

listen to talk radio and stare at our phones


Q:

I used to love this band called Sweet Wet Earthly Desires ever heard of them?

A:

Is your book based on actual events?


Q:

I used to love this band called Sweet Wet Earthly Desires ever heard of them?


Q:

it is not based on actual events but Lou Reed is a character in the book and he did live in NYC in the mid 70s where the book is set


Q:

My question is for Mr Wolfie. How sir have you managed to be such a safe driver over the years?And how often do you let Brandon drive?

A:
  1. I enjoyed the one episode of "Girls" you did. Would you work with Judd Apatow, Lena Dunham, or Jenni Konner again?

  2. When you agree to do the Sopranos, were you worried about being typecast as "Mafia guy" from then on?


Q:

My question is for Mr Wolfie. How sir have you managed to be such a safe driver over the years?And how often do you let Brandon drive?

A:

Wolfie: Practice. Keep it between the lines. As little as possible.


Q:

i loved doing the show "girls" and would gladly work with any of that team again

i was never worried about being typecast from the sopranos because it was a unique and groundbreaking show

A:

Wolfie: Practice. Keep it between the lines. As little as possible.


Q:

With rising popularity, is it hard to fight off the massive amounts of pussy being thrown in your direction? Especially with a band name like Bumpin Uglies - I mean you guys fuck amirite?

A:

Mad dogs, cancelled?


Q:

With rising popularity, is it hard to fight off the massive amounts of pussy being thrown in your direction? Especially with a band name like Bumpin Uglies - I mean you guys fuck amirite?

A:

3 of us are married or in serious relationships so TJ is the unquestioned president of slam town. It’s right next to Space Mountain, if you’re curious.


Q:

Maddogs was only meant to be a one season show

A:

3 of us are married or in serious relationships so TJ is the unquestioned president of slam town. It’s right next to Space Mountain, if you’re curious.


Q:

Hey Brandon! I'm gutted I will miss the show in my home town tonight :(. Hope you guys have a good time! Would love to see the band at Mercury Ballroom here in the ville sometime.

My question is how do you start the songwriting process? Do you lay down music then words or vice versa, does the band come together as a group, drums first etc?

A:

Hi,

I really enjoyed the show Detroit 1-8-7 and your stint on Law and Order. Was your time on Law and Order pre-determined to be so brief ?and how did you see Detroit 1-8-7 going had the show lasted longer?


Q:

Hey Brandon! I'm gutted I will miss the show in my home town tonight :(. Hope you guys have a good time! Would love to see the band at Mercury Ballroom here in the ville sometime.

My question is how do you start the songwriting process? Do you lay down music then words or vice versa, does the band come together as a group, drums first etc?

A:

i usually write everything myself on an acoustic guitar and then we get together and turn it into a band song


Q:

Law And Order was meant to be temporary as I was filling in for my friend Jesse Martin while he was filming the movie "Rent" Detroit 187 was a great show because the writers really tailored the stories to the city itself. The people of Detroit really understood what we were trying to do and they were very much behind the show

A:

i usually write everything myself on an acoustic guitar and then we get together and turn it into a band song


Q:

Hey Brandon- Currently listening to White Boy Reggae, by far my favorite song of yours. What is your favorite song that you have written?

Also, I feel bad because I don't know the names of everyone in the band, what are they? And how long has your bassist (He goes by Wolfie I think I read somewhere) been growing out his hair and beard?!? That shit is majestic AF!

Love you guys so much!!

A:

do you have a favorite story of working with Tony Sirico on the sopranos that you can share with us?

Thanks man!


Q:

Hey Brandon- Currently listening to White Boy Reggae, by far my favorite song of yours. What is your favorite song that you have written?

Also, I feel bad because I don't know the names of everyone in the band, what are they? And how long has your bassist (He goes by Wolfie I think I read somewhere) been growing out his hair and beard?!? That shit is majestic AF!

Love you guys so much!!

A:

Hell yea! Right now my favorite song is Optimism in F#. Wolfies been dreading his hair for like 4 years now. They require their own green room at this point.


Q:

i loved being lost in the snowy woods with tony and being forced to survive on ketchup packets!

A:

Hell yea! Right now my favorite song is Optimism in F#. Wolfies been dreading his hair for like 4 years now. They require their own green room at this point.


Q:

Who's more stoked about the album, the band, or Uglies Nation?

A:

What happened to the Russian you lost in the Pine Barrens?


Q:

Who's more stoked about the album, the band, or Uglies Nation?

A:

i think Uglies Nation, the hype has been real!


Q:

i think he is still wandering the pine barrens as we write this

A:

i think Uglies Nation, the hype has been real!


Q:

Hey Brandon, big fan and fellow song writer here. I'm just curious about your writing process. I know you out a lot of thought in your song writing and it shows.

What I'm wondering is if you sit down and force yourself to write or do you wait for it organically? Do you start with a catchy concept or hook first?

A:

Who was your favourite guest star to work with on The Sopranos, and why was it Ben Kingsley?

(Sorry, your opinion may differ, but friends and I still look at each other and deliver Sir Ben's "FuuuUuck" semi-regularly.)


Q:

Hey Brandon, big fan and fellow song writer here. I'm just curious about your writing process. I know you out a lot of thought in your song writing and it shows.

What I'm wondering is if you sit down and force yourself to write or do you wait for it organically? Do you start with a catchy concept or hook first?

A:

the ideas have to happen organically. you can't force a hook. once i have a good hook i can usually sit down and make myself write something. the best songs are the ones that just pour out of me though


Q:

Ben was great but my fave was Julianna Marguiles

A:

the ideas have to happen organically. you can't force a hook. once i have a good hook i can usually sit down and make myself write something. the best songs are the ones that just pour out of me though


Q:

What’s up Brandon, fellow musician here. I’ve always been curious as to what your writing process is for songs? Do the lyrics come first or the music?

A:

Hi Michael!

I'm a big fan of Christopher with my favourite scene of his in the series being when he goes to rob and punches Lauren Bacall.

I was just wondering if you had any great set stories during your time filming The Sopranos and what was it like shooting that scene with her.


Q:

What’s up Brandon, fellow musician here. I’ve always been curious as to what your writing process is for songs? Do the lyrics come first or the music?

A:

it varies from song to song. my phone is filled with lyrics in the 'notes' section and riff ideas in the 'voice memos' section. eventually they meld together to form a song


Q:

i had met "betty" bacall many years before in Paris on the set of Robert Altman's "Ready to Wear" and was in awe of her every time I was near her. She was a legend, truly and a class act all the way. Punching her difficult for me but a highlight of my career to be sure!

A:

it varies from song to song. my phone is filled with lyrics in the 'notes' section and riff ideas in the 'voice memos' section. eventually they meld together to form a song


Q:

Have the police ever stopped a show?

A:

Great job as Stu Ungar. What connections did you feel with him?


Q:

Have the police ever stopped a show?

A:

every house party, ever


Q:

I got to meet a lot of people who knew him in las vegas...people who both loved and hated him...he was an obsessive human being and pursued his interests with lots of passion and intensity...i guess i try to do the same

A:

every house party, ever


Q:

Hey Brandon! Big fan from the ATL :) will you guys be coming to Georgia any time soon?

A:

Hey it’s Crist-uh-fuh. Whuddu you lookin at?


Q:

Hey Brandon! Big fan from the ATL :) will you guys be coming to Georgia any time soon?

A:

we'll be in ATL this summer!


Q:

my laptop

A:

we'll be in ATL this summer!


Q:

Hey man! Any chance you can perform at the restaurant I work at in Davidsonville when you come back home?? My boss would be so pumped. He even has a dessert he’s waiting to do named after you guys!

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Hey man! Any chance you can perform at the restaurant I work at in Davidsonville when you come back home?? My boss would be so pumped. He even has a dessert he’s waiting to do named after you guys!

A:

ha! what restaurant? i do a lot of acoustic stuff when i'm not on tour so i'd be down to do something like that there


Q:

would love to visit japan! Yasunari Kawabata is one of my all time favorite writers!

A:

ha! what restaurant? i do a lot of acoustic stuff when i'm not on tour so i'd be down to do something like that there


Q:

First song you ever wrote?

A:

First song you ever wrote?


Q:

a really shitty love song that i played in my high school talent show. i don't remember it, i just remmeber that it was bad

A:

a really shitty love song that i played in my high school talent show. i don't remember it, i just remmeber that it was bad


Q:

You’ve come a long way from playing at Looneys! What is your idea of a successful musician and would you consider yourself one?

A:

You’ve come a long way from playing at Looneys! What is your idea of a successful musician and would you consider yourself one?


Q:

Success is such a tricky thing to measure. I think there is artistic success and economic success. For me, artistic success is getting across whatever I’m trying to say in a way that makes people feel something. It varies from song to song. Some songs are success, some songs are failures. Economic success for me is being able to support myself off my art. It’s a work in progress, but’s it currently working so it’s currently successful.

A:

Success is such a tricky thing to measure. I think there is artistic success and economic success. For me, artistic success is getting across whatever I’m trying to say in a way that makes people feel something. It varies from song to song. Some songs are success, some songs are failures. Economic success for me is being able to support myself off my art. It’s a work in progress, but’s it currently working so it’s currently successful.


Q:

2pac or lil xan?

A:

2pac or lil xan?


Q:

is lil xan a real thing?

A:

is lil xan a real thing?


Q:

If you were a potato how would you be cooked and why?

A:

If you were a potato how would you be cooked and why?


Q:

scattered, smothered, and peppered

A:

scattered, smothered, and peppered


Q:

Tits or ass?!?!

A:

Tits or ass?!?!


Q:

booty!

A:

booty!


Q:

What's your favorite place to play in Lincoln, NE and why is it Bodegas Alley?

A:

What's your favorite place to play in Lincoln, NE and why is it Bodegas Alley?


Q:

Haha that place got wild!

A:

Haha that place got wild!


Q:

Brandon! Did you catch the rick and morty episode that was streaming on the Adult Swim website yesterday?

A:

Brandon! Did you catch the rick and morty episode that was streaming on the Adult Swim website yesterday?


Q:

haha the other guys did. i saw about 30 seconds and decided i'd had enough

A:

haha the other guys did. i saw about 30 seconds and decided i'd had enough


Q:

Not a song writer, but a writer writer. Do you ever get nervous about sharing such personal stuff, and if so how do you over come it? Also you guys rock please come to Minnesota more! Also if you go on reddit a lot, r/vandwellers is right for you! Would love to see the kind of set up you have!

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Not a song writer, but a writer writer. Do you ever get nervous about sharing such personal stuff, and if so how do you over come it? Also you guys rock please come to Minnesota more! Also if you go on reddit a lot, r/vandwellers is right for you! Would love to see the kind of set up you have!


Q:

i dont really get nervous anymore unless i'm putting someone elses business out there. i'm an open book, but i'd had to fuck up a relationship with a friend because i wrote about something that they don't want being out there

A:

i dont really get nervous anymore unless i'm putting someone elses business out there. i'm an open book, but i'd had to fuck up a relationship with a friend because i wrote about something that they don't want being out there


Q:

Any advice on how to be a ska band in 2018? Asking for a friend who is not me and definitely does not play in a ska band in 2018.

A:

Any advice on how to be a ska band in 2018? Asking for a friend who is not me and definitely does not play in a ska band in 2018.


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try to make it work with as few members as possible. you gotta tour to get noticed, and the more mouths you have to feed on tour the harder its gonna be. we have horns all over our studio shit but we cant afford to tour with them so we don't. it's all about minimalism

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try to make it work with as few members as possible. you gotta tour to get noticed, and the more mouths you have to feed on tour the harder its gonna be. we have horns all over our studio shit but we cant afford to tour with them so we don't. it's all about minimalism


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How hygienic are you living in a van? How often do you shower?

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How hygienic are you living in a van? How often do you shower?


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so living in a van is kind of a metaphore. we're on tour about 6 months of the year and we spend most of that time driving so it feels like we're living in the van at times. we crash at friends houses most of the times and we get hotels when we can't find somewhere to stay for free. try to shower daily.

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so living in a van is kind of a metaphore. we're on tour about 6 months of the year and we spend most of that time driving so it feels like we're living in the van at times. we crash at friends houses most of the times and we get hotels when we can't find somewhere to stay for free. try to shower daily.


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I'm a little late to this as I live in Guam now, but I saw you at Vinoy Park, St. Pete, Florida last year (?) Or the year before that at Reggae Rise Up.

The set changed my life and been a fan ever since we made eye contact and took a shot, yours was a flask, mine was a sunscreen bottle.

Anyways, did y'all enjoy your time at the festival and would you go back? ...or were you too drunk to remember most of it, like me!

Cheers from Guam!

Also everyone loves you out here if you ever wanted a vacation/overseas show

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I'm a little late to this as I live in Guam now, but I saw you at Vinoy Park, St. Pete, Florida last year (?) Or the year before that at Reggae Rise Up.

The set changed my life and been a fan ever since we made eye contact and took a shot, yours was a flask, mine was a sunscreen bottle.

Anyways, did y'all enjoy your time at the festival and would you go back? ...or were you too drunk to remember most of it, like me!

Cheers from Guam!

Also everyone loves you out here if you ever wanted a vacation/overseas show


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oh HELL YES, that was a great festival! florida is a hot bed for our scene and RRU does a great job with their production. would love to do that festival again in 2019!

would love to make it to guam one day too! fingers crossed....

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oh HELL YES, that was a great festival! florida is a hot bed for our scene and RRU does a great job with their production. would love to do that festival again in 2019!

would love to make it to guam one day too! fingers crossed....


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Is Rick and Morty season 4 ever coming out???

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Is Rick and Morty season 4 ever coming out???


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