You guys have a lot of different influences and backgrounds - how did you guys find each other?
Blair: I'm the newest member. I came in after they already formed. I went to audition
for them and got the job.
Tiffin: Eric and I started out as friends - then Paul actually lived down the street - and a mutual
friend hooked us up with him. Charmian - Eric and I were reforming the band at one time so we thought it would be interesting
to have a flute player. Then Grady - his brother knew Eric from a long time ago. He came in when we were looking
for a DJ.
How did you know that all the different musical talents and taste would work together?
Tiffin: We didn't. (laughs)
Blair: I'm not sure that they do. (laughs)
Charmian: You never know if it's going to work or not - you either like it or you don't.
So far we like it.
How would you define your music? And would you consider it a new sound?
Charmian: I think it's rock music but flavored with funk and hip hop. But the basic root
of it is rock. I don't think it's completely ground breaking, but I don't think there's anyone out there doing it exactly
the way we are.
Blair: I think it's Earth shattering.
Charmian: Yes, it is ground breaking and Earth shattering. (laughs)
The band has gone through a few members since starting out - do you finally think it's complete now?
Charmian: Absolutely. This is the winning team.
So it's a strong family then?
Charmian: Yes. Definitely.
What do each of your personalities and backgrounds add to the band?
Charmian: Well, I'm a girl. (laughs) My background and influences - I've got
a lot of jazz influences - I like instrumental funk.
Tiffin: My parents were pretty much hippies - they were into Grateful Dead and stuff like that.
I wasn't into it while I was growing up, but eventually I did. So I come more from the classic rock, but I also like
Eric: My family is Native American Indian - so a lot of my influences not only come from that
but the beat of a song or the rythm of a song is very important for me. I try to take each song to another level.
I think that's what makes us different - our songs are constantly putting layers on top of themselves. I really like
that about the music that we have.
Grady: I started off as a DJ... so I pretty much love and respect all music.
Blair: Am I next? (laughs) I grew up in Mobile, Alabama... and moved out here after
high school. It's really hard to nail down my influences. They come anywhere from soundtracks......
Eric: He's the dirty bastard of the band. (laughs)
I really love the song "Revelation" - what's the meaning behind it?
Eric: Revelation - it's a song I wrote after a car accident. A drunk driver hit my car -
and when he hit my car he bounced my car off of the sidewalk. The song was just a way for me to release the things I
was having about the entire event. When a think like that happens and you're involved - it's hard to not feel a certain
responsibility... it was just my way of dealing with the event.
Eric, I have one more question for you. Is it hard to keep your acting career seperate from this one?
Eric: It's not hard for me. It's hard for other people. For me - I was singing and
making music long before I was an actor. I feel like this is a real band. Artists are artists - they express themselves
in many ways. Some paint - some write... all artists aren't restricted to just one medium. I'm shocked that the
audience is surprised that an artist wants to do more than one thing.
Charmian: Unfortunately that's what's different with a lot of these great actors that try to sing
- a lot of them haven't been that good.
Blair: It seems like sometimes the public wont give someone a chance.
Eric: People do it with musicians too. If a band or an artist puts out one album - but then
if they change on the next...
Charmian: It's like when Metallica cut their hair......
Blair: When they came out with "Fade To Black" people were like 'what the hell is this?'.
If you do the same type of music for ten years - you'd have to want to branch out and do something different.
What do the rest of you do while Eric is filming?
Charmian: We write music. We jam a lot.
What legacy would you guys like to leave behind?
Charmian: Wow. I'm not going to speak for the band - I'll speak for Charmian.
I would like to leave the legacy that flutes could be used in rock related music and not sound like Jethro Tull. (laughs)
Blair: I just want to make good music. When people record something - not to be cheesy,
but it is moments in time. It'll be nice to change something about music - do something different. Set a pallet
for other people.
Eric: It's hard to say what you want your legacy to be - an album is a moment in time -
just one moment in time. It's what was going on in our lives at that moment. It's hard to say what it's going
to end up being.
Tiffin: As a legacy - many albums that are different from one another and consistently good.
Charmian: And consistently evolving.
Tiffin: Consistent so you can listen to one and not have to compare it to another.
Any closing comments?
Charmian: Well, we just shot our video for "Gimme More". So we're excited that it
got finished and that people are going to be able to see it.
Tiffin: We're starting to get a street team together - so anyone who's interested in the band
can go to our site and join our street team.
Charmian: Free goodies if you help promote the band.