I was recently given the chance to interview Ryan Brown, bassist for the band Static Fiction. Check out the interview below:
SOM: Could you please introduce yourself? (Name/ position in band/ how long you’ve been in the band/etc.)
RB: Ryan Brown, bass guitar, three years.
SOM: Who are your biggest musical influences?
RB: No Use for a Name, MxPx, Blink 182, Descendents, Beach Boys, NoFX, the list can go on and on but those are my biggest.
SOM: Is there any new music coming out this year are you excited about?
RB: Yes. Aside from us going back into the studio, there are a few bands that have come out with new stuff that sounds awesome. The new Face to Face album is good along with the new Descendents record that is coming out soon. I was lucky enough to hear a couple at Punk Rock Bowling and I can’t wait to hear the rest.
SOM: If you were stuck on a desert island and could only listen to one album, what album would it be and why?
RB:The Who, Live at Leeds. Take a listen for yourself and you’ll know why.
SOM: What would your dream tour’s line-up be and if you could choose one certain place to play on that tour, where would you choose?
RB: That’s a tough question only because there are so many bands I wish I could have seen either before their untimely death or break ups. If I had to choose one I guess it would be the line up from the Monterey Pop Festival from start to finish. I would not take the brown acid but hopefully watch people freak out on it.
SOM: How did you start as a musician?
RB: There was a band called Choc-it-Pie that formed in middle school. They seemed to get popular over night and I wanted that. Years go by and a lot of blood, sweat, and tears later and I’m still chasing that dream
SOM: Do you have any hobbies besides music?
RB: Golf, gardening, and softball. My girlfriend sometimes believes that she’s dating a senior citizen and some times I think the same thing.
SOM: What is your favorite and least favorite thing about touring?
RB: Seeing new places and meeting new people is the best part. The worst is the constant grind and the feeling you’re in the movie “Groundhog Day” you get after awhile.
SOM: What advice would you give a new musician?
RB: Be humble, be caring, but know your limits. Make sure you take time out of the day to do things aside from playing music. Inspiration comes from out of nowhere. Not from searching for it.
SOM: What is the most comforting or encouraging lyric to you (by any artist)?
RB: I’m sorry that it took so long to write this song,
But I gave up,
See one millions things can’t describe how it feels,