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Published: 2009/07/31

A Walk in The Fog with Dave Schools and J Mascis

AMMA

DS- Okay, that’s it for the Dino stuff. Let’s talk about Amma. Can you tell me just a little bit about Amma for anyone who is unaware of what she’s about?

Yeah, it’s pretty hard to explain, I mean she’s got a website, Amma.org. She’s just been going around the country since the ‘80s touring kind of like a band every summer, she’s been in the states touring around. Mostly people go up to her and she gives them a hug, and consoles them a little bit and says some stuff into their ear and also we noticed she’s got a lot of charities worldwide, she’s got a hospital that’s free for the poor in India, she’s built a lot of houses for people for free in India. Has all sorts of charities, with the hurricane in New Orleans, she gave like a million dollars, that was the biggest contribution from a private source for Katrina relief.

DS- So how did you get turned on to Amma?

Someone told me to check it out, and I went and would just kind of go back every year, and just got more into it as the years went on. Yeah it was just kind of like every year, I’d get a little bit more involved.

DS- And you’re creating an EP called J and Friends Sing and Chant for Amma?

Yeah, there’s always a lot of music going on at Amma, and I wanted to play also for people and you know, I just kind of realized with the demographic that wouldn’t necessarily be into my normal loud kind of music so it was kind of more music for that audience.

DS- So it’s a little bit different than the normal Dino records?

Yeah. Like the German guy said, “I bought your new record, it’s pretty good, a little too much bongos, but I like it!”

DS- So chances are we’re not going to see Murph drag out some bongos onstage?

Yeah, I think Murph’s got his hands full with the drum kit. He doesn’t branch out too much to other instruments.

DS- But you do, you love playing drums.

Yeah.

DS- Do you ever wish you were a drummer in a band rather than a guitar player?

I don’t think about it that way. If it came up that I could play drums in a band, and I was into it, I could make enough money or whatever, I might rather play drums. There’s less electricity involved, no amps blowing up, and it’s a little less stressful, ‘cause you’re not singing and the front person, and you just get to pound on drums which is pretty therapeutic.

DS- You do play with Witch, that’s your drumming gig. You made a record last year right?

I don’t know if that was last year. We have two.

DS- Any touring, or just gigs around town?

We’ve done a little touring, we did really limited touring, it just doesn’t go over well with the fans leaving again and.

DS- And it’s not even your bring home the bacon gig.

Yeah.

GUITARISTS AND THE HORIZON

DS- Let’s talk about your influences as a guitar player. I know that you turned me onto The Wipers. What is it about The Wipers that makes you so happy.

Yeah, it’s really like the songs, the guitar playing, and the whole thing, it’s just I don’t know I really relate to it and like it and tried to copy it a lot when I started for my style. It’s kind of got a little bit of a Hendrix thing to it.

DS- What about guitar players like Rory Gallagher? I know that you like him.

Yeah, I like a lot of guitar players over the years. You know, somebody hits me a certain way, they don’t have to be technically great, but something about me inspires me. Like I heard you’re going to play with the Allmans, I’m really into Derek Trucks from what I’ve seen on TV and I’ve seen videos of him playing with the Allman Brothers. I think he’s a pretty amazing guitarist.

DS- Great player.

Everyone’s like oh “Duane, Duane” but if I had to be serious I would have to say I like Derek Trucks better that Duane. I like Duane Allman, but something about Derek Trucks is more kind of mind boggling to me.

DS- Let’s talk about the future of music. What do you see happening for the music business?

I try not to think about it I guess. I really don’t know what’s goin’ on. I kind of like the idea of CDs going away, and that people are still buying vinyl because I never could relate to CDs. I don’t mind downloading stuff, you buy the album and you get the download. You download something and if you like it, try to get the vinyl. It seems like there’s so many bands now it’s just kind of crazy too. Too easy to record and make records.

It’s interesting how in a way it’s been easy for Dinosaur to still look good when we’re playing compared to a lot of younger bands because we still can play allright and have out own kind of sound. And it seems to still cut through all the mediocrity.

DS- If anyone is getting ripped off these days as far as file sharing goes, who do you think it is?

I guess anybody who thinks they’re Dr. Dre and Metallica or something, I don’t know. I guess to be an artist is to assume you’re going to get ripped off and continuing on anyway.

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