Seitz & Marie Burgess'
the Southern California Based Rock Band,
took place early June, 2014.
by Glenn Milligan
are your influences that helped become the backbone for the band?
Dan: I have a pretty eclectic taste in music, my parents grew up in
the 60's and we always had rock and country from that era playing in
the house. And then I grew up in the 70's and 80's, when Metal was starting
to take off, (which my parents hated,) and it really seemed to speak
to me. I guess the short list would be Kiss, Black Sabbath, and Iron
Maiden as the biggest influences, the stuff I draw from the most in
Marie: My influences as well as perspective are greatly different from
Dan's. As a talent search and businesswoman, my mom and stepfather groomed
me from a young age how to use money properly and run things. They taught
me by example. I was raised in a family business. From early on I have
dealt directly with powerful international people on a personal and
business level, and I learned how to respond to opportunity and when
to see opportunity as beneficial. I also have been groomed for performance
on stage and in crowds or groups of people through sports and modelling,
both runway and still shots. My photography background goes back to
the head start program in grade school in Pocatello, Idaho. My teacher
taught us how to make a camera with an oatmeal box. When my mom married
my stepfather, he had brought back film developing and sound equipment
from his active tour as a bomb loader in the VietNam war. I learned
to use it all as a child. My musical influences were whatever my mom
and step-dad listened to like, Carly Simon, The "Mommas and the
Pappas", "Carpenters", Elton John, "Bee Gees",
"The Osmonds" and "Sonny & Cher" then later
I was into classical like Beethoven.
Glenn: How did the band come to be?
Dan: Marie and I both lived in Dolores, Colorado before moving to California,
but we didn't know each other then. I moved here to become a professional
musician because it just wasn't happening there. I auditioned for several
bands as a drummer after coming here, but competition was fierce and
I never made the cut. I also was having trouble finding work. Then the
rhythm guitar player from my old band in Colorado got hold of me and
said he knew a woman that I should meet, and gave me Marie's phone number.
Over the next couple months we got to know each other, and at one point
I mentioned my ultimate goal of being a rock star. She goes, "You're
already a star!!" and then bought me a recorder, microphones, etc,
so I could record my own stuff. Since I can play drums, guitar, bass,
and keyboard, I just kinda became a one-man band. By the time we started
recording the second album, Marie was also living in California, and
now she has some vocal duties also, so it's a five-man band consisting
of two people now!
Marie: My massage therapist from Colorado is the guitarist Dan is talking
about. They were friends but I didn't know Gary (the masseuse/guitarist)
was even a musician. Someone was texting me during my massage appointments
and the ring tone was a hardcore band that caught Gary's attention and
we started talking around about music since our taste was similar. Since
I had weekly sessions with him we ended up knowing each other pretty
well. That happens when someone rubs your naked body with coconut oil
for an hour. One day he said that he had someone he wanted me to meet.
The guy had just moved to California and I was like, "Why do you
want me to meet some guy from out of state?" He was all, "The
two of you just have a lot in common." I was hesitant but said
ok, we can text." So, I got home and Dan & I started texting.
It was so fast and furious that Dan said, "Why don't we just talk
on the phone? It will be easier." So we called and were on the
phone all night. The chemistry was instant and the flow of conversation
made us lose track of time.
Glenn: Why did you decide to call the band "REVILUTION"
and what exactly does the name mean?
Dan: My brain likes to do funny things to words, twist letters around,
alternate spellings and what that does to the meanings, and the name
just came to me one day, before the band itself ever happened. I also
have a philosophy that people aren't inherently good or evil, but have
the capacity for both, and both aspects are useful. You hear the word
"revolution," and it conjures images of people rising up against
oppression, people being angry, and to me that's the "EVIL"
side of our personality; we need that darkness to get us mad enough
to bring about a change. I kind of went into it in "Shadow"
on our first album, "The Monster That Made The Man," which
is a reference to the same kind of thing. I have this lame "Bill
And Ted" kind of fantasy where my music winds up influencing the
world; but in order for that to happen, we first need a REVILUTION.
Marie: Dan's answer is the answer. Our original contract gives him complete
freedom artistically. He is a master musician and I have always allowed
that without question.
It was his dream, at the
time I felt I was on board of his idea, completely.
Glenn: What would you say are the main differences
between REVILUTION and other bands out there today and why?
Dan: Pro-Tools, mostly. Just about everyone out there is recording digitally
nowadays, mainly because it's easier and cheaper than using analogue
tape, which I totally understand. We record digitally, also. The problem
is that it's made it too easy; once a track is laid down, you can pull
it up on a screen and manipulate the piss out of it. You can plug in
effects, change the tempo, change the pitch, cut and paste, or even
loop one section over and over again until you have a perfect track.
Then they over-compress it during mastering and take the levels right
up against the overload threshold so what comes out of the speakers
sounds very sterile and inhuman. A guy we know calls that "squash
and slam," which to me is very fitting considering that it pretty
much makes hamburger out of the music. When we record, we play or sing
the tracks all the way through. If there are glaring errors we'll punch
in and redo those sections, but there are no loops, no track copies,
no tempo or pitch correction, no compression. I insist that my songs
sound like real people recorded them, warts and all. We even went so
far as to mix down to analogue tape for the second album. We bought
an old Teac two-track mastering deck from EBay just for that purpose.
Marie: We started with many decades of experience in music, recording,
singing, promo and business skills culminated together between Dan and
me. He became interested in music at the age of 4 when he started playing
with his dad's reel to reel recorder, which blossomed into learning
piano, then guitar, then drums by the time he was 21. I always had an
affinity for radio, stereo, records, cameras, photography, fine art
and business. I think that the fact we started REVILUTION as adults
is a huge difference. Our sound is very complete. No individual instrument
or sound is drowned out by everything else. The way we do our recording
and production is also a big difference between us and other bands.
The secret is most likely in the recording in our case. We have been
able to bypass a lot that would hold a typical band back from making
albums. There's no drug rehab, late to practice, band tomfoolery with
us. We are present and working. Whatever happens, we deal with it and
Glenn: Who have you personally been compared to
and how did that make you feel?
Dan: So far we've been compared to early Judas Priest, Black Sabbath,
and someone once said "Phantoms" (from our second album "Clues:$1")
had "a 70's slightly mellow Metallica vibe." All awesome bands,
so I was very gratified!
Marie: At Rock and Roll Fantasy Camp, I was compared to Janis Joplin
and Ann Wilson. I think they are both huge talented female vocalists.
The band I was in there was called "Tight Squeeze," and one
of my band-mates wanted me to sing a Janis Joplin tune, but the others
wanted me to sing very masculine style songs like "Cold Gin".
The task of working up a song in the Janis Joplin catalogue was far
too daunting for me. She was so young and tormented that to capture
that kind of intensity would have drained me in the short amount of
time we had to rehearse. Similar to my tune "Betrayal" which
was so difficult for me to record I had to take a 2 week break from
it during recording. It was affecting my entire life.
Ann Wilson- I was very humbled
to be compared to such a talented vocalist. She has been in the industry
a long time too. That makes her timeless.
Glenn: What have been the most memorable moments
in the studio and why?
Dan: For me the one incident that sticks out the most was when I first
came to California, I was living with my sister and her six kids in
a two-bedroom apartment. Marie eventually came along and helped us get
a 4-bedroom house with a garage, and I took the garage. I had cordoned
off a section for recording, and one day I was laying guitar tracks
when I heard a knock at the door and my dog started barking like crazy.
Thinking it was my sister, I yelled "Come in!" but they didn't
come in, so I said it again. The door opens a crack and my dog bolts
out, growling and barking, and I hear a man's voice say, "come
get your dog before I shoot it!" It was a cop!! I throw down the
guitar, peel off the headphones, and race out and tackle my dog! The
cop then tells me that my sister had been jumped walking to the store
to get an energy drink. At noon, on a Sunday, the first week we were
in that house. She wound up being okay, all they got was her purse which
only had two dollars, some makeup, and my car keys in it. That was an
Marie: My most memorable moments began with me singing all the vocals
off our first album in live band practice. We had a few members here
and there & we'd rehearse once a week. The members who were playing
the parts Dan wrote and recorded would not learn the material so Dan
would have to constantly coach them how to make the chords and changes.
As a result my manager duties bled into actual band duties by singing
all Dan's parts so he could coach and play with the band.
Once in the garage where
Dan lived with his sister I nearly took a drumstick to the head, but
I don't phase at things like that. I almost was axed in the head once
while helping chop frozen dirt in the field.(not related to the band)
The axe slipped out of the person's hands on a swing and frozen dirt
was thrown right toward me. I just leaned to the right outta the way
and let it fly by. That's one of the dangers of being in ironically
a "field" dominated by men. It's just part of the work. Those
instances are memorable to me because they were intense but also show
the depth of my dedication to REVILUTION™ and what I'm willing
to do to make it happen. I'm a valuable manager and member in every
way on a daily basis and in the more rare occasions when instant actions
must be taken.
Glenn: What songs are you most happy with and
for what reasons for both albums so far?
Dan: For the first album I think I'd have to say "Losing Ground."
It was one of the last songs recorded for that album, and I was really
trying to stretch myself musically with a bit of a solo during the intro,
putting some extra groove on the bass line, and going into double time
at the end. I felt like I'd stepped up a little on that one. For the
second album I'd say our cover of Kiss' "Rocket Ride." I don't
really have any formal training as a musician, I don't know scales or
anything like that, so learning to play Ace Frehley's solos was a bitch!
I was searching for tablature (there isn't any that's completely correct),
slowing the original song down, whatever I had to do to get it right.
I think we did a decent job of replicating it-with a bit of a REVILUTION
twist-and we've gotten good feedback from people about it.
Marie: I'm a huge fan of our song "Fetish". Dan was going
to scrap it because he couldn't make the vocals sound like he wanted
them to. We were still communicating out of state to each other at that
time. I suggested he use a deeper voice and that worked. It was the
beginning of our mixing of energies to make things flow. Off the second
album I like "I'm The One". It's all Dan and there is a guitar
riff in it that stops me in my tracks to enjoy it every time! Also I
dig the cover tune, "Rocket Ride". Something happened to Dan's
guitar playing when he learned to play like Ace Frehley! It opened up
faster, more intricate playing to him.
Glenn: What songs mean the most to you and why
and also what influenced them?
Dan: From the first album, "Time For Me," "Fire And Ice,"
and "The Tower." They're all autobiographical to one degree
or another. "Time For Me" is about how I got sick of spinning
my wheels in a going-nowhere band in Colorado and came to California
to pursue my goals. I spent eleven years playing drums in a band, the
only other constant member being the vocalist/lead guitarist. He was
a major control freak, had to hog the spotlight all the time, never
let anyone else have their moment. The worst of it was that he was a
horrendous vocalist (even worse than how I sounded on my first record),
and he was totally clueless about how to lead a band. I could tell you
"Fire And Ice"
is about my third wife (yes, I've been married three times). I started
writing it right after we split up. She was really damaged, and I was
damaged from being married to her, so the song was a kind of therapy.
That marriage is also the main reason why I'm so anti-drug, which is
a recurring theme in some of my other songs.
"The Tower" is
my rant about organized religion. I was raised Mormon, and even though
I have no problem with that religion as a rule, I witnessed the greed,
hypocrisy, and closed-mindedness of the people who practice it first
hand. This is another recurring theme in my songs.
From the second album, I'd
say "Clues: $1," "Another War," and "Phantoms."
"Clues: $1" isn't exactly anti-religion like "The Tower,"
but it suggests that a person shouldn't just accept what they're told
as truth; rather, they should try to learn all they can and form their
own opinion, put it together for themselves. I despise the "sheep"
mentality that so many people have, the whole "that's what's written,
so it must be true" thing. No one has all the answers, but most
people have some answers, so go ask some fucking questions!
"Another War" is
about a guy who goes to war in the Middle East and gets blown up by
an IED planted in a car, and then comes home disabled and can't get
help. I'm a US Army veteran, although I never saw combat. I enlisted
during the Gulf War in 1991, but it ended while I was still in Basic
Training. I'm not disabled, I don't have PTSD, but I noticed that there
isn't much obvious help for veterans when I was struggling to find work
when I first moved to California. If it wasn't for Marie, I'd probably
either be homeless or working at my stepdad's gas station in Idaho for
room and board right now. That song is my part in calling attention
to the plight of American veterans.
dissatisfaction with how the government is running the country. All
the bickering and infighting, the wiretapping and email snooping, the
shut downs, and the oblivious citizens who either don't believe it's
happening or think it's okay because the government is "protecting"
them. I'm not a conspiracy theorist, but I feel like our leaders should
show more transparency and have more accountability, and the citizens
are the only ones who can make that happen, if they'll just open their
eyes and get off their asses.
Marie: The songs I helped write lyrics for on the second album mean
a lot to me. It made me feel like my writing talents are appreciated
and usable. Also the name of the album was taken from something is said
one day. It was one of those moments where you grab the closest thing
to write on and keep it for later. Blah blah, Clues one dollar!
Glenn: What would you say are the main differences
between both your albums so far and what caused the differences to occur?
Dan: Production and playing ability! When I recorded "The Monster,"
it was really more of an experiment. I knew a little something about
guitar, bass, drums, and keyboards, and I wasn't able to get into any
bands out here, so I wanted to see if I could record a full-length album
by myself. It could have been better, sounded better, it would have
benefitted from taking more time with it, but it achieved the main goal
I set for it, and I'm proud of it. Then we went to Rock And Roll Fantasy
Camp, and I really got my eyes opened! Phil Soussan, who's played with
Ozzy, Vince Neil, and Billy Idol, was my counsellor. This is the guy
who wrote "Shot In The Dark," which is one of my favorite
Ozzy tunes, and I got to work with him for five days! I also got to
jam with Gene Simmons (who borrowed my Ibanez axe to demonstrate some
stuff), Zakk Wylde, Vince Neil, and Sebastian Bach! After the camp I
was like, "Holy shit, I suck!!!" So when I started working
on "Clues" I was determined to step my game way up, and so
I constantly tried to write better music and lyrics, and even read up
on production techniques. "The Monster" was recorded and released
in seven months; "Clues" took over two years, and I think
the differences are very noticeable. I'm far happier with "Clues."
Marie: Between the first and second albums Dan and I learned a lot about
better production. How to make the sounds audible in recording. The
way to accent drums or guitar without the sound waves blending together
into a mushy sound. We had an instance with drums being out of phase
which I collaborated with a Facebook friend about. What I mean by that
is that since I'm not a sound technician all I knew was that there was
something missing that created a weird (for lack of a better word) "hole"
in the sound. The first album has great sounds on it but we really were
not in as good of position as far as experience and location for production.
Glenn: How would you describe the sound and style
of REVILUTION and for what reasons?
Dan: I usually joke that it sounds like Kiss, AC/DC and Jackyl had a
love child! Seriously though, I think the music is largely a product
of our influences, which is pretty much 80's rock and metal, but with
a little less superficiality. We try to have some kind of message in
most of our songs, but we also try to put some humor in it, tricky turns
of phrase, and occasionally just write about sex!
Marie: REVILUTION is an older kind of sound like classic Rock and Metal.
It is bass driven and sexy. It has a cohesive, liquid flow to it.
Glenn: What would you say the Internet has done
for you as a band and in what ways has it been helpful?
Dan: It's gotten us a lot
of fans, mostly through Facebook, and also that's how Nicky Baldrian
found us, which is how we got to meet you. It hasn't really gotten us
much in the way of album sales; I think you still get best results from
having a record deal with a label. But without the Internet, we wouldn't
even have what we have, so I'd say overall it's helped us quite a bit.
Marie: The Internet has allowed us to have a direct communication with
fans and other artists that was not as instant as before the information
was as readily available. It is easier to make connections and find
out information to stay current.
Glenn: What is the music scene like in your area
Dan: It's not what I expected at all, honestly. I see a lot of musicians,
some really talented guys, spreading themselves super thin between working
during the day and playing in the evenings. Lots of them are in two
or more bands, too, so they may play a couple shows per night if both
bands are on a bill. That's another thing that's different than Colorado;
back there, we played in bars, and the bars would only have one band,
so we'd have to know something like 40 songs (mostly covers; how can
you get famous playing covers?!) and we'd play for four or five hours!
Out here, there may be four or five bands playing in one night, so these
bands go onstage, play for 30-60 minutes, then have to hurry and break
down their equipment while the next band sets up. I think it's a better
setup for playing original material, which is what I prefer. But it's
a lot of work to haul, set up, play, tear down, and haul back for an
hour of stage time.
Marie: The music scene in Southern California is the reason Dan moved
here. No matter what you are doing or where you are at you run into
people who really get music on a deep level. You never know who you
will run in to so you have to be ready for anything at any time. You
might be at Cafe Cordial to see a gig and drummer Vinnie Appice will
walk in. (True story) Basically, it is the place to be if you want to
be in the Hard Rock/ Heavy Metal music business.
are you most proud of as artists so far and why?
Dan: I'm most proud of getting interviewed by Glenn Milligan!! I feel
like maybe I'm starting to be taken seriously, you know?
Marie: The fact that we don't use drugs & we do have a good work
ethic. My background in making someone famous allows me to know a good
thing when I see it and embrace the opportunity. Supporting MS research.
Championing being who you really are. Dan's sister for making it possible
for him to come to SoCal. My mom for giving me a solid artistic foundation
& many opportunities for growth & learning through exposure
to art and business. Actually, she's a musician so maybe I got an ear
for it from her?
Glenn: What have been the highlights gig-wise
Dan: So far, the only gigs we've had have been people coming to see
us at our studio. We're in the process of working up a live show right
now, and we didn't play any gigs for the first album. I guess I'd say
that so far, seeing people getting off on songs that I wrote is really
awesome! It's nice to know that other people think my stuff is good.
Marie: The 24 hour online listening party when we pre-released the second
album, "Clues: $1". It was an idea I came up with from the
24 hour cross country marathons we had when I was in high school to
earn money for MS. We made a sign and put it in the studio window and
were available the whole 24 hours for online questions. Which backfired
a little! Our fans are respectful enough not to say anything during
a performance so it wasn't until the next day that the comments started
coming in...after the show!
Glenn: Care to share any cool road stories?
Dan: Since we haven't been on the road yet, I don't have any to share
Marie: I have a lot of them because when the project originally started
we didn't live in the same state. I spent every holiday driving the
1,400 mile round trip and staying in hotels for a week at a time with
my 2 dogs.
The first time I was supposed
to leave but something in my gut told me to stay until the recorder
arrived. Dan was in a difficult living situation and the recorder was
due to arrive but he lived in a place where it would be in danger of
getting stolen. I was right. I arrived early in the morning (with coffee)
to the recorder sitting on the doorstep of the place he was living.
It's up to me to make sure equipment arrives intact, on time, and ready
The next time I was scheduled to leave, I was exhausted and returned
to my hotel room to see in the news that the Santa Ana wind storms were
kicking in and there was a band of snow storms on my route home. So,
I loaded my dogs (also my GPS had been stolen but I had two backup plans
to map my way home) packed all my stuff and outran the storm. I left
late in the day and drove all night. The wind was horrible and scary,
blowing my truck all over the road. The semi trucks on the road home
were acting all weird on account of the wind. Flashing their lights
at me. My hands were filthy from pumping my gas by the time I got home.
I remember a stop I made...barely, I must have looked insanely tired
because I was having trouble with directions and asked someone that
worked at a remote gas station how to get back to the highway to my
direction. He pointed it out and he looked concerned. He said "Be
careful" which I thought was odd at the time. I would pack Diet
Pepsi's, water, 3 hour energy shots and food I could eat while driving.
Once I forgot to eat and became disoriented. I pulled over and called
Dan for a reality check. I guess I didn't realize how dangerous those
drives were. I drove through some very remote areas, I drove in slush
one time. That was scary. I watched the sun set and drove till it rose.
If you had the chance, where would you like to play and why?
Dan: Cobo Hall in Detroit, Budokan, Madison Square Garden, any festival
in the UK! Most of those have been immortalized on albums or videos,
so it would be like, "Hey! My heroes played here, and now I am!"
Marie: Rock and Roll Fantasy Camp in Las Vegas. Because I've performed
there when it cost me a load of money and I'd like to be prestigious
enough to earn a check from there. It would show how Rock and Roll dreams
really can come true! RRFC was the beginning of my vocal audition to
be in REVILUTION. I was just management, artwork, photography, promo
and support at the time. It was never my intent to be in the band really.
Originally it was all about telling the world Dan is a star and proving
it. The song-writing and singing and production were just work to be
done so I did it.
Who would you like to share a concert bill with and for what reasons?
Dan: Who is drawing the biggest crowds right now? Seriously, I'd have
to say Sebastian Bach. I feel like out of all the bands and artists
from back in the 70's and 80's, he's one of the few who still has the
bug, the drive to make it. We saw him live at Nokia Theater in 2012,
plus attended two tapings of "Sing Your Face Off." He puts
everything he has into every performance, whether he's singing "Youth
Gone Wild" for the upteen-millionth time, or performing Lady Gaga's
"Bad Romance" in drag. He just brings it, every single time!
Plus, he's batshit-crazy, which I love! I would think that hanging out
with him backstage or after a show would be a memorable experience,
to say the least!
Marie: Easy, Sebastian Bach and Winger and Gene Simmons. The reason
why is because Rod Morgenstein (Winger) was my counselor at RRFC in
2012 with our band, "Tight Squeeze" and I had vocal lessons
from Kip Winger as well as he was stage manager and made my song (Skid
Row's " I Remember You") go smoothly. The acoustic guitar
beginning in that song was always an issue but with Kip on stage, nobody
was any the wiser, he made it happen.
The way I orchestrated things
with Gene started before we ever met him. I got a Tweet from him that
he was gonna be at the restaurant "Rock & Brews" so we
went and met him first. I insisted that we wear our band shirts which
are white and I wore white pants. Some guy was telling me to hang all
over him and I refused. I think that is rude and unprofessional. We
didn't know each other yet. I brought Dan forward and said to Gene,
"This man has been following your career for decades." I'll
tell you what, I was talking his language because he mugged with Dan,
I told our story, and then we met again at RRFC. He remembered me and
had a smooth gig with Dan & I on stage. He didn't direct us, it
was like were were just in bands together. It felt very natural which
is what RRFC is all about. It provides you with all the means to experience
what it takes to be a "Rock Star". In our case it was a learning
My perspective of vocal lessons
from Kip...(fondly remembering his epic hotness) he was inches away
from me. Showing me how to get a good, strong vocal on a note. My boobs
were huge and he said so. But the lessons were great and I still use
what he taught me!
Performing with Gene Simmons
- I owned my version of "Cold Gin" and Gene rocked it with
me and left me his guitar pick under my lyric sheet on the stage.
Since I wrote that I changed
my mind. Us with Bas & Lemmy. That would be strictly for REVILUTION™.
I have influences from Sebastian Bach but Dan's first concert experience
is Motörhead. If Lemmy is game, we will collaborate with him when
the time comes. He seems like a very approachable person and I know
that if he met Dan they would get on nicely. Even though the fan factor
is very high there, after the initial shock wears off I think they would
get off on talking around about music. Dan has an instant chemistry
with other musicians.
Glenn: What has been the bands most "Rock
'n' Roll" moment so far?
Dan: From my perspective, I'd have to say when Marie bought the 16-track
recorder so I could record my songs. We'd only known each other about
a month, but she'd heard a couple of bad songs I had posted on ReverbNation,
one of which I had recorded at home with a crappy Tascam four-track,
using a Yamaha synth for the drums. I told her that I could make an
album if I had a decent recorder, and she goes, "well, let's get
you one then," then goes online and orders it! I mean, who does
Marie: It is difficult to pick one. But my personal lifetime dream since
I learned to drive was always to have a "super car". I wasn't
particularly a fan of Corvette, specifically. So this one day, I'm at
a Chevrolet dealership, getting the oil changed on my Avalanche, totally
minding my own business...when I see this beautiful, medium metallic
blue, 2012 Corvette Grand Sport (dream sequence with ethereal lighting
begins). I walked over to it and was casually checking out its features.
Well, the salesman comes out and (I'm looking at the price tag) he asks
me if I want to drive it. No hesitation. "Ya I do. Hang on let
me make a call." I called Dan & let him know I was on my way
over. This is the smoothest responding car I've ever driven. I have
some experience with sports cars but not like this! Me & Richie
(salesman) rolled up to Dan's place & I pulled over. I don't know
what Dan was thinking but as soon as I popped the hood there was no
turning back! I had myself in a favorable enough financial position
to pay cash. But I couldn't do it alone, so we spent the rest of the
day buying the car and trading my truck in. Now, I like cars. I've had
some beautiful ones over the years. The Avalanche I traded in was custom
and had a built in custom professional sound system. But nothing compares
to the Vette! Nothing custom just right off the lot. You can hear the
engine rev before it was throaty like it is now in "Spead Freek"
off "The Monster That Made The Man". (So to answer your rhetorical
question,"Who does that?" I do.)
What do you guys enjoy doing when not involved in the band and why?
Dan: I'm big into vintage audio. I have reel-to-reel machines, 8-tracks,
a turntable, and lots of media! I have an 8-track in my car, and I like
to record CDs onto 8-track tapes so I can listen when I'm driving!
Marie: I don't really have much. I enjoy photography so I'm always managing
something. The studio location is a botanical garden and it takes a
professional expert to handle it all (they call them "gardeners,"
but in SoCal a "gardener" is basically someone you hire to
mow the lawn; in my case there's a lot of other botanicals to care for,
so I have a real gardner). I have my own prowess in organic gardening
that I've formulated since childhood, but this place is too much for
me with everything else I have to do. Even as a child I was a coffee
drinking, bitching, cigarette smoking businesswoman! Well, they were
candy cigs when I had my office in a refrigerator box. (Ha ha) Always
stacks of papers everywhere. When I was really little my Dad worked
for Farmers Insurance. He provided computer paper from work that had
green and white lines on it and holes on the edges for feeding the rollers.
Maybe I was drinking little girl tea? Some things never change, just
update. I still have stacks of papers everywhere and my massive desk
takes up the entire dining room area. The only thing I ever really wanted
to do was be an important businesswoman. Traveling, taking meetings,
making calls and contacts. Socializing with other business people. Getting
all the letters written, calls made. I embrace it. Keeping the bills
paid and things running smoothly. Need something? Bam! I make it happen!
(Whips one out of storage. I already anticipated your need.) Hands it
Wait, what was the question? Ha ha! \m/
Ya, I like music.
Glenn: What would you say are the hardest things
you have dealt with so far in a band situation and how did you overcome
Dan: Finding people who are dedicated and have the time to play. Pretty
much impossible around here, for some reason. We've tried a couple of
different times to get band members so we can play live, but everyone
seems to be too busy or not serious enough. I secretly wonder if no
one wants to play with me, if it's something I'm doing wrong. But rather
than dwell on that, we made up a set list and then recorded the rhythm
tracks from those songs to CD. So now it's just Marie and I; I play
rhythm and lead guitars and sing lead vocals, and she does backing vocals,
crowd engagement, and looks pretty!
Marie: The hardest thing about band stuff is keeping it fresh and exciting.
The moment one becomes too bored with it all or unappreciative of the
awesomeness, is the moment one loses their edge. Once the edge is lost
you can ruin the magic that is music. It's a delicate formula that has
to be nurtured. The things one does on a daily basis create the overall
result. I'm a hard worker which can create burnout or dull the senses.
Another difficult thing is
telescoping views from the tiniest sound inconsistency to the overall
world picture or international view. It's like a version of time travel.
Between Dan & I, we find our way. It's all creation and execution
of the music and image for REVILUTION™.
Glenn: What can we expect from you guys in the
next coming months or year?
Dan: Hopefully within the next couple months we'll be playing live gigs
locally, which will determine when we go back into the studio and start
working on our next album. If the gigs go well, we'll do more of them,
and try to expand our sphere of influence; if not, we'll record.
Marie: I don't f*ck*n' know. More of the same, awesome photography and
social media posts which are our daily diary of basic events like who
we ran in to, the latest audio or video recording and work on the third
album is in the seedling stages.
Glenn: What other things would you like to talk
about that I have not covered in the interview so far?
Dan: I can't think of anything that you missed, you've asked some great
Marie: Well, this interview has given me & Dan the opportunity to
take in and consider all the massive and small events we have caused
to transpire. Lives have been affected positively as a result of our
work. We have great conversations with people whom we share common interests
with. Especially here in SoCal. Folks you'd never expect are Rockers
from way back or their parents or grandparents. People talk about how
they were raised and a true humanity is fostered. That's important.
Music is a tie to everything, work, play, love, hate, betrayal, happiness,
recovery from trauma...to name a few things. I am grateful to Dan for
giving me the chance to be all I can be and more than I ever could dream
of being. He has caused the culmination of decades of school and life
experiences to seed and finally grow. Together we have already done
more than could properly be put into a single interview. However, Glenn
Milligan has a firm grasp of the questions to ask! We owe him and Nicky
Baldrian much for finding us in a world flooded with data. Thank you
Nicky Baldrian & Glenn Milligan for all you do.
Glenn: What would you like to say to fans around
the world who have read this interview?
Dan: Never stop chasing your dreams! Unless you dream of being a serial
killer. Please don't chase that dream!
Marie: Thank you for taking the time to read this interview.
Nice one you two and thanks
for the great words!
out their website for more information as well: http://www.revilution1.com