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The Employee Interview Part V: Brent James

Posted by Miss Ess, May 26, 2007 04:28pm | Post a Comment
Brent James
7.5 years employment
Information Control


Q: What was playing in your house when you were a kid?
janis joplin
BJ: Janis Joplin, "Mercedes Benz" and lots of  Willie Nelson, lots of The Doors, Fleetwood Mac.  Basic 70's things that are very important to my formative years.

What was your first show?

The Shirelles at a classic car show in Turlock, California.  No lies, my dad was the president of the Cam Twisters USA! He still is.  That was it!

That's crazy. ...yet fabulous. What was the first band that you were really into?

Ratt.  They made me want to be a musician.  It's true! ratt Why lie, you know?


What is your favorite venue here in the city?

Cafe du Nord.

Yes, I love it.  That's one of my favorites too.  What is your favorite band right now?
ruth etting
I just gotta say I listen to a lot of old things right now.  Ruth Etting and vocalists of the 30s and 40s is what I am listening to a lot at home, besides the usual.

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The Employee Interview Part IV: Obsolete

Posted by Miss Ess, May 11, 2007 05:35pm | Post a Comment
Obsolete
9 years of employment
Visual Merchandiser

The Moody Blues,  In Search of the Lost Chord
Q:  What's the first music you remember hearing as a kid?

O: The Moody Blues, In Search of the Lost Chord.

What is the first album that made you super into music?

It was probably that Moody Blues album.  When disco rolled around I was hooked.  I was 7 years old and hooked on disco.  the village peopleI loved Donna Summer and The Village People.  I was so into The Village People.  I thought they were a real representative of people in society getting together, getting along and making disco music, that The Village represented America and in this "land of the free", a cop, a sailor, a construction worker, an indian, and a leather daddy could get together and rock!

Pretty deep thoughts for a 7 year old.  Impressive.  What was your first live show?

Unfortunately General Public.  My mom dropped me off with my friend at the Universalgeneral public Ampitheater at Universal Studios, California!  It was the only place I was allowed to see my first concert, being 15.

When did you start creating music and why?

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The Employee Interview Part III: Greg

Posted by Miss Ess, April 25, 2007 03:55pm | Post a Comment
Greg
5+ years employment
vinyl person


Q:  What is the first music you remember hearing, before you had a choice?tiffany

G: I remember hearing Bob Seger "Against the Wind" and I remember my sister playing U2 and Tiffany and X2.

Q:  What was the first band you heard that really got you into music?
george michael
G:  I think the Beastie Boys and George Michael. and Run DMC.

Q:  What's your favorite music to skateboard to?

G: It's pretty difficult to skateboard to music unless you have an ipod.  When I was young I had a boom box and I would play my mom's Fleetwood Mac tape and the Best of Country Gold tape or something like that.

Q:  What is your favorite record right now, this instant?
john phillips wolfking of la
G:  Today? Um I like The Way I Am by Merle Haggard, a 1980s record.  Very smooth.

Q:  What's the best reissue you've heard this year?

G: Well the John Phillips Wolfking of LA. [ed note: John Phillips of the Mamas and the Papas recorded a solo record in 1970.  It's fantastic and in our Oldies section.]

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The Employee Interview Part II: M. Nero Nava

Posted by Miss Ess, April 11, 2007 05:32pm | Post a Comment
The Employee Interview
Second Edition: M. Nero Nava
3 + years at Amoeba
Floor Gent

blondie debbie harry
Q: What was the first music you remember hearing as a kid, before you had a choice?

M.N.N: The first song I remember was Blondie's "Heart of Glass."

Q: How have your parents' musical choices affected your musical tastes?

They affected me a lot because my dad likes blues music, which got me into R&B, and my mom used to be a goth chick, so my aesthetic leanings were more towards post punk and all that stuff.  But of course I rebelled as a teen and I listened to hip hop.

Q: What has been the biggest musical influence on your life?

Probably my mom. She laid the foundation with bands like the Cure, David Bowie, Lou Reed.

Q: What is your favorite record to get down to?

Probably Marvin Gaye, the I Want You album.

Q: What is your musical guilty pleasure?

All those R&B chicks that have one good song and they have one name: Kelis, Aaliyah, Ciara, Amerie.
jefferson starship grace slick paul kantner
Q: What's the last concert you went to? What was the first concert you went to?

princeFirst concert: Jefferson Starship at Great America.
                                   Last concert: I saw Prince for my 46th time.
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Q:  When did you start playing music and why?

When i was 16 I started playing keyboards, then I sold my sampler and bought a guitar when I was 18. I wanted to play because girls like that and I'm funky.

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The Employee Interview I: Zack

Posted by Miss Ess, March 31, 2007 06:32pm | Post a Comment
In following with both the fact that Amoeba hires only the most insatiable and voracious music enthusiasts, and the fact that we of course all learn from one another, periodically I will be posting interviews with staff members. In this edition, I discuss with San Fran's own Zack his musical past and present, among other things.

The Employee Interview:
Zack
4+ years employed at Amoeba
Floor dude

animal muppets
Q:  What was the first music you remember hearing as a kid, before you had a say?

Z:  "Back in the USSR," "Good Vibrations," and the "Monster Mash." My dad would play these while he got me dressed on the couch in the living room before preschool.

Q:  How have these songs influenced your musical likes and dislikes?

Z:  With the Beatles, it gave me a great pop foundation for discerning melodies I like and dislike, but as I got older I really couldn't take the Beatles anymore and had a long stretch of being completely over them while I explored other musical avenues. Since the birth of MY son I have embraced the Beatles once again, having had enough time off and being able to hear them again for the first time along with him.

Q:  What was your first concert?  Last?

Z:  First concert was the Kinks at the Palladium in LA, '87 and my last was the Melvins at Great American.

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