This week Eric Gardner of Dot Hacker (he who graciously offered his grannies name as their band…and you thought it had some sort of techie significance!) answers our 20 most pressing questions for would-be drummers. Emerging themes people…emerging themes.
FLABmag: When and why did you start playing drums?
Eric Gardner: i never consciously made the decision to become a drummer. I started playing drums when i was 2 because there was a drumset in the house and my parents would put drumsticks in my hands to shut me up…oh, if they only knew what they were in for!
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Thanks for stopping by FLAB Magazine’s weekly podcast. This is our 4th one…it’s going well so far, and I think this week’s episode is the best yet. I had a pretty lengthy conversation with journeyman bassist, Jonathan Hischke. We discuss our mutual love and admiration of Eric Avery, his varied career, his love of effects, the architecture in his style and a lot more. Oh we briefly mention Jonathan’s amazing head of hair, because, how could we not!
Jonathan and his many projects on the Interwebs:
EV KAIN | LVMRKS | Dot Hacker | Hella
Oh and read our past interview with Jonathan about Dot Hacker HERE
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FLABmag: Most band names are fairly mundane, and those that seem meaningful, often aren’t, which is a bummer, or they are banal rips on something obvious, like “Pretty Girls Make Graves.” Then, there are those that are truly clever – which one is “Dot Hacker”?
Jonathan Hischke: I would honestly say neither of the above! Dot Hacker is the nickname of Eric the drummer’s grandmother. Dorothy Hacker. It’s a weird band name for sure, but not a pretentious one, which is a plus. There is something kind of interesting in that a sweet grandma’s name could sound tech-y or even kind of savage! It was from an ongoing and tedious list of band names, and was the only one that caught the attention of all four of us. It initially had the vibe of being kind of a ‘working title’ for the band, but then ended up just kinda sticking.
FLABmag: Wow! No kidding? That falls into the clever category, for sure…I read you guys formed the band in 2008. Why did it take so long to release a record? How long did you guys take to record? Why the EP before the LP?
Jonathan: We began playing in 2008, yes, but this is quite a busy group of people, even more so now. We recorded off and on for many months in our really comfy and clubhouse-like home studio. Then the completed album was in purgatory for awhile as we all did different things, until Org Music came along and it made sense!
FLABmag: I know you’ve already been asked about the band name, but I read that you said it was meaningless, yet your Wikipedia page says it’s a nod to Simon Adebisi, one of the most notorious characters on the HBO prison drama, Oz. If it’s true that it is that’s brilliant! My question is, what was your favorite storyline involving Adebisi on the show? (I loved when he went straight after hearing the African spirits calling him. Of course two episodes later he was up to his old tricks…I was a huge fan of the show!)
Vin McCreith: For real, Oz is one of our all time favourite shows alongside Homicide: Life on the Street. I just found out tonight that a friend of a friend in LA just gave Tom Fontana (creator of Oz!) an Adebisi Shank t shirt. Small world! Don’t sue our ass.
FLABmag: Band names aside, there seems to be an upsurge in popularity for bands with instrumental/experimental sounds. Your band being one of them. How does Adebisi Shank differ from other instrumental bands, aside from being Irish?
Vin: Well for me Adebisi Shank differs because it involves a lot of things like tuning my bass and showing up to places on time, things which I don’t neccesarily have to do for other bands. Apart from that we’re all pretty much made up of atoms, cells, DNA and whatnot.
FLABmag: Since I’ve only recently discovered you guys the following question may be tedious, but I always like to ask, how long have you known each other and how did you meet? When did you start playing music together?