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Viva Phx Q & A: The Burning of Rome

The Burning of Rome, Viva Phx, Interview

Surfdog RecordsThe Burning of Rome plays death pop music out of California. The five-member band released With Us in 2012 and will play two shows in Phoenix this month. Tonight, March 6, at The Pressroom and Friday, March 7, at 10 P.M. at Last Exit Live during the Viva Phx festival.

Read The Spec‘s Q&A with Burning of Rome keyboardist Aimee Jacobs…

Very first concert you attended and a memory from it.
The very first musical/theatrical performance I attended was in New York with my family. They had taken me to see the Broadway show, Beauty and the Beast. I was about nine years old. All I can remember is the lights and the pit where the symphony was dimly lit in the most beautiful room I had ever stood in.

If you could have any musician (dead or alive) as a mentor, who would it be?
Björk, she’s done so much without using any obvious instrumentation.

Very first concert you played and a memory from it.
The very first concert I played was at the epicenter in San Diego with The Burning of Rome.

Artist you would most like to collaborate with or have produce your music?
St. Vincent is really interesting to me right now. I would love to work with her.

Personal truth that fans would be surprised to know about you.
I was home schooled for a good chunk of my middle school and high school education. I could have graduated early, but my mom was so afraid of me getting into trouble that she just kept me in school.

How do you spend a typical day when you’re not touring or busy recording?
I play music or I am teaching music to my students. Going to band practice, going to a voice lesson, answering this questionnaire. When you’re in a band or you play music, your life basically revolves around it.

One artist or album you could never get tired of listening to?
I never get tired of PJ Harvey.

Earliest music-related memory you have?
My mom would play bands like The Monkeys, Nirvana, Enya, The Beatles, and Tori Amos, while my dad played Frank Sinatra, Bobby Daren, and Billy Joel on our car rides to school.

Nicest thing a fan has ever said, or given, to you?
A lot of people tell us that we put on a great live performance. I see people at our shows who have been to a show before because they just have so much fun dancing and singing to the music.

Interesting fact about your newest release.
We have three different drummers on our unreleased album, Year of the OX. Matt Chamberlain (Tori Amos, Fiona Apple, Peter Gabriel), Dale Crover ( The Melvins, Nirvana), and Josh Freese (everything from NIN to Sublime).

Xperience you will never forget.
Realizing that music is the way I want to live my life. It sounds very cheesy and cliché, but it is one of the earliest memories I have.

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