The Beta Band
with John Maclean
recently were lucky enough to talk to John Maclean, the Beta Band's
piano and decks man, to find out where the Beta Band just really
is coming from, where they're at, and where they're planning to
go next. Read on and be enlightened...
Who's opening for the show tonight? Have you been touring with
them? How has that been going?
opening act, we're DJing. We don't have opening acts for our shows.
We'll switch between the four of us, not just one of us will be
playing. We'll spin hip-hop & reggae, and polka (laughs.)
How has touring the United States solo been different from your
tour last year with Radiohead?
exposure as much, but now you get the full experience. We were
playing in the sunlight and didn't get a full set; you didn't
get the full Beta Band Experience.
Do you think the tour opening for Radiohead has increased your
following at all? Did it open you up to new fans?
people see you every night. You're playing for a lot more people.
It was great.
What is a Beta Band Show Like?
we've got a lot of lights. It's a more visual all-encompassing
experience. The whole she-bang becomes much more of an experience
than a regular show.
on my American Accent? How do you like it?
It's pretty good actually.
- I'm going back to my Scottish accent.
I know you guys have some heavy hip-hop influences. What are your
opinions of modern popular rap music? Ja Rule, Ashanti, etc.
Well you know,
you have good and bad, you just have to sort it out. Just like
any other kind of music, you're going to have a bunch of it that's
not any good. About 90% of it is disposable.
What did you do creating Hot Shots II differently than your approach
on your self-titled release? I know you weren't completely happy
with how that album turned out.
Oh yeah, we
were rushed on that album. It didn't turn quite as good as we
hoped it would. We just took our time and didn't try to overdo
it. We didn't force it.
What's your personal favorite Beta Band track?
No wait, "To You Alone". That's my favorite.
If you had to pick a favorite song ever, what song pops into your
song ever? By any artist? By anybody ever? "Chillout,"
by The KLF. You know those guys? They're great.
You had a Star Wars themed show a few months ago in England. How
did that turn out? Any further ideas for themed shows?
pretty well. It had a lot of people come out. Next year we'll
have a new theme. We haven't planned it yet.
Your US Tour is winding down in about 2 weeks, what are your plans
for after the tour?
We'll be working
on our next album. Writing the next album. Steve has a lot of
songs written. We have some demos done. Robin and I have a lot
of instrumentals down already. It's too early to tell what direction
it will be going.
like The Beta Band...