Sammy McBride is another friend of mine, a person I sought out after he was released from prison for murder to perform at an underground art festival the wife & I were putting together… You see, Sammy was the lead singer of FANG, an old-school punk band and getting him to perform his first show after getting out of prison at our festival would be a big deal… I remember when he originally went on the run for killing his girlfriend and literally lived underground for 6 months before being sent to prison for murder. I respected his art and the fact he actually lived underground while being an underground artist, I thought it would make for an interesting Q& A.
What is underground art?
Underground art is terrorism. I don’t really see a lot of it these days but it’s still around in different guises.
Are there rules or ethics to the underground?
In any scene when rules come into play the marginalization begins.
What is selling out?
Does the carpenter sell out when he pounds his 10,000 nail??? Only he knows. No matter what a person does in life the only person that can judge if they have sold out is himself.
Can underground go above ground and still be underground?
Have you ever sold out?
That’s even funnier
Is it possible to steal an idea?
I have often said that everything in music and art has already been done so it’s just about who’s the better thief.
Your biggest artistic regret?
I never learned to play the piano.
Your biggest artistic inspiration?
Soul music. Not rhythm and blues but any music that reaches deep down and tears at the soul dragging up the fear and pain and love and hate.
What is dangerous art?
The best kind!
Bonus question… Nature or nurture?