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Interview: Ian Cruz - 01.07.11
 

Ian Cruz - 01.07.11

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Ian Cruz - 01.07.11The following is a mini interview of generic questions that we posed to all bands that wanted to answer:

Ian Cruz
www.iancruz.bandcamp.com
www.facebook.com/ianmcruz

1. How did you get your band name?
My band, Penpals with the President, broke up and everyone told me I'd be better solo. No big surprise there, but I guess it's good for what it is. Maybe I'll change it to a real band name, like We Can't All Be Internet Millionaires.

2. How did this band get started?
My old band basically decided to leave after 6 months of playing a lot of shows in Michigan, but our local scene wasn't interested in anything that wasn't hardcore, or sounded like Circa Survive (no disrespect).

I ended up going to rehab for a few weeks after my senior year in college started and found that everything we owned as a band was gone - drumset and all.

With just a Fender Strat and an acoustic, I just did this instead.

3. What bands are you influenced by?
I listen to bands like Blink-182, the Beatles, Radiohead, the Smiths, Kind of like Spitting, At the Drive-In, Alkaline Trio, Bruce Springsteen, Weezer, Lemuria, Archers of Loaf; anything.

4. If you were a furry, what animal would you be? Why that animal?
I'd be a koala, because I like it rough.

5. Why should people listen to your band?
They should listen if they really feel like it. No pressure!

6. If you were chosen to be in Guitar Hero/Rock Band, what song would you want in the game? How hard do you think it would be to five-star on expert?
I really don't play those games, but anything by Alkaline Trio. 4/5 Stars!

7. If you won a Grammy, who would you thank?
My mom.

8. If you could change something about the music industry, what would it be?[/b]
Music should be free. Completely free. I just want people to listen.

9. Memorable tour experience?
I remember when we were playing with this band, and every night we would get together and party with them. Then, the next month my girlfriend was breaking up with me to date their lead singer.

10. What does AP.net mean to you?
It always reminds me that music mends broken hearts.

11. What is your favorite song to play?
My own song, "All Right, Speed Easy". I recorded it twice, the demo and the album version. I really prefer the demo. So listen to that one if you listen at all.

12. What is your vacation spot of choice?
The cabin.

13. What music reminds you of your childhood?
Third Eye Blind, Goo Goo Dolls, and Van Halen.

14. If you could have any super power, what would it be? Why?
Transportation. I wouldn't need anything, gas or legs, to get anywhere.

15. Do you feel that your band has "made it"?
Hardly!

16. What is something that most fans don't know about you?
They don't know enough.

17. What's your favorite holiday?
Christmas! Or 420.

18. What do you like to do in your spare time?
Write and record songs, or just play some Playstation 3.

19. What kind of hidden talents do you have?
I can do some crazy things with my tongue.
 
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