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Sunday, February 23, 2014

Vaudeville Etiquette's Bradley Laina Answers 20 Questions~ You May Want to Dig Out Your Tambourine!

In the early 19th Century, Marcel Proust was given a questionnaire called "an album to record thoughts and feelings," also known as a "confession album."  At the time, it was popular among English families to assure that the man or woman was marriage worthy and bona fide. Written in 1890, it was discovered in 1924, and in 2003 auctioned for over 100,000 euros.

The TV show The Actors Studio had their own version that the host would ask the actors live in the studio.

 Vanity Fair readers have long enjoyed the magazine's version of  The Proust Questionnaire. It's fairly basic but gives you a glimpse into the minds of some of the most famous and respected people in the world. They now have an online version that anyone can take and compare their answers to celebrities. So, when we explored creative ways to interview people, we realized a version suited for musicians would be perfect! Where other publications fail, we will succeed by letting the monkey ask all the questions!

Vaudeville Etiquette got a huge hug from the universe this weekend, with praise and admiration coming from their dedicated friends, fans, and family that showed up to support their pre~album release show at The Tractor Tavern. They also got some wonderful reviews including one in USA Today. And if that wasn't enough, they were invited to perform on King 5's New Day morning show where they gave a pre-show stellar performance.

Vaudeville Etiquette live at The Tractor Tavern 

 Produced by Barrett Martin of Walking Papers and released on his label Sunyata Records, and mixed by legendary producer Jack Endino, this project has clearly been kissed by the music gods! Their album Debutantes & Dealers is sure to go down in Seattle music history.

Vaudeville Etiquette live at The Tractor Tavern 

After seeing their full set the other night, I feel as if I've been taken to my uncle's country place that no one knew about, where the many musical influences that have graced our state were being collected in individual experiences & memories and pieced together with love, sifting out the negative and leaving only the positive, and finally formed into one kick ass band (Alright, so we stopped at the carnival on the way).  It's clear they have piqued the curiosity of all the right people and I feel privileged to have been able to see them at this exciting time in their career. You can follow them on several social media sites (links below) as well as purchase the new album as of April 15th on Amazon. 

Thanks Bradley! 

The Xanaland Proust Questionnaire for Musicians 

1. What music makes you the happiest?

Funk. Funky ass funk. 

2. What musician do you identify with the most?

I love Conor Oberst (Bright Eyes) His writing is so vivid and compelling. 

3. What musical talent do you wish you had or were better at? 

Saxophone or Trumpet~a horn instrument. 

4. What is your most treasured musical possession or memorabilia? 

I keep the tickets from every concert I've been to. Someday, I'll make a shrine. 

5. What venue do you dream about playing at? 

The Gorge or Red Rocks would be tops for us. The Neptune in Seattle is also a gorgeous theater.

6. If you could bring any musician back from the dead, who would it be? 

John Lennon. He didn't need to check out so soon. 

7. What trait do you most deplore in other musicians? 

Musicians that deplore others.

8. What about in yourself? 

Self deprecation And indecisiveness....or maybe...

9. Who is your muse? The one that inspires you? 

My wife, and past relationships play a lot into songs. I also like stories and songs that are derived from true historical events -- anything with a strong emotional imprint or amplified experience. 

10. Name one event in your life that made you want to be a musician? 

Photo by Ernie Sapiro

I've never wanted anything else. I try to make a conscious decision to keep at it every day. 

11. If you could change one thing about your appearance what would it be? 

I've always wanted curly hair... I guess I could get a perm. 

12. Who in your life has stood by you and supported your music? 

Most everyone we know has supported our music at some point, and we're very grateful for that. 

13. What is your current state of mind? 

Slightly manic. 

14. What phrase or word do you overuse the most? 

Fucking. I curse too fucking much. 

15. What would you say was your best moment as a musician? 

Having our first crowd surfers at The Brick Saloon. That's rare in Folk Rock. 

16. What band or musician can you absolutely not listen to? 

I have trouble listening to Toby Keith.

17. What band or musician can you listen to over and over? 

Anything '90s. Pink Floyd, Ryan Adams never gets old. And Phish. I fucking love those guys. 

18. If you were not a musician what career or trade would you choose? 

Restaurateur or bar owner like Ted Danson on Cheers. 

19. If you could be a fly on the wall at any moment in musical history, where would that be? 

Hanging with The Rolling Stones to record Exile on Main Street at Nellcote in France. 

20. What song will be played at your funeral? 

I don't know, there's no guarantees because I'll be dead. 

I got this one, Bradley! 

Your pal, Sancho 

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