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Really interested in some of your opinions on the people you balled with. Who was noteworthy in either their niceness or wackness? I feel like Adrian Grenier could be secretly nice at ball.
Ah, to refresh, here’s my list of semi famous people I’ve randomly played ball with over the years:
He was good. Way bigger than I thought he would be. I definitely got the vibe that he was a guy who played a lot when he was younger but was rusty.
Terrible. Like a chicken with his head cut off and one of those dudes who I was worried to get near to on the court cause his lack of b-ball IQ might lead to accidentally injuring other people. It was amusing to hear all the kids from the projects call him funny names though. “Yo, I got Gattaca!” or “Who’s guarding ‘before sunrise’?”
He was mad intense. I don’t recall him being good or bad. I think he had a decent shot though. BUt his desire to win was strong. He definitely moved the ball around a lot and was talking the whole time. I’d imagine he’d be annoying to play with but playing against him was fine.
4)Josh Saviano (“Paul” from the wonder years)
I played with Josh for years (wonder years, you could say) before realizing he was who he was. He was not a particularly great offensive player but he knew where to be and would hit a shot now and then. He was a tenacious defender though and I actually didn’t look forward to him guarding me ever.
He’s fun to play with. He’s certainly not great but he has a good time while he plays and hits some hilarious shots. His “top of the key one leg kicking out fade away” shot is shockingly consistent.
Super nice dude. Not very good at ball though. He doesn’t pass much and does everything super slow so he has tons of turnovers. Also, Both he and Ad Rock were shorter than I expected.
I played with him at the park once when he was like 15. He was tall as fuck and not playing that hard. Honestly, he kinda sucked (for his size) at that time but that could be more about him not trying than anything else. One thing was for sure though, he was kind of a dickhead. It may have been just teenaged petulance but he was certainly not good vibes.
8)Frank Whaley (The guy who gets shot in “Pulp Fiction” after Sam Jackson gives his famous biblical speech)
Terrible. He personified “Little white dork” on the court.
Bobbito can definitely ball. He doesn’t pass at all and does some of those dumb and1 dribble tricks during games but his shot is lights out and he’s pretty hard to guard.
10)Brandon Sexton III
I don’t remember him that much. I do recall him not being anything special and seeming less than average athletically. It was a long time ago though, so who knows?
Adrian and I actually played on a urban league team together (we’ve known each other since a little after high school) one year. Our team was called “Ham sandwich” and we were terrible. He’s kind of more on the hippy side of things and never really played sports growing up. That shows in his game. That said, he can hit a shot here and there and was more athletic than I would have guessed. He basically plays like any kid who went to art school. I think, had he been more obsessed with ball at a younger age, he might have been pretty good.
Who are some of your favorite acts (bands, musicians, producers) to see live? Do you see live music much at all? What do you try and do while playing live that is different from your studio work?
Honestly, I’m pretty much done with live music. I don’t know if it’s cause I do shows or I’m just too old to want to stand there but it just doesn’t appeal to me. I think part of it is, most of the live shows I would go to are rap and rap shows are fucking boring. There’s a small hand full of acts that can put on a great show (FYI, Aesop is actually great live) but outside of them, I just don’t feel a drive to go to shows anymore. Also, recorded music always sounds better to me and I’d rather have control over what I’m listening to.
As for my live show…it’s pretty different from my studio work in that it’s more upbeat and pretty quirky. It’s basically like taking all my albums, throwing them in a blender and adding all sorts of other music ranging from hip hop, to old soul to 80′s shit. My live set is very referential. On one hand, you can dance to it but on the other, you can nerd out in the back and just try and catch as much shit as you can cause I’m constantly throwing little pieces of random songs in there. It’s certainly not visually impressive (just a man , his computer and launch pad) but it sounds cool.
1) What are your thoughts on cars being specific to chicks or guys? Example: Miata = Gay Guy or Chick car
2) Let’s say that a friend of yours just bought a car that you believe to be predominately driven by chicks, do you say something to him?
What was your first car and how long did it last?
I can answer these three with a big “N/A”. I don’t drive. Never have. I know nothing of car etiquette and what makes one car cool and another a chick car. But, it does sound like someone hurt your feelings in the past and you’re deflecting it onto what kind of car that person may be driving. Let it go. It’s only a car. It’s way easier to make fun of his girlfriend or something.
Have you ever been to a rodeo?
I have not. I’ve never even seen one advertised. I’d be a little curious to check it out though I feel like the crowd at one would make me a little uncomfortable. Something about large groups of people wearing cowboy hats that creeps me out.
I saw that you tweeted earlier about the music scene video getting a million views. awesome vid by the way. how did it come about? the same artist that drew the album cover animated it? did you tell the artist what your vision was for the vid was or was it more of like a, “i kind of want it this way but do your thing man i trust you?”
I wish I had some great story behind this…the truth is, my label contacted me about someone doing an animated video for “The music scene”. They asked if that was ok and I was like “Uh, sure, whatever…” cause, in the past, when they’ve commissioned videos they’ve been fine, but ultimately I didn’t give a fuck. So, I said yes and forgot about it. Five months later I get an email with a link to the video and my jaw hit the floor. It was amazing. Best thing I’ve ever been involved with , visuals wise, by leaps and bounds.
The guy who made it did not do my album artwork but he did interpret it in the video.
So, sadly, I had nothing to do with how cool that video is except for making the song.
Have you even been to DC and what do you think of the city and the music scene there? I’m considering a move next year, what do you think?
I’ve only been to the actual city once and it was for a show. It was fine , I guess. Not much to go on. I’ve been to the suburbs outside of DC a ton though cause my girls grew up in Bethesda. They’ve got good food there but it’s still pretty much just some boring ass suburbs,
What is your favorite pizzeria in NY? Why do you like it?
That’s tough. Right now, South Brooklyn Pizza on 1st ave between 7th and St Marks is my shit. Not only is open till five am 7 days a week but it’s the freshest slice you will ever get. It’s super simple, real italian pizza. They’ve got amazing parmigiana cheese there that they dump on the slices as well as fresh crushed garlic that blows any garlic powder out the water.
What is your favorite LIVE sports moment?
Hmm…I’ve never been to a playoff game before in any sport so I’ve never been to a game of extreme importance. That said, I’ve seen some amazing games. In hindsight, the coolest thing I ever saw was Daryl Strawberry’s first major league at bat (he struck out) but, outside of that, I was at a Knick game about 10 years ago where they won in overtime against the lakers with a buzzer beater shot by Sprewell (I think it was him, it was so long ago, it’s hard to be sure). That was certainly the most exciting thing.
I think its my ADD or something but when im working on music i can newly work for like 20-30 mins at a time. I always have to ake a break. Its extremely rare for me to stay more than an hour straight working on something non stop. Are you the same way?
I’m the opposite. I work till it’s done or don’t work at all. It’s funny too cause I’m totally ADD in many ways but when it comes to making music, I gotta finish what I’m working on. I’m almost OCD about it. The only thing that might stop me is my old ass sampler getting too hot after being on too long and needing time to cool down. That used to happen so much I’d freeze a towel and put it on the “engine” part of my sampler to keep it cool. It actually worked.