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Science Faxtion

Interviewed by Gary Hill

Interview with Greg Hampton of Science Faxtion From 2008

MSJ:

This interview is available in book format (hardcover and paperback) in Music Street Journal: 2008  Volume 6 at lulu.com/strangesound.

There are some seriously interesting histories within this band. Can you catch our readers up on where the various guys have come from?

Bootsy, Bucket and Brain were all in Praxis together dating back to ’92.

I have been a producer / songwriter here in L.A. for 20 years - also been involved with a few bands as a member

MSJ:

What drew all of you together for this project?

Bootsy and I were gonna do a Bootsy solo funk record and it organically grew into this.

MSJ:

At times your music seems like metal, at other times like classic R & B and funk. How would you describe it?

Space age metal funk!

MSJ:

With the Parliament connection, do you guys have some massive stage show plans like they used to have?

We will really have to wait and see. We have a lot of things going on individually - but with all of our past combined you can bet there will not be a dull moment!

MSJ:

Who do you see as musical influences?

We were all influenced by the great James Brown – Bootsy’s mentor but we are all into many different players. Tommy Bolin was probably my biggest influence.

MSJ:

What’s ahead for you?

A diet lunch of fish and steamed veggies – and a Lita Ford record.
MSJ:

Are there musicians you’d like to play with in the future?

Fortunately I have been blessed to play with or produce most of my heroes - so whatever God puts in front of me – it’s his call!

MSJ:

Do you think that downloading of music is a help or hindrance to the careers of  musicians? It’s been said by the major labels that it’s essentially the heart of all the problems they are having in terms of lower sales – would you agree?

Stealing is wrong period, but a lot has to do with people putting out lots of music that’s just plain s***! When there is one good song on a record and the rest are bad b-sides what do you expect!

I do see a trend of better music being made now, but the “business” of music has to change - so the artist gets a fair deal, but we realize the labels didn’t get in biz for us (the artists) to get rich!

MSJ:

In a related question how do you feel about fans recording shows and trading them?

It really depends on the type of band. Some bands’ retail sales really benefit from that - oddly enough, especially the “Jam bands.”

MSJ: What was the last CD you bought, or what have you been listening to lately?

AC/DC – Black Ice - been listening; to Nine inch Nails, Smashing Pumpkins, Gram Parsons, Prince, Sly Stone, Todd Rungren…all over the map.

MSJ:

What about the last concert you attended for your enjoyment?

Todd Rundgren

MSJ:

Finally, are there any closing thoughts you’d like to get out there?

Buy the new Science Faxtion and Alice Cooper Along Came A Spider – two copies each – so you have one for the car and one for the house.

 
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