Saturday, October 4, 2014

Share with Me Saturdays - Howie Howard Part 1

This guitar case, man.
Photo Credit: Sandy Woodson

Friends, hello! Happy Saturday! This month we are meeting Howie Howard, the workhorse behind Mr Furious Records, a netlabel where a community of artists release albums on the web together. We're celebrating MFR's 10-year anniversary and their 44th release, Mr|Ten. Howie and I met almost 10 years ago, kind of, and I've been bugging him ever since.

Q1: Hi! What's your name and favorite pizza topping?
Howie. You know. Veggies, of course, but if I must be specific... shallots, maybe? They're uncommon and kind of pretentious, I suppose, but perfectly delicious on anything. Red peppers are fantastic, too, of course.

Q2: What project/business/profession are you sharing with me today?
Mr. Furious Records.

Q3: How did you join this project/business? Did you create it, or get hired in, or....?
I was in bands, I made CDs, I hated selling CDs, so I started giving my music away.

Q4: What's the most rewarding part of this project/business for you?
It's a toss-up between a great show, and finishing a record.

Q5: What part of this project/business makes you want to throw things out of anger or frustration? Be vague if you have to. It's OK.
Website problems. Gear problems. Microphone placement problems. Mixing problems. That might sound like *everything,* but the various frustrations of playing, editing, being in a band, moving equipment, and whatnotelse don't rise to the level of these.

Q6: Do you ever question if this is what you are supposed to be doing in life? Do you feel like you are on a good journey with your project/ least for now?
Making music in my leisure time? No, I never question that, beyond the cursory existential level I feel obligated to question everything. I'm on a good would be nice to have a wider audience, but I'm not stressed about it. I know there are things I could do to gain that audience, and I don't do them, because I'd rather hammer out another album.

Q7: Do you think you are getting any better at what you are doing? Does it matter?
Yes, and yes. It matters to me because I want to get better. I'm not sure whether my audience of about six people cares (AS LONG AS VENTURA GETS FINISHED, NATCH!). [Classy update: It totally finally got finished.]

Q8: What do you love most about existence right now? I mean this in the broadest sense possible. Or whatever sense you want to interpret that in, I don't care.
Cheap quick answer? The wine I have and the tacos I made tonight. Answer from my deepest heart?...Human learning, and the hope that it might continue through the end of the universe?

Too real?

Q9: How is that love reflected in your project/business?
For fuck's sake, these questions ARE getting too real! Well, I don't write drinking or foodie songs, though please enjoy those things to our music if you're so inclined. I try not to write about existential angst/hope directly, either, but I'm sure it creeps in everywhere. Sample lyric: "Beating all the Lucifers / up and down her skin / What the doctors couldn't end / that night, we did." That has the angst and the hope, I think. More angst, maybe. But some hope. The important question for me is whether it's 100% angst/0% hope, or 99% angst/1% hope. That's the difference that matters. If anyone has more than 1% hope, good for them, but that's just frosting compared to the difference between 0% and 1%. Between 0% and 1% is where the cake's at.

Q10: Where can we read more about you and what you do?

Stay tuned for our dabble session later this month! In the meantime, make sure to get to know him through the website, and listen to all the beautiful music available. If you are feeling moved, buy some albums/tracks. Support the effort. Music is the storyteller that reveals the most hidden places of our soul.

Or pizza does that. 
No. Probably music.

-C McG

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