The Joe Trainor Trio

Band Interview Questions – Kevin

Kevin Niemi - BassIn an effort to let you nice folks know a little more about the guys, I gave them each a handful of questions. These are Kevin’s responses:

1.Who would you say are your greatest musical influences?

Rush, Iron Maiden, Miles Davis, The Who, The Beatles, Pink Floyd, Led Zeppelin, Beethoven, fIREHOSE, Larry Graham, Victor Wooten

2.Imagine you’re watching a concert and one of the band members spontaneously combusts. You get called to the stage to replace that band member. Who’s the band?

Rush – but someone else will need to sing: my voice is about two octaves lower than Geddy’s

3.Boxers or Briefs?

Boxers, Briefs

4.Favorite junk food?

Ben and Jerry’s “Everything but the…” ice cream

5.Who got you started? Was it with a different instrument?

I don’t think anyone got me started; it was an option in fifth grade. I picked the trumpet because my dad had played it when he was but a wee lad. I didn’t pick up the bass until I was in college. Both of my roommates played and it seemed like an interesting instrument.

6.What’s the most ‘rock star’ thing that you’ve ever done?

Had a threesome with your mom and sister.

7.If you had to give up music – what would you do to be creative?

I would paint. I’ve only been doing it for a year or two but I really enjoy it.

8.Strangest venue or gig you’ve ever played?

My life is boring – I can’t think of any odd place I’ve played

9.What do you like LEAST about how you play?

I could think of 50 different things…

I tend to hit my strings pretty hard which can produce a really percussive sound, especially on the E string. The sound is fine but sometimes on ballads or quieter passages I forget how hard I’m playing and that strong attack doesn’t go well.

10.The members of Rush – Marry, Screw, Kill?

I would screw them to death. Except Alex – he’s kinda weird…

11.Have you had any ‘formal’ music training?

Bunches – had some basic theory in high school and I was a music major in college. I’ve had ear training, a bunch of music theory, orchestration, and other assorted goodies. Unfortunately there’s a lot I don’t remember.

12.Do you have any other projects you would like your fans to know about?

I’m a budding artist. Links forthcoming.

13.Tell us anything else that you would like people to know about you.

I am the shortest and baldest member of the band which means I’m the most attractive and wealthiest.

  1. Tucson Bass Player February 5, 2010 at 12:14 am

    Have you read Road Show? If not, what is your excuse?


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