Interview with Dick Valentine (Electric Six)
We recently chated with dynamic Electric Six frontman Dick Valentine (a.k.a. Tyler Spencer) to find out… well anything we could.
I would say I’m back there 7 or 8 times a year. We record there. My family is there. Northwest Airlines has fairly cheap flights between NYC and Detroit so it’s not really a problem to come and go.
It’s pretty surreal being in the NewsCorp building and realizing that Sean Hannity and Bill O’Reilly are in the studios next to me. When I was in for makeup, Hannity’s personal makeup kit was left out on the table in front of me. It looked like the casing for a uranium bomb and it had his signature engraved on it. But that’s not surprising. Most regular plain old great Americans like him have their signature engraved on their personal makeup kit made of titanium.
For the record, Shepard Smith’s makeup kit was just a plastic bin with a piece of masking tape on which “SHEP” was written in Sharpie.
I suppose I might be going back. Or not. Depends on if they believe my appearance will drive up ratings. I believe it won’t.
Well, that is my voice, but it is somewhat affected by a pitchshifter. Basically that came about because the director of the videos and commercials for that campaign is Tom Kuntz. He directed three of our videos a few years back. I was sitting in a Starbucks while we were waiting to play in Indianapolis a couple years ago and he called and asked me if I wanted to do the music for the campaign. It happened that their deadline for getting the songs done was parallel to our recording schedule for Flashy, which our guitar player Zach was recording, so Zach and I did the milk songs while we recorded Flashy.
Same as all the albums post-Fire. Generally it takes about a year before people digest the songs. We tour for each record right when it comes out and you can see the blank stares whenever we do a song of the new album. When we go out on the road a year later for the next record, I’m sure we’ll have a bunch of people yelling for “Graphic Designer”.
Well, we’ve been in a groove lately where we put out one album a year and it comes out in October. We do have a new record slated for this October as well.
This thing is on autopilot. I have some amazing musicians in this band and I don’t exactly write prog-rock songs, so it’s pretty hard for us to fall apart these days. We’ve actually stopped rehearsing before tours. We just go over stuff at soundcheck.
We just left a great band that did a couple weeks with us called Bang Camaro. They can have as many as 10 lead singers on stage with them at once. I definitely became a fan.
Yeah, we play there twice a year and we have a great rapport with the people there, so we have been lobbying pretty hard for our star for a while. We would take them outside and point at this band and this band and point out how much they suck and how they need to be painted over.
Make no mistake – I fully expect for us to be painted over before ten years time is up. But for now, it’s a wonderful feeling being…..immortalized.
Really? REALLY? I always feel like John Popper minus the harmonicas. But I suppose we try to avoid fast food. Take LSD instead of drinking beer, that sort of thing.
It’s usually really hot on stage. You can expect to see us soaking in our own juices by the end of the show. Also we are trying to work up a cover of “Tender Love” by Force MD’s. But we’ve been saying that for two years, so who knows…..