January 21, 2010
Please explain what just happened.
Angelo: The universe has revealed to us an aligning of the minds.
Norwood:The space/time continuum has just collapsed into a major celebratory event called NOW! We have come, from the ONE ground of being, as manifestations in the field of time, to bring you this NUTTNESS! I am looking forward to seeing what becomes of this.
What is your earliest memory?
AM: I was 4 and went to the beach
NF: Getting my nose split open, by a rock, thrown by a little boy, that I was taunting from within what I had imagined was the safety of my family’s fenced in backyard, as he and another boy walked through the alley behind the house we live in.
If you weren’t a (Angelo-musician, artist, lyricist, performer and composer), (Norwood-Groove merchant/Dance motivator) what other profession would you choose?
AM: I’ve been an entertainer my entire life, so I can’t see myself being anything else.
NF: I usually joke that I would have liked to do porn, but I’d be doing porn now if that were really the case. There’s nothing stopping me but the fact that I really must not be that guy. I actually was entertaining an occupation as a trash-man when I was in the 11th and 12th grades. During those years in high school, I worked at Taco Bell, and there was a girl that worked there that drove a fly new Corvette. When she wasn’t driving the ‘Vette, she rolled a brand new Caddy. Somehow, I remember her family had a very large, new motor home as well. I knew she wasn’t capable of keeping up those car payments on Taco Bell pay. I said something jokingly about it one day to another employee and he told me that her father was a TRASH-MAN! I actually had training in this area. When I was in the 9th grade, after getting kicked out of my 5th period metal shop class, I was given the only class my councilor could find for me, CUSTODIAL ENGINEERING!
Please describe the current contents of your refrigerator.
AM: I just finished eating some left over Thai food from last night. A ton of stuff, there’s corn, spices, an onion in a bowl, a lot of vitamins, birthday cake, hot sauce, ketchup, horseradish, soda, milk, juice, avocado, soy milk and San Pellegrino, etc.
NF: A lot of fresh spinach, clover sprouts, oranges and red and yellow apples. Some hummus, salsa, and a fillet of salmon.
What verb best describes you?
NF: Nuttsactive describes me to a tee. Any way you slice it, it’s comin’ up NUTTS, and I’m always in action about it. To be engaged in NUTTSACTIVITY, is to have already admitted that you’re crazy for attempting the impossible, so you get the artistic license to do NUTTEVER you need to get the results you’re aiming for. If you fail, so what, you’re a mad scientist anyway, but at the end of the day, at least you had the balls enough to try. Don’t just dream the impossible dream, act on it!
What would you say to yourself if you could go back in time and have a conversation with yourself at age thirteen?
AM: Hey man, you better be careful because this music that you’re gettin’ ready to do is gonna have people stealing your money after you make it. So, pay attention to your managers and the record companies because they’re gonna end up mismanaging your money. The system is not geared toward black musicians playing Rock & Roll, so you’re gonna have one hell of a challenge ahead of you.
NF: I would suggest that I ask Kendall to teach me how to play guitar and ask Chris to teach me how to play piano and ask Angelo to teach me how to play saxophone. Fish didn’t like to let ANYONE play his drums, so I wouldn’t suggest that to a thirteen year old me, because I already know what the answer would’ve been.
What are the steps you take to regain your composure?
AM: Any type of art; be it working on one of my solo music projects, writing poetry or any of my mixed media adventures.
NF: That depends on the nature of the situation that throws off my balance. If I’m walking down the street and I trip over a crack in the sidewalk, I turn, look at the offending obstruction as if it is at fault and proceed to demonstrate a more pimpish strut, just in-case a hot chick or any nearby little kids are watching.
AM: Success is being able to do what you want to do for a living and for the most part enjoying it.
NF: Success is the street my family lived on in Watts or Compton, just a few blocks from the house we lived in when my nose encountered that rock thrown by the little boy I was foolishly taunting. Otherwise, “success” to me is being in the game, playing to your full potential.
From what or whom do you derive your greatest inspiration?
AM: Jazz, rock, ska, art, poetry and theater.
NF: I could name a few people, and I will. Richard Pryor, Fela Kuti, Mohamed Ali and Jimi Hendrix all led amazing, ground breaking lives, which inspire me to no end. Yet and still, far and above those amazing human beings, George Clinton and Parliament/Funkadelic is where I go to for inspiration more times than not. Funkadelic was a multi-media experience with their album art alone. With Parliament, George Clinton actually acquired a spaceship (I think that is enough in and of itself, for an insane artist, that happens to be a black man). The endurance and commitment that these guys display, to this day, inspire me to no end.
What change do you want to be in the world?
AM: I want the world to realize that keeping your integrity to your music, art and concepts are very important.
NF: That change in the dish at 7-11 or the liquor store that allows someone to have exact change when you came to the store without enough money.
Are you pro- or anti-emoticon? Please explain.
AM: Yea, I’m Pro, because I smile a lot and I’m very expressive.
NF: I’m pro-emoticon! Why? Because it’s good and gay! We need not fear the gayness of emoticons and should celebrate it at every turn! ¤<}
How are you six degrees from Kevin Bacon?
AM: I don’t know what you mean, but I do like to eat bacon.
NF: I’m Woodywoodstraw, The Devils Son-In-Law, fool!
What makes you feel most guilty?
AM: Being on the road so much that I miss out on spending time with my family.
NF: Whenever I know, deep down inside that I am not putting 100% or more into anything I claim to be committed to.
Please list three things you never leave home without.
AM: My instruments; Saxophone and Theremin, my computer, and my passport.
NF: My driver’s license, my keys and at least one prophylactic.
What is the worst piece of advice you’ve ever gotten?
AM: Being told to change the lyrics of my song Weed Plant into: “Where’d you get those pants” in hopes that the song would gain commercial success.
NF: To wait to start my own record label.
What is the best advice you’ve ever given to someone else?
AM: Stay true to your roots, you’ll find that the answer is in your heart.
NF: If you don’t stop screwing your ex-girlfriend, you’ll never find a better one.
What do you consider the harshest kind of betrayal?
AM: Having your kid kept away from you after you were under the impression that the kid was yours to share equally with the other parent.
NF: When it involves children, in any way, form or fashion.
Of all the game shows that have graced our TV screens throughout history, which one would you want to be a contestant on and why?
AM: Hollywood Squares because I feel that I’m eclectic enough to make a difference.
NF: The Hollywood Squares! Because the stars seemed like they were partying balls out behind the scenes. Nipsey Russel was a favorite.
What do you want to know?
AM: I’d like to know when something’s gonna give.
NF: I want to know advanced trigonometry
What would you like your Last Words to be?
AM: “Kiss my Black Ass”
NF: I didn’t think the human race would take so swiftly to telepathy, rendering speaking obsolete….
Please explain what will happen.
AM: We will soon have our spirits aligned with the universe. Thus we will create and procreate.
NF: Nuttin’ is gonna happen in a big way. Nut, the mother of the Gods in Egyptian spirituality, is gonna take over and put everything in balance.