Tracy Reed of Corduroy Jones
There are a lot of fun things about my job as a magazine editor. I get to go to shows. I get at least fifty cd’s a week. I get to take pictures of the band, and I get to write EXACTLY what I think about the music I hear. –I also get to meet people from all over the country. Tracy Reed-an interesting character that I have met. Tracy is the vocalist for the New York based Corduroy Jones. I think you will find her to be interesting too.
MI- What is your birth date?
Tracy=I'm a Libra all the way.
MI- Tell me about your latest music project. -Describe Corduroy Jones's Music.-Who are the members of your band and what do they play?
Tracy -Latest music project: Working with Contact High's songwriter, Anthony R., on a song he and Stacey wrote.
-Corduroy Jones's Music: Pop-rock.
-Members: Tracy Reed: vocalist and rhythm guitar; Dave Smith: drummer; Steven Spaleta: Bassist; Ryan Anderson: Lead Guitarist.
MI- If you were king of the world for one week, what would you do?
Tracy-hmm...let's see, how about change my title from King to Queen and then push to give a good education to everyone so that there is less hunger and hatred in the world. No conditioning though since I strongly believe in being your own person.
MI-What is your favorite song to play live and why?
Tracy-Usually the newest one written because it is the one that I am in most touch with at the time. It represents my current feelings as well as type of music that has intrigued me.
MI-If you could be any superhero, which would you be and why?
Tracy-Wonder Woman. She's tough but sexy.
MI-What is in your cd player right now?
MI- Have you ever inhaled?
Tracy-surely we all must inhale life.
MI-Do you believe in psychics?
Tracy- yes and no
MI-Why or why not?
Tracy-never peaked my interest too much.
MI- Who are your musical influences?
Tracy-A wide array: Coldplay, Pixies, Massive Attack, Bjork, Garbage, No Doubt, The Clash, Wilco, Bob Schneider, Billy Holiday, Nina Simone, Bob Dillon, etc. (in no certain order)
MI-What about the world pisses you off the most and why?
Tracy-Laziness. Some people never get off their asses.
MI- When and how did you first get interested in music?
Tracy-I learned to play the guitar as a hobby and my guitar instructor thought I was talented enough to be in a band. I didn't agree with him though and just kept going to lessons. One day I came in and he told me he gave my phone number to this girl to be in an all girl band. I freaked. That push was my first steps into the world of music.
MI- What is the most memorable live show you ever played and why?
Tracy-I played in front of 600 people at a festival. It was hot and I had done some stupid stunt that a former boss of mine had talked me into. I had put cerrano peppers in my shoe the previous day for a bet. Needless to say my foot was burning on stage that next day and I had to limp out to the mic with one sock on and a shoe on the good foot. The stage was wooden and since it was somewhere around 80 degrees I was in excruciating pain. I couldn't let anyone know though so I just pretended that it was normal and ran off to get some ice when some guys in the mosh pit hit the power cord and knocked off our electricity.
MI-Where is your favorite place to play live and why?
Tracy-Village Underground. The sound was excellent both for the audience as well as for us.
MI- Tell me about the music history of Tracy Reed.
Tracy-I started playing with an all girl band in Oklahoma. I grew out of the heavy metal scene and decided to try something more challenging and started up a band called Gloss. I had only one girl guitar player in that band. From there I decided I was bored with Oklahoma and wasn't really going to get anywhere so I finished up my degree at OU and headed to New York. I hadn't really planned on starting another band until a roommate I lived with talked me into going to some open acoustic mic nights. One thing lead to another and now it's Corduroy Jones.
MI- Tell me about an average day in the life of Tracy Reed.
Tracy-I work 9-5, mon-fri, then practice either with the band or on my own (writing new songs). I try to hit open mic nights when I get a chance as well as play with other musicians for inspiration. I also love electronica so I am trying to work with a couple of dj's and anyone that inspires me.
MI- What three people would you like to be stranded with on a life raft in the middle of the ocean?
Tracy-My three best friends. Kathy, Casey and my mother.
MI- If you were stranded on a desert island and could bring one person, one cd, and one book-what would that one person, one cd, and one book be?
Tracy-my mum, Coldplay, Harry potter (the latest one)
MI-Who do you think the greatest musician of all time is and why?
Tracy-I don't really think that there is just one great musician. I think that there are many great musicians. I've always liked collaborative pieces.
MI-What is your greatest achievement and why?
Tracy-My degree. I had no focus. The fact that I finally figured out what degree I wanted was an achievement in itself.
MI- What is the worst job you have ever had and why?
Tracy-Waitress. The boss was a jerk and I couldn't believe I had to take an exam for the menu.
MI- What do you want people to know about you?
Tracy-I think it's awesome when people come up to tell me how great my vocals are especially when I'm feeling frustrated with my music. But sometimes, I don't think they realize that I realllllyyyy do think it is awesome that they like my voice. I don't jump up and down but I do internalize it every time someone says it to me. I just hope they understand that sometimes I'm a bit introverted with compliments.
MI-What person would you bring back from the dead and why?
Tracy-My grandpa. I never knew him.
MI- Who in the world would you most like to have lunch with?
MI-Do you believe in reincarnation? Why or why not?
Tracy- no. I don't remember my past life.
MI- Where were you when 9-11 happened, and how did it affect you?
Tracy-I was at work and at first it was odd to see everyone at the bars drinking while I was walking home. Most of the world was watching it on t.v. seemingly unaffected however it put the "I am proud to be an American" in effect for me.
MI- If you were to design a 9-11 memorial, what would it look like?
Tracy-I wouldn't dream of designing a memorial. I would give the idea to those that lost people and let them design it.
MI- Where do you get your inspiration from as a musician?
MI-Give me your opinions on computerized music-you know, the stuff that is coming out in hip hop and rap, etc.
Tracy-I love it as long as it is not centralized. It think it should be enveloped within the music.
MI-What is your opinion about rap lines in the middle of rock and roll and metal music these days? (for example, limp bizkit and pod)
Tracy-Not really my personal favorite but I admire the talent that it takes for them to put their ideas together.
MI- Is there anybody in the business that you would want to open for?
Tracy-tons of people...All of my favorite artists.
MI-What is your favorite movie of all time and why?
Tracy-I think it's called "Sweet November" with Charlize Therone. It was the perfect romantic tragedy.
MI- What in the world do you like to do the most and why?
Tracy-Play music. It's time where I can just let go.
MI-What does success mean to you?
Tracy-Success. Well I like to dream big. I want to be on top..some say fame, fortune, etc. It think Madonna seems to have it pinned. She's been able to be herself, get married to what seems like a fantastic guy, have some kids, and she is able to reinvent herself. I would say for me she is the definition of success.
MI-Tell me what you think about MTV.
Tracy-It doesn't peak my interest. It is geared for a different market than what I like.
MI-What do you think the best thing that ever happened to music was-and why?
Tracy-the electronic age. it allowed us to expand into greater fields that we could have ever imagined and will continue to push us even further since we are able to talk with different cultures and see that there is not one side to every coin.
MI- Give me your favorite quote of all time.
Tracy-"to be or not to be, that is the question"
Look out Madonna, here comes Tracy Reed. Corduroy Jones, coming soon to a venue near you!
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