Kyle Cook interview –
Music Incider Magazine
Well, this is Kyle Cook. You may remember him from Matchbox Twenty, but as his ex-band mate Rob Thomas becomes a fucking Justin Timberlake clone-Kyle is doing more important things. MusicIncider was granted an interview to talk about Six Strings, but you know me-we always talk about different shit. Here you go.
MI: What is your birthday?
Kyle: August 29th 1975.
MI: How did you get involved wit the project for Sing A Song With Six Strings?
Kyle: I met a guy named Eddie Kramer, quite a legendary engineer, and he recorded all the Hendrix records and various other songs on other legendary records. We started working together and I was in the middle of doing some orchestral recording and invited him to that and then he asked me if I wanted to do the project. I wrote a song for my daughter so I decided to use that song.
MI: How did you and your little girl get on the album cover?
Kyle: That’s an interesting thing. I just viewed it as that my song has it’s own place on a record and that it’s a perfect home for that type of song. Sony got more excited about it than I thought and they decided to put myself and my daughter on the cover, because we’re supermodels of course! (laughter)
MI: How is the album selling?
Kyle: It’s obviously not a top 40 smash by any means. I don’t know where the sales are at, but it’s out there. It’s getting airplay and they’re telling me that they’re going to take my track to primary markets in January. I don’t think it’s broke nationally because of that.
MI: Are their any plans to do videos for any songs off the album?
Kyle: I would assume that it depends on how well it does.
MI: Will you be singing on your own new album?
Kyle: Yeah, I’ve been doing most of the singing on the new album. Another guy in the band sings what he writes and I sing what I write.
MI: Would you go on tour with all the other artists of Sing A Song With Six Strings if it were presented?
Kyle: Sure. It would depend on a lot of different things though. I think it we be a hard thing to put together.
MI: What do you want your fans to know about you?
Kyle: That I make music from a real pure place and I try to always be honest with people about that. I don’t like the idea of adhering to a formula for commerciality sake. People keep buying my records and being involved in my vision when it comes to music and they allow me to keep doing that.
MI: How did you end up with the queen Scorpio, Carol K?
Kyle: Through Sony.
MI: What is your favorite kid show you like to watch with your daughter?
Kyle: Sponge Bob Square Pants. It’s a brilliant cartoon. The humor is geared in a way that adults can get a kick out of it also, but it’s animated enough where kids love to watch it.
MI: How did the death of Dimebag affect you?
Kyle: I actually know Vinny very well. We met at a local strip club a long time ago. He listened to me play piano and it was very sensitive heartfelt ballads and he was really into it. It was weird because he is the drummer of this majorly aggressive band and yet he really liked what I was doing. So I’ve thought a lot about how the death of his brother has affected him.
MI: Do you think club’s security should now be changed?
Kyle: Yeah, I do. I’m sure that it’s going to change the way people think about going to see rock concerts. It’s going to change the type of acts club owners bring in and the type of money they put into security.
MI: Do you have a message for Vinny and the Abbott family?
Kyle: My wholehearted condolences. It’s a terrible loss to the musical community and as a person. I’m looking forward to seeing Vinny in person again.
MI: Name the five greatest guitarists of all time.
Kyle: Jimmi Hendrix, Eric Clapton, B.B. King… Those three guys particularly. B.B. For his wonderful lyrical play and his understated play with so much soul. I’ve always appreciated Eric Clapton as a guitar player, a song writer, and a vocalist. He has persevered through a lot of hard times in his life. Jimmi was a true innovator and a one of a kind in this business. He pushed the boundaries of what you could do with a guitar, song writing, and music. I always thought David Gilmore was one of the more tasteful guitar players around and I always appreciated that. I also have to say Mark Knopfler because he had a big influence on me.
MI: What are you currently working on?
Kyle: We just got off this one and a half month promotion of The New Left EP, which can be found at TheNewLeft.com, and I’m releasing that independently. If a record deal comes along that we like we might take it but we like the control we have right now. We’re not making music for hit song reasons, we’re doing it for ourselves and because we think they’re good songs.
MI: What age did you start playing guitar?
Kyle: I started playing guitar at 13 but I started playing the violin at 8 and that’s where my classical roots began.
MI: What do your parents think of your career?
Kyle: They’re proud beaming parents. They show up to my concerts from time to time with my shirts on. My mom is sweet and my dad is very supportive. He’s very grounded. He was always the guy that would say “Are you sure this rock thing is going to work out?” He always displayed that bit of responsibility.
MI: When you’re driving in your car with your little girl what CD are you playing?
Kyle: A Kelly Clarkson song that’s from a Disney film.
MI: If she wasn’t in the car, what would you be playing?
Kyle: Recently it’s been a lot of Modest Mouse and Prince’s Greatest Hits is always bumping. Coldplay’s record, I really like that.
MI: Name five artists that you think have been massively shortchanged by the music industry.
Kyle: Los Lobos, Tom Waits, Randy Newman, Steve Earl, a band called The Jayhawks, and Wilco.
MI: How do you think the industry has changed since you first got involved until now?
Kyle: I think it’s increasingly more single oriented. I think independently released music and the ability for people to record music cheaper than they ever did before at a much more quality standard has had an impact on the business also.
MI: What advice would you give to a young band just getting into the music industry?
Kyle: Be prepared to be disappointed. Be prepared to be kind of weirded out by your art that you thought was art to you.
MI: Who is your favorite poet?
Kyle: I like Walt Witman a lot and Edgar Allen Poe. I tend to explore a lot of the darker emotions.
MI: If a movie was made about your life who would play you and what would the theme song be?
Kyle: Brad Pitt would have to play me. There’s no one else that looks like me in Hollywood besides Brad Pitt. The theme song would be I Can’t Get No Satisfaction.
MI: If you were stuck on a desert island and could bring 3 people, 1 bottle of booze, and 1 CD, what would it be?
Kyle: My wife and two kids, Red Cabernet Sauvignon, and the CD would be either Sergeant Peppers or Pet Sounds.
MI: What do you think about the war in Iraq right now?
Kyle: It’s terrible. On the one hand it’s great that we’ve taken a tyrant down. I keep thinking about all the children that have mothers and fathers now because prisons have been opened up and people released. That warms my heart and makes me feel good, but I think that at some point we need to get out because we’re continuing to bring violence to that poor little country.
MI: If you could be a superhero who would you be and why?
Kyle: It would be easy to say Superman but I bet everyone says that. I would be Aqua Man because I like water.
MI: Do you consider yourself a dog person or a cat person?
Kyle: A dog person.
MI: Do you believe in psychics?
Kyle: Not really.
MI: Have you ever had a paranormal experience?
MI: If you could bring one person back from the dead who would it be and why?
Kyle: My grandmother on my dad’s side. She was an old soul and had a lot to do with the artistic ability that I have now. She painted and sketched quite well.
MI: If your fans could do one thing for you, what would it be?
Kyle: Not believe everything they read.
MI: What do you want for Christmas?
Kyle: A Porsche 911. I would get the wife a bad ass Mercedes Benz. The kids would get their own high end guitars. The problem is they don’t make them for kids.
MI: Do you see your kids following in your steps?
Kyle: I see them going in that direction a little bit. I think music is really fun at that age and you use it for learning at that age.
MI: How do you think MTV has changed over the years?
Kyle: It’s very teeny bopper now.
MI: Do you have message for your fans about Six Strings?
Kyle: I would hope that people that have kids are interested enough to buy this album to share our emotion and connect with their kids or reconnect with their kids.
MI: Is there a website for Six Strings?
Kyle: I believe it’s SingaSongWithSixStrings.com
MI: Do you have a personal message for your fans?
Kyle: Thanks for being patient. We (Matchbox 20) look forward to getting back together again.
MI: Have you ever inhaled and what is your opinion on legalizing drugs?
Kyle Absolutely. There are narcotics that should never be available. It’s always baffled me that marijuana doesn’t get viewed the same way as alcohol does.
MI: What is your favorite quote?
Kyle: It’s only Rock N Roll but I like it.
MI: If you could dedicate the interview to anyone, who would it be?
Kyle: Jimmi Hendrix.