RATTGIRL (R.G.) : To re-establish yourself with
viewers that don't know what's up, can you tell us who Eddie Money
is and what you're doing currently?
Money (EM) Well you know, I tour. That's
what I do, I'm a touring artist. I'm not really happy sitting
at home, or in the studio. I like recording, I've done 13
records of my own, but I'm at home on the road mostly.
: Is there any formula that you use when making your music?
I'm a real off the cuff kind of guy when it comes to
writing. I start out writing on my own, and then I usually end
up collaberating with other guys, mostly guys in the
band. Writing is good for me.
: What makes your new band's musical direction different than
any you've followed in the past?
Well you know, like I said, it's all about the touring
for me these days. It amazes me, these fans that keep coming
out, year after year, to see me sing those songs. They
don't get tired of them, so I don't
: Time changes most people, from their views to their tastes
in music, to their general outlooks on life itself in both a
personal and proffesional way. How do you feel you've
changed, and at this stage in your life, what do you think is some
of the most important things to you?
EM: It's funny, I'm starting to think about life after
music, for the first time in my life. I don't plan on stopping
any time soon, at least for another 10 years. But I do think
about it. I just had a house built down in Florida on Palm
Coast and I picture myself spending alot of time there someday.
R.G. : How does it affect you when you see the growing
amounts of disrespect and disregard from so many bands towards their
fans and vice versa? Do you think that maybe there was a connection
lost? Is this something you've noticed alot, or as some would say,
they haven't noticed it at all?
always say, things are much different today. You know, back in
the 70's and 80's fans really clung to their bands. They knew
them, they loved them, they never missed a show, and bought
everything that ever came out. Today
doesn't seem to be any loyalty to these new bands. They're
here today, gone tomorrow. I think the fans have less loyalty
because you never know if your band of the month is going to be
around next year.
: Having witnessed the dramatic changes music has undergone
over the past 10 years, how has it affected your career? Is there a
direction you'd like to see music in general take, and who, if
anyone, would you
personally like to make a comeback?
Classic rock is back, and it's here to stay, baby! Amen.
It's a great time to be a classic rocker. The new touring
packages that are coming out are interesting, and I'm looking
forward to some of the things my booking agent
coming up with, like touring with other acts and festivals for
classic rock. It's good to see the true fans are still into
it, just as much as the old days, only now they bring their kids!
: What bands/groups/solo acts are you currently listening to?
Do you see any potentials for success?
like Goo Goo Dolls, Matchbox 20, Smashmouth, alot of new
music. But my favorites are still the old standards like James
Brown and B.B. King. You never know if these new bands are
gonna stick. But there's alot of incredible young talent out
there. I'd like to work with some of them. I've learned a
thing or two in the past 25 years.
: In your opinion, what does it take to keep grounded and
level headed in the music industry? What has kept you this way,a nd
what do you feel bands need to remember when dealing with the music
EM: Two words; SAVE YOUR MONEY. A family is the
best way, and maybe the only way, to stay grounded in this
business. Here's a tip; if you can't remember the dog's
name, it's time to go home for a while.
What advice/words of wisdom can you offer someone that wants to get
a start in the music industry, whether it be musician,
producer, engineer, or otherwise? Is there any education you can
EM: There is no education like experience. It's
like the old saying, play often and with anyone you can. It'll
teach you all you need to know. And hire a good accountant
right off the bat. And a good attorney (laughs).
: I'm sure that by now you've seen the huge debates over MP3
swapping programs such as Napster. What I want to know is, where do
you yourself stand on this issue, and what are the pros and cns of
using such technology?
think there are positive effects of these programs?
EM: I have some pretty strong opinions on the topic,
myself. But you gotta remember; I've made my living in this
business for 25 years. You make music because you love it,
because it's all you know, and because it feels good. But if you're
lucky enough to make it your business and your source of income, you
resent the hell out of people ripping you off. My music IS my
product, as well as my heart. But I need to pay the bills, you
know? And I'm definitely not a Napster fan. 'nuff
: How long do you see yourself making music? What do you want
to be remembered for, and how would you like your fans to see you?
EM: You know, I get a ton of emails every week from
people who tell me stories, like their kid was conceived on the
living room floor while listening to this song or that, or they were
lying in a hospital bed after a serious accident and this song or
that got them through, and it's all about that,
me. I guess at this point in my career I have a real sense of
appreciation for what my music has meant to people's lives, and that
honors me. As far as how long, 10 years. Ya, maybe 10
years. Maybe more . . . I can't stop . . . I don't know how.
Do you have any words of wisdom for the fans who have stuck by you?
What would you like to say to them?
EM: Eddie Money fans are the best. They keep
coming back for more so I'll never leave them.