Surfer Spud, Musician, Drifting Sand: 15th
Greg...here ya go, dude!
was born in cold Canada but quickly came to my senses
and moved to sunny California in the 70's. Then I
bought the Beach Boys Endless Summer Greatest Hits
and have been feeling good vibrations ever since.
I also majored in filmmaking (after seeing Star Wars)
and have worked in radio for many years before starting
Drifting Sand in the early 90's. I sing and play keyboards
in the band and love writing songs about my favorite
things in life, including surfing, surf culture, waves,
beaches, girls and root beer floats. One day, I'd
like to be the Governor of California!
did you get your break? pun intended...
never gave up or backed down! Never stop going for
it, whatever "it" is, because you won't
believe how much you can actually achieve just by
making the effort. No effort equals no break!
like to think we're what you get when you toss traditional
60's surf and new wave 80's pop into a blender and
hit the shred button. I also like the idea of being
a cartoon surf band...if we ever get a Saturday morning
TV show, I'll call it quits after a season or two
because you can't top that!
do you mainly perform?
night clubs, amusement parks and local zoos. We've
also decided that when we go on tour, we'll only play
places with beach access and good surf spots. And
New York so we can go to Rockaway Beach!
are your favorite titles?
Surfin' With Britney, California Myth and Drifting
Sand (title track), all from the new self-titled album.
The songs are pretty good too!
do you get your inspiration?
the sea, sand, girls and anything/everything ocean-related.
But I also love astronomy, so the band may be headed
in a spacey direction in the future. Maybe the next
album will be called Drifting Sand in Space!
have you been compared with, and why?
Beach Boys, Jan & Dean, Fantastic Baggys, Rip
Chords, Surf Punks and DEVO, probably because they're
all bands that sing about surfing, except for DEVO.
We get compared to DEVO because of our matching uniforms
and robotic behavior.
the largest and smallest crowd you ever performed
played to over a thousand people at a beach party
in Santa Cruz a couple of years ago and to about 20
people the other night in San Jose. We also once played
a gig where there were more frogs in attendance than
are a few funny stories from the road or the dressing
when we played a club in San Francisco, we told the
owners that it was gonna be a battle of the surf bands.
When we got to the club, they had two dressing rooms,
one for us and one for the other band. What we didn't
tell the club was that WE were both bands. We just
changed our clothes after the first set and came back
and played again with a different look under a different
name. Win some, lose some...or both at once! Then
there was the gig in 2001 that made my girlfriend
at the time break up with me because she claimed I
cared more about Britney Spears than her. She was
worried that if Britney heard Surfin' With Britney,
she might actually go surfing with me! I can laugh
about it now but at the time, it was painful.
did you know you had "made it" in the business?
really like this question because you assume we've
made it! I'm just gonna keep believing that. But I
DO like the idea that we've already "made it"
and now we're just working backwards! I think the
most important things about being in a band are to
be happy doing what you're doing and having as much
fun fun fun as humanly possible!
has the internet helped you?
internet has helped us tremendously. People from all
over the world have gotten in touch with us, bought
our CDs and visited our website at http://www.driftingsand.com
We've also been given excellent opportunities to tell
people about our band .
in point, this interview!
us about that video in the making...Birds Can't Surf?
Birds Can't Surf was released way back in '93 and
we've talked about making a video for it for years.
When I say "we," I mean original guitarist
Surfer John and I. But I've been too busy recording
and surfing and John has been too busy BBQing in his
backyard and chasing gophers so we keep putting it
off. It's the first song we ever wrote as Drifting
Sand, maybe it'll be the last video we ever make in
are your current projects and what are you focused
on right now?
releasing our new album this past summer, we've been
playing some shows in the SF Bay Area to promote the
new album. We recently opened up for Dick Dale, which
was a dream come true and just played my favorite
amusement park in northern California, Paramount's
Great America. We also may start recording a couple
of new tunes for our alter-ego winter band Drifting
Snow for a Christmas release.
your message to your fans?
as much fun in life as you possibly can and try to
stay healthy and do positive things. And if you're
feeling down, go surfing or listen to great music
so you can be stoked about life!
Spud, thanks for this great opportunity. Thank YOU
Greg...root for the internet!
look forward to continuing to help out and be in touch.
And we look forward to playing live in Australia.
I was there a couple of years ago for New Year's Eve
and caught my first wave of the millennium at Narrabeen!
G'day mate...sea ya in the water! Surfer Spud DRIFTING
note: Drifting Sand and Surfer Spud are super cool!
Check em out.
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