21 Tales of Tastemakers: Chris Stoppiello
by Chris Stoppiello (English), published November 10th 2010
You have already heard my favorite Tastemakers moment. Alyssa Mastrocco recounted for you how we were treated with a private performance in Shilman Hall from Dave Davison and Good Old War. So here is my second favorite Tastemakers memory, well actually, memories. They involve one simple question.
The first interview I ever conducted for Tastemakers was with the now defunct pop group Push Play. The band was often compared to Disney moguls The Jonas Brothers. Similarities could have been drawn between image and fan base but the subject matter of Push Play’s songs was far from it. For that reason I wanted to end my interview by asking their feelings on the band. I had hoped it would lead to some comments as saucy as their song lyrics and boy did it ever! I enjoyed it so much that I adapted it to be a staple of interviews for me. Every interview I have conducted has ended with the question, “How is [artist name] not like the Jonas Brothers?” I really haven’t ever had any use for them until now. Here are some of my favorite responses… and one from Lifehouse also:
“We wear purity rings on our (Points at his crotch).”
-Derek Ries, Push Play
“We can all actually play instruments”
-Jamey Ice, Green River Ordinance
“That’s a tough question We’re a lot older…”
-Rick Woolstenhulme, Jr., Lifehouse
“I don’t think we suck.”
-Phanie Diaz, Girl in a Coma
Editor’s Note: Chris Stoppiello is a Reviews Editor.