As I wrote a while back, I found out about this book featuring a Rooney interview along with 21 other band interviews. Seeing as I like a bunch of the other bands too, I thought what the heck, I’ll get that book. Today I finally got it
I’ve only read a few interviews as of right now, but the books includes these interviews :
Before they were famous :
Fall Out Boy
My Chemical Romance
Gym Class Heroes
New Found Glory
The Starting Line
Acts that go against the grain :
Fat Mike and Marko 72
Getting Serious with singers – songwriters
Artists talk about their craft :
Meg & Dia
The Academy Is…
On the road to pop stardom :
The All-American Rejects
I open up to page 88, and I get a little dissapointed.. Only a little though. The interview is only with Robert, and while that’s all good, I love interviews where we hear from the other guys too
The interview is from Bank Atlantic Center, Sunrise, FL, March 2008 and by Brittany Rich.
“I walked in to find Robert entertaining himself with a basket of toys that the venue had supplied. He was wearing a fake nose and a moustache mask” (page 88 – OTBAOTR)
The interview starts off and they talk a bit about the tour, how many shows Rooney’s done and where they’re going next. Continuing on to talk about the internet now and before
“Downloading wasn’t the same – a lot of people were stealing records, not buying them on iTunes, so iTunes has helped. But nowadays, it’s actually very friendly out there online, because you can get your content out in the world.” (page 89, OTBAOTR)
There’s some talk about labels. Robert says that if you want to have international success, you need the power of a major label – but if you want to “sell fewer records but make more of those records”, you can control your music so much more these days. There’s more talk about labels and how much people are willing to sacrifice for getting a record deal.
Robert talks about releasing the unrelased songs at the end of the “Calling the World” cycle (which obviously didn’t happen, and although I would love to see it happen, it will probably be a battle if their old label “owns” the songs).
The interview ends with Robert getting asked if there’s a website people can check out, and he starts out by telling people his solobob myspace – before getting asked for the Rooney website. To which he answers “Oh, sorry” and laughs before naming the Rooney website and myspace.
All in all it’s a pretty decent interview.. There isn’t much information I didn’t already know, eventhough I did find the part about labels interesting. I wouldn’t buy this book JUST for the Rooney interview, that being said I’m not regretting that I’ve bought the book, there’s a least a few other interesting interviews – and I’m looking forward to reading the rest