Monday, October 19, 2015

The Untitled Interview #215: Starring John Harouff (Dead Professional)

If you so happen to have been around these parts for a little while, you know that I'm kinda sorta a big fan of western Virginia outfit Dead Professional

What was once a one-man experiment has (happily) developed into a musical project of some substance, fronted by the one and only John Harouff (he of the incomparable, inherently wry charm and equally wry, charming vocals). Read on for Harouff's thoughts on all things Dead Pro, and be sure to check out the recently released Young Hardware EP. I must say, it's pretty darned excellent. 


And an aside for DC folks, consider checking out Harouff and co. when they hit the stage at IOTA on 10/23. It'll be well worth your time.   


Fuzzy Logic: How do you do? 

John Harouff: Oh, I do alright.

FL: What was the last song you listened to? 

JH: Hmm well my iTunes history seems to be all Billie Holliday and Chet Baker. I like mood music for doing other things (like cleaning, nothing titillating sadly). But the last song I really listened to I think was Roxy Music’s cover of "Jealous Guy." I was just figuring out how to play those lovely chord changes.

FL: Beatles or Stones? 

JH: I rarely intentionally listen to an album by either any more. But both are totally capable of giving me a shiver in some unexpected department store or wherever. You hear "Beast of Burden" on the radio and think, why have so many people given up on that kind of songwriting?

FL: What’s your first music memory? 

JH: A bluegrass band jokingly busting into the Beverly Hillbillies theme song. Universal crowd pleaser.

FL: Favorite music-related movie? 

JH: I don’t love biopics and fictionalized stuff. The actors are just never as cool as the musicians they’re supposed to be. They’re almost always too good looking too. But I love documentaries. It’s hard to pick just one but I do remember watching Live Forever, the Brit Pop documentary more than once. Good luck to any actor trying to play Liam Gallagher.

FL: The greatest record store in the world is: 

JH: Closed, of course. I used to work at a place called Plan 9 with most of my best friends at the time. It was a great great and unrepeatable time. Pop history grad school.

FL: What was your first show? 

JH: The first real rock show I ever went to was Bob Dylan crazily. Unfortunately it was about 15 years before my peak Dylan fandom. Hopefully I’ll get another chance.

FL: If you weren't a musician you'd be? 

JH: More secure. Even less satisfied.

FL: If you were so inclined, whom would you form a tribute band in honor of? 

JH: Roger Miller. I could sing his songs all day.






[posted 10.19.15]

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