Interview: Tony Baltimore
What got you into music, and if you had not gotten into music what would you be doing today?
I think I was always into music, I cannot recall a time that I wasn’t humming song or my internal radio in my head wasn’t playing something.
Trouble. Lot and lots of trouble.
What do you like to do when you are not playing music and how does that influence your creativity?
I cook a lot. I find cooking to be a wonderful (and tasty) creative outlet. It helps to settle my mind while still achieving something.
How long has your band been together?
The band that plays with me now, the Wilde Awake, has been around fir about 10 years.
Where are you based and how did that influence your music?
Key West. It has and it hasn’t. I’m not much of an island music kinda guy, the genre known as Trop Rock I find to be lacking in creativity in any form or fashion. So I stay away from that nonsense.
What is your favorite venue to play at, and do you have any places you want to play that you have not already?
In Key West? Either the Green Parrot, the Key West Theater or the Coffee Butler Amphitheater are my favorites.
Red Rocks, Wembley, the Moon.
If you could play any show with any lineup, who would be on the ticket?
I’d probably just hire Led Zeppelin as my backing and if that was a possibility.
If you could go back in time and give yourselves advice, what would it be?
Don’t listen to your parents, just start the band and run with it.
Of your songs which one means the most to you and why?
I’m not sure I have one in particular, but right now I dig That Girl’s Got Eyes and Storm the Beach because they’re fun to play.
Which songs are your favorite to play and which get requested the most?
Let’s All Go Insane, That Girl’s Got Eyes and Right Back
What is the creative process for the band, and what inspires you to write your music?
I write everything, without the band. A number of things are inspirational, all depends on the moment. I find that I write better in the morning before I’ve had the chance to engage with anyone and my brain is still free & clear for a short period of time!
What kinds of messages do you like to get across in your music?
I’m not sure I’m much of a message guy, although I do find it somewhat necessary to seek happiness where it can be found. And maybe tell the government to go fuck themselves.
Do you ever have disagreements in your band, and how do you get past them?
Nope. I’m fortunate to call the shots.
What are your plans for the future, and do you have anything that you want to spotlight that is coming up?
My new record is coming out on 6/17 so I’d certainly like to spotlight that!