Interview with Starwood - Marten Andersson
MI: What is your birthday?
Marten: November 26th
MI: Are you single, married, or divorced?
Marten: I'm single.
MI: Where did you get the name Starwood from?
Marten: It was actually taken from the rock club that was here in
Hollywood in the 70's.
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Marten: We've all been involved in different projects before. Let's talk about Starwood.
MI: Tell us something about each member of the band.
Marten: Lizzy is a complete freak but a super nice guy and very loyal. Joey is a thinker. He is an intellectual guy and he's the guy that analyzes everything. If he buys something he'll read the entire manual before getting into it. Joe is the karma guy. He treats people the way he wants to be treated which is great. He's a super nice guy and he doesn't care about possessions much.
MI: What is the most memorable show you've played live.
Marten: There's many of them but one would be when we played at a music festival in Germany in front of 35,000 people. It all made sense in one split second why I gave up everything to be a musician.
MI: Do you think there's a difference between playing overseas and in the US?
Marten: Yes and no. If you pack a club here in the US in front of 300 people it's an incredible feeling as well. The only difference I would say is people seem to be a little older here in the US. You see 14 year old kids with your T-shirt on over there.
MI: What advice would you give to any young band getting into the music business?
Marten: Surround yourself with good people. Think of all the aspects, don't just think about the music. Promote yourself on the internet and have other people around that will help out.
MI: Describe yourself to me.
Marten: I have not failed, I just found 10,000 ways that did not work.
MI: Have you ever inhaled?
MI: What are your thoughts on legalizing drugs?
Marten: I definitely believe in using marijuana for medical
purposes. I don't smoke myself... I still think that marijuana and
drugs in the US is one of the biggest imports. They could make a lot
of money legalizing it.
Marten: We've done various projects together before. We go back.
MI: Where do you get your inspiration
MI: If you could dump a bucket of flesh eating ants on someone, who would it be?
Marten: I don't think there is a specific person.
MI: What do you consider your greatest achievement of all time?
Marten: As far as I see it, it's not the destination it's the journey and I think the best is yet to come.
MI: Would you say the band is now more of a full circle?
Marten: Yes. I'm having more fun than I've ever had.
MI: If you could open for anyone, who would it be?
Marten: Aerosmith, Kiss, Lenny Kravitz, Judas Priest...
MI: If you had a million dollars to donate to charity what charity would it be?
Marten: I would probably split it up between cancer research and an animal charity.
MI: What's the worst job you've ever had?
Marten: Pizza delivery. You make shitty money, you work a lot, and I hated it.
MI: If you could have lunch with anyone, living or dead, who would it be?
Marten: President Bush and my Grandma.
MI: If there was a movie about your life who would you want to play you and what would you want the theme song to be?
Marten: The song would be Enter The Arena by Michael Shenker and the actor would be Johnny Depp.
MI: Who is your favorite author?
Marten: Mitch Albom.
MI: If you could be a super hero, who would you be?
Marten: Superman. He has strength and he can fly.
MI: What message would you like to send to your fans?
Marten: Whatever you do keep at it, check out the new Starwood CD, and be happy.,
MI: What's your favorite quote of all time?
Marten: I still miss you baby, but my aim is getting better. Also, only a fool stands in the way of progress.
MI: What is your website?
Thanks Marten. This was a fun interview, and I really appreciate you taking the time to talk to us. I can't wait to catch Starwood live. Soon. -Maybe Gene will read this.