August Creativa event is right around the corner. This summer seems to be flying past at an unusually fast pace this year. I did manage to slow down just a bit to interview the August Featured Artist – The Unamused Kraken.
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First of all thank you, Cherylyn a.k.a. Unamused Kraken for sitting down with me (in a cyber way) for this interview. I’m just going to get right into it…
1. The Unamused Kraken – Where did this name come from?
So a few years ago, I was reading Good Omens by Terry Pratchett and Neil Gaiman, when I came across a paragraph that began with the sentence “The kraken is not amused.” (That paragraph happened to be the only mention of the kraken in the entire book…) I decided that if I ever needed a band name or anything, I would use The Unamused Kraken.
2. When did you start playing the guitar?
I started playing guitar about three and a half years ago.
3. Why music?
I’ve had a lot of varied interests over the years, particularly in artistic endeavors, and music is the one that keeps drawing me in. It’s sort of inescapable, and I enjoy the challenge of working with lyrics, chords, etc., to perfect songs as much as possible. For some reason I feel like I’ve pretty much always thought it would be awesome to play music onstage, and I’ve loved what I’ve been able to do of that thus far.
4. What is your favorite kind of music to perform?
For the covers I’ve been putting up on YouTube, I usually go for songs that I know fairly well, especially more random and obscure songs. Otherwise, I tend to go with my original music, now that I’m starting to have a sizable number of songs that I consider relatively finished. I’ve been writing a lot of songs this summer and I’ve especially enjoyed playing them at open mics within a day or two of their creation. It keeps life interesting.
5. When did you start performing at open mic nights?
I found one at the end of last summer (at a place that has since closed) that I went to a couple times but mostly it started toward the beginning of this summer.
6. How did you hear about Creative Convergence?
Bill invited me the first time I went to the open mic at Sam Ash.
7. Who are your favorite musicians/singers/bands?
I have so many… I’ll go with John Denver, Simon and Garfunkel, David Bowie, the Moody Blues, and the Mountain Goats.
8. What inspires you to write and play?
I tend to think a lot, so a lot of my songs come from everyday life. But I’m also frequently inspired by nature, especially water.
9. Do you have any plans for releasing The Unamused Kraken on CD?
Yep, I’ve been working on an album for the past year and a half and am currently working on finishing that off before the end of the summer.
10. What other instruments do you play?
Besides the guitar, I play a little bit of ukulele and a touch of piano.
11. I always ask this one – If you could live anywhere in the world where would you live and why?
Pretty much anywhere with both water and trees I guess. Somewhere not too hot. Those are my main criteria.
12. Is music your full time job?
Well, right now I’m actually about to go back to college in the fall, so we’ll see on that I guess. I’d love to be able to make it happen though.
13. Not music related but I’m curious – Is Mango your given middle name? I think it’s great by the way.
No, it’s actually a nickname: at school I’m part of this group called Dag (short for Dagorhir) that runs around and fights with foam swords. Everyone there has a nickname for use in battles and such, and I chose Mango because mangos are delicious and awesome!
14. Where can we see you play live and in person?
This summer I’ve been playing at three different open mic nights: Tuesday nights at 9 at By Golly’s in Milford, Wednesday nights at 6 at Sam Ash by Tri-County Mall, and Thursday nights at 7 at the Plain Folk Cafe in Pleasant Plain.