Community Chat with Scott Murawski of Max Creek 8/14/2001
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transcription courtesy of Renee Pfeffer
Geoff Gould: Ladies and Gentlemen, welcome to tonight's chat here at the GDF we have Scott Murawski, guitarist from Max Creek as our guest, who are playing.. at the Summit this weekend - woo hoo!
click on the banner at right for more info also, check out the maxcreek.com site below so welcome Scott
Scott Murawski: thanks geoff! it's a pleasure to be here
Bassjam624: hey Scotty-congrats on yoiur new CD, how's the family?
SM: thanks! the family is good... boys just had a birthday
GG: did you guys ever play La Honda in 73 or 74?
SM: aha.. nope... we didn't make it to california until 97
Dudemon16: Scott, can you talk about Scottness?
SM: scottness is the name that has been given to my solo work
the scottness cd... quite a project... it's different from creek cuz i do everything except drums. you can order on www.scottness.net...
SM: meanwhile, jeff pevar and i are playing some "guitarness" shows. I love playing with jeff
SM: guitarness - one at the living room, and one in simsbury
SM: the living room (Providence) is the 29th of this month, and simsbury is the 30th... at the maple tree
Ladywthafn: I'll be there with bells on
TTapes: I hope everyone had as much fun as we did at Camp Creek! What an amazing time! Thanks for letting us be part
CREEKstWREN: camp was great
SM: camp was great this year!!
DogofSky: it was great seeing you jam with trucks
Seventurns1phish: what is your favorite phish song??
SM: favorite phish song... hmmm.. i like mike's songs the best
GG: I think now would be a good time to talk about the Summit; seems like an awesome lineup
SM: yes, very psyched for that
SM: well, i know that creek will have some special guests sitting in with us
Gail1951: you gonna stay long and catch the other acts
SM: including jeff pevar, tom constantin...and more. my kids will be with me, so we'll see how long they last
Ttapes: I'm jetting up to Indian Lookout in a couple minutes
CREEKstWREN: scott what advice would u give to young muscians trying to start a jam band of there own?
SM: advice to young musicians... take chances!!
McKay303: how is playing in the studio different than playing live or is it
SM: fewer people to play off of
Gail1951: I love the way you play off a crowd
SM: it's all about playing off of the "now".. forgetting your fingers... that's the trick.. playing to the people around you...
GG: but now the important question: What kind of ice cream do you like?
GG: traditional GDF question
SM: cookie dough
Gail1951: i kept getting chocolate at camp
SM: but, lime popcicles rule too
Ladywthafn: ice cream shop in Simsbury has a flavor called moose tracks...mmm
AlliePitch: starbucks mud pie rokks
GG: Scott, you mentioned a day job, is that something that needs discussion?
SM: i program medical software full time during the day
SM: the band went part time in 91...
SM: and it was actually helpful to the music and vibe...
Ladywthafn: you guys still play quite a bit for part time
GG: seems like you can play more for the love of music that way
SM: rider has a video business
SM: rob has a percussion shop
Gail1951: never knew that
SM: allshouse actually does television audio
livecreek1: And Mark just jams!!!
livecreek1: We've heard the story behind so many songs...Tell me about ICU..
SM: it's a song that questions why we do things
Ladywthafn: what song is that?
SM: a new one of mine
GG: since y'all are day-jobbing it, does that mean you don't get out west often?
SM: we make jaunts out west we'll be in colorado in october , then california in the spring
SM: who's going to the summit?
Gail1951: i'm starting vaca with the summit
CREEKstWREN: summit bound here
Ladywthafn: the lineup looks great!
SM: yup, an excellent lineup..it's an excellent venue
Gail1951: string cheese is hot
Ladywthafn: you should really come out for it
CREEKstWREN: scott we here ur a big talking heads fan...whats ur opinion of adrian belews guitar playing
SM: adrian belew is awesome...
GG: so, Scott, what are you listening to now? What's in your CD player?
SM: mark mckay!
SM: had the meters in there last night
Reneetunes: funkyMETER are playing the summit too. love them
SM: i'm trying to listen to as much different people as i can
GG: Well, good intro; tomorrow night, we'll have George Porter, Jr here to chat
SM: met him at the gathering, very nice guy; played the 30 year jam with him
CREEKstWREN: scot when ur in the car..on the way to work,whats in the ole tape deck
SM: i put rhythm tracks in the tape deck so i can make up lyrics while i drive
Freakyfunky1: Any topics you can share about the songs in the works?
SM: i've been focusing more on guitar playing as of late rather than writing...
but, the way it works... that's when the good stuff comes out, when you're not trying
GG: writing is definitely a "harvesting" operation much of the time, right?
SM: yes, harvesting
JKB482: just out of curiosity was anyone at greatwoods when scotty played tuesday's gone with phish
JKB482: that was a moment
GG: brings up a good question or two...
GG: favorite guitarists?
SM: gilmore, garcia, mike stern
SM: not in that order... also...scofield, tony rice,
SM: Jeff Pevar ; one of my all time favorites
SM: stern.. he's a jazz player who captures an essense i really like
SM: the guy from psychedelic breakfast...
CREEKstWREN: heck ya
SM: in fact, watch that band... they're on fire
GG: I would say Jeff doesn't get the recognition he warrants
CREEKstWREN: yup tim he rocks
Reneetunes: i love michael hedges
SM: LOVE hedges
SM: he did "comfortably numb"... blew me away
SM: and leo kottke
livecreek1: How about Fred Moore?
SM: fred moore... LOVE fred moore
GG: Any favorite bands from outside US/UK? I love a lot of African guitar bands for example
SM: king sonny ade; i've downloaded african stuff and latin stuff..
GG: his old pedal steel player was awesome
SM: love pedal steel
McKay303: scott, how do you pull off the pedal steel sound with your gear so well
SM: i have a pedal steel
SM: the thing about king sunny... is the three guitars playing single notes that make up a single guitar part i saw him with his 24 piece band
CREEKstWREN: hey x.lil trouble making out lyrics to the song"secrets" are u speaking french or
something at 1 point
SM: brazillian portuguese
SM: the lyrics are posted on www.scottness.net
GG: tell us guitar freaks a little about your equipment Scott
SM: i use a POS ibanez musicion and a POD from line6
Bassjam624: you don;t make it sound like a POS, me hermano!
SM: and a roland jc120
GG: great amp
SM: i like the pod now... but i hated it when i first got it
GG: but I often felt it was a great rhythm amp
SM: the secret is to interface it to your computer and change everything inside
McKay303: Scott, you've got that POD tuned into Mars man
CREEKstWREN: isnt ur ibanez re wired from its original state
SM: the ibanez is rewired, but it's all the same hardware... i recently had the ibanez refretted, and had the bridge filed...but i think it needs more work
DogofSky: what gauge strings do you use?
SM: i use 11s
Bassjam624: The new Relix says there will be a Creek bos set out at year's end any truth to that?
SM: yes... maxology
Bassjam624: awright! can't wait! Thank you! S
TTapes: Hey folks, I've gotta get going up to Mariaville, but Lee's going to hang out for a bit...Scott, you rock!
SM: hey ken... we'll see you up there!
TTapes: thank you to all & I hope to see you this weekend! Safe travels, Ken
Chrisper75: Scott, have you seen many other guitars like yours around,(the Ibanez MC550)?
SM: no, haven't seen to many ibanzes just like mine
GG: got any unkown players we should keep our ears open for?