If you could control all of the radio stations in america for 2 hours, what would be some of the things on your playlist?
Mike DeGuzman: The whole Fluid Minds catalog! I would also reserve some time to perform live on the air with the band. As a business man, I always feel that I should be pushing the product and take advantage of any opportunities I may have.
Christian Rogala: Pink Floyd, The Beatles, Miles Davis, Wayne Shorter, Oscar Peterson, Chopin, J.S. Bach, Tchaikovski, Mozart, Rachmaninoff, Tom Waits, Radiohead, Autolux, Muse, Beastie Boys, Sublime, Nine Inch Nails, Stevie Wonder, Fleet Foxes, Deftones, Brandi Carlile, Beck, Weezer, Bob Marley, Ween, Munequitos De Matanzas, Clave y Guaguanco, Aphex Twin, Squarepusher, and of course, Fluid Minds. That should probably take up two hours…
How do you balance your music with other obligations - love, family, work?
Mike DeGuzman: It’s challenging since I’m part of many different music projects. However, I’ll always have a high priority for my music… even if it puts family/friends in the backseat.
Christian Rogala: Music is Love, Family, and Work all in one. All of them keep circling around each other.
What would you say has been the greatest influence on your over all sound?
Mike DeGuzman: Although I listen to many genres, the style that always remains constant in all of my playing is reggae… whether I’m playing guitar, bass, or keyboards. Reverb & delay are my best friends and reggae triplets will always be a part of my guitar/bass licks.
Christian Rogala:The true inspirations can truly be found in our live energy of Rockin’ and Rollin!
Can you describe your family member’s musical interests and abilities?
Mike DeGuzman: I have 4 older brothers that all took piano lessons. They all have very different tastes in music and I was fortunate to be exposed to such a variety of music over multiple decades. It was my brother, Chris, who paved the way for my musical career. He introduced me to bands such as Phish, Widespread Panic, & String Cheese Incident. I find all of my inspiration as a keyboardist while listening to improvisational jams from jambands.
Christian Rogala: My mother is a great pianist and loves great music… There can be roots followed back to my Great Great Grandfather who was a violin virtuoso in Poland.
Have you worked with licensing companies before, if so, what makes Music Dealers sooooo much better?
Mike DeGuzman: We’ve worked with some other companies, but Music Dealers seems to have more of a personal connection with their artists. They seem to care more about giving opportunities to their artists rather than just collecting our money.
Christian Rogala: Taxi, Sonic Bids, etc… We have also done a lot of leg-work ourselves by submitting music to many t.v. shows, independent movies, radio stations guerilla style. Music Dealers Rock because they really take care of their musicians! They take a wonderful approach to reaching out and being extremely personal with us. There are some really awesome opportunities that Music Dealers offer that other licensing companies cannot! We are really fortunate to be working with Music Dealers!
It’s almost 12 am, you are in the studio and are attacked by the most violent of hunger pangs. What is the first thing that comes to mind?
Mike DeGuzman: Burrito Loco… or Burritoville if I’m in DeKalb, IL.
Christian Rogala: Since we’re from Chicago… burritos, pizza, polish sausage, and sushi are a few choices that come to mind. There are some great options when you live in the city.
Are there any strange or weird practices you might have while working on your tracks?
Mike DeGuzman: Not really.
Christian Rogala: Not really.
What’s the strangest place you’ve ever found inspiration?
Mike DeGuzman: In my dreams.
Christian Rogala: In a rabbit’s eye.
What do you feel should be changed, or stay the same regarding the music industry?
Mike DeGuzman: I think the bigwigs of the industry need to take more chances on bands that are willing to experiment with new vibes rather than keep promoting bands that already sound like every other band on the radio. I think we’re slowly moving into a new wave of mainstream music and I’m looking forward to it.
Christian Rogala: I really believe we are in the midst of an evolving revolution. Musicians will eventually start to make money off of selling their music again. It’s going to take a bit, but it will happen. It’s tough for us grass roots musicians, but we need to find the most creative and inspiring way to do it. We’re on our way!
What instrument would you say is most pleasing to the ear?
Mike DeGuzman: Grand piano
Christian Rogala: A Grand Piano
If you could have your work used in any place, any television show, any movie, any screenplay- past or present, what would it be?
Mike DeGuzman: I think it would be cool to replace ‘Chelsea Dagger’ with a new Fluid Minds track as the goal score theme of the Chicago Blackhawks.
Christian Rogala: A major motion picture would be amazing!
How different do you think peoples lives would be if music never existed?
Mike DeGuzman: VERY different. I honestly can’t imagine life without it.
Christian Rogala: There would be no life.