John VandersliceTiny Telephone studio and MP3 hub owner, ex-MK Ultra lead singer, current solo artist behind the very beautiful Life and Death of an American Fourtrackeranswers our questions.
Occupational titles: Studio Owner, Musician
Favorite books: Edwin Mullhouse, Steven Millhauser; Hopeful Monsters, Nicolas Mosley; anything by Anthony Burgess, Saul Bellow, Henry James, and Samuel Beckett
Heroes: David Bowie, John Darnielle (Mountain Goats), Tchad Blake, PT Anderson, George Martin, Rupert Neve, Wallace Stevens, Ingmar Bergman, Walter Sear, Preston Sturges, and oh so many more
What makes you laugh: TV Funhouse, Strangers with Candy, Harry Shearer’s Le Show, The Simpsons
Favorite city: Florence, Italy. The most beautiful place I’ve ever been.
Best thing to happen to you on tour: Seeing long lost friends at shows. It happens all the time and it’s one of the best things about playing in 40 to 50 different cities a year.
Charity worth giving to: Doctors Without Borders
Worst advice you’ve received: ‘This 1985 fender Stratocaster guitar is exactly like the one Hendrix played in ’67.’
Five words that sound great: discrete, taqueria, heuristic, popeil, neumann