|KAA: You’ve got a wife and two children now and you start realising, well okay I can’t do that anymore.
SG: Yeah. And I’m very grateful to Kirk for inviting me to be a part of Crowbar.
KAA: You’re quoted in an interview done about a year ago as saying that joining Crowbar saved your life.
SG: It’s really true.
KAA: Personally I have to say that I like you better in this band than any of the others. Not to be redundant but it just seems to fit.
SG: Well, there’s no place I’d rather be than playing with Kirk and Pat and Tommy. They’ve all got other things. Tommy’s got Solient Green, Kirk’s got Kingdom of Sorrow as well as Down and right now I’ve Crowbar and I’ve got me. I’m finally starting to get around to releasing a record of my own.
SG: Hopefully within the next year so…
KAA: Well let us know when.
KAA: So how does the writing process unfold for you?
SG: Really for me sometimes I’ll get a whole song with the lyrics in one sitting. It’ll just come to me spontaneously and I have to get to a tape recorder or a pen and paper quick. Sometimes I just hear a melody then I gotta pick up a guitar and work it out. But the best songs… the ones I tend to like the most in hindsight are the ones that come all at once.
KAA: That’s interesting.
SG:I’m going to have to quote my dad here because I agree with him on this. I think that if you’re a creative individual you’re like an antenna and all these ideas are out there floating around in the universe. It’s just whether or not you’re able to pick them up. Then you pick them up, you interpet them and that’s what comes out. There are only so many notes, so many combinations of things you can do and not be derivative of things that have been done before, but we still continue to come up with unique music.
KAA: There are so many different facets.
SG: Exactly, there’s enough elements that allow for every person to have their own individual creation musically.
KAA: There are a lot of musicians listed on you’re My Space profile. Who are you listening to currently? Who’s in your CD player right now.
SG: Right now I’m listening to Porcupine Tree.
KAA: Cool name. I don’t guess anyone else has that one. (laughs)
SG: I just discovered them while I was here. Just really, really genius songwriting, great melodies. Let’s see, who else. Foo Fighters. I love the new Foo Fighters record. I’m listening to Derek Trucks and the Allman Brothers Band, Chris Whitley… Chris Whitley’s a great artist. The new Darkness. I’m listening to some old Grand Funk.
KAA: A lot of the old stuff is really good.
SG: Johnny Winter, King’s X, the new Killing Joke. The Ministry is good too. Tenacious D… I love Tenacious D.
KAA: Yeah I saw you had on the shirt last night.
SG: I listen to everything. Also I’ve got Rye Cooder on my system, you know… Indie music.
KAA: It’s like you said. There’s so much out there so many different things to influence you and give you ideas. You pick up ideas from others.
SG: Well that’s why I’m really excited to get my own project going…
KAA: We’ve all been waiting for that, Steve. We’ve all been enthusiastic about you getting your own thing going.
SG: Well, I’ve been trying to figure out for a while which direction I wanted to go in really. After getting sober and everything I’ve just kind of wanted to rediscover myself. A lot of that is starting to come into focus now. What you’re going to hear from me as Steve Gibb individually is very different than anything you’ve heard me do.
KAA: Well that’s good.
SG: You’ll hear similarities but there’s going to be a lot more influences there and a bit more on the outside.
KAA: Yeah it’s one thing to be a part of a band but when you get one person out on their own you find out more specifically what they’re all about.
KAA: We have a little something for you. This is actually a testament to the ability of Anne Marie, who does a vast majority of the research for the site. There are probably dozens of projects over the years that you’ve had a hand in whether you played a big part or a small one. Do you recognise this at all? (I hand him a Sister Red CD, circa 1991. He played steel guitar on one track when he was 17)
SG: Oh shit. Oh that’s funny. I don’t think I have a copy of that anymore. (He’s obviously taken offguard and we’re both having a nice laugh over this surprise)
KAA: Well that one’s for you. We have three of them.
SG: You want to know the story behind this?
KAA: Yeah, go on.
SG: The girl that sings on this I’ve known since I was about five years old. We grew up together in Miami Beach. Her boyfriend, well her former boyfriend and ex-husband, Anthony, who was kind of the mastermind behind this project was one of my closest friends for a long time and I still talk to him. I actually just saw him about a week before I came on this tour. But they were doing this record and I was just hanging out a lot. I wasn’t really part of this one.
KAA: Well you play on one track, steel guitar on one track I think.
SG: Yeah, I played on one song and it was elementary steel guitar at that. Back then, I was probably seventeen when I did that.
KAA: Yeah it is old. (laughs) But I thought what the hell, lets blow his mind.
SG: Oh you did.
KAA: Okay, for the record. You’ve just become a dad for the second time. What did you name your son?
SG: Angus Miles Levas Gibb.
KAA: I love that. That is so cool. Angus has a Scottish flavour to it.
SG: Yeah, that’s on purpose. I actually thought my daughter’s name was going to be Angus. We’d already had the name picked out for a while and we hadn’t decided whether or not we were going to use it until recently. We thought my daughter would be a boy three or so years ago and she came out a girl.
KAA: I am going to take this a step further. Am I correct in assuming that you do not really want pictures of your children on websites?
SG: Not particularly. The principal for me is, even though I don’t have any kind of fame like my old man had, it’s still just…
KAA: Well your own personal celebrity plus the other by proxy. It’s just better to play it safe.