Break It Down: Person L
Wed, 13 Aug 2008 12:38:53
At only 24, Kenneth Vasoli is establishing himself as a prolific songwriter. Having penned three albums as lead singer of Starting Line, he's just opened up a new outlet for his creativity with the band Person L. Their debut release, Initital, finds Vasoli throwing off earlier musical restrictions for a looser, more experimental sound than that of his day job without sacrificing his talent for big hooks and melodies. Graciously, he put down his songbook long enough to take a stab at our Break It Down questions and told us about his recent listening habits, film inspirations and (almost) taking it all off in the name of art.
What have you been listening to lately?
Lots of The Band, especially The Last Waltz, since I found my Dad's copy in the basement. The new Algernon Cadwallader record is really good. I've also been hooked on the Colour Revolt record Plunder, Beg and Curseit's addictive. Aside from rock, I am always feeding my ears its daily serving of experimental electronic with records from Four Tet, Autechre, Venetian Snares, etc.
Where’s your favorite place to chill?
Either my basement or my bedroom. I'm not much of a goer-outer and I like to be near my guitar if I happen to catch myself "chilling". Every now and then I do enjoy a seat at the library and read a few pages, or hang out at the park on a pleasant day.
What’s the most dramatic thing you ever did to save money as a starving musician?
I've done some part-time work as a subject for some freelance photographers. It was only partial nude and I think rather tasteful. I've also gone on diets of sliced turkey and whatever else is around the house for weeks at a time.
Tell us one of your favorite song lyrics?
"Just because you feel it doesn't mean its there"
- Thom Yorke
What is your most cherished musical instrument or accessory?
I have a small collection of vintage Gibson Grabber-3 basses that I would hate to part with. I also love my Vibraphone. This is too hard, its like picking my favorite child.
If you could change one thing about the music industry todaywhat would it be?
I'd have every torrent site shut down and make people pay for music again. Don't look at me like I'm Lars Ulrich, that shit is eating away at the music industry and the bands. I don't mean Metallica-size bands. I'm talking about the independent bands that spent fractions of their savings to make records only to have people steal them off each other. Amazing bands have broken up as a result of this. I believe all the record companies need to wise up and start focusing more on online selling methods and sliding scale pricing.
What never goes out of style?
What’s the theme song to your life?
Who Let the Dogs Out?
What movies, artists, authors or athletes inspire you the most?
There are two movies that really inspire me: Driver 23 and American Movie. Both of them are indie-docs about people who have very limited talent but extremely high aspirations...I can relate completely. In the literary world, I love the words of Kerouac and an author by the name of C.D. Payne. Athlete: Brian Westbrook!
What's your favorite way to stay in shape?
I have been big into running since high school; I try to go 4-5 times a week. It helps with breathing for singing and is the best way to first listen to a new record.
What non-musician would you most like to meet?
What's your biggest guilty pleasure?
The Hills... thanks to my girlfriend.
MySpace or Facebook?
MySpace, because they have been 99% of our advertising so far.
—The ARTISTdirect Staff