Take Aim: Amy Sciarretto vs. Jack Dolgen
Wed, 08 Aug 2012 16:45:37
Sam Champion Videos
Jack Dolgen, former bassist of NYC band Sam Champion, released his sophomore album Wandering Times [iTunes link]on Aug. 7. He's also a comedian. Literally. That's why we lassoed him for a Take Aim chat. Since he is fun and multi-talented.
Watch his video for the acoustic rendition of "Baby I'm Afraid Tonight."
If you weren't doing music, you would be....?
Probably miserable. But I think if I lost my hearing and could no longer write and create music, I'd dive further into writing - essays, poems, TV, movies, creative non-fiction, etc. I helped my mom write a book while I was taking a break from music. I'm pretty open to creative projects if i can contribute substantively with creative or analytical or structural input.
Any non-music hobbies/skills/talents, like comedy? Tell us about your comedy aspirations or side work! Which is harder - music or comedy?
I've been blessed to be surrounded by incredibly talented people, both in the music and comedy worlds. Producing and writing with Rachel Bloom, Podcasting with Doug Mand, etc. I enjoy merging the two worlds as I do with Rachel - or creating theme songs and music for funny shows as I did with NTSF:SD:SUV (Adult Swim). All creative work is hard if you're afraid to fail, but both comedy and music are incredibly rewarding if you're able to embrace your own bad ideas, and know that another good one is somewhere down the line. I'm also a sports fan, TV watcher, politically engaged, and I consider my ability to eat vast amounts of food in one sitting to be one of my few true talents.
Pick one song on Wandering Times and share a writing or recording story. Put us in the moment!
I wrote "Baby I'm Afraid Tonight" a while back and I remember playing it in my sister's LA apartment and thinking that it had the potential to be a good song. Recording "Baby I'm Afraid Tonight" was all about stripping down the chorus so that the percussion could widen out the field and let the lyric breath. My producer on the track, Mike Geier, found just the right tron pad and we both knew we had something we really loved.
Twitter-sized bio time! Can you tell us EVERYTHING we need to know in 140 words or less?
I spent most of my young life wishing I wasn't alive. Now I'm so glad I'm still here and I want to make the most of every minute. And that's why I didn't see "That's My Boy."
Did you check out Jack Dolgen's video?