Take Aim: Amy Sciarretto vs. The Assembly Line's Thornfin Nguyen
Thu, 22 Mar 2012 14:54:22
The Assembly Line's Thornfin Nguyen went mano y mano with Amy Sciarretto for this edition of Take Aim. Why? Well, back in 2009, singer Thor Nguyen was stuck in his daily routine doing pharmaceutical research when he decided to pursue his passion for music. He recorded and released a six-song EP and then posted an ad on Craigslist to recruit musicians to join him and play it live. He's a daring fella and we knew he could handle us, if he could handle Craigslist!
After receiving responses from several local musicians including guitarist Chris Potter, bassist Zach Falkow and drummer Josh Ridley, the newly solidified lineup was together for just one week before a big gig at Webster Hall in NYC. After playing that show, the group continued to perform together in NYC and along the east coast, promoting their first full-length album, Grave Like Oceans.
So, learn a little more about Nguyen via this rapid fire Q+A. He's a foodie of sorts. And you know that we love food, so we quickly dropped our guard and cozied up to Thornfin.
Craigslist is the digital age's version of placing an ad in the local arts weekly! What prompted you to go THAT route to find bandmates?
Living in NYC, Craigslist is a great resource for EVERYTHING. Furniture, jobs, missed connections and bandmates! When I went looking for people to join the band, I originally thought of bringing in friends or people I knew. But that was really difficult because of the genre of music I wrote. Most of my friends were already in bands that had a grittier indie sound and that's what they were into. So I had to look outside and hope for the best. And I really lucked out in finding a group of guys that shared the same musical vision.
Pharmaceutical research, huh? Was that professional or recreational?
Strictly professional. Coming out of school I really wanted to be in advertising. And it was a stepping stone to go in that direction. My parents really wanted me to try to use my degree and find a career. But it wasn't for me. I was really unhappy sitting behind a desk and watching the clock.
Pick one The Assembly Line song and put us inside -- be it the recording or writing process. Make us feel like we were there in the moment or tell us something we couldn't know unless you told us.
"Recovery." When I wrote that song, I was going to graduate college soon. For me personally, it was a really stressful time in my life. I think John Mayer called it a "quarter-life crisis." I was going through some relationship problems with an ex, there was some family stuff and the pressure of growing up and stepping into the real world. It was really overwhelming to know that there wasn't that safety net anymore. And the song is about taking a step back and starting over. I felt at the time that I had made a number of mistakes and that if I could start fresh, then I wouldn't feel all that weight and more prepared.
Any non-music hobbies or talents?
I love food. If there's two things I want to do in life it's be in a band and own a restaurant. And I'm working to accomplish both. So I'd say cooking is something I'm not too shabby at.
If you were not doing music you would be...
I'd be doing what I do when I'm not playing music. And that's food and restaurants. Outside of music, most of my time is dedicated to my job, which is running a group of restaurants here in NYC called Rickshaw Dumpling Bar. I oversee the operations of the three locations and help run our four food trucks. It's something I really enjoy doing. The payoff is extremely fun and rewarding.
Good music and good eats. We like The Assembly Line. So should you!