I miss talking to musicians. Although I rarely write about my direct interactions with musicians and really try to just focus on the live show energy and music, talking to musicians is one of my favorite things. Being that there are no shows and I’m getting closer and closer to hermit status, I decided to take advantage of an offer to e-interview Eric Miko Findlay of Seahaven.
My questions tend to be informal because, in my mind, everyone always asks about new music, gear, and, well, just straight music things. Although I find that all great, that’s just not my style. I will also spare you the backstory of how amazing of a drummer Eric is, how I’ve seen him perform before, and how I’m so excited to checkout Seahaven’s new album ‘Halo of Hurt’ (review will be coming soon!).
I really want to extend a heartfelt thank you to Eric for entertaining these questions! So, without further ado, here are just a couple of quick questions and answers with the one and only Eric Miko Findlay!
Did Matt Skiba help or hurt Blink 182? Or, if you have no opinion, that’s fine too!
Haha, I prefer Skiba with Alkaline Trio and Blink-182 with Tom. I’ve always seen Blink with Matt Skiba as a separate supergroup type thing. It’s not something I think about but if I could wave a magic wand I’d put things back how they were.
Everyone says that every crowd is their favorite but, what city has the best audience (I promise I won’t brag when you say Minneapolis)?
Los Angeles crowds. They are harder to win over. However, I do have a memory of playing Triple Rock in MN and it was a wild one. Stage was low and kids were flying off of it left and right. I miss that energy. You strike the first chord and everyone loses it.
What’s a new hobby you have taken up during quarantine? If no hobby, is there a random TV show that you binged/ have a very strong opinion on?
I started watching a lot of cooking shows on Netflix during quarantine. It inspired me to cook more and I did just that. Breakfast, lunch and dinner were taken very seriously for those couple months of lock down. Good times! I still cook but I’ve been ordering take-out from local spots pretty often lately. Those businesses need it, Go order from your local favorites!
What’s the first thing you will do when the world is back to normal? (come on– don’t just say play a show, we all want that)
Shows / touring aside, I really miss traveling. I’m almost done with my Dive Master program in Indonesia, the course you take to become a pro SCUBA diver. First thing I’ll do is book a ticket back to Bali to go finish. It’d be my 4th trip back there, and I have a laundry list of passport stamps I need to acquire.
Are you okay with unconventional interview questions? (too late!)
Haha honestly it’s a nice change of pace from the traditional straight-forward interviews. Thanks for having me!
If you could compare yourself to an animal, what would it be and why?
I’m that lazy beach dog, laying in the shade under a palm tree haha. Preferably in Costa Rica. That’s the dream, right?
Favorite lyrics of all time? (it can be a full song, a phrase, etc. just please let me know who it is and what song!)
I’ve never been a lyrics guy, with vocals I focus on melody and tone, lyrics come last to me. It’s just how I’m wired. It doesn’t happen often but there are times I can’t help but listen to the words, and when that happens it hits hard. There’s one band and one album whose words stand out to me; Pedro The Lion’s ‘Control’. The lyrics are really cut and dry. Honest and raw. No guesswork- which makes it even more painful at times. Hit that album front to back if you haven’t already – Top 10.
What is your dream concert line-up on a show where you guys would play but you can’t have any bands in the same genre on the bill with you?
I could make a festival line-up haha, but for the sake of the question, I’d say: Frank Ocean, Deftones & White Lies.
If you were to rob a bank, what would be the song playing in the getaway car as you escape?
The getaway car would be ASAP Ferg ‘Floor Seats’, and when I get into the burner car Meshuggah’s ‘Bleed’ starts playing. That song makes me want to rob a bank lol.
What’s one thing I should know before listening to ‘Halo of Hurt’?
Just put on some headphones and enjoy.
Although I was a bit hurt that Eric doesn’t stay up late at night questioning the Skiba vs. DeLonge thing, he definitely won back some brownie points with his mention of the Triple Rock Social Club here in Minneapolis (RIP!). I was actually at that show and remember having a great time and being completely impressed by Seahaven so hearing that he too remembered the show definitely made a smile stretch across my face.
Seahaven’s new album ‘Halo of Hurt’ is out now! I suggest you grab yourself a copy, put some headphones on, and enjoy just as Eric suggested. I will have a full review up soon so make sure to stay tuned for that!
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