On the recording: Rozz Williams, Eva O., Stephen Grey (drummer),
Amy (tour manager), “The Groupies” (a guy and a
girl), Mike D…(interviewer)
It was recorded in October 1992 at Shadow Project’s hotel
room after their gig at The Marquee club in Detroit, Michigan.
I had been a college dj for about a year and this was my first
interview - ever.
I wanted it to be more of a recording of the band just hanging
out and talking, rather that the “question:answer, question:answer,
question:answer…” format of a standard interview.
I rode with Eva and Stephen to the hotel (Rozz was in “the
groupies” car), and the whole way there, we had a great
conversation, and I had wished I were recording it.
Once there, we all continued to talk as I was getting the tape
recorder ready - a somewhat older, noisy machine, with a big,
bulky mic (listen for the reference in the interview). Everything
was going well, and then I hit the record button. Once I did
that, everyone just stopped talking, looked at me, and waited
for the first question.
It was quite nerve racking, and ever since, I’ve been
reluctant to let anyone hear the interview, because I sound
like such a fuckin' goober (I was nervous as hell).
However, I’ve decided that sharing this bit of Rozz's
legacy is too important to keep all to myself. So here it is.
If the flow seems awkward in a few places, it’s because
I’ve edited out some of my dead spots of the conversation.
One thing to keep in mind is that it was pretty crazy in the
room that nite. At one point, Rozz opened up and was saying
some heart felt stuff. During this, the others were in the bathroom
trying to fix the busted toilet, and eventually they all busted
out laughing and goofing around, which killed the moment.
Unfortunately, the conversation never got that deep again, but
there are some other great moments…
Anyway, this recording means a lot to me, and I hope you dig