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 Summercamp: Tim Cullen Questions & Answers

Band Bio
Individual Questions & Answers

Guitar and Vocals

Q: When did you first start playing music?
A: When I was about 5 or 6 years old. My Dad taught me three chords on the guitar. I kinda got into it from there. You know, I'd try to listen to stuff and figure it out on my own. I took piano lessons for a little while when I was about 10 or 11.

Q: What did you first learn to play?
A: The Beatles, the Beach Boys, Chuck Berry, Buddy Holly - old rock and roll. You know, on the guitar.

Q: What was the first album that you bought?
A: Electric Light Orchestra's "New World". I wanted to learn how to play "Do Ya".

Q: What bands were you in before Summercamp?
A: I wasn't in any other bands before I met Misha and Sean. I met them seperately in high school. Misha and I were in marching band together. He played trumpet and I played drums. And then Sean and I sat next to each other in economics class and we realized that we both played guitar and we both knew some of the same people and I went over to his house one day at lunch and we jammed and so we started jamming together after that. Over the years riffs and jams and leads got kind of old so we stared writing songs.

Q: Can you tell me about your writing process?
A: Sean and I will come to the band with a song pretty much and we'll try to figure out how to play it. Sometimes Sean and I will throw ideas off each other you know like 'check this out'. But for me, I usually write my songs late at night between 12am and 4, when it's quiet.

Q: What do you listen to now?
A: I don't really listen to anything all the time. I don't really know how to listen to music. I listen to it when I'm cleaning my room or something, but I can't just sit there and listen to music...Some bands that I like are Wilco, the Jayhawks, Ben Folds Five, old stuff... I like the Replacements, Jawbreaker...

Q: What was in your tape deck last?
A: The Beatles' "Revolver".

Q: Tell us about Santa Barbara?
A: I've been in Santa Barbara since I was a year and a half old. It's a real nice place to grow up but but a little unrealistic- it's kind of upper-middle class. Alot of people who grew up there don't really have much of a chance of living there when they grow up. It's sort of the place where everyone ends up after they've been successful.

Q: Did you see alot of bands when you were growing up?
A: Not really. I mean there weren't alot of music venues. Maybe if there were school carnivals or assemblies or something like that. There were concerts but we couldn't go to clubs. I think there's still only one all ages places in Santa Barbara right now.

Q: When is your birthday?
A: September 12th.

Q: How do you like touring?
A: I like it. It feels like it's hard work though. Physically, you know I'm sitting in a van all day, for some reason that wears me out. The shows we've been playing, people have been very receptive. We've been playing with Failure, I really dig them, they're a realy good live band... epic. And Poster Children as well- really energetic, rockin band, strike force... they're really fun to play with every night too.

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