Butterfinger
July 16, 2004
Tyler Penny, Dean Person, John Sanche
Katrina: What do you think about how Canadian music is being shown around the world right now?

Tyler: I think Canadian music os the best music around, pretty much as far as everybody with the mass population, or I guess I can say
right across the world. Everywhere, it’s doing very well.
Dean: Nickelback, Sum 41, yeah it’s doing awesome right now.

Katrina: Who were your musical influences growing up and have they changed?

Tyler: I was mostly blues and stuff like that. It changes once and a while. There’s a new run of it all the time.
Dean: I listened to lots of Van Halen but now I listen to Bob Marley and others. I’ve changed my music tastes quite a bit.
John: Me too. I was more brought up on lots of pop music.

Katrina: Which artist would you like to tour or work with?

Tyler: We just got the chance to work with High Holy Days and they’re great guys. I wouldn’t mind doing a few more shows with them.
Dean: I would play with Maroon 5. They’re one of my favorite new bands. That album is wicked.

Katrina: How do you guys write your songs and where do you get your ideas from?

Tyler: We usually sit down and collaborate with as many people as you can. The more heads that are in a song the better the song is going
to do.
Dean: We’ve worked with a lot of song writers the last album. This album we’ve been writing with people from L.A. so it’s been fun. Our
next album.
Katrina: When is that coming out?
Dean: It’s all in the works so it probably will be next summer maybe.

Katrina: What’s your favorite venue to play? (Outdoor, club ...)

Dean: I love playing outside.
John: The sound is so much better too. They can really crank it up and you don’t get feedback problems and stuff like that. It’s totally
different.

Katrina: What’s the nicest or craziest thing a fan has done for you guys?

John: The nicest was, there was a guy in Grande Prairie who just met us one night and two days later he had us for a barbeque at his place
and barbequed us up some amazing steaks.
Dean: When we’re on the road sometimes people invite us to their homes for meals and stuff.
Tyler: They give us other things too.

Katrina: What’s your favorite song to perform?

John: Well one of my of my favorites is “Good As Gold”.
Dean: Yeah “Good As Gold”
Tyler: That one is a blast to play.

Katrina: What advice can you give to people who are wanting to create a band?

Tyler: Just keep at it. Persistence will pay off.
Dean: You better be determined. Otherwise you will never make it.
John: Or for a lot of people, if you want to do it just for fun, that’s great. I would say it’s probably better to do it for fun, because when you
invest as much as we have, it’s a bit depressing sometimes. Because a lot of times there isn’t as much payback. We put a lot of time, effort
and money into it.
Dean: You gotta be willing to take about $150,000.00 of your own money and gamble with it.

Katrina: Who causes the most trouble in the group?

Tyler: Dean. He’s a prankster.
John: It’s mostly pretty harmless. Mostly. He’s just a prankster and he keeps us all on our toes and we all cause a bit of mischief but he’s
the ringleader.

Katrina: What’s one thing you can’t tour without?

Tyler: Your toothbrush.
Dean: My guitar and a stick of deodorant.

Katrina: How did you come up with the name Butterfinger?

Dean: A snow-boarding magazine. I was reading it and some guy did this butterfingers, that’s it.

Katrina: How did you get started in music?

Tyler: We’ve all been in music since we were young. Finally we all got a chance to meet and that’s how we got into a band.
Dean: I’ve been playing music with my family.

Katrina: What’s your most embarrassing moment on stage?

Dean: To make a long story short, I thought that this person was dressed up as a pirate for a masquerade party. But it was actually a
medical eye patch and I was like ‘Hey look at the pirate’. So that’s bad.

Katrina: What’s your most memorable moment?

Tyler: We played a show in Kenosee and it was right when I first joined the band and it was just amazing.
John: It was a big outdoor event. It was Nickelback and 54-40 and Big Sugar and all these bands there. That was a blast.
Dean: We played for ten-thousand people two weeks ago in Medicine Hat and that was awesome.

Katrina: Before the band, what were you’re jobs?

John: I’m sort of a computer geek. I do some computer work, I still do now.
Tyler: I was a radio Dj.
Dean: I was a guitar teacher.

Katrina: Do you still teach guitar?
Dean: No.
Tyler: He teaches me.

Katrina: What lies ahead for the band? You said you were coming out with a new cd. Anything else?

Dean: The biggest thing we’ve got is this guy in L.A. helping us now and we’ll be releasing the cd with his help and getting a record deal in
L.A. hopefully. If things go according to plan, we will. It’s all looking good right now.

Katrina: How did if feel winning the National Song-Writing Award in 2001?

John: That was great. It was kind of the start of it all for us.
Dean: It gave us the momentum and the confidence to start up an album. It felt awesome. It was just after we formed as a group and I think
it gave us the guts to keep going.

Katrina: How would you describe your music?

Dean: Radio friendly.
Tyler: Pop/rock music.
Dean: Our main goal is to get on the radio and I think that’s what we gear our music for.
Tyler: We try to make our own sound and everything but we really want to play it for the people so we hope a lot of people like it.
Dean: It’s very female friendly.

Katrina: How was it making a music video?

John: That was great.
Dean: It was a good learning experience.

Katrina: Any plans to make another one?

Tyler: Oh yeah.
John: We don’t have anything lined up. The next video we’re going to do is for the new album. We’re gearing all of our efforts to that.
Probably won’t be for a while.

Katrina: What can we expect on the new album?

Tyler: A lot of good times.
Dean: The songs are going to be really strong and loud. The songs we’re writing as well we’ve been getting songs from people that have
written for famous artists and they’re really good tunes. We’re gonna put our own stamp on them and it’s going to be good. Good strong
music album.