Finger Eleven
July 9, 2004
Scott Anderson
Katrina: What do you think about how Canadian music is being shown around the world right now?

Scott: I like it. It seems that we’re being, like almost, I don’t know. I guess that we’re just treating people to what we’ve been up to just, we’
re just getting more exposure then we used to I suppose. And I guess I can count our band as part of that so that kinda feels really good. I
mean it’s not something I think about often. Only because the music I listen to, I usually don’t even know where they’re from
geographically. But I mean if you look at a show like tonight it’s all Canadian music and it’s all great. People are coming out to see it. I
mean hey we’re Canadian and we’re loyal but, we’re not suckers. So I think it’s really really cool. I mean when you go to Australia, people
freak out for Tea Party and a lot of Canadian bands. So you know our stuff is getting heard and that’s gotta be positive.

Katrina: What have you learned while touring?

Scott: I think I learned the most about touring when Robbie Robertson said that it was ‘A God-damn impossible way of life’. It’s just so
true. I don’t know it’s great. The problem is I don’t know how to do anything else. And when I’m at home for more then two days, I just get
a little bit stir-crazy, and you just kinda wish you were back on the road. It becomes like a, quite a disease. So if you take us at this point in
time right now, we’re getting more attention then we usually get, and so that means that we’re out on the road more. It’s where we’re
happy. It’s kind of a strange existence. You have a lot of free time but you never get to say when that is. It’s kind of a strange little, really
really great prison. A prison with all the amenities. It’s really good. It’s great.

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

Scott: My influences when I was growing up for years and years, all it was Iron Maiden and early Genesis. That’s all I did. That’s all I
listened to and they have changed but I’ve held onto these bands. I think they’ve proved themselves to be great. But when you listen to
Genesis with other people, especially the early stuff live, there’s a lot of progressive elements in there and if you don’t have your youth
attached to it, it’s sometimes a little strange. To sit around and listen to stuff, you know some of it sounds a little dated. But you know, it’s
like a genetic imprint I think, you know as far as like I considered it just so completely more important than anything else. I graduated from
listening to Genesis and Iron Maiden, and about grade five or six I got into Zepplin and I got into The Who and then finally got into The
Beatles, and The Stones. I think that’s how it went. But we didn’t grow up in that era, and I got to just like have me with my records in my
room and not have any videos or radio play or anything to kinda skew my opinion of the music. And so it kinda in a sense I guess that
was more of a pure experience. I don’t know, I don’t really dig videos, I really don’t dig radio. I just like music. I don’t know why. But I guess
it’s kind of, it’s changed it’s not that I don’t like those bands anymore. I love them. Those are the bands I grew up listening to. I think I
mellowed out. I listen to a lot of mellow stuff. Usually has, I usually clear the room. You can’t put the music I like on at a party. I’ve tried and
it clears the room. It’s not good. But yeah I list to Songs Ohia, Johnny Cash, Lou Reed, Morphine, Neutral Milk Hotel, Bonnie Prince Billy,
Richard Buckner, all sad depressing bullshit.

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

Scott: I’d love to work with, oh shit. Alright I would love to work with Jason Malina or the guy from Death Cab for Cutie. That would be
alright.

Katrina: Why?

Scott: I guess ‘cause I admire what they do and I always, you know, you hear that song or you kinda, the world’s full of songs you wish
you wrote. You know and I suppose that’s the way I feel about those guys.
     
Katrina: How do you write your songs and where do you get your ideas from?

Scott: Usually the ideas come from the songs themselves. The guys will work on an instrumental and then they’ll give it to me. And I’ll just
kick it around for like a week, a month, two months, it takes a long time if I don’t get like a immediate reaction. But I’ll only work on
something that really really grabs me, wakes me up in the middle of the night sweating. I have to obsess over an idea, I don’t write for the
sake of writing, which is actually a really healthy thing to do. I’m just lazy. So I have to wait for inspiration to come around and grab me by
the balls and you know. I waste a lot of time waiting for that to happen but it’s my way of sort of keeping my reaction and my own thoughts
sorta pure, or urgent in some way.

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

Scott: Clubs. You know it’s almost so perfect. Wow, look at those birds, they’re just kind of gliding, that’s awesome, whoa. You know there’
s a big franchise. I guess we have a couple. The House Of Blues, you know those. There kinda amazing places to play because there just
so set up for a band to just feel comfortable and there a perfect size. There’s a good level of intimacy. You get very close to people. And it
sounds good and it doesn’t loose the bar feeling that you sometimes do, like at a big festival or rock arena. It’s less surreal.

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

Scott: Every second of it. I get embarrassed when my voice doesn’t work right. And I try to over compensate. I try to be cool but I guess...
You know what I don’t even try to be cool. I’m done with being cool. If you’re not cool by 30, you’re just not. And that’s ok. But I get
embarrassed when my voice doesn’t work properly and I get embarrassed for people who are watching. And I try to do the best I can. All I
know how do is sing. And when I can’t do that, you may as well pack me up in a pine box. It’s scary. It’s a total disease. I sing all the time
and when I can’t I get grumpy. I get physically agitated and I’m not fun to be around. But it’s that whole gotta sing gotta dance really really
lame attitude. I don’t know why. That’s when it’s embarrassing. When you’re talking about embarrassing moments, I’ll trip or I’ll drop the
microphone. Those are embarrassing moments. I’ll forget the words a lot. So if there’s some hard-core fan out there, I hope they don’t
become too disillusioned when I forget the words to one of their favorite songs. I try my hardest, but for instance tonight, I think I forgot
some of the words in one of the songs or I’ll switch the verses around so they don’t make any sense to anybody. That’s embarrassing.

Katrina: People still love you though.

Scott: That’s the thing. I mean that’s what’s kinda great. You have like, you get a sense of unconditional love with a lot of people. And you
just wanna be just that much cooler for them. You wanna sing that much better. But I’ve gone on stage and I’ve sucked a lot and
sometimes it doesn’t really matter. I mean it always matters but people are just there for you. It’s a, I mean I don’t take any of that for
granted ‘cause it’s not gonna be there forever.

Katrina: What’s your most memorable moment?

Scott: The memorable moments, the good moments are when, during the creative process. Or if we have, it’s very uncommon for us to
have a mutually good gig. Where all of us can sit on the bus and go yeah it was cool. It was a lot of fun. I didn’t have any tech problems, I
had a lot of fun. I was relaxed. Not all five of us feel that way. Hardly ever do we feel that way. But the good moments are moments like
those tiny sparks of creation. When you and your buddy make something out of nothing. Those are like, they are moments that become
bigger then yourself. You and your buddy got along in highschool or in public school even and your love of music brought you together
and all of a sudden you can create something that you think it’s worth someone else’s time to hear it. And then somebody reacts to it. I
dunno, those are great moments, and you have to keep those. You have to hold onto those because you have to wait through a ton of
bullshit if you wanna stay a band for more then six months. So you have to remember the good moments.

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

Scott: Fans usually give us cool fan art. There’s a lot of people that will migrate a very long way to come see the show. There may be a girl
who’s seen this band over 60 times. So that’s fucking crazy. She’s a very nice girl and enjoys what we do. There have been tattoos and
that’s surprising. It’s surprising in a was because it’s like wow, that’s our band on your skin. So that’s pretty cool you know. I think some
of James’ artwork inspired people and they decide to get it imprinted on your skin. I mean it just can’t get more of a tribute then that I don’t
think. It’s a pretty cool feeling. Let’s not categorize that as crazy but it’s really far. It’s really cool. I get blown away every time. I mean I think
it’s crazy for kids to line up at 11:00 in the morning just to come see a show that’s happening at 10:00pm. It’s nuts. I never did that so I’m
sitting here second guessing myself like am I a real music fan? Not compared to these kids though. The really believe in this music. I have
so much love for them because I believe the same thing. There’s something about music that can’t be replaced by any other media.

Katrina: What’s your favorite song to perform and which one gets the best response?

Scott: “One Thing” gets the best response by far. It’s kinda become this like giant epidemic, but it’s a great epidemic. It’s incredible to see
a giant mass of people react to something you wrote. So that’s great, it’s something people can identify with that song. So that’s the
biggest reaction by a lot. And I think that my favorite song to sing is “Thousand Mile Wish”. I love that song. It’s fun to sing. It’s hard to
sing when my voice isn’t in the right place but when it is I kinda loose myself, just like I don’t even have a body at that point. It feels great.

Katrina: How do you come up with the concepts for your music videos?

Scott: In the best case scenario there are a collaboration with a cool director and the band, usually James. He’s got a very visual mind and
some really cool ideas kickin’ around. So those are successful.

Katrina: What was your favorite video to do?

Scott: It’s probably “One Thing”. It was pretty easy after we kinda been coercing into thinking it was a pretty good idea. Because it was all
very abstract, there was just a lot of ideas on paper. And we didn’t really have any sort of tangible set or anything, it was really green
screen. Once we were comfortable with the director’s idea and once we thought this was something we could do, we felt more
comfortable then we ever had before. I think videos are strange things to do. I mean you get two days and a bunch of strangers around
you and you’re trying to pull off something that represents your music. So it’s kinda impossible. But “One Thing” worked out pretty good.
We did our thing and we were out the same day. And I think it particularly I just didn’t want some video wrecking that stupid little song you
know. I just kinda felt like really really, like it’s you don’t want your little baby to get mishandled. I guess ‘cause I didn’t grow up with
videos, I just kinda remained suspicious about them. I’ve seen some amazing fucking videos that have changed my idea of what the band
is or who the band is or what the song represented. So they’re really powerful, I get that and I know they’re sort of a necessary tool for
promotion. I mean when they work out to be sort of closer to art and less about a commercial for the band. Those are good moments. And
I kinda feel that way about “One Thing”. It’s neat. I watched it when it was done, and I got a little emotional. I haven’t seen it since but I felt
good about the way it turned out. We had a tape of it in the back of the bus and I watched it and it was nice. I felt that it sort of added to the
song rather than take anything away. So I felt really really happy when that happened.

Katrina: What’s your favorite music video from another band?

Scott: Ok let’s figure it out. Well “Hurt” by Johnny Cash, that is art. I mean that’s, I guess it’s a bit of a eulogy now but I mean who saw that
coming. I don’t know maybe he did. That’s a great music video. Chris Cunningham makes incredible videos. Anything by Aphex Twin.
Those Aphex videos are great. The video for “Teardrop” by Massive Attack is pretty fucking wicked. So you know I mean I favorite video, I
don’t know. “Say Say Say” by Paul McCartney and Michael Jackson, that’s a great fucking video. So yeah I started watching videos when
I was about that age. So there was like Rockwell’s “Somebody’s Watching Me”, “Say Say Say”. Fuck what else. Oh “Owner Of A Lonely
Heart”, that was a great video. That changed my fuckin’ that still scares the shit out of me. It’s fucking amazing, That’s a great song
anyway.

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

Scott: Well I would surround myself with people I loved who had the same sort of disproportionate passion for music over anything else.
And keep writing. There’s a lot of bands that get very excited to be together and print up a t-shirt, rock out on the weekends. But don’t
forget to write songs. We did this summer judgement tour and I waited through about 700 songs to kinda like pick these winners and they
got to open for us. Today’s an exception because it’s a festival. There are some really really talented bands out there, that if they just keep
going and writing there’s never an end to it. If you can sustain, if you can put up with the amount of crazy bullshit that it takes to stay
together, as a three-piece, four-piece, five-piece, whatever. There is so much stuff that can get in the way. If you can sorta hold onto these
rock n’ roll ideals and just keep writing, eventually the law of averages says you’ll have something that’s maybe worth being proud of.

Katrina: Who causes the most trouble in the group?

Scott: Rick when he’s sober and Rich when he’s drunk. We can all cause trouble but it basically turns into a mob-mentality really quickly.
If one guy thinks it’s a good idea, then usually that pumpkins getting smashed or, you know. It’s just, you have fun on the road. I guess
you kind of make your own rules. You just roll on the next city and tomorrow’s another day. But we cause trouble for each other. We know
what buttons to push and when to push them. We know each other very very well. So you have to. So if you don’t feel like showing
restraint, you can piss your buddy off very quickly.

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

Scott: Books, video games, music, oh shit you said one.

Katrina: You can name a whole bunch if you want.

Scott: Let’s take our Halo rig. We couldn’t be anywhere without our Halo setup. We have to play Halo, we must play Halo. It solves
arguments, it causes arguments. It puts people in hospitals. It whiles away the hours, and it lets everyone know who the fucking King is
on any given day. Yeah it’s a bit of obsession. But I suppose it’s not really a controlled obsession on this bus. But everybody gets into it
pretty deeply. Feelings get hurt.