QMI with Eric Greif – former manager of Death

by Dani
Categories: Interviews, Specials
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Published on: August 17, 2011

In the Questionless Metal Interview (QMI), I ask individuals involved in metal (from musicians to engineers to publicity people to reviewers, etc.) to “answer” a series of unspoken “questions.” This idea was adapted from writer George Murray’s popular and always interesting Questionless Book Interviews. The results, well, are always completely unpredictable—from staid to surreal. It’s my hope that as the QMIs grow in number, comparisons between responses can be made and a unique archive will be established. This QMI edition is done with Eric Greif, the former manager of Death and current custodian Chuck Schuldiner’s musical legacy.

I am: determined & driven.
I am known to: work literally 24 hours per day.
I do this when: working to a deadline.
I do this because: I love what I do.
The way I do this is: making a living doing what I love to do.
At its core, a musician is: an artist.
As opposed to an artist, who is: a musician.
At its core, the music industry is: a complex maze and I am an experienced guide.
As opposed to composing music, which is: a craft.
As opposed to an engineer/mixer, who should always: listen to the producer & musicians.
As opposed to an album that’s ready to be heard by others is: ?
A rough cut of a song should always be: naked & raw.
As opposed to an album, which should always be: a collection of songs.
At its core, playing a show is: connecting the music with the audience in an organic, haphazard way.
As opposed to recording, which is: a calculated, planned creation.
To be a song, a thing must: have a start and a finish.
To be an album, a thing must be: a collection of songs.
The road is: endless, tiring, lonely.
As opposed to home, which is: everything.
The past is something that should be: honoured & respected.
As opposed to the future, which should be: spontaneous.
In a year, we will all be: better off than we are now.
In ten years, we will be: ten years wiser.
Regret is: counterproductive.
As opposed to satisfaction, which is: dread.
The smallest unit of a song is: one second.
The ideal listener is: awake and conscious.

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