What is one of the worst Christmas presents you have ever gotten?
Markuu: My grandfather gave me toilet paper, and I was like "Okay.
And thats all I got, so it was like geez thanks.
Markuu: Your expecting something cool, and its like, Oh yeah,
geez thanks grandpa. And thats all he gave me., oh well, fuck
it hes dead.
What is the best lesson you have ever learned?
Markuu: The best lesson? Dont do drugs. Uh-oh someones blowing
up <cell phone rings> Dont put all your eggs in one
basket. Of course I did, and look what happened, we got signed.
PZO: And then you guys became famous.
Markuu: I dont know about famous. But if we didnt, who knows
what I would be doing.
What is the worst thing you have ever done, and gotten away with?
Markuu: I dont know, Im actually a really decent person, so
I dont really do anything bad. Im such a nice guy.
PZO: You have to of done something bad.
Markuu: Umm what have I done. I dont know, what have you done?
PZO: Well, this isnt about me this is about you. <laughs>
Markuu: Umm, I cant remember, well Ive cheated a little on
the tax; no, we wont go there.
Is there anything you detest about being on the road?
Markuu: Well, being on the road is a whole love hate situation anyways,
you love it then you hate it and you dont really get any free time
at all. Youre surrounded by people constantly. Its a love-hate
kind of thing. The grass is always greener on the other side kind of thing.
When you are on the road you want to be at home, and when you are at home
a couple of days you cant wait to go on the road again. It just
kind of works that way.
What is the most embarrassing CD in your collection?
Markuu: What is an embarrassing CD? I dont know, I like all my CDs.
Im picky at music, so I pick what I like a lot. I dont have
anything really embarrassing.
What is one of your pet peeves?
Markuu: These are different questions then, "what does your band
name mean?" Thats a pet peeve right there.
PZO: See we like to ask questions that arent normally asked.
Markuu: See thats cool, most people are like, So how long
have you guys been playing? Thats a pet peeve right there,
What does the band name mean? and So how are you guys
associated with Incubus? The redundant questions that all the interviewers
keep asking us is a big pet peeve for all of us. Like the stupid questions,
go on the website its all there you know, you dont have to
ask these questions. See your questions are kind of more like, "ohhh".
PZO: Have to think a little. Not the same answers.
Markuu: Yeah, I like that, someone actually thinks for once.
When you're in the studio, how much control do you get over the finished
product? How open are you to other people's input?
Markuu: Well, on this album we had a lot of control, we went in pre-production
pretty much all the songs were written, there wasnt really too much
changes. Most of the changes that we did with our producer was like, "Okay,
try this different wording for Doug." The music was pretty much there,
we had a lot of control. Its always good to bounce off ideas off
different people. When you do this for so long, having that third party
give you some enlightenment is always really good. Thats what producers
are kind of for, theyll show you some stuff that you just kind of
get in this same rut, I guess, this same way of playing, this same style.
The producer or someone will be, Well, hey try this and like
"oh yeah, that does sound good".
What is something you have always wanted to do, but have not done yet?
Markuu: Well, I havent been skydiving yet and thats something.
Skydiving is good. I would like to go to Tibet too, travel the world;
different countries. Weve been to Europe already and Ive been
to Japan which is really cool. I mostly like sports activities, rally
racing, driving something like that enjoyable. I think I want to go skydiving
PZO: Yeah, I want to do that and Bungie-jumping.
Markuu: Bungie-jumping is a little freakier because skydiving you are
so high up thats it like, Oh fuck it, Ill just jump
PZO: What if your parachute doesnt open?
Markuu: Oh well, then you are shit out of luck and hopefully the second
one will work.
Markuu: But bungie-jumping you can actually see the ground and people
going, Ahhhhh Kind of freakier.
What is the worst advice you have ever been given?
Markuu: Stay in school, go to college. For me at least, I am not a school
person, and I couldnt deal with school.
PZO: When did you drop out?
Markuu: I didnt drop out actually, I went to a really good high
PZO: No, I mean college.
Markuu: Umm I went to college; I just took like music engineering, keyboard,
underwater fire safety.
PZO: Underwater fire safety? <Laughs>
Markuu: Yeah, just like basket weaving 101, stupid classes. <Laughs>
Im just joking. No, I just took like engineering stuff like that.
I dont really have a degree or AA in college. I dont think
any of us...none of us do actually.
Markuu: Yeah, were just a bunch of dumb shits.
What extreme sport would you love to try?
Markuu: Extreme. What is considered extreme, like synchronized swimming?
Is that kind of extreme?
PZO: I dont think thats extreme.
Markuu: Thats not extreme, okay.
PZO: I dont even think thats a sport, is it a sport?
Markuu: I guess, they have it in the Olympics. <Everyone laughs>
I dont consider it. Bowling, extreme sport.
PZO: Race car driving.
Markuu: Yeah, race car driving
PZO: Dirt bike racing, I think thats extreme.
Markuu: Yeah, you could break a limb or two in that.
What is one of your favorite lines in one of your songs?
Markuu: In our songs?
Markuu: I dont know, what is a favorite line? Actually, I dont
really pay attention to the lyrics of what Doug sings.
PZO: <Laughs> Thats good.
Markuu: I'm more of a music person, I dont really care about singers.
Their all big egos and stuff, big swollen heads. I think Doug writes pretty
cool stuff all around. I cant really pick one.
If you bought a personalized license plate, what would be on it?
Markuu: Da shit. <Everyone laughs>
PZO: Pretty confident about yourself.
Markuu: Yeah, bling bling. I get high. <Everyone laughs>
No. I dont know what would be a good one. Personalized license plates
are so corny I think. Oh look at me with my name on the car. Whats
really creepy is when dads buy their daughters cars and sport like Cindy
or whatever; I would be so embarrassed to drive that car. I dont
think I would have a personalized license.
What is the stupidest thing you have bought, that seemed like a good idea
at the time?
Markuu: Ive bought a lot of stupid stuff. <Laughs>
Well, I bought my car. Well, I leased my car, which was kind of silly.
Then we just got signed, so I am paying for this lease that I never get
to drive the car.
PZO: What kind of car?
Markuu: Well, it was just a Ford Explorer, but I gave it to my sister
so at least she gets to drive it around. I dont get to drive a car
anymore, we get the big bus. That was kind of a waste of money.
What event on your life had the greatest impact on you?
Markuu: Definitely getting signed. We were dreaming of getting signed
and playing all our lives. Another thing is the Hemerstein after 9-11
we played like 4 days after with I guess, Incubus and we did like a benefit
show and it was our first time in New York. It was an emotional time,
so it went really well.
What song reminds you of your favorite person and why?
Markuu: I would say To Be With You it was kind of an emotional
song I wrote on guitar actually, it was one of my songs. It is kind of
an ex-girlfriend song, so it kind of brings up memories when I hear it.
Thats track 11.
PZO: Track 11.
Markuu: Yeah, the sappy sad song on the album.
What is your favorite pick-up line?
Markuu: Hey, baby. I dont know any, I dont pick up. Im
the worst pick up guy there is, I dont have any lines. I just go
by my looks, Im like, Whats up, you want some of this?
What has been the best experience about touring?
Markuu: Neil. Neil, our new tour manager. Hes our new tour manager
and hes great. Hes great in bed and everything. He really
knows how to work the tool.
Neil: Push the buttons.
What is one thing you would not do no matter how much money you were offered?
Markuu: How much money though? I like a lot of money, money is good. Kill
PZO: That is a good answer.
Markuu: I would pretty much do anything, maybe.
If you could see any band perform any song live what would it be?
Markuu: I like Faith No Mores version of, Easy Like Sunday
Morning. Have you heard of that song?
Markuu: I like how he performs it, beautiful song. Like a love song.
What is one of the proudest moments in your life?
Markuu: Proudest moments. Tonight is going to be really proud if I can
pull off this show because my back is really hurting really bad. I dont
know, giving birth.
PZO: Yeah that was tough on you Im sure.
Markuu: Yeah, that was tough. Quitting my day job.
PZO: What did you do?
Markuu: I used to do like art direction for B movies and random construction
work. So when I told them fuck off, its when I quit. I was like,
"Woohoo!". That was the proudest moment in my life.
Is there a question that comes up in interviews that you are tired of
Markuu: Yeah, a lot of them. Just like what does the band name mean, and
the association with Incubus, and do the Os have any kind of meaning.
Just the redundant questions that people ask the same time over and over
and over again.
PZO: Any of our questions?
Markuu: No, actually you have really good questions. Im suprised.
This is like the best interview weve had with like good questions.