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Q and Not U: Interview Part Two

Q and Not U: The D.C. 'sound,' reinvigorated

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Here is the second part of the interview with Q and Not U ...



 

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Prefix Magazine:
Would you want your music to go out to millions of people and bought by millions? Is that a goal?

Q and Not U:
I don't know. It's an interesting question, and it's something we thought about. Part of me says yes, but I know there's a huge downside to that. I think there would be good things, great things and horrible things about it. The larger the band gets, the more extreme things become. With the size of the band now, it's mostly good stuff; whatever band stuff there is, it's not as bad as it would be to be recognized wherever you go. Or to have to deal with a corporation or any of that shit. But it would be amazing to reach millions of people and to be remembered like the Who or the Beatles.
It's almost a moot point, though. I don't see that ever happening. I do think we can reach way beyond what we've done so far, and we want to. We really want to reach more people, but we're not going to go too far to make that happen. But we're trying some new stuff to try to reach out a little bit more.

PM:
Again, this is hypothetical, but would you want a video on MTV?

Q and Not U:
I don't know. We've talked about doing a video for the new record. I mean as long as you control the video, you make the video. If you don't like it, don't send it out to anybody. But it can be an accurate representation of your band, and I don't think it's any worse than having your music played on the radio. Again you are a part of that system, so it's a trade-off. All the stuff is a trade-off.
I'm definitely interested in getting our music out to the people -- that's why we're considering that idea. We're not sure if we're going to do something like that, but there are certainly worse things going on in the world right now than whether or not your video is on MTV. But also there are so many other outlets for videos now -- more than just MTV. Making a video doesn't necessarily mean you just want to be on MTV. We may do one, I'm not sure.

PM:
I don't know if you want to the speak for the band, but what in your music do you take the most pride in?

Q and Not U:
It's hard to say. I feel like we don't really sound like anybody. We do what we want. We do anything we want and we definitely like to challenge things and we're definitely music addicts. We're just trying to introduce new ideas to people, musically and otherwise. It's hard to say just one thing. We're really happy with what we've done so far and what we have ahead of us.

PM:
It's pretty apparent you guys have strong stances on politics and the war. But whereas most bands tend to steer clear of that, you guys clearly state you're against the war. Do you think artists now are more reluctant than they have in the past to voice an opinion?

Q and Not U:
I don't think they are now. I think people are starting to feel more comfortable. Maybe a year ago they were more reluctant to do it, because basically from September 11, 2001 to the end of 2002, people felt uncomfortable about airing their views if they were negative about war. That's when you were hearing anti-Dixie Chicks, but you don't really hear about Toby Keith anymore. He was everywhere in 2002, but people have snapped out of that shit and are realizing that waving a flag is not going to change things.
People are starting to realize it's about more than bravado and there's a real problem and something has to be done. It's a good sign that people are starting to wake up a bit. I think other bands and people are feeling more comfortable, so a band like a Good Charlotte feels comfortable enough to sign up for a Bands Against Bush thing. Two years ago, they wouldn't have done that. This decade can go one way or the other; it can go the way it's been going the last four years, which is not well. It's been a very dark decade so far, and so we need to turn this shit around. The second half of this decade needs to go in a different direction, there's no question about it.

PM:
You're obviously against the war, but would you say you're pro-Kerry?

Q and Not U:
No, I wouldn't say that. He hasn't really presented himself enough, and I understand why he's not doing that. I will be voting for Kerry, but I can't say I'm really pro-Kerry just yet. I still need to learn a lot more about him. I'm pretty sure my band mates are the same way. They certainly are going to vote for him, but we're not as a band going to be doing a pro-Kerry thing. What I know about Kerry, I know he's going to be better. I'm sure he's going to have his problems, too, but we're going to have go after that. But it's going to be better than Bush.

PM:
Would you say you're against war in general?

Q and Not U:
That's a tough question, because war is not a black-and-white thing. You'll come across things that people see as justified wars, like World War II. It's widely regarded as this very justified war -- what else would we have done? But then you think about the things that happened in WWII, like Hiroshima or the things in Dresden that didn't need to happen.
There's also the reality of humanity. Of course I don't like war. I don't want war, but it's been going on for the entirety of humanity, and it's probably not going to stop anytime soon. Just look at the last hundred years. How many fucking wars have there been? It's totally insane. You just have to deal with it. But it doesn't mean you can't fight it or avoid it, and unfortunately it's just the nature of humanity. Some people yield to it and some people don't.

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