So this is the third installment of my “Let Me Axe You a Quershion” series, which has become a lot more involved than I had originally anticipated, but that’s an awesome thing. I am really looking forward to some of the interviews I will be posting.
Today’s interview would have been posted last night, but I got sidetracked listening to WhiskeyBoy Radio’s Double Shot Podcast. This may be a shameless plug, but there is a VERY important announcement at the beginning of the show about a drummer we don’t love. So go listen. HERE.
Now that I have that out of the way, today’s interview is with Brian “Torch” Idell, of Torch Entertainment, based out of Dallas. Check out his links listed at the bottom of the page, and check out some of the shows he has coming up. We at Sawed-Off Productions are definitely stoked about the Clepto show on April 13, and I am pretty sure you can find some of Clepto’s music listed on The Music Enthusiast’s blog. If you clicky those pretty words, it will take you right back to his posts.
What first made you want to get involved in music?
I dont remember anymore, I had been doing street team work for a few labels and unsigned bands and it basically just evolved from there
What was your first concert?
my actual first concert, no clue? The first i remember was a battle of the bands at Dreamworld Music Complex in Arlington in 02 – it was Element Eighty and Stillborn Nursery doin some battle of the bands show. That was intense
uhm I would have to say Opeth and Katatonia at Granada Theater a few months ago while Opeth was touring in support of their newest Album “Heritage” i think it was October 2011
Good question, Ive been to so many that I’m not sure if there has been a “worst” one but I’ve seen my fair share of shitty concerts
Who are some of your favorite mainstream bands?
define “Mainstream” I listen to very few bands that are on the radio so it’s hard to say… if I had to name a few it would be Megadeth, Metallica, and Trivium, they all put on great shows
Who are some of your favorite local DFW bands?
oh wow there are so many to name. here is 5 – Redefine, Moving Atlas, Cold Bloom, Embrace The Embers, and Krash Rover
Do you have any musical talents? Instruments? Singing? Do you play the spoons?
Does singing in the shower count??
How long have you been active in the local music scene?
I would say about 6 years
What prompted you to get involved in local music?
I wanted to make a difference in the local scene, I was going to multiple local shows and felt that i could bring something to the table
What prompted you to get involved with booking, promo and management?
I thought I could do this and make money, damn i was wrong, haha… but seriously i started doing shows to make extra cash and help the scene and slowly realized what the scene needs is someone to help other bands with marketing their shows as I’ve seen too many shows where promo did not exist
How many shows would you say you have seen?
Hundreds at this point
Boxers or briefs? Boxer briefs? Boy shorts?
What is the worst thing you have ever done to someone you didn’t like?
Uhm I cant remember, I try to not be vindictive so it’s hard to say
What was the best show you ever put together?
uhm this year I would say it was March 11 at Renos, it was a sunday night metal show, i brought out a touring band from Sweden called Bult and they tore it up on stage. Small crowd but tons of fun
It was a few years ago, at Maximedia Studios or “The Max” Zak Weeks band, Black Tie Vendetta, Opium Symphony and Goodnight Goddess, huge venue but the numbers werent there which means i lost out big on the show
Where do you see Torch Entertainment going in the next year? Five years?
next year will hopefully bring more bands to the table for promotions and management, in 5 years i want to be doin a ton of national shows
What is one thing you wish would change about the local scene here in DFW?
I want to see more bands helping each other out as far as paying to see them at shows… That and more venues being open to the idea of outside promoters booking shows in the venue
What is one thing you hope NEVER changes?
no change is boring, I hope the scene changes every so often, i want to see new bands come out and some older bands do some random reunion shows
Do you like sushi?
I LOVE sushi
What do you do with what little spare time you have outside of booking and promotions?
What spare time??? If I’m not booking or promoting chances are I’m sleepin, or answering random interview questions instead of sleeping. Or watching bad horror movies. I also enjoy watching people.
Do you have any upcoming shows you want to, as we say at Sawed-Off Productions, WHORE out???
April 6 at Renos Chop Shop Saloon Dallas, TX
With Swallow the Hook, Sincerely The Reaper, 1945, Devouring Plague, and Chemical Fingerprint,
Fri Apr 13 2012 8:00p Renos Chop Shop Saloon Dallas, TX
With DRY RUB, The Me-thinks, Clepto, China Kills Girls, and HORROR CULT Age Limit: 18+ Tickets: $10
Sat Apr 14 2012 8:00p Renos Chop Shop Saloon Dallas, TX
With Red Shift, Triple SP, Like Bridges We Burn, and At Wars End Age Limit: 18+ Tickets: $10
Are you aware that sometimes you are absolutely hilarious?
Only when drunk
If you had a super power, what would it be?
To never run out of duct tape when promoting, that makes things so much easier
How did you first discover what a donkey show is?
through the power of television… that and Clerks 2 has one at the end of the movie
Links to all of your pages???