OtherI am Dubfire. Grammy-award winning recording artist, owner of SCI+TEC, one half of Deep Dish, gastronome, Japanophile and saké fanatic! AMA!
Mar 14th 2017 by OfficialDubfire • 51 Questions • 2293 Points
We are Max Bemis of Say Anything and Anthony Raneri of Bayside! We are about to head out on a co-headline tour together throughout the US, and we're bringing out our friends in Reggie and the Full Effect and Hot Rod Circuit. Come to the tour (grab your tix here - http://sayanything.shofetti.com / http://bayside.shofetti.com) and in the meantime - ask us anything you want right here!
What do you think of the current state of the underground scene in regards to club nights finding it harder to be successful and profitable with one off/non-club focused parties (Get Lost, Cityfox, ADID) gaining more traction and do you think promoters not being able to afford booking 'superstar' DJs as booking fees have jumped up astronomically in recent years is having adverse affect on that?
Hey Anthony! I'm a huge Bayside fan and the mod over at the Bayside subreddit, /r/baysideisacult. You should check it out!
Is it true that everyone is Bayside is having kids so that you guys can teach them to play music and start the next rock supergroup?
There's ALOT of HEALTHY competition out there; the scene corrects itself at every turn
and yes, I do think our kids will all be forming a ripping band in the near future
There seems to be a fetishization of Japan and Japanese culture in recent years. As a self-described Japanophile, what do you think is the reason why?
I'd just like to say that being a kid from Long Island in the early 2000's, listening to Bayside and being able to connect with people through your music, got me through some of the toughest times of my life. How does it feel knowing you've influenced so many lives?
We all have very personal reasons why we gravitate towards all things Japanese so I can only speak for me: the warm culture / manners of the people, the cuisine, the technology fused with ancient traditions, SAKE...it's endless!
it's a pretty heavy thing. it's kind of a lot of responsibility but I just think about the bands that have influenced me and it's cool to think that I am that to someone else -anthony
Any plans on returning to Detroit soon, Movement weekend or otherwise? Live: Hybrid was one of the best things I've ever seen at the festival :)
I'd love to hear the answers to this!!
Thank you! No Movement unfortunately this year for me:-(
that's a good question! i've always been a fan of Bayside and we have the same friends and booking agent. There are bands that are basically brothers of ours that we haven't toured with yet and bands that i hardly know that we've toured with, so often the most obvious thing crops up kind of randomly in your head when you've got so much going on as a musician. I will say I did have a "duh" moment when the tour was suggested because it's such a perfect fit.
What did you think of that movie Robin Williams made about you?
Favorite episode of The Office?
HAHAHAHAHAH!!!! It's not the first time I've heard that joke buddy:-)
Prison Mike -anthony
Your set with Richie H @ Exit Festival '09 is in my opinion one of the better b2b you ever had.
Are there any plans you will do a b2b in The Netherlands this year? WTTF or Awakenings? Or both?! :))
What kind of festivals do you like in general? (Big/Small/Any themes?)
Max, any chance you'll take on some recent political issues via song? Your bluntness is refreshing.
Thank you! Doing a b2b with Steve Rachmad for Kingsday and a b2b with Chris Liebing for Awakenings in June!
our next record isn't political but it's socio-political in nature and is about one aspect, a direct product of the kind of society that could actually elect Donald Trump - mb
Hey Ali, huge fan, ever since I first heard Junk Science I was hooked to your sound. Recently saw you at Output in Brooklyn - great time.
Do you think DJ's are really DJ's any longer or more like "live remixers"? If you were a dj getting started would you go straight to a digital setup or practice with beatmatching Vinyl first? Do you think vinyl is making a come back?
Lastly, how do I see your movie in NYC?
To both of you: I always wonder if members of my favorite bands (especially live) go to concerts (and not just go back stage, but just attend a concert). Do you? If so, what are some of your favorite bands to see live?
The lines between DJing and performance are more blurry then ever! I think vinyl gives you a totally different vibe / sound. I still love vinyl but DEF don't miss lugging around two heavy vinyl bags from one gig to the next!
i go pretty often. RxBandits are one of my favorite bands to see live -anthony
Hello, Ali, I met you on Creamfields Buenos Aires Backstage once, give you some pendrive with my demos and saw you play. You are my true inspiration and the reason I started producing. Is my dream to be part of the SCI+TEC family one day. So, If its ok with you, I would love to send you some demos. Can you please give me some contact information? Thank you for your music!
Hi Max! Long time fan, first time caller. Thanks for doing this.
Any plans to celebrate 10 years of In Defense (my personal favorite)?
Is the Song Shop Fail thing still happening?
WHEN NEW ALBUM?!
Will you and Sherri adopt me?
You wrote me a song once and I loved it. What inspired you to start doing Song Shop?
Edit: Also, the Say Anthing/Saves The Day 10/15 Year Anniversary Show at the OC Observatory was honestly the best show I ever went to in my life. Thank you so much.
Also, Anthony, I fucking love Bayside. I'm sad I'm missing your tour this time around.
Way too many to mention here! But quite obviously I have a fondness for Tokyo. So much crammed into such a tiny place! Sensory overload!
why are you missing it? hope you have a good excuse -Anthony
What's your favourite part about the past and present Toronto house/techno scene?
I don't believe in nostalgia. Toronto was...and still is...ROCKING!!!
i'm pretty sure ant grew up going to punk and hardcore shows in new york whereas i grew up playing with Maroon 5 on the fucking sunset strip - MB
Will you be airing SCI+TEC radio show in Buenos Aires again? Will it be permanent or temporary?
For both: How do you like your eggs?
I'd love to revisit the radio show but it simply took too much of my time and I could barely keep up with it. Perhaps one day when my travel schedule slows down I'll kickstart it again:-)
sunny side up -anthony
Max, One of my favorite songs from you is "Ahh...Men" off of Say Anything's self titled album. Can you talk a little bit about your head space when writing that song? Does the song mean anything to you now that it's been quite a few years since you wrote it?
still means very much to me as I'm a believer in the metaphysical and the oneness of the universe and the song is about my devotion to things that are larger than myself, which i king of how i keep myself centered and find meaning in this weird fleeting life - mb
I saw Sharam play at Do Not Sit On The Furniture last year in Miami during WMC. Beautiful night. I've yet to see one of your shows but am looking forward to having the opportunity! Love Deep Dish and have been an even bigger fan of both your individual careers as well.
Any chance at a reunion/collaborations?
Thank you for all the beautiful musical moments and keep on doing what you love!
Can we get an In Defense Of The Genre tour?
We'll reunite once we have some new music; it needs to be music-driven. I think despite our best intentions, we kickstarted the project prematurely:-(
Annie Hall, yo! I'm with Anthony
When and where can we see your documentary film? Greetings from Bulgaria, hope you're coming to Sunny Beach again this summer!!!
this is for both anthony and max, but out of every song either of you have ever written, which is your favorite to play live?
as of right now i really like playing "so numb" - MB
Would you consider yourself spiritual? Finally saw Hybrid last year at Movement and thought it was a mind-altering almost spiritual experience!
Does he have his license to officiate too?
In what sense? I'm an atheist but def spiritual. Is that a paradox? I dunno...THANK YOU! That was one of my fave shows!!!
i have a license to kvetch - mb
Saw you perform at Kiesgrube last year, it was awesome. I have 2 questions - What's your stance on drugs? Do you think it can enhance the experience of listening to music / going to techno parties? - Why do most DJ's seem to avoid this subject?
Two random questions for the both of you 1) Favorite city to play in Texas? 2) Favorite shows on Netflix currently?
Well no one wants to openly talk about drugs or drug use! Drugs spawned incredible music and performances from the 60's and 70's onwards and it seems that things haven't changed much since then.
i think the shows are the best in either Austin or San Antonio but i really like being in West Texas
And I just finished Downton Abbey on Amazon -anthony
What are your favorite restaurants. What was your favorite Alinea gallery dish?
Hey Guys, I understand you're Musicians but when your not touring or writing music, Do you have day jobs?
Wow WAY too many to mention here! Just follow my IG (mentioned the fave Alinea dishes there!:-)
Anthony, I just moved to NYC what are some must check out bars etc?
Not sure about a top 10 but Uchi and Uchiko are AMAZING with KILLER sake menus! And I've been trying to go to Franklyn BBQ and La Barbecue for ages with no luck...
I don't really go to bars but you have to eat at the Parkside in Corona -Anthony
What advice would you give to someone trying to set up their own small event?
Anthony, where can I hear your smiths cover band?!???
We only payed one show. We might do some more though. It's a lot of fun - anthony
Salam Ali! truly honestly i have never missed one of your shows in Montreal over the last 7 years!! i cannot even count how many times I've been to one of your shows and I was lucky enough to catch you at the right time in SpaceIbiza 2012 and BPM 2014.
Any shows in (((Montreal)) or Toronto perhaps in the foreseeable future? preferably ((())) lol
Wish you an amazing Norooz with your family.
Hey! Been a fan for about 10 years! (Almost 27 now :))
Max, in your song Alive With the Glory of Love, is it true it is after your grandparents in Auschwitz? Can you tell me any background?
Love, a fellow Jew!
yup, my grandparents (who i actually was never close with) fell in love with each other with the backdrop of WW2 and my grandma was in Auschwitz right before they met
I just want to say I LOVED your live set at Movement last year!
I also almost always play your remix of Capriati's Fratello towards the end of one of my extended sets - where did the inspiration for this remix come from if you don't mind me asking?
Hey Max, your experiences with bipolar, anxiety, depression, drug/alcohol abuse etc. are pretty inspiring and your art has helped a lot of people get through their struggles with mental disorders and disabilities, including myself. I know that you're likely far beyond the worst of it, but how do these things--if at all--effect your present-day life with touring, multiple projects and family? Been a fan of your's for awhile, best wishes to you.
Thank you! Joseph and I are good friends. He wanted me to remix it and I already loved the tracked so it worked out well. I simply enhanced the melodies with a super funky groove underneath. It's all about the GROOVE!
thank you for your wishes! i still deal with my disorder every day but thankfully a healthy lifestyle and medication deals with what could be total insanity. the rest is just being a really emotional guy who takes things in deeply and has powerful feelings, but i wouldn't trade that for anything now that i'm surrounded by people who love and support me. It totally works and everyone has their shit in life to deal with -MB
I've seen you play numerous of times all around the world in the last five years but never a huge fan. However, your set at Heart Ibiza early September blew me away when you played more progressive compared to the usual techno.
What dictates how you play on a specific night?
Anthony! This is bayside question, would you guys ever do an anniversary tour for shudder?
it's possible. When Self Titled turned 10, we just pulled it out randomly and unannounced at a couple of shows. We may do something like that or a full anniversary tour. -anthony
Any chance we'll get a live:HYBRID show somewhere on the West coast of the USA sometime soon??
Max, it seems like you and your wife and raising your kids to be free spirits and they seem so happy on SM. Do you guys have any sort of parenting philosophy?
certainly allowing them to express themselves fully and giving them as much love and support as possible while teaching them to be kind to each other and other people - MB
Hi Ali, been a long time fan. Simple question: is there a memory/moment that stands out among your career and all your gigs and why?
Hi guys! My question is for Max- First off, thank you for your beautiful tunes. Seriously. They've gotten me through so much. Anyways - Say Anything has some pretty serious fans. Has there ever been a fan at a show that just went overboard to the point where you had to be like, "Dude, calm down"? With that being said, have you ever had a fan that just blew you away with how INTO the show they are?
well, during smaller shows with a pit sometimes i'll get grabbed or lovingly choked out which can be kind of intense, and does invoke a sort of calm-down thought, though i appreciate the whole thing. pretty much every show has fans that blow me away with their enthusiasm and especially knowing all the words to the songs ( : -MB
For Max, who're you're biggest inspirations lyrically? Some of your lyrics are so profound and/or poetic I'm just curious if there are any particular lyricists, poets, writers or any other type of person who've inspired your style and how those influences have changed with the years and records.
(Sorry if this is badly worded)
EDIT: I'm gonna see you guys in Richmond and I'm so hype
Jewish comedians have always been the biggest inspiration fort my writing.. Robert Klein, Woody Allen, Larry David. In terms of lyricists, hip hop was big for me growing up so Tupac and Biggie are a big influence. My friend Chris Conley as well. -MB
Any hints on what material we can expect to hear on the upcoming tour?
all kinds of stuff. and we always try to play a lot of old stuff as well as stuff we've never played.
To Anthony, what do you think about St. Louis, Missouri? Rumor round here is that Bayside hates playing here
it's not my favorite city in the world - anthony
Max, what is Rum and The Stephen Hawking about? They're my two favorite songs but I can't figure them out! Can't wait to see you guys on May 6th!
rum is just a song about feeling confident and happy and alive being in a less than credible punk band. stephen hawking is about an immature spat i was in at the time, but it kind of links to the idea of anger and how to manage it, being a free spirit as well as maintaining self respect - mb
dear max, i can't tell you how much you have helped me over the years through your music. i have to be honest and say i love you and never give up on music :D
my question for you max is, while you wrote the song "tradewaiter" for Polarity, what did you mean you wrote "just wait til you see what comes next, you wont know,what hit you"
second question, do you plan on writing anymore Polarity song? or comic books?
third question, are you working on any new albums for SA right now?! can we get a sneak peak of it?
fourth question, when are you coming to Rochester New york next? i know your going to buffalo NY but i dont have the money to travel there or for the tickets :C so next time you tour please come to Rochester NY
Hi! That was an allusion to Tim's life post-story, which I would love to return to in some form, especially as a sequel comic.
Hi Max! I'm a longtime megafan that has been to every one of your shows in Orlando since 2005, and some in other states also. Happy 11th birthday to the ... is a Real Boy album! Just a few questions:
1) Why did you choose to write the song "Less Cute" from a female perspective? Was it difficult writing from the perspective of the opposite gender?
2) What is your favorite SA song with Sherri? (mine is Six Six Six)
3) How are your girls doing on the road so far? I hope mini-Max (aka Coraline) isn't throwing too many tantrums!
Bonus question: At your HOB show summer 2015 in Orlando, I crowd surfed to Ahhh... Men and when I got to the front you held out the mic so I could sing a couple lyrics. I also touched your chest. Do you remember me? Probably not, but it was top 3 best moments of my life and I didn't shut up about it for weeks after.
1) The song is about someone's reaction to misogyny so the story and the character appeared in my mind as female. But I've been there myself in certain ways.
2) I like "So Good" and "Cemetery" since they're so blatantly about her. Actually my favorite is probably "The Shape of Love to Come" for the same reason.
I love both of your lyrical styles. Where/When/How do you write lyrics to get such a great final product?
I'm constantly fine tuning mine. I start by writing things before there is any music. I just write it as stream of consciousness with no meter or rhyme. Then I put it to music and turn it into lyrics. I keep tweaking it all the way until the record is recorded. -anthony
Anthony! Seriously long time fan. Since Sirens and Condolences. I have a two part question. Going through the number of members you've gone through with the band, how would you describe in your own words the evolution you've gone through in regards to who youre making music with? How much of an influence do your bandmates have on your music writing? Thanks for doing this AMA!
we went through a bunch of members early on but it mainly had to do with people not wanting to make this a full time career. When you start a band with your friend in a basement and then all of a sudden you're on tour for 10 months a year and running a business, it might feel like it isn't what you signed up for - anthony
Hey Anthony, Huge fan of your music, seen you guys (full band+solo) at least 15 times around the Philly area.
What's the song writing / album process like now compared to when you guys were a younger band? I imagine it's got to be a lot different since you are all living further away/out of town. Is the excitement still there, is it easy to get the guys together? Vancancy is my favorite Bayside album now, just ahead of Walking Wounded, <3
it's not that easy to get everyone in the same room but we just do all of our writing remotely now. We spend a long time in the studio with vacancy just working out things that we would have worked out in rehearsal if we lived in the same state -anthony
Ant, first SA song that got your attention? Max, first Bayside song to get your attention?
i saw Say Anything play at the Bowery Ballroom opening for Straylight Run and I distinctly remember as a writer being really inspired and intimidated by Belt. -anthony