I was able to catch up with these guys at 18th Street Pier in San Leon on July 5, 2014, where they opened up for Super Bob.
Brandy Brown: Who are your musical and non-musical influences?
Steve: Chris Cornell and the classics like Zeppelin and Stones…too many to list.
Ron: Tool, Rush, Kiss, the classics, Led Zeppelin is one of my more intriguing favorites, non-musical influence: Jonnie.
Wayne: Dream Theater, No FX, non-musical, Bruce Lee and Stan Lee.
Jonnie: Ron is stupid.
BB: Who writes the songs and what do they tend to be about?
Steve: It’s really a joint effort and they are always angry.
Jonnie: We’ll all throw our ideas on the table and we’ll be in the studio and the three notes and three chords and spawn from that. There’s not really one person that writes our music but it is a cumulative effort from our lyricist Steevo and our non-forgotten friend Jeff Knepper who does provide quite a bit of lyrics for us in the music we play to date. Is that subject to change? I’d rather it not change because he’s a great lyricist. He’s kind of our unsung Neal Peart.
Ron: What scares us about Jeff is that he’s in a happy place now and he hasn’t written anything because he’s happy but when he’s all fucked up and shit’s going wrong, he’s popping out songs left and right haha.
Steve: So we need to go throw a monkey wrench in his lifestyle.
Ron: Or go take a shit on his porch.
Steve: The songs that are on our album are probably about 1/3 me, 1/3 Jonnie, and 1/3 Jeff. Ron wrote one that was really special to him.
Ron: Thanks to Red Bull and Dr. Seuss.
Jonnie: The drums are ALL Mr. Matthews. He recreated Hollow Point. His drumming capability has catapulted us to where we are today in my opinion.
Ron: And we agree with him or we’ll never hear the end of it.
BB: In your opinion, what is the best way to promote your band and shows?
Steve: One thing that would help would be to have all four members do the same thing to promote but it turns out that one cat does one thing and another cat does another thing.
Ron: And the other two cats say “Fuckin’ A! Good job guys”
Steve: But honestly we’ve found that playing the shows and doing the thing is the easy part. Promoting the shows is the hard part. If we could afford it, we’d hire someone to do it.
Jonnie: We can crank out albums all day long.
Ron: Yeah we’ve got buckets and buckets of merch but how many shirts can you sell to the six people?
Ron: We would always like, in my opinion, to spend someone else’s money but at the same time with YouTube and iTunes and all of this downloadable bullshit, what’s the point? It’s easier to be independent.
Jonnie: What we need is a manager like Led Zeppelin who doesn’t take any shit and is going to hold our hand and say, this is what you guys need to do. Steevo has done a good job but he doesn’t like to slap anybody around and we need a big ass guy to do that for us.
Steve: I really want us to stay independent because it gives us the freedom to write what the hell we want to write and not have to depend on someone else’s money to do it. Our album is entirely self-produced.
Ron: Still keep in mind we would love to spend someone else’s money so if there are any wallets out there…
BB: What is it that inspires you to do what you do and get up on stage?
Steve: The people inspire me. I like to look out into the crowd and see people enjoying what we’ve created.
Jonnie: We are all successful in our personal lives. We do this because we love it. This is a bonus in our lives. Just getting up there and doing it is good enough for us.
Steve: Where else can 4 guys that have known each other forever get together? And to make music with these guys is great.
Jonnie: Steve and I had our minds set on being a cover band and then decided that our musical knowledge was far beyond that. We were going to cover everything from 1988 to 2008. We tried it but decided not to do it. I reached out to the guys and said we needed to do something different and that’s when we decided to be an original band.
Ron: So as they were a three piece deciding this was going to be an all original band they thought every good band needs a giant assclown. Once I got the conference call after their hiatus I had to ask myself if I was crazy enough to do this.
Jonnie: I was the bass player at the time for Hollow Point.
BB: How does music affect you and the world around you?
Ron: To me…it stops me from being alone with the other 15 voices in my head.
Wayne: It inspires, it motivates, it helps me get through the bullshit and it makes me smile.
Jonnie: What Wayne said.
Steve: It helps me get through the everyday monotony of work and just the bills and the yard work.
BB: I’ve been on an Insomnium kick. It’s been getting me through my days.
Jonnie: I love them. I’m trying to get more into the technical guitar playing and the Finlandian movement and if I could just sit in with them during a studio session that would be awesome.
Ron: Which is saying a lot considering we can’t get him to sit in with us. Haha.
Steve: We’re writing. We’ve got about 4 new songs that are in the works.
Wayne: We just wrote one yesterday.
Steve: We just get in there and start jamming and it just becomes a song and it’s organic.
Jonnie: It’s either organic or prehistoric. I’ll have some stuff written back when I was a kid and I bring it to the table.
BB: What is it about these members that make Hollow Point work?
Steve: These members. This group of guys. If one of these guys were to drop out of Hollow Point, Hollow Point would cease to exist. There might be another project but it wouldn’t be Hollow Point.
Ron: I think if anything happened to any one of us there would be three other projects but it wouldn’t be Hollow Point.
Steve: Wayne you haven’t said much.
BB: Pick two celebrities. What two celebrities would you pick as your parents?
Wayne: George Lucas and Oprah. George Lucas because obviously it’s George Lucas and Oprah because it’s Oprah.
BB: If you were a tree which celebrity would you fall on?
Ron: Jennifer Aniston!
Ron: Well obviously because I’m all wood!
BB: Anyone else?
Jonny: I can’t top that one
Steve: I can’t top that one either. He is the assclown.
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