Today I am going to interview a character from “Alison’s Man of Mystery”. Chad Baker will be interviewed by the magazine Artist Confessions.
Artist Confessions Magazine..
It’s Monday night in Los Angles; Man of Mystery is gearing up for the Grammy’s and a mini tour overseas. But before one of the world’s most famous band, Alison’s Man of Mystery, sets out on a mini tour in Europe and the UK, lead singer Chad Baker wants to share some big news.
“Alison Sawyer is coming on tour with us.”
As you know songwriter and producer Alison Sawyer is one third of the genius making up Man Of Mystery. She has been with the band for the better part of a decade, collecting mountains of awards.
“Alison is the soul of this band, without her we are pretty much nothing.”
The air is thick now with cigarette smoke and the lights are dim. Chad is laughing along with his brother, and fellow bandmate, Simon Page. They are talking with keyboardist Fred and trying to decide where to start the tour. Fred just brought up a story, and they all relieved the memory with deep throaty laughs.
“We feel going on the road will return us to our true origins.” Fred takes the cigarette from his lips, “Alison is part of our past. She is one of the reasons we are who we are. Without her we are just another band.”
Chad and his brother agree. Chad then gives me a wink as he says, “We want this to be our best album yet.”
AC: How will this be better then your last albums? Those were pretty great.
Baker: “We were lost, I was lost, without Alison. After our huge success on our last album I knew she was the official seventh member. Alison is the soul of this band, without her we are pretty much nothing.”
AC: Speaking of Alison, where has she been? Will she be at the Grammy’s this year to accept any awards?
Baker: “Alison needed some time off. She is around though, we talk all the time. She is..Alison is my best friend.”
AC:You know I have to ask.
Baker: “Go ahead!”
AC: Is there any truth to the rumor that you and Alison having an affair?
Baker: (With a shake of his head) “It hurts you know, that such poison gets noticed. Stuff like that just takes away from what is real. It takes away from the music, the art. Alison is an artist and she should be treated with respect. But to answer your question, No. Alison and I were nothing more than friends.”
Chad then picks up his guitar and starts playing a familiar tune, “Firefly.”
No, but we are doing some new things. We are following our own instincts, keeping the same formula and using the right people.” He laughs, “We are going to shake things up!”
As he plays I can’t help but remember the first time Alison Sawyer made her way on to the scene. Fresh faced and a force to be recognized. Sawyer has always been a dynamic songwriter creating such hits as, “Empty Space”, “Face What I’ve Done “, “What’s Become of Me”, and her severely popular “I Know You”, co-written with Chad Baker and featured on the Movie, Mr. Cageman.
A week after the Grammy’s the band will be heading to New York for an SNL Appearance. For the first time ever lead singers Chad and Fred will not be performing one of their new songs.
Baker: “Simon has come a long way with his own music. I feel he has discovered himself and has come into his own. Simon is a powerful drummer, and a great singer. Shit, the guy is talented. He can pick up any instrument and play it as though he always has.”
AC: Is this the new direction you are going to be taking? Take a backseat to Simon?
Baker: No, but we are doing some new things. We are following our own instincts, keeping the same formula and using the right people.” He laughs, “We are going to shake things up!”
Chad and Simon start laughing again. This time at the world, because unlike those two, we have no idea what is coming.
(picture of Stephen Dorff can be found here , note Stephen Dorff is not Chad Baker and is no way affiliated with this project)