On Sunday, November 28th, Kris received the interview back from Atom of Atom And His Package that we had written a few nights before.
Please state your name for the record Sir.
Atom Ray of Sunshine in my Momma’s life Goren.
And your packages name is?
In your own words, how would you describe your sound?
I guess I’d describe it as 80’s pop sounding stuff with punk as fuck lyrics that some people think are sometimes funny.
How many cds have you released?
3, as Atom and His Package. 1 as a part of band I was in called Fracture (not the industrial metal one).
Which is your favorite?
I like the newest one Making Love, on No Idea records the best, as I like the music the most on it. However, everyone thinks the “A Society of People Named Elihu” is funnier.
What is the message you are trying to get across with your music?
No message really… I enjoy doing it very much, and I love writing songs. I have strong opinions about lots of stuff, so that comes through a lot, but I don’t have some agenda with doing what I do. I enjoy it, thus I do it. It is not to spread the gospel of Jesus or anything.
How much would it cost for a package like yours?
Mine was pretty expensive, as it’s pretty fancy, but it’s less than an entire band’s instrument cost.
How many synthesizers do you take on tour?
1, and a backup. So, 2.
Why did you choose music over your Neuroscience?
Much much much more fun.
Do you feel all those years of schooling/college were a waste?
Absolutely not. At some point, I think that I will enjoy teaching (I’m certified to teach high school biology and chemistry), but right now I have the opportunity to do this, and I really love it. It’s not like I didn’t learn anything that I use at college… granted, I don’t use my Linear Algebra all that much… but you know… like I’ve learned to type really incoherently, and not be able to make a complete sentence, but still get my meaning across. Impressive, I know.
What is your career other than music?
Well… I don’t really have a job other than doing this right now, but I work really hard at this. I do all the booking, a good deal of the distribution, and I tour pretty much constantly, so I don’t really have time for a career or anything like that. I don’t want a career yet… man, I’m still a kid.
Are you married?
Do you feel lonely on tour?
Sometimes, but I have lots of friends all over the place from doing this so much, and I meet lots of really great people. The long car rides suck, but I don’t mind driving for a couple of hours and listening to music.
Does your package keep your company?
Not good company.
How long have you been fucking with your package?
Like 3 and 1/2 years.
What kind of music/bands did you listen to growing up?
EARLY: Duran Duran, J. Geils Band, The Clash, Public Image Limited
MID: Anthrax, Metallica, Overkill, Misfits, Minor Threat
If you could bestow a horrible disease upon someone who and what would it be?
It would be the restraining order disease, meaning the prick would blow up if s/he got within 1,000 km of me. I cannot name these people, so that when they blow up I will not be a suspect.
What is the strangest thing you have done for money?
Nothing too strange here. I ate a tablespoon of ketchup once for like $1. That was pretty dumb.
If we every met in person would you let us touch your package?
If it weren’t a pain in the ass to get to.
What is the most embarrassing thing that has happened in your musical career?
The band 10 Gun Sloop, that I played with shortly. We sucked.
Which hand do you prefer, right or left?
I like both of my hands…
About how long does it take to complete a song? (programming and writing and shit)
A while… although most people wouldn’t agree… the songs are real songs, just programmed into a synthesizer… they take just as long to write as normal band songs. Some come out quickly, and some take forever.
To follow the PIR tradition do you like Britney Spears?
I have actually never heard her, even though I know who she is. I doubt that I’d like her.
Interview by : Josh Stern email@example.com & Kris Chavez firstname.lastname@example.org