As most of you probably already heard, abstract artist and former Weezer bass player Mikey Welsh passed away over the weekend in Chicago. I got to meet Mikey this past July during the opening for his solo show at the Slingluff Gallery, where I ended up doing a 45 minute interview with him, covering everything from his early days in the Boston music scene, to success in Weezer to his current passion for art. Now, I’m not going to claim knowing the man or anything but being an artist and fellow musician myself, I felt like we bonded a bit and had a few things in common, albeit with obviously different methods of artistic attack, not to mention life style choices. It was also plain to see that his struggles were far from over, but I left hoping he would eventually sort it out and pull it together, especially for his child, who he obviously cared a great deal for. Sadly, that wasn’t the case.
Anyway, the idea was to eventually run the interview on clubmumble.com, but for reasons not really worth mentioning, it never happened. So, instead of leaving this to rot away on some hard drive, I’m posting the entire unedited audio here. For his many fans and friends, I can only hope the sound of his voice brings some comfort to you. There are lots of good stories and insights in here – I hope you enjoy. And I apologize in advance for my constant rambling during our conversation
Rest in peace Mikey.
and please keep in mind, media vampires, no portion of this interview may be reproduced without the written consent of mightyjoecastro.com. © 2011 All Rights Reserved. So please, just ask first – it’s the right thing to do. Photo above by Mr. Jonathan Slingluff.