The Teen Beat Interview with EFX

The following questions were culled from vintage Teen Beat interviews, circa mid-1980s. Xpress poses them to local music stars.

Mountain Xpress: How did you get into music?
Experimental / Electronica / Live Electronics group EFX : I got into music early on into middle school nearly 11 years ago, because of my brother (NYF). Music is proof of something larger than this everyday illusion.

Q: If you weren’t a musician, what would you want to be?
A: A devoted monk to seek nirvana via other means.

Q: If you could change one thing about yourself, what would it be?
A: Honestly, nothing.

Q: Tell us about your car.
A: My car is a beast. I have a Carolina blue 1988 Acura Integra RS with a total of 331,856 miles — original engine and transmission! She has a lot of history. I have keys for my car that were made in West Germany. Yes, that’s right, my car has been to Europe, back when West Germany was still there. I love her dearly.

Q: Are you going to play a show in Tulsa?
A: Hell no: Asheville > Tulsa.

Q: Who do you consider to be very cool?
A: Plato, for he pointed down to the Earth.

Q: Do you have a crush on anyone?
A: Yeah, I do. Wish me luck!

Q: What was the most perfect gift you ever received?
A: My ears.

Q: What was the nicest thing you’ve ever done for your mom on Mother’s Day?
A: Took her hiking up to 417 for a waterfall picnic.

Q: What are some of your hobbies?
A: Destroying sound, creating sound, recording sound, eating sound, drinking sound, hiking, photography, sound design, playing piano.

Q: Describe your perfect day.
A: It starts off with me finding the woman of my dreams, who takes me to her underground monolithic dome studio so she can show me her equipment. On the way there, a leprechaun pours me a bowl of Lucky Charms and adds extra marshmallows, just for me. Then, after making sweet, sweet love on top of a 256-channel gold-plated mixer from Sweden, I would find nirvana and leave this world behind, sharing my infinite love and wisdom with all that will caress my soul. Perfect.

Q: What’s something you refuse to eat?
A: What the media tries to force down my throat.

Q: If you had to choose one word to describe your life, what would that word be?
A: Antidisestablishmentarianism.

Q: Do you have any messages for all your loyal fans?
A: Party at my house?

—Alli Marshall, A&E reporter

About Alli Marshall
Alli Marshall is the arts section editor at Mountain Xpress. She's lived in Asheville for more than 20 years and loves live music, visual art, fiction and friendly dogs. Alli is the winner of the 2016 Thomas Wolfe Fiction Prize and the author of the novel "How to Talk to Rockstars," published by Logosophia Books. Follow me @alli_marshall

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