The Teen Beat Interview with Will Saylor

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?
Brushfire Stankgrass guitarist Will Saylor: I began playing classical violin at the age of 3.  My Mom was a music teacher and I didn’t have much choice.

Q: If you weren’t a musician, what would you want to be?
A: I would like to be a professional outdoorsman and hiking guide. I love to spend time in the mountains. A backcountry ski guide would be pretty cool, too.

Q: If you could change one thing about yourself, what would it be?
A: I would increase my motivation. Musicians are naturally lazy and constantly have to self motivate.

Q: Tell us about your car.
A: I drive a truck so I can haul all my gear around. I need a camper top to keep it dry though.  When it rains I’m kind of out of luck.

Q: Are you going to play a show in Tulsa?
A: Sure, if they pay me enough to justify the drive.

Q: Who do you consider to be very cool?
A: John Hartford was light years ahead of his time.  A very cool songwriter and musician.

Q: Do you have a crush on anyone?
A: Yes, I’m very much in love with my girlfriend. She and I met when she used to tend bar at the Asheville Music Zone.  The only groupie I’ve ever had.

Q: What was the most perfect gift you ever received?
A: The original Nintendo along with the Legend of Zelda. Wow, I really loved that game.

Q: What was the nicest thing you’ve ever done for your mom on Mother’s Day?
A: Probably taking her on a nice hike with the family. She loves quality family time.

Q: What are some of your hobbies?
A: I love hiking, skiing, soccer, producing music in my studio.

Q: Describe your perfect day.
A: Sleep until at least 11 a.m.  Wake up and bomb down some powdery slopes.  A nice soak in a hot tub and then off to a packed club for an exciting gig.

Q: What’s something you refuse to eat?
A: Pickles, any kind of greens (collards etc.) and pigs feet.

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

Q: Do you have any messages for all your loyal fans?
A: Thanks for coming out to all our shows.  We couldn’t do it without you. Keep ‘er stanky!

—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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