Philip Williams is a bassist; currently for Muncie, IN band Brazil, previously with Indy's Pravada. Brazil will be playing the Patio on Feb. 12 with 7DFC, Shadeland, and Burn The Red Sky.
Q: Okay, so what happened with Pravada?
A:I just realized after a few things happened personally within the band that I was focusing my energy in the wrong place. I needed to concentrate on practicing with Brazil and writing. I'm about to turn 30 this year ant it's the most exciting period of my life. This is what I have been working towards for 17 years.
Q: What's it been like switching camps so quickly?
A:Exciting. It's a good thing I respect my surroundings and store my food out of the reach of bears.That's what they tell you about camping in this travel guide for Canada my friend Beth just got me.
Q: How would you describe Brazil?
A:Brazil is a rock and roll band with two guitars, bass, piano, synth, drums and good singing. Soon there will be some Fender Rhodes as well.
Q: Muncie is only like 40 minutes away, why doesn't anyone in Indy know who the hell they are?
A:The thing I like about this band and that attracted me to it was that they always seem to have a bigger picture in mind. I don't think it's really intentional that they haven't played in Indianapolis or even Indiana that much. More than anything it's just that they get on a lot of good tours that have been taking them elsewhere.
Q: Any adventures so far?
A:I did get taken to Baltimore the other night after a show for karaoke and dancing until all hours with a friend, her Suicide Girl sister and her 7 foot gay friend in a plaid suit with matching hat. True story.
Q: After being in your own bands and working as a hired gun, would you choose a commercially successful project over a promising independent one where your input was expected and valued?
A:Hell no. Ask me again in 15 years though, when I'll surely be in need of some health coverage! But that's kind of the thing with me getting into Brazil; it draws from both of those columns.
Q: How have things changed since your experience with Johnny Socko now to Brazil?
A:Well, back in the nineties no one was touring with phones. Later on I remember us getting one phone for the van, but no one ever used it at all. It just sort of stayed in the glove box. Now everyone including the merch guy has a phone and we travel with a G4 Powerbook which we use to watch AquaTeen dvds and do accounting.
Q: How do you really feel about ska?
A:Ska from 1950s Jamaica makes me happy; Ska from Orange County makes me nauseous.