BurningStars.net: Names, Position in the band, Age, Birthday.
Duane Okun (guitar/vocals): Duane Okun. I play guitar and sing. I am 19 and my birthday is July 5th.
BS: How long has the band been together?
Duane: The band has been together for about 4 years. The lineup now has been together for about a year and a half. This is
going to be the final lineup. We all love each other so no one is going anywhere soon.
BS: Who are your musical influences?
Duane: My musical influences are more from a folk background I think. I like writing to paint a picture, a song should take
you somewhere and every song somewhere else. I consider every song a story. I'm a huge Neil Young fan.
BS: How would you describe the bands sound?
Duane: I would think we have a big sound. The piano make things sound pretty huge. A lot of people ask us this question
and we never really have a good answer. :Laughs: I would just say some sort of rock band. I guess that's the closest. Maybe
when our cd comes out everyone can tell us what sound we have.
BS: How would you describe the band to someone who has never listened to you before?
Duane: *Laughs* Just like the last question, I would have no idea. I usually don't describe us to others. I wouldn't want to put
in someone's head an idea of what we sound like before actually hearing us.
BS: Describe yourself in five words.
Duane: Quiet, focused, laid back, magical. *Laughs* Maybe not magical.
BS: Do you have any special talents?
Duane: I played soccer and baseball pretty much my whole life.
BS: What do you think is the best thing about being in a band?
Duane: Being able to say what I want to say to a lot of people. The voice is a strong thing and can affect a lot of people.
BS: What is a cd you recommend everyone to listen to?
Duane: Jets to Brazil Perfecting Loneliness.
BS: What are some of your favorite bands?
Duane: The Smiths, Bright Eyes, The Beatles, Radiohead.
BS: Best advice you've ever gotten?
Duane: It's more something I have realized which is if you love it, it can happen. I think that goes for any aspect of your life.
BS: What are your favorite things about performing?
Duane: Just seeing some faces listening.
BS: What is your favorite cereal?
Duane: I really like the Reese's cereal.
BS: What is the most embarrassing album you own?
Duane: The Used album.
BS: What would you be doing if you weren't in a band?
Duane: Trying to be in a band more than likely. Or I'd have a girlfriend.
BS: What was the first concert you went to?
Duane: It was a local show with One Cool Guy, Catch 22, and Humle Beginnings.
BS: What is one thing you can't do but wish you could?
Duane: Sing like Christina Aguilera.
BS: What is your number one goal in life?
Duane: I want to live a respectable life doing what I love with people that I love.
BS: What is your biggest fear?
Duane: I don't like heights.
BS: What is your all time favorite CD?
Duane: I can listen to We Are The Only Friends That We Have by Piebald anytime.
BS: What is your favorite song to play live?
Duane: It's a song called "Alexandria As Our Lens" Just because its really easy for me to sing.
BS: Do you remember most of the people/fans you meet?
Duane: I do actually. I'm not good with names. But I always remember seeing someone.
BS: Anything you want to say to fans/potential fans?
Duane: Stay nice to everyone this year. There is too much shit going on all over the world so you might as well be nice and
not add to the problem.
Socratic interview by: Julie Magyar