|Second String interview
via AOL instant messenger * November 2001
BurningStars: How did Second String start?
Ryan Hammer (guitar/vocals): Second String started with me and Greg Surface (old bassist) sitting in his basement with
current gutarist, Jahan (aka JR). We all wanted to jam after a Forever A.D. show (Jahan's old band). So I got a guitar and Greg
said he had a bass and just started playing. So we started jamming and Gred learned one of my songs that night and it all
started there. I taught him more and more as the months passed and soon enough we were playing shows to over 200 kids in
the first year. We played Hard Rock Cafe as a band and Billy of Good Charlotte showed up. We felt accomplished but finally
the band parted ways for reasons not to be disclosed.
BS: Where did the name Second String come from?
Ryan: It comes from feeling like you're not good enough. You know, to do anything in this world, you're always not the best
but you're still here for some reason.
BS: What groups influence you?
Ryan: Silverchair, Blink 182, MxPx, New Found Glory, Finch, The Starting Line, Good Charlotte and Wakefield, Jimmy Eat
World, The Moffatts, The Get Up Kids, Homegrown, and every good band ever.
BS: How do you go about writing a song? Do you write the lyrics or the music first?
Ryan: I usually write both at once. It flows that way I think.
BS: Does one person write the songs or do you collaborate?
Ryan: I write all of them.
BS: What are the best and worst places you have ever played at?
Ryan: Worst: The Brass Monkey in Baltimore. We played to 5 people that we brought and paid for. Best: Kahler Hall w/ WF:
300 kids or NY 200 kids all brought by us!
BS: What do you do in your spare time?
Ryan: Computer, girls, music, band, guitar, malls, friends, fun.
BS: What would you be doing if you were not in a band?
Ryan: Dead, most likely.
BS: Do you have any advice for aspiring musicians?
Ryan: Don't give up cause it's not easy at all. It's fucking hard! Most musicians never make it onto even a label.
BS: Where do you see yourself in the next 5 years?
Ryan: Playing music, touring with my band that ha made it and living the life.
BS: Have you ever had any strange fan experiences?
Ryan: Yeah, a lot! Many fans calling at weird hours hanging up or saying they love me or my band and hanging up. And I've
received gifts from fans I've never met, talked to or knew existed!
BS: What is the best gift you have ever recieved from a fan?
Ryan: Umm...an interview with Daniel Johns on tape and a cool Silverchair patch.