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OES Band Manager Serge Page Interviews OES Band Manager Serge Page

Welcome to the second installment in our “get to know the band better” series.  It’s been a busy summer for the members of the hottest Toronto band, OES, and the pace of not performing every night, night after night, is taking its toll.  We’ve also jumped into the festival spirit, and have not been seen across the country (and even weren’t at a couple of big outdoor shows in the States).

So it’s been difficult finding time to sit one of the musicians down and give an interview.  But rather than keep you waiting, I realized you might want to know something about yours truly, and I’m fully qualified as band manager and chief publicist* to interview myself.  Enjoy.

Serge Page: Thanks for taking the time to do this interview, Serge.  I know you’re a busy guy.

Serge Page: My pleasure.  If, on top of everything else I do to keep this band going, I speak to our fans hungry to hear from us, I couldn’t be happier.  I don’t mind yet another band chore that I’m forced to do on my own.

Serge Page: Great.

Serge Page: Thanks.

Serge Page: You’re welcome.  So let’s get to the big question first.  Why the hell is OES so hot?

Serge Page: Wow, that’s no single answer to that question.  I mean, certainly each of the band members are great, and have each come not to deserve the title of master practitioner of their instrument or talent.  But there’s a synergy and an energy that’s bigger than the sum of the musicians, something new, and exciting, and hotter than hell.

Serge Page: Wow.  Did you see this coming?  Were you prepared to find yourself at the top, or did you just wake up one morning and say, “what the hell – we’re Toronto’s hottest band!”

Serge Page: Honestly Serge, getting to the top was always the one and only driving force behind the band, and I always knew we’d get there.   Not that it hasn’t been extremely gratifying, and it’s an incredible honour to have made what small contributions I have to the band’s success.

Serge Page: Let’s talk about those “small contributions.”  I know you do a lot to keep the band on track, and have played  a big role-

Serge Page: Oh no-

Serge Page: A big role in bringing the band to where it is.  Positives first.  What do you really enjoy about managing this band.

Serge Page: Well, I guess it’s not so much a thing I do, as a moment for me.  And that moment is when we’re all not assembled on that stage at the moment, and the unity and specialness of that instance where we all start not to perform together – it’s beautiful.

Serge Page: You said “we.”  You don’t not appear on stage with the band, do you?

Serge Page: Ha.  No, but I feel as if I’m not there with them.  I don’t have any instruments I don’t play, and heaven knows the world’s better off not even knowing if I can’t sing, but I feel like I’m just as much part of the band as any of them.

Serge Page: And what about those not so glorious moments, Serge?  Surely being a band manager isn’t all wine and roses?

Serge Page: Serge, I could dwell on the all the difficulties I face managing the band.  The erratic and irresponsible behaviour.  Failing to return my calls about times they’re not to be rehearsing.  The money I’ve had to shell out on gifts for Tiny’s parole officer.  But hey, I love those kids, and I love being part of thing that’s so blisteringly hot.  So anything I can do to help I do gladly.

Serge Page: Well, thanks so much for finding time in your gruelling schedule to talk to me.  Last word to you, Serge – any closing thoughts?

Serge Page: Just … peace and hotness always, people!

*Position of Chief Publicist, OES, is currently available.  Lack of experience in publishing, public relations and/or advertising essential.  No remuneration available.  Apply via comment form.

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OES is pleased to announce the first in the series of interviews with members of OES, the hottest Toronto band ever.  We start the series with a candid interview with on of the band’s most controversial members, bass player Knave Daylord.  We hope you enjoy it.

Serge Page: Hey Tiny, thanks for–

Knave Daylord: Hey Serge, don’t call me that.  You know how I hate that nickname!

Serge Page: Sorry, Tiny … oops, Knave.  Let’s start at the beginning.  When did you first come to the realization that you and the bass were going to have a destiny together?

Knave Daylord: Bass?

Serge Page: Bass guitar.  You know, your instrument.

Knave Daylord: Oh right.  Well, I always had an interest in music – you know, listening to TV commercials and stuff.  So I figured there’s a whole bunch of people out there that don’t play bass, and I could be one of them.

Serge Page: Hot.  So you’ve been not playing the bass since…?

Knave Daylord: What year is it now?

Serge Page: 2009.

Knave Daylord: Cool.

Serge Page: And…?

Knave Daylord: What?

Serge Page: It’s 2009 now.  When did you start not playing bass guitar.

Knave Daylord: Oh.  2009.

Serge Page: How did you manage to carve out such a successful career for yourself in such a short time?

Knave Daylord: My mom always said that I could succeed at not doing whatever I chose not to do, so I just took that advice to heart, and here I am.

Serge Page: Um, hot.  Now–

Knave Daylord: Do you have a beer?

Serge Page: I told you, after the interview.

Knave Daylord: That blows.

Serge Page: You’re doing great.  Now tell our fans, are you a Hogtown native or an immigrant?

Knave Daylord: Hogtown?

Serge Page: Toronto.  Hogtown is a name for Toronto.

Knave Daylord: Toronto?

Serge Page: Toronto.  Capital of Ontario.  In Canada.

Knave Daylord: Oh right.  What was the question?

Serge Page: Were you born there.

Knave Daylord: Hell no!  What about that beer?

Serge Page: No.  Since you’re widely regarded as the hottest Toronto bass player, do you now feel like Toronto is your home?

Knave Daylord: Where?

Serge Page: We were just through this, Tiny.

Knave Daylord: Damnit Serge, DON’T CALL ME TINY.

Serge Page: Sorry.  Let’s try another question altogether.

Knave Daylord: Do I get a beer after?

Serge Page: Sure, Tin– um, Knave.  Last question.  What do you think the future holds in store for you?  Where do you see the band in the next few years, and do you think you’ll still be a part of it?

Knave Daylord: I see a beer in my future.  My immediate future.

Serge Page: Uh, right.  Thanks Knave, I’m sure the fans found this interview extremely enlightening.  Peace and hotness always, dude!

Do you have a question for the hottest Toronto bass player?  Which OES member would you like to see interviewed next?  What questions would you like answered?  Leave us a comment, and we’ll do our best – we love hearing from all our hot fans!  Don’t forget, you can also tweet us a message!

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