|Interview by Burt Wolf with Junior, singer for COUNTIME.
Interview done October 11th, 2006.
CAN YOU GIVE A BRIEF HISTORY OF COUNTIME, HOW YOU
GOT TOGETHER & ANY PREVIOUS BANDS MEMBERS WERE IN
Well, I used to play bass for a band called DIFFERENCE OF OPINION &
my guitarist Mikey played for a band called SET ASIDE, 2 well known East
L.A. bands. It was a side project that evolved into what it is today.
WHY WAS THE NAME COUNTIME CHOSEN AS THE BANDS
It's a jail term.
WHO OR WHAT HAS HELPED INFLUENCE OR INSPIRE YOU IN
MUSIC & IN LIFE?
Ummm people I grew up with, my surroundings & all the shit I seen
HOW WOULD YOU BEST DESCRIBE THE STYLE & SOUND OF COUNTIME?
Straight to the point real L.A. style, heavy & in your face!!
YOUR DEBUT CD "BROKEN, BLINDED, BETRAYED" HAS BEEN OUT FOR A LITTLE WHILE NOW.
HOW HAS THE RESPONSE BEEN TO THIS DISC?
It's been doing well with the kids & other people from different styles so we have no complaints...
NO JOKE RECORDS PUT THIS DISC OUT. HOW DID YOU GET HOOKED UP WITH THEM? HOW
HAS IT BEEN WORKING WITH THEM?
They heard our demo online & liked what they heard got in touch with us asked us if we wanted to put out a
record with them.
CAN YOU EXPLAIN THE ALBUM COVER A BIT & THE MEANING BEHIND IT?
Well, where we grew up that's pretty much what happens, drive by's & young kids dying, so we wanted to let
the world know growing up in East L.A. ain't no joke homie!
WHAT IS SOME OF THE LYRICAL
CONTENT OF YOUR SONGS? WHO
DOES THE WRITING OR DOES EACH
MEMBER HAVE A HAND IN THE
I write the lyrics for COUNTIME, they're
basically true stories & confessions.
Everything is something that happened or it's
something I'm going through...
WHICH COUNTIME SONG IS YOUR
FAVORITE & WHY?
My favorite song would probably be "From
The Heavens Above". It's about my son
Christopher Anthony U. That even though
things are rough with my baby Mama, not a
day goes by that I'm not grateful he was
DOES COUNTIME PLAY OUT A LOT? IF SO, WHERE ARE SOME OF THE PLACES YOU'VE
PLAYED & WHO ARE SOME OF THE BANDS YOU'VE SHARED THE STAGE WITH?
Yeah, we play out a lot. We've been really blessed with the things that are happening to us. We play all over
SO-Cal & we just got back from doing a summer U.S. tour. We've shared the stage with so many great big
names & locals that it wouldn't be fair just to drop names & single anyone out...
WHAT IS ONE OF THE CRAZIEST OR MORE MEMORABLE THINGS YOU HAVE SEEN AT ONE OF
YOUR SHOWS, FROM A FAN OR BAND MEMBER?
The craziest thing, I dun no. We haven't got there yet but I'm sure there will be some story to tell. The only thing
I could think of is probably almost getting blasted during the video shoot!
HOW DO YOU FEEL THE BAND HAS IMPROVED SINCE YOUR DEMO "LET THE LEGACY
We've become more of a family than a band. When we did our demo everyone was scattered & had their own
separate ideas for the band. Now we're one tight unit working together instead of working against each other.
DO YOU HAVE ANY NEW MUSIC OUT OR NEW MATERIAL IN THE WORKS FOR THE NEST
RELEASE? WILL THIS BE PUT OUT BY NO JOKE RECORDS AS WELL?
We just put out 2 new tracks "Black Candles" & "Proud To Be..." We've been talking about a new release, but we
don't know who's going to put it out yet. There's a lot to talk about.
ARE YOU INTO ANY OTHER STYLES OF MUSIC BESIDES WHAT YOU PLAY? WHO ARE SOME
OF THE BANDS YOU HAVE CURRENTLY BEEN LISTENING TO?
I listen to a lot of Rap, Oldies, Funk, Old School, Reggaeton, DOWNSET, BLOOD FOR BLOOD...if you get a
chance pick up BROWNSIDE from South Central. It don't get more real than that... I mean I love Hardcore
music, but I play it all the time, so when I'm out & about I like to kick it.
WHAT DO THE BAND MEMBERS DO
WHEN NOT DOING ANY WORK FOR THE
BAND? JOBS, HOBBIES, ETC?
We have jobs. We usually work warehouse jobs
cuz they're easy to get away with days if we
need em off for shows.
WHAT CAN WE LOOK FORWARD TO
SEEING NEXT FROM COUNTIME?
More tours, honest records & a good time with
real G's from East L.A.
WHAT WAS THE FIRST ALBUM YOU REMEMBER BUYING? WHAT WAS THE FIRST CONCERT
YOU EVER WENT TO?
First record I ever bought was "NEVER MIND THE BOLLOCKS...HERE'S THE SEX PISTOLS". I was like in
6th grade & my first show was at the Hollywood Palladium I saw HR with BAD RELIGION (NO CONTROL
TOUR). I was like fuck that's the shit...the rest is history!
WHAT WAS LIFE LIKE GROWING UP IN LOS ANGELES? DO YOU FEEL THIS ADDS TO THE
STRENGTH OF YOUR MUSIC?
Most definitely. I've lived in L.A. all my life. I was born in East Los Angeles, lived in all parts of the city growing
up cuz we were really poor, so we bounced around a lot. So I got to see a lot of shit at an early age, drugs,
gangs, drama, but to me I was like, it's just my family. So it is with out a doubt the strength for my music. I get
to tell my story of L.A. as seen through my eyes!
WHAT WERE YOU DOING BEFORE ANSWERING THIS INTERVIEW? WHAT WILL YOU DO NOW
THAT IT'S OVER?
Clowning with my homie Flexer from the TAC mob. Hang out & get something to eat...
THANX FOR TAKING THE TIME TO ANSWER THESE QUESTIONS. PLEASE FEEL FREE TO ADD
ANYTHING ELSE YOU'D LIKE TO CLOSE OUT!
Much love & respect to all my gents from the East of Los Angeles, Christopher A U. La Famila Serafin, T.A.C.,
Diane, Fuss, Happy, Flex, Klever, China, NELA, Pitbull Dan-FSU & of course my city of fallen angels!!!