Adrian Grenier

Maranda Pleasant: Tell me about Wreck Room. What are you doing musically right now?

Adrian Grenier: Wreck Room is a music project that I started, using my studio to give up and coming bands an opportunity to write and record a song, and make a video, and put it out to the world. It’s been extremely successful. We’ve been growing very rapidly, and a lot of bands have a voice now, and an opportunity to be heard.

MP: Who are some of the bands that you’ve had?

AG: DJ Spooky was one of our highlights. The Skins are a band that we’re very proud of. I think you’ll be seeing a lot more of them. We’ve actually done a couple videos with them and will continue to do more. Recently we’ve had a band called Radkey. They’re from down South. They were passing through town. I think the general thing is innovation, there’s a new sound out there that’s coming from young kids. You’ll get a sense of that. But they’re great bands. Some interesting acts like Gull.

What else…Some of our favorites, Joanna Erdos and that show, which is incredible. You’ll see recurring characters. A lot of times the acts will collaborate with each other. They’ll be on our—we’ll post a video of their collaboration. I have a couple songs in there myself. If you go to the website and click around, you’ll get a real sense.

MP: What’s the name of your band?

AG: Caldwell.

MP: Why do you think it’s so important to have these incubators to support young talent?

AG: I think in the old music, everything was so competitive. It was all about—very selfish in a lot of ways. The label sort of capitalized on that desperation and that competition. In the new music landscape, with is the democratization of the internet and music in general, I think it can be a lot more collaborative. People, instead of competing, they can actually support each other, in music. I think the collective that is Wreck Room and all the bands that come in, actually help studios support each other by sharing highballs {it sounds like highballs but is that really what he said?}. When people come to Wreck Room, they can be confident that the quality is going to be up to a certain standard.

MP: Tell me why you’re so passionate about music.

AG: Music is a language of emotion. I’m passionate about it because I think it’s the most direct way to connect to the things that are ineffable. Words just aren’t necessary a good enough opportunity to express. Words are maybe less than accessible at expressing.

MP: Tell me how music has impacted you personally? How has it shaped you?

AG: It’s been, through this project, Wreck Room, having bands come into my home, my personal space, I’ve realized how important it really is. Maybe the idea of being a rockstar or being the one who’s recording or playing, sort of doesn’t really matter as much anymore, when you’re surrounded by great musicians who bring their spirit, their own talent. My home is filled with music three or four times a week. It’s quite a luxury, you know? To have great bands playing. You see them come in excited, big smiles, and they have something to share and show for it. It’s a real honor and luxury. Like having a free concert in your own home!

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