Exclusive Interview With Anthony Chan Star Of Philly Broadway Series ‘The King And I’

(PCM) When Anthony Chan thinks of the many children who play his siblings in the Philly Broadway Series production of “The King and I,” he gets a wide smile on his face.

The 24-year-old Chan is playing the part of the King’s eldest son, Prince Chulalongkorn in the current production at the Academy of Music, from March 22-April 2.

This is the national tour of the Lincoln Center Theater Production of Rogers and Hammerstein’s classic musical, and the tale of east meets west.

“We are thrilled to welcome a fresh, award-winning take on this classic American musical as we continue our 2016–17 Broadway Philadelphia season,” said Anne Ewers, President and CEO of the Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts.

“We love when theater can become part of a family tradition,” she said, “and this long-running show, with its celebrated songs and unforgettable story, is a must-see for fans of all ages.”

Directed by Tony Award Winner Bartlett Sher, the “King and I,” won four Tony Awards in 2015, including best revival of a musical. This production features choreography by Christopher Gattelli, based on the original work by Jerome Robbins.

As musical theater lovers across the ages already know, “The King and I,” one of Rodgers & Hammerstein’s finest works, boasts a memorable score, which features such beloved songs as “Getting To Know You,” “Hello Young Lovers,” “Shall We Dance,” and “Some Wonderful.”

Set in 1860’s Bangkok, the musical tells the story of the unconventional and tempestuous relationship that develops between the King of Siam and Anna Leonowens, a British schoolteacher, who the modernist King, in an imperialistic world, brings to Siam to teach his many wives and children. As Anthony Chan knows, life lessons abound from this classic.

Q: When did you join this tour?

ANTHONY CHAN: I auditioned in March and April of 2016, and heard back in May. We started rehearsals at the end of September and opened in Providence, Rhode Island on Nov. 1.

Q: What is the main difference between this and the Broadway production?

AC: Bartlett Sher Ba brought the show from Lincoln Center to a proscenium stage. What is exciting is that half the cast had done the production on Broadway or performed in the show before, so it wasn’t a new story for ever one to tell, yet it was a difference aspect of “The King and I,” to tell around the country.

Q: When was your first introduction to “The King and I?”

AC: I saw it at Lincoln Center about a year ago, before my audition for the role. I am a little embarrassed to say I still haven’t seen the [1956] movie musical. I wasn’t a musical theater kid while I was growing up. But when I saw the show last year I could see it was phenomenal.

Q: Please tell me about your character, Prince Chulalongkorn?

AC: I play the prince who is heir to the throne. He is the son of The King and Lady Thiang. He is a 15-year-old boy who is curious and wants to know everything. He wants to be like his father. He is also forced to grow up quickly when Mrs. Anna comes.

Q: What else is going on?

AC: She brings the modernization of 1862 Siam. But the only thing he knows is what he has learned from his father The King. He’s never known that different parts of the country exist. When Mrs. Anna comes this kind of squashes everything that he has believed. There is a beautiful arc of growing into a man, being true to who he is and being able to teach as well so that one day he may possibly rule a country.

Q: Your character has dozens of younger siblings. What is it like working with the youngsters in the show?

AC: I kind of see myself as a Den Brother. I enjoy it because I guess you could say that I grew up having a lot of younger cousins.

Q: What are they like?

AC: These kids are real bundles of energy. They are real rascals. We definitely have to look after them. They can get into a little bit of mischief, but the first thing I think of is that they put a smile on your face. I am smiling and laughing, thinking about what they will do tonight. Being a long side these children make me feel 10 years younger.

Q: What is the more challenging aspect of the show for you – the singing or the acting?

AC: Neither really. Every day brings something new to the table. What I love about this show is that every actor, singer, and dancer brings something new and fresh to the stage. There is so much meat for us to attack; so we are constantly talking about the show, and telling the story. I truly I love telling this story every night.

Q: Where are you from? How did you get to this place in your life?

AC: I grew up 10 minutes from San Francisco. My younger sister is the brains in the family. She is graduating from the University of Oregon in the physical therapy and science fields. My dad is the manager of a company and my mom is an accountant.

Q: Did your parents want you to pursue a career in the theater arts?

AC: My parents are supportive of everything that I do. Before college, I was in school for forensic chemistry.

Q: I didn’t expect to hear that from you.

AC: Well, in high school I performed in theater and loved it. So I started auditioning for musicals in New York City. I thought about science, medicine, and law, but I found my one true love for the arts and performing doing regional gigs. My parents never pushed me to find a back-up plan, or make sure that I had a steady job. Just as long as I am happy, they are happy.

Q: When you are not performing in the show how do you spend your free time?

AC: I love traveling, so doing a tour means seeing different parts of the country, and exploring places I wouldn’t necessarily have gone to otherwise. I also enjoy running, working out, and finding adventures in the cities and towns we visit.

Q: When the weather doesn’t permit a run how do you kick back?

AC: On a cloudy day, I don’t mind being inside reading a book and chilling out at the hotel or the Air B & B.

Q: What do you hope for your future?

AC: To keep performing, and to make sure that I am happy with whatever I am doing. I would like to pursue story-telling, which I feel is such a good form of art and expression. In the future I would like the arts to become more of a priority, especially in the schools. Younger kids are the best story tellers; so when I have my own family I would definitely encourage my kids to perform in the theater. I feel that the arts, especially theater, opens people up and helps them become more human, because they are hiding behind the box.

Q: If someone has seen the movie, or other stage productions, why should he or she come to see this touring production of “The King and I.”

AC: Laura and Jose, as Anna and The King, bring so much of themselves to these roles. I love Laura as Mrs. Anna because she brings so much humor and vitality to the way she plays the character; it is completely different from other actresses in the role. When you see a show like this, with new actors it takes on a whole new meaning; new actors bring new energy.

Q: Are there life lessons that fit modern times in this show?

AC: Oh, yes. I see a bunch of life lessons here. The show is about modernization, society, and a lot of what it means to grow up. Each character goes through a whole arc. There is so much to explore; lovers, kids forced to grow up, and a family that has to stay together. It is about a king who is confused, yet he has to rule a country. I believe there are a lot of lessons in each character and in each story line. East meets west, as well as a classic musical theater story that you can absolutely connect to.

For tickets, please call: 215-893-3333, or visit www.kimmelcenter.org.

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Exclusive Interview: Adam Langdon is Stellar in ‘Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time”

(PCM) Spending an evening with Adam Langdon in the leading role for “The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time,” is truly a transformative experience for the senses.

The 24-year-old actor from Brooklyn began his thrilling national tour in September, portraying 15-year-old Christopher Boone, a boy who learns and communicates differently than many of us do, yet he has numerous life lessons to share with everyone who crosses his path.

This emotional story is making a big local splash since it is part of the Broadway Philadelphia series playing at the Kimmel Center’s Academy of Music from Feb. 28-March 5; while at the same time the novel is the focus of the Free Library of Philadelphia’s “One Book, One Philadelphia 2017” program through March 23. The book has also been chosen as the featured book selection for many other cities around the nation.

The 2003 mystery novel was written by British author Mark Haddon, and adapted into a stunning and life changing play by Simon Stephens, that went on to win five Tony Awards in 2015, including best play. The title of the book and the play quotes the fictional detective, Sherlock Holmes, in Arthur Conan Doyle’s 1892 short story “Silver Blaze.”

The author has been lauded for imagining a new kind of hero, and for showing all of us that the best lives are lived when our differences are cherished, and those themes persist in the play.

The character of Christopher has an extraordinary brain, yet despite his exceptional intelligence, he is ill-equipped to interpret everyday life, reminiscent of many teens on the autism spectrum.

The math and science concepts he can grasp would make him on a trajectory to become an astronaut or a research scientist, but for his lack of ability to communicate effectively or socialize and his disdain for being touched, stand in the way.

When he falls under suspicion for killing his neighbor’s dog, he sets out to identify the true culprit, which leads to a journey that will change his life forever.

Langdon has performed in several regional theater productions, as well as on TV’s “The Good Wife,” and is co-star and co-creator of the web series, “Moe and Jerryweather.”

Langdon said he first read the book when it was published, after it was recommended by his British mother, and it was a time when the actor was just a few years younger than his character.

The show is bold, emotional and unique. It is a rare glimpse inside the mind of this boy who grapples with sensory processing overload in so many areas of his life, yet he is brave enough to go on a difficult train trip alone, learn forgiveness for those who disappoint him, and fight for his right to be the best that he can be, especially in the areas in which he excels.

Watching “The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time,” one cannot help cheer for Christopher, the young man portraying his complicated journey, and the reflections that we see in ourselves.

PCM: So what is it about this story that strikes a chord with everyone?

ADAM LANGDON: The themes really resonate. One of the themes I see, and what people get out of it, is embracing and celebrating difference, and showing this difference in a complete way. It leads all of us be more accepting.

PCM: The role of Christopher is physically and emotionally demanding, and the sheer volume of material to memorize would seem a bit staggering. So how do you remember these staggering number of lines?

AL: The moment I became involved with this show it wasn’t the lines that concerned me. My biggest fear coming into it was the physical aspect, because I never considered myself as having the physical stamina that the play required. The people who put the movement together, Frantic Assembly, were so patient, that it all came together very well for me. I also feel that the bravery Christopher has really requires everyone in the show to be brave.

PCM: What has been one unexpected positive benefit of doing the show?

AL: I have had the opportunity talk to many parents and teachers of individuals on the spectrum. When I hear all of those heart-felt reactions it makes all of the blood, sweat, and tears that we spill over this show, totally worth it.

PCM: It is well known that audience members are heard weeping during some scenes and cheering in others. Tell me why you feel that people should see this play?

AL: There is really no other play like this. It is sort of like “Hamlet” combined with “Cirque du Soleil,” and so much more. Everyone can connect with this show, and I believe it is something that they will remember for the rest of their lives.

PCM: How important has the support from your parents, Alan and Deborah, been in regard to your education and career?

AL: I could not have done it without them. They have always been the most supportive parents in the world. My mom is an actress and my dad is an acting teacher. My mom was key on finding me the right summer programs and helping me apply to the Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts in London, while my dad encouraged me to audition for Julliard. They said wherever I ended up was the right place for me to be,

PCM: Getting into Julliard must have been quite an endeavor, please tell me how it went?

AL: The audition process is really intense. There was a lot of waiting around. The final part of the process involved three days of taking actual classes. They were trying to put together a group of 18 people who were going to become a great company. They wanted people of different ages and backgrounds, as well as people like me were right out of high school.

PCM: Had you read the book before becoming involved with the show?

AL: Yes. I read the book when it first came out at the age of 12 or 13. My mom is a Brit, so she knew the book. I watched the Tony Awards when it won five awards and I auditioned to replace Alex Sharp on Broadway. It was not a great audition but they remembered me and brought me back for the tour.

PCM: How do you view your future?

AL: I love being an actor, so really it’s about whatever the world is able to give me. If it’s a Broadway show, a TV show, or a break in the movies. I grew up on classic movies. I would like the next step. I love to work, and I have written some scripts and had meetings with producers and directors about some of them. It is a huge process to get a film made. The budget of $500,000 is nothing in the film world; yet it is everything to a 24-year-old.

PCM: What is your advice to younger actors who want to follow in your footsteps?

AL: You need to be confident that where you are in the moment is where you need to be. You must be 100 percent involved in your pursuit!

“The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time,” is playing at the Kimmel Center’s Academy of Music through March 5.

Tickets: www.kimmelcenter.org or call, 215-893-3333.


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Exclusive Interview! Author Larry Atkins’ Book “Skewed” Helps Us Understand Media Bias!

(PCM) When Larry Atkins set out to write about media bias in “Skewed,” he did not realize just how important, and timely, his book would become amid the current complicated political climate.

“Skewed: A Critical Thinker’s Guide to Media Bias,” (Prometheus) has been a labor of love from this established journalist, attorney and Philadelphia-area journalism professor.

In “Skewed,” Atkins, a longtime adjunct professor of journalism at Temple University, Montgomery County Community College and Arcadia University, lays out the difference between “neutral and balanced” news and advocacy journalism. He highlights the urgency for media consumers to recognize this difference.

Atkins has written more than 400 articles, op-eds, and essays for noted publications, including The Chicago Tribune, the Baltimore Sun, the Christian Science Monitor, the Los Angeles Daily News, the Dallas Morning News, the Huffington Post, the Washington Post, and the Philadelphia Inquirer.

The book “Skewed” is timely, given the current and ongoing debate over “fake news” versus reputable journalism. Atkins’ concern is that advocacy journalism — “a type of reporting in which the reporter gives an opinion or point of view and uses stories to advance an agenda,” — is tearing America apart.

He said that he wrote his new book, which is gaining great attention during the media frenzy surrounding the Trump Administration, because of his long interest in journalism, and “the increase of advocacy, agenda driven journalism like Fox News, MSNBC, conservative talk radio, and liberal and conservative websites has arisen substantially in the last 25 years. “

Atkins was struck by the fact that “these media outlets don’t lie or misrepresent information, but they have a clear bias, agenda, or slant, and cherry pick facts, statistics, and expert quotes that bolster their own opinion,” he added. “I’ve been teaching journalism for around 12 years, and one of the topics that the students tend to be most interested in is the topic of media bias and advocacy journalism.”

In a media landscape dominated by advocacy news networks pushing competing points of view, Atkins wants to help the average viewer/reader uncover the truth about any particular issue. His book will show readers how to separate the facts from the agenda-driven spin and selective presentation, often used by such news sources as Fox and MSNBC.

“Skewed” gives readers the tools to critique the media, to see both sides of any issue, and to become better informed citizens and voters.

PCM: What was the biggest surprise or revelation in writing your new book?

LARRY ATKINS: I was aware of the concept of news literacy and media literacy, but I was surprised that it has developed into a major area of study in universities and that there are many media literacy organizations that are trying to raise awareness about the importance of being a savvy news consumer. There are efforts to bring this education to K-12 schools, and I think that this is a good thing that should be even more prevalent.

PCM: What do you want people to learn from the book?

LA: It’s important for all of us, as news consumers, to be critical thinkers as we receive news. Be skeptical at first, and confirm information you receive by checking several sources. Break out of your echo chambers, meaning that if you’re liberal, in addition to watching MSNBC and reading the New York Times Editorial page, also watch Fox News and listen to conservative talk radio. Likewise, if you’re conservative, in addition to watching Fox News and listening to Rush Limbaugh, also read Salon.com and watch MSNBC. Also be careful about relying on information that you get from friends and family from social media, especially in light of recent hoaxes and fake news.

PCM: Why is it especially pertinent in today’s national and world events?

LA: As evidenced by the 2016 presidential election, our country is highly polarized. Advocacy journalism outlets tend to enhance that polarization. Most people tend to go to news outlets that confirm their own opinions and biases. We live in our own echo chamber bubbles and aren’t exposed to what the other side is saying.

PCM: Please tell me about the journey of the book?

LA: I proposed my idea to my agent, Maryann Karinch, when I met her at the Philadelphia Writers Conference a little more than two years ago. She was extremely enthused about the project and thought it would be timely for the upcoming Presidential election. After I developed my book proposal, it took about a year before I got a book contract in August 2015 with Prometheus Books. Since I usually teach around five or six courses per semester, it was a challenge to simultaneously teach and do the research and writing of the book. I had to get up pretty much each day at around 5:30 a.m. to work on the book, even on weekends. It was important to me that I interview many experts for the book. I was able to get 18 experts in journalism, politics, and media literacy to give me quotes.

PCM: Tell me the reaction from readers at book signings so far?

LA: The signings and appearances have gone very well. At some of my signings, I’ve seen people from high school that I haven’t seen for more than 35 years. It’s been nice to see family and friends at my events, but I also enjoy meeting new people there. I try to have interactive discussions during my book signing lectures, and people have very strong opinions on the topic. The book has received mostly positive reviews on Goodreads and Amazon.com.

PCM: What surprised you about teaching college journalism students in the present day?

LA: I was surprised at how many students tend to rely on sources that aren’t very reliable, such as obscure websites. Each semester I need to emphasize the importance of relying on respected major news sources, government websites, university websites, and peer reviewed journals.

PCM: What does it mean to the relevance of your book with the current tug-of-war going on between President Trump and the media?

LA: I think my book is even more relevant during the Trump Administration and in the aftermath of the 2016 election. Media bias, fake news, and advocacy journalism has been a huge issue during the last year and will continue to be discussed and debated. Now, more than ever, people need to pay attention to source credibility and whether a media outlet has a specific agenda. It’s important for the mainstream media to continue to do their job as a watchdog on the Trump administration, even though negative stories and articles will be brushed off and criticized by the Administration as being untrustworthy.

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Exclusive Interview! Actress Christina Moore Is Definitely ‘Running Wild’

(PCM) While some actresses are satisfied with performing in their various movies, the multi-talented Christina Moore is also a noted comedian and screenwriter.

The lovely 43-year-old, who is best known for her roles on sketch comedy series MADtv and the TNT show “Hawthorne,” has written a compelling, and heartfelt screenplay for the film, “Running Wild.” The movie stars Sharon Stone, Tommy Flanagan, Jason Lewis, and Moore.

It is not surprising that Moore wrote such a riveting and compassionate movie. She has nearly a dozen film credits to her name and dozens of TV credits, including “90210,” “Castle,” “Last Man Standing,” “Two and a Half Men,” and “Rules of Engagement.”

The recently-released film is about Stella Davis (Dorian Brown, a young widow who is faced with the loss of her family’s horse ranch after the sudden death of her husband, who kept their financial problems for her.

Ultimately, Stella saves her ranch by working with convicts to rehabilitate a herd of wild horses that wandered onto her property. Stela must find prejudice, greed, bureaucracy and vanity, to finally understand there is no better remedy for misfortune than helping another living creature.

In the way “Running Horses,” was written, Stella’s humanity for the horses, and the convicts, elevates this story to a memorable tale, which has many life lessons for all of us.

PCM: Please tell me why you wrote this movie, “Running Wild?”

Christina Moore: Hmmm. Our financer, Forrest Lucas, has a real heart for ranchers and The American Heartland, and knows that not farmer out there is Monsanto. He Came up with the premise and asked me what I could do to get that message out. Also, a friend of mine died in a car accident and his partner was reeling from the sudden loss. Around the same time we were at an auction when the real program involving inmates and wild horses came to my attention, and it all kind of came together.

PCM: It is extremely difficult to cope with that sudden loss, especially when Stella had no idea of her dire financial predicament following her husband’s death.

CM: Yes. This is a woman who needs to pull up her socks. When the convicts and the horse program comes to her, the story is going to be about universal themes and second chances.

PCM: I loved that despite all of the obstacles, Stella didn’t give up.

CM: Yes, I agree. So many of us figure we can borrow from our futures and figure they can pay it off one day. So her husband was protecting her from the truth, thinking if he could hang on then something would change and no one will ever know – which is not how it worked out.

PCM: There are many important life lessons, but what is one overall message?

CM: I definitely loved the idea of the message of redemption. There is a point that Sharon Stone’s character makes that these guys (the convicts) are just circling the drains. So the questions is, ‘Can people really change and make a complete life switch, if given the right program or assistance?’

PCM: What do you think is the answer?

CM: I am a hugely positive person, so I say yes.

PCM: Do you have a favorite of all the male characters in “Running Wild?”

CM: Since I wrote the movie I feel you are supposed to love all of your kids, but Tommy Flanagan – his character speaks to me really deeply.

PCM: He gets the girl in the end, right?

CM: Nope. Tommy gets the job – someone else gets the girl.

PCM: Talk about the horses that were the focus on the movie.

CM: Animals bring out the best of us so the biggest challenge ended up being a big blessing. We ended up adopting 10 horses from a holding pen that were undernourished and wild, so in a lot of scenes real legitimate cowboys and wranglers.

PCM: Give me an example of life imitating art in this movie.

CM: The horse named Aces was not a movie horse, Aces was a wild horse and a lot of what you see in the film, the bonding and the communication really took place. We were profoundly changed by working with these horses. I think maybe the greatest scenes were the magical ones involving the horses. These animals also work with special needs children, and adults, and battered women. It is a profound relationship. Horses can’t lie.

PCM: So do you feel that you were personally changed by this movie?

CM: Oh, my gosh! Yes. It was my first tie producing a movie, and even though I went to film school that was jumping into the deep end. I was inspired. This is what got me into acting in the first place. The idea of ‘let’s put a play on in the barn.’ So I loved watching the way the movie changed by all the artistry. The script came alive and the characters became three-dimensional. It changed again during the editing and post production. This was a bunch of committed artists coming together and it is bigger than I could ever have imagined it could be.

PCM: What’s next for you?

CM: I went on and produced another movie, “Pray For Rain,” starring Jane Seymour. It is set in the central valley of California during a horrific drought. It is a true wasteland that I lacking water. Entire communities have to get water shipped in via a tank. My husband, John, also write a movie in which I play Kevin Dillon’s wife.

PCM: What has been the reaction to “Running Wild,” so far?

CM: We are having a premiere in which I invited 30 of my closest friends. I am both excited and terrified about it. I am hoping everyone will love watching it as much as I enjoyed making it.

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Metallica Announce 2017 North American WorldWired Tour with Avenged Sevenfold, Volbeat



(TRR) – Heavy metal titans Metallica have announced the North American leg of their WorldWired Tour. They will be bringing along very special guests Avenged Sevenfold and Volbeat for the stadium trek. All three bands performed together last summer at the brand new U.S. Bank Stadium in Minneapolis, MN. It was the very first event at the new venue.

The run kicks off in Baltimore, MD at M&T Bank Stadium on May 10 and wraps up in Edmonton, AB, Canada at Commonwealth Stadium. Tickets will be available in the near future at Metallica.com/Tour.

Avenged Sevenfold [© Matt Bishop Photo]

The upcoming tour marks Metallica’s first trek across North America since 2009. The band will be supporting their 10th studio album Hardwired…To Self-Destruct which debuted at #1 on the Billboard Top 200 back in November.

Volbeat [© Matt Bishop Photo]

Avenged Sevenfold have been touring the world the last few months in support of their new album The Stage which dropped on October 28. It is the band’s first release with their new label Capitol Records. Volbeat are enjoying the commercial success of their latest effort Seal The Deal & Let’s Boogie. The disc debuted at #4 on the Billboard Top 200 – their highest-charting U.S. album ever. It also hit #1 in their home country of Denmark.

May 10 – Baltimore, MD @ M&T Bank Stadium
May 12 – Philadelphia, PA @ Lincoln Financial Field
May 14 – East Rutherford, NJ @ MetLife Stadium
May 17 – Uniondale, NY @ New Coliseum
May 19 – Boston, MA @ Gillette Stadium
May 21 – Columbus, OH @ Rock On The Range Festival
June 4 – St. Louis, MO @ Busch Stadium
June 7 – Denver, CO @ Sports Authority Field
June 11 – Houston, TX @ NRG Stadium
June 14 – San Antonio, TX @ Alamodome
June 16 – Dallas, TX @ AT&T Stadium
June 18 – Chicago, IL @ Soldier Field
July 5 – Orlando, FL @ Camping World Stadium
July 7 – Miami, FL @ Hard Rock Stadium
July 9 – Atlanta, GA @ Suntrust Park
July 12 – Detroit, MI @ Comercia Park
July 14 – Quebec City, QC-@Festival D’Ete
July 16 – Toronto, ON @ Rogers Centre
July 19 – Montreal, QB @ Parc Jean-Drapeau
July 29 – Los Angeles, CA @ Rose Bowl
August 4 – Phoenix, AZ @ University of Phoenix Stadium
August 6 – San Diego, CA @ Petco Park
August 9 – Seattle, WA @ Centurylink Field
August 14 – Vancouver, BC @ BC Place
August 16 – Edmonton, AB @ Commonwealth Stadium


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Exclusive Interview with David Duchovny! Talks Music, Touring, X-Files And More!

(PCM) David Duchovny, best known for portraying such iconic characters as Fox Mulder on The X Files and Hank Moody on Californication, will be embarking on his 2017 US Tour this February.

The two-time Golden Globe winner’s tour will include songs from his debut album, Hell or Highwater, as well as tracks from his next record, which is coming in in fall 2017. His music consists of self-penned tracks, firmly embedded in his uniquely lyrical, troubadour style.

“Making this record is a dream come true, but I never had this dream – it’s still a shock when I think about how all this music happened,” said Duchovny.  “What I do know is that I feel these songs represent the truest expression that I’ve ever been able to achieve and I look forward to sharing it with everyone.”

Tickets for the tour are available now– www.davidduchovnymusic.com

David took some time to chat with us about embarking on the 2017 tour, his upcoming new album, the possibility of more X-Files on the way and more!

Q: How happy are you to be back out on the road and testing out some of your new material?

David Duchovny: Yes, of course! We’ll be doing the “Hell or Highwater” album mostly, but there will be five or six songs from the new album that we already recorded, but we never really worked on as a live band. It’s going to be a lot of fun to put them up there and I think they are a little tougher and a little more musically produced than the first album. It’s been an interesting process to get them up on their feet live.

Q: How far along are you in the recording process for the next album?

DD: I’m done with the recording. We are really just rehearsing for live performance now.

Q: We were reading that the target release date for the upcoming album will be the fall of 2017, correct?

DD: Is it the fall? I was thinking the spring (laughs)  We’re done!

Q: What is the recording process like for you? Can you choose one or two songs in particular and tell me what the mindset was like when you were putting the album together?

DD: The second album differs quite a bit from the first album, as with the first album I probably had four songs that I left off of it. The second album is probably four songs from my first run at writing songs plus eight of the newer ones. I think there will be some similarities to the first one, but also a new direction and some new styles and some new lyrical obsessions as well which I hope will make it interesting. All of my songs start with a chord progression that I like and then hearing a melody over that, that I’ll hum and try to figure out some words for what I’m humming. With the second album I brought them earlier to my band rather than just finishing them alone. It was more of a collaborative effort with the new album.

I worked with Colin Lee and Pat McCusker and Pat will come up with whatever riff he thinks needs to be in there and Colin will work on the bridge or the harmonies and it will get away from me in a good way.

Q: Awesome. We felt the first album was very thought-provoking and it definitely brought out several different emotions. We don’t want to say it was all sadness because there were certainly some elements of joy in there. Have you gone in a different direction emotionally with the new album, because we feel all music invokes some kind of emotion.

DD: Yeah and I think most songs are sad and they can make you sad. The great thing about music is that somehow a sad song makes you happy. Some kind of magic happens. I will say that the unrelenting kind of bleakness that was in the first album is not there, as the second album has more light in it. Less rain, more light (laughs).

Q: How therapeutic is the creative process of writing music for you?

DD: It’s hard for me to gauge that. I think I rather view it as not therapeutic for me, but therapeutic for other people. I think what happens is, if my intentions are clear and pure and my talent is enough then a connection will be made and that’s therapeutic. The fact that I get to make a connection is therapeutic for me as well, especially in a live setting. What’s most therapeutic aside from the cathartic display of ones emotions or dealing with ones emotions for me is just the chance to be creative. You know, to lead a creative life and to keep creating stuff in different media. That to me is the only therapy I’ve ever really known.

If I get to be creative whether it’s as an actor, director, writer, or musician I feel better and hopefully other people feel better too when they consume it.

Q: Is it hard for you to switch hats? We know you’ve done some directing and you’ve written a book as well. Is creating music a different process?

DD: Yeah, it’s very different. Making TV or film is the most collaborative thing that I do because you have over 100 people who you are collaborating with easy, whereas, writing a novel is the least collaborative thing I’ve done. I mean I worked with an editor, but that’s when it’s done. Nobody has had one word to say about what I put down on my page, so between those two, the non-collaborative and the totally collaborative is music which is where I do spend time alone in my room writing songs, but then bring them to two or three trusted people and then collaborating it further and then turning it into something we can play in front of people professionally or even record.

Q: A show like “Californication” did a wonderful job at using music to push forward the storyline and used alternative versions of classic track. How involved were you in all of that?

DD: I wasn’t, but I guess my involvement was educating myself about Warren Zevon at the time because I had just kind of stumbled across him at the time I was doing the pilot. Tom Kapinos, whose the creator of the show, also didn’t know Zevon, so it worked out that we found out about Zevon as we were making the show and used a lot of his music during the show. In terms of the covers. that was all Tom. Tom is a big music fan and is an actual guitar player himself and Marilyn Manson was on the show and of course Lemmy from Motorhead was on the show and again that was all Tom being a huge music fan. I think the only song or songs I might of pitched was “High-Flying Bird” the Elton John song and a Zevon song at some point.

Q: Is it ever surprising to you which songs of yours that fans tend to gravitate towards?

DD: Yeah, I mean it’s always surprising what people relate to musically. That’s kind of the beauty of lyric writing in a song is you leave enough of it unsaid so that people can make it their own.

Q: What other upcoming projects do you have in the works for this year. We know the tour is getting ready to kick-off with dates on the west coast and some on the east coast as well.

DD: We are talking about doing more “X-Files” soon and then I have a couple of projects that are really in the beginning stages that I don’t have anything really interesting to say about at this time, but I want to do in the next couple years.

Q: Just for fun! How likely are we to see an “X-Files” musical episode. You know Mulder dueting with some aliens!

DD: (laughs) I don’t know about that, but I’m definitely going to pitch my own music for the soundtrack. We’ll see how far I get!

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