Tripping the Light Fantastic
Jazz is an essential element.
At the heart of this 'musical whole,' integrity's equally important.
"Yeah, I find that just as I therapeutically release myself through our music, I also release myself by conversation."
At the time of this conversation, the band were coming down from their American tour. Still, the guy sounds very up and spilling over the brim with enthusiasm and sensitivity, albeit with the help of mind-expanding substances. And on he raves.
"Even when touring starts wearing me down, there's one thing that I always enjoy, and that's when I meet people from different walks. And we've met through the common bond of using music as a therapeutic tool to make it through the day, to get to what's really important, to get to the big picture."
It's somehow apt that their music goes off on tangents, as he starts talkin' drugs before I bring it up.
"I hear all this 'Just say no to drugs.' Fuck that! I've been able to remove myself from myself, to look at myself and realise a lot of places where I have a lot of problems, because of drugs. LSD gave me the power to just do that, deal with it and understand it. It's totally up to the individual on what you can be constructive or destructive with."
Some of you will be aware of Hoon's involvement with Guns N' Roses, singing back-up on Don't Cry with ole Indiana Red. And Hoon, like Axl, hails from Lafayette. How does he see the bad boy press portrayal of his buddy?
"You sell magazines when you make the guy look bad," he says acidly. "In my association with Axl, the only thing I can say about him is that he's a very giving human being. The mediator between what Axl's doing and the people he's trying to reach is a distorted human being who feeds off bullshit!"