Saddle Creek's Robb Nansel
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deology or political thought?
ROBB: If there are strides to be made that we see as beneficial to society as a whole that we can help facilitate, then yeah we like to do what we can. But ultimately, that is not our role as a record label. We just want to get the music that our friends are making out to people who are going to enjoy it.
TWEED: How has the Bush administration affected life in Omaha? Do terrorist warnings have any effect, either in practice or psychologically, on landlocked Nebraska?
ROBB: Omaha, and Nebraska as a whole, is an extremely Republican state. Most of the population around here are supporters of the current cabinet. It is quite odd though, because 99% of the people that I deal with on a daily basis are anti-Bush, so it is pretty easy to lose sight of popular opinion when you exist in your own little capsule. It is very easy to recognize the unity in the non-Republicans to really end the reign of the current party. I have not felt any real effects of the terrorist threats, besides the overwhelming sense of despair surrounding the whole idea. But my daily existence has not differed much.
TWEED: Do you or other Saddle Creek members plan on voting this November? Do you publicly endorse any of the candidates or parties?
ROBB: I think we will all be voting, yes. I can't publicly endorse any of the candidates any more than saying I would like to see a change come November.
TWEED: How do you feel about Ralph Nader's candidacy?
ROBB: I like the idea of having a third party. I wish we had more political parties. But, I am not sure why he is still running at this point. I mean, he has to realize that he won't win, and at best he will only add to the likelihood of Bush remaining in office. I have not really heard what he has to say about these types of criticisms, but I am sure he has some sort of reaction.
TWEED: What is your reaction to someone like Michael Moore and his recent film Fahrenheit 9/11?
ROBB: It is an entertaining movie. It's propaganda for sure, and I take everything that comes out of Michael Moore's mouth with a grain of salt. None the less, I think everyone should see it and hopefully it can at least start some sort of thought process or dialogue amongst people. I think Michael Moore is a very intelligent person, and I am a huge supporter of his films. Anyone who can get people that worked up has to be something right.
TWEED: Have you encountered bands that remind you of your former Commander Venus selves? Would you take such a group under your wing? Sign them to Saddle Creek?
ROBB: Fortunately, no I have not encountered any bands that remind me of Commander Venus. We don't really need another one of them.
TWEED: What advice do you have for groups of childhood friends who want to start a movement, whether it be musical, political or, you know, world domination?
ROBB: Continue to do things that you enjoy and believe in. If you want to start a label or political movement, then you should. But you have to love it. You have to be willing to give up lots of freedoms and you have to realize that you are not going to get any acknowledgment for quite a long time. Things will be tough and you will wonder if it is worth it, but if you really believe and want to do something then it can be the most rewarding thing in the world. We need more passionate people.
Monday, 06 September 2004
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