An Interview I did with The Somerville Times

Written by Blake Maddux; The Somerville Times. 3/30/14

“I just think it is better to focus not on whether something would be popular, but more on if it is creatively fulfilling as the creator.  I think if you are working on projects that you find artistically/philosophically/creatively stimulating, you are more inclined to let your own personality shine, and I, personally, love the art that has the most personality.”

Some love from the Boston Herald in regards to The Idiot

Written by Jed Gottlieb; Boston Herald. 1/12/14

“Ambitious and cool-looking, “The Idiot” package is the pinnacle of a trend trying to give music value. And Subpar’s music — a blend of freak folk, power pop and experimental rock – should be valued. “

An interview I did with The Weekly Dig.

Written by Blake Maddux; Dig Boston.  10/1/12

“It’s nice to have something tangible … Even if you just hang it up, or put it on a shelf somewhere. It’s a neat memento; it’s an individual; it’s a one-of-a-kind. And you’re the only one who is gonna have it.”

My first piece of press (that I knew about.)

Written by Julie Stoller; Boston Survival Guide. 5/2/12

Subpar Co-Star (a.k.a. James Force) was compelling with his whimsical irrelevant style and acoustic guitar looping (quite impressive). I would call his thing ‘experimental folk.'”

 An interview for Performer

Written by Candace McDuffie; Performer Magazine 6/12/12

“Doing the DIY live looping shows and handing out home recorded cd’s has definitely gotten me some odd looks in Boston. I think it’s because we’re spoiled musically. There are so many talented sound professionals, musicians, and studios in the city that we’ve gotten used to pro music performances. Subpar is going in the opposite direction and embracing the personal side of the songs and performances. I just think it adds a different twist on what a show should be.”

Just stumbled on this quick blurb.  It was for one of my very first shows at TT the Bear’s in Cambridge.

Written by Sean Clancy, Dig Boston 1/9/12

“You can bet your over-sized washboard attached to a tuba that this hardcore-DIY, low-fi amalgamation of sonic… sonicness wasn’t “subpar” at T.T.’s last night!”


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