Friday, March 6, 2015

Interview: Vincent D'Onofrio & Dana Lyn talk about their Spoken Word Album

When actor Vincent D’Onofrio first started jotting down random thoughts on his phone, he never would have expected that it would turn into anything beyond random stories that allowed him to pass time. However, when he performed in the off-Broadway play Clive in 2012, he and composer Dana Lyn collectively agreed to turn these rambling thoughts into an album. Unlike his previous forays into music, which includes a stint as George Geronimo Gerkie, a self-described, “country-western thing,” this album dives into the exciting world of spoken-word punk. World, meet Slim Bone Head Volt.
D’Onofrio’s constantly writing in his phone. A recent composition includes “Men Are Sweet Too (How I Overcame Being Homophobic and Fell in Love With All My Guy Friends)” which he wrote while waiting to pick up his son from school surrounded by other parents. “They probably thought I was on social media,” he jokes.

Catching up with the duo after their first rehearsal with their band a few days before they play a show in New York City, we caught up with the actor best known as Gomer Pyle from Full Metal Jacket, the alien dude from Men in Black, and Det. Robert Goren from Law & Order: Criminal Intent and the composer to hear how what started off as a gag evolved into a full-length album.

Noisey: How much preparation went into organizing the session beforehand so that it only took ten hours to record it?
Dana Lyn:
How long did each of those texts did it take you to write?
Vincent D’Onofrio: A couple of minutes. Basically what would happen is that I would deliver these things that I wrote on my phone while waiting in line for things. Dana would come back a couple of days later telling me she had music for them and she’d be working on another one. When she had them all composed and arranged, we’d go into the studio.
DL: There were no rehearsals.

So it was a free-flowing, freeform process?
DL: The thing is that I would say maybe 60 percent of the stuff is charted out and we have music written in sections triggered by something that happened in the text. Sometimes there’s moments where we improvise. Everyone is very flexible in terms of off book. It’s freeform but there’s actual music arrangements that have been made.

Were the lyrics literally written while you were waiting in line for coffee or at a deli counter?
For real and there was no editing or anything like that. Sometimes the punctuation was pretty wild, so Dana or I would correct it or someone would actually do it. But there was never a conscious effort of this coming together of words and music. She just kind of does her thing and I’m doing my thing. She corrects me and we just kind of do it.
How did this idea come together?
So I started writing texts during the play as a morale booster just for fun. A guy named Brooks Ashmanskas would read them out loud and they became a thing and people really liked them. Eventually by the end of the play, Dana asked if we could put these texts to music and I said "Yeah, of course!” whatever she wanted to do. I still write them on the fly. We just did more in rehearsal. I was standing when I wrote them all on my new iPhone 6 Plus.


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1 comment:

Regina Caschetto said...

Who else writes thoughts & feelings while hanging around? Vincent is truly an artist.

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List of films in production.

"In Dubious Battle" [2016]

"In Dubious Battle" [2016]
An activist gets caught up in the labor movement for farm workers in California during the 1930s. Vincent....Al Anderson


A story about the early life of Tennessee Williams

Directed by James Franco
Vincent D'Onofrio, Jacob Loeb

"American Falls" - [TBA]

In a rural town in Southern Idaho, the Suzukis, a Japanese American family, run a small motel. One night they get a strange visitor who sports ‘city’ clothes who turns out to be the first African-American man that Toru Suzuki’s children have ever seen. Yoshiko takes it upon herself to solve the mystery about this man, especially when 2 police officers come knocking on their door.

Short film produced by Erika Hampson.
Vincent D'Onofrio as Detective Foster.

'Purgatory' [TBA]

'Purgatory' [TBA]
Tagline: In the Wild West a lot of blood was spilled... but it didn't go to waste. Vincent....Dallas Stoudenmire

"A Fall From Grace" [TBA]

Detective Michael Tabb knows the city of St. Louis inside and out. He has felt its true heart, as much as its dark underbelly: but he does not know who, in both the dark and light - is taking the lives of young girls.

Director: Jennifer Lynch
Producer/Writer ...Eric Wilkinson

Vincent D'Onofrio ....George Lawson (GRACE's father)
Tim Roth.......Detective Tabb

Filming in St Louis - TBA

"Supreme Ruler" [TBA]

A man campaigns to become the leader of the Buffalo lodge.

Vincent D'Onofrio as Hank Dory
Ron Livingston as Steve
Marcia Gay Harden as Nancy

"The Monster Next Door" [TBA]

"The Monster Next Door" - Comedy Horror

Executive Produced by Dennis Johnson, Melanie Mohlman Produced by Eric Wilkinson, David Michaels
Written by Jim Robbins
Directed by Jennifer Lynch

Cast: Vincent D'Onofrio, Bill Pullman, French Stewart, Bill Moseley

'Down & Dirty Pictures' - [in Production - Filming TBA]

'Down & Dirty Pictures' - [in Production - Filming TBA]
Vincent......Harvey Weinstein

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