Uncle Kracker, August 7, 2001

 

Written and photos by: Jason Perlman

 

JP: I read that most of this CD was written on the back of a tour bus. How do you feel about the final product and was the tight writing schedule a factor in the final recording?
UK:Well, we had a lot of time, but at the same time, it was like we didn’t have any time. But with the overall record, I am completely happy with the overall (record). I mean, during the recording process, I was like, ‘Maybe we should do this or maybe we should do this.’ But by the time is was done, it was like, ‘You know what, I’m happy with everything. I’m happy with the overall.”


JP: What’s it like being on the opposite side of the coin. Before, as Kid Rock’s DJ, you were somewhat in the background and now you are out doing the whole interview circuit, promoting your own record?
UK: It’s a little creepier. Before, sitting in the back, all the eyes were on Bob (Kid Rock). It was almost like you couldn’t do any wrong in the background. Now, being up front, it’s like everybody is staring at you instead. With the interviews or the shows, if somebody messes up, you look like the bad guy. So it’s a little creepy going from that to that.


JP: You are finishing up at the end of February (2001) with the Kid Rock tour, are you planning to hit the road on the Uncle Kracker tour?
UK: Oh yea! Come March (2001), we are hitting the road. In the middle of the Kid Rock set, we break it down into two Uncle Kracker songs, so I get to do some of my own thing at the same time.

JP: How has the feedback been on your CD? I am sure you have talked to some fans at the shows. What was their response?
UK: Well, some people were definitely disappointed. They were expecting a Kid Rock, Jr. record. And I guess we couldn’t just do it, we couldn’t just do it. But overall, the response has been pretty positive. Except for the few that are like, ‘Man, that fucking sucks, man. You don’t sound like Kid Rock at all.’ People were a little surprised that I didn’t come sounding like him. People were expecting me to be a replica. They were expecting me to be Kid Rock, Jr. but we couldn’t do it, We’d have got murdered. You know what I’m saying?


JP: It would have been easy for you to come out at sound like Kid Rock and ride the coattails. But it took some balls to do your own thing, don’t you think?
UK: I just thought if I was going to sell records and start selling records, I would have to disassociate myself. I couldn’t do it. There was no way I could do a Kid Rock, Jr. record. Not that I couldn’t do it. Because that stuff is easy for us to do. But I could do something different. This record is more me. This record is more laid back. It’s like a James Taylor meets early ETMD. It’s just more me. It’s more laid back. I don’t get uptight about anything, I don’t bounce off the ceilings or anything. I am a pretty laid back guy.


JP: From the front jacket picture to the end of the CD booklet, the photos have a total “laid back” atmosphere. Obviously, that was planned.
UK: Yep. The whole CD booklet is like that. You are not waiting for anything to happen. It’s, what do they call that, monotone.

JP: So, you got the video out now.
UK: Yea, we get a lot of VH-1 play. The new one, Follow Me, it doing pretty good on VH-1.


JP: The first single, “Yea Yea Yea,” came out but didn’t really take off like “Follow Me.”
UK: Yea, we did a video with Kid Rock and Jackie Chan since they used it for Shanghai Noon. And now they got it to where you rent the DVD or buy the CD and the Yea Yea Yea video is on there. They tied the video in with that movie, so we did kind of a Spaghetti Western theme with me and Jackie Chan and Old Wilson. It came out, but that single didn’t do much for me. It was pretty stagnant. I was shocked, I thought it was gonna do something.


JP: It’s gotta be tough. As soon as you come of tour with Kid Rock, you go back out on your own.
UK: Yea, it’s tough, but you can’t make any money sitting at home and you can’t sell a lot or records either. I am looking forward to it. Because the only thing you can do as a recording artist to promote yourself is to go on the road. That is the only thing you can do to help yourself.