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QRD #33 - the Father's Day issue - June 2007
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Martin Bowes of Attrition
Benjy Johnson of Benjomatic
Sam Rosenthal of BTFABG
William Amundson
Josh Howard author of Dead@17
Peter Ulrich of Dead Can Dance
Aaron Molina of If Thousands
D.A. Sebasstian of KSK
Alan Sparhawk of Low
Shane Sauers
Rune Flaten of Origami Arktika
Tore Boe of Origami Republika
Chris Olley of Six by Seven
Timothy Renner of Stone Breath
Patrick Ogl of Thanatos
Mats Gustafsson of Broken Face
Jason Wallach of Unquiet Void
Chris Wade of The Wades
Nevada Hill of The Zanzibar Snails
Wayne Barnes
Dan Sostrom of Tonevendor
Colin Newman of Wire
Joe Kendrick of WNCW
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Interview with Chris Olley of Six by Seven, Twelve, & Fuck Me USA
May 31, 2007

Chris Olley is probably the most rocking of our rock & roll dads.  He wouldn’t give a photo of his kids because he didn’t want to damage his rock & roll credibility.

Name: Chris Olley
Bands: Six by Seven, Twelve, & Fuck Me USA
Website: http://chrisolley.com

QRD – How old were you when you first realized you wanted to be a professional musician?

Chris – About 16.

QRD – What are a few highlights of your musical career?

Chris – Playing Later with Jools Holland with Blondie! 5 Peel sessions!

QRD – At what age did you decide you wanted to become a father?

Chris – 30.

QRD – What are some positive & negative impacts your family has had on your career?

Chris – All positive, they make you realize you’re in for the long haul.

QRD – Have your children effected the music you make &/or listen to?

Chris – No, only in the lyrics, my daughter is 11 & really into Arctic Monkeys & stuff like that.  My son is 9 & plays the drums; he likes the Kaiser Chiefs & Ambulance LTD.  They both like six.byseven & Fuck me USA of course!

QRD – Have you had problems with the lack of steady money from a musical career providing the security you feel necessary in your household?

Chris – Yeah, but doesn’t everyone feel these pressures.  There are good times & bad... so long as you have your health etc....!!

QRD – Given the limitations having a family has on being a touring musician, would you have toured more earlier in life if you’d known?

Chris – It hasn’t had any limitations on touring or what I do, I had my daughter before I had a record deal.

QRD – Do you think being a father or a musician has a greater impact on your community?

Chris – Dunno?

QRD – Would you rather see your child eventually become a musician or parent?

Chris – Why not both?

QRD – Both family & music seem like things that will take up as much of your time as you’re willing to put in.  How do you end up dividing your time?

Chris – 70% music, 30% kids & family… music is how I make my living.

QRD – Do you have a split/secret life between being a parent & being a musician?

Chris – Perhaps I do, there is a certain amount of role-playing isn’t there.

QRD – What do your children think of your music?

Chris – They love it, they have been to Glastonbury twice & seen me play.

QRD – Do you think you could ever do a musical project with your children?

Chris – If they get good then yeah, I don’t work with slackers.

QRD – Any words of advice to young people?

Chris – Yeah, don’t follow my advice.

QRD – Could you send a photo of yourself with your kids for the article?

Chris – No way, that just ain’t rock n roll.

Other QRD interviews with Chris Olley:
Six by Seven interview (june 2000)
Six by Seven interview (september 2002)
Chris Olley (Twelve/Six by Seven) interview (May 2006)