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
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.
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