YOUR QUESTION:

08/11/2019 6:58:51 Enrique

T-Dog,
Do you enjoy the consumption of peanut butter? I sometimes find myself consuming large quantities of the stuff and am beginning to think I may have a problem. Anyway, in what method do you consume peanut butter? I choose to consume it orally. Much appreciated, enjoy the cello.

MY ANSWER:

Be careful. Over abundance of anything is dangerous. Moderation in everything including moderation —as my college orchestra conductor used to say. I love peanut butter. Right before making coffee with a French press I like to have a spoonful of peanut butter and a couple dried figs. The coffee pairs well. I also enjoy the cello.

Trevor Dunn

YOUR QUESTION:

08/10/2019 23:33:04 Loki

There is a clip on YouTube of Fantomas playing All Tomorrow's Parties back in 2008 where you appear to be pretty drunk. You tell a funny joke about a library and a chip shop, but mostly look like you're having problems standing up. As soon as the set starts, muscle memory takes over and you seem completely fine. Have you ever been so drunk/under the influence that you haven't been able to play?

MY ANSWER:

It baffles me that people think I was actually drunk. There’s no way I could play that music drunk. That was the joke. Apparently it went over everyone’s head. I have never been too drunk to play. I wouldn’t do that to my band mates nor the audience. I’ve played with people who were too drunk to play and it’s not fun. I like to joke around but ultimately I take music very seriously.

Trevor Dunn

YOUR QUESTION:

08/10/2019 18:40:3 1Kiernan

Hi Trevor,

Thanks for all the great music over the years. Must be nice to have written music that has such staying power and influences so many different people!
Once a song is published, do you ever go back to it years later and wish you could modify parts of it or rearrange it? Or once it's out there in public, you just learn to live with it?
Lastly, when writing songs, how do you know when a song is finished/completed? I could see it being a never ending process of tinkering, so was wondering if it is usually deadline based or it just clicks when it's complete.
Thanks.

YOUR ANSWER:

Thanks for listening! Once something is mastered or published there is no choice but to live with it. I certainly hear finished things all the time that I would like to improve on. Probably everything I’ve ever done to be honest. Deadlines are good because they force one to stop. Striving for perfection is the goal but the fact that it is never achieved is the impetus. It is a never ending process but sometimes you just know when something is done. Also giving yourself limits helps, such as only using a certain number of instruments. And then there is the balance with whatever else is on the record. Does it need another dense song or perhaps something thin and simple?

Trevor Dunn

YOUR QUESTION:

08/10/2019 16:30:02 Keath Graham

It looks like Natalie Wood on the cover of this album. Any idea who the other lady is?

MY ANSWER:

That’s not Natalie Wood. The photo is from a Dutch book I found published in 1957 called Nachten van Parijs with photos by Daniel Frasnay. The two women here are random Parisians.

Trevor Dunn

YOUR QUESTION:

08/10/2019 13:58:40 Chiara Bazzani

Hi. I met you in Ferrara (Italy) for the Dan Weiss concert. I must admit I went there because of you.. and I'm very happy to have heard the concert for it's been very good and I bought the record afterward. I would have liked to talk to you after the concert and ask you lot of things, but I was worried to tease you so I didn't. But I have a question, just a curiosity. I asked you to sign the Mr Bungle self title album and you just wrote a bar, with few notes, maybe in a bass key. Can you remember what song was it (cos I don't read bass lines and I can't play)? Thanks. And thanks to keep on making music.

MY ANSWER:

Thanks for coming to the show. I’m always happy to hear that people come check out other kinds of music just because I’m there — not for any ego stroke, but because a musician like Dan, for instance, should be heard. Also, thanks for not teasing me. I often sign merchandise with an impromptu “composition”. I don’t think about it much, I just write some random stuff and they are most likely all different. If you learn how to read bass clef you’ll be able to hear it.

Trevor Dunn

YOUR QUESTION:

08/09/2019 21:51:53 Sasha

So when is the singer/songwriter thing coming out? Can you tell us your influences regarding that? Who do you like to listen? Scott Walker? Nick Drake? Fiona Apple? I like your new site. Love

MY ANSWER:

It will come out when I finish it I suppose. Hard to find the time to do so. All those names you mentioned are influences. Also Elliot Smith, Erik Sanko, Cat Power, Stina Nordstam and Dennis Wilson have had impact. I like good songwriting in general.

Trevor Dunn

YOUR QUESTION:

08/09/2019 9:59:04

True that You are the missing linchpin that's keeping Mr. Bungle from reuniting? Can't remember where I got that from, only that I got it.

MY ANSWER:

That would be me, yes.

Trevor Dunn

YOUR QUESTION:

08/09/2019 3:24:57 Gregs

Hi Trevor!
Love your stuff, especially the Zorn and Bungle work. Have you any plans to perform in the UK in the future/next few years?

MY ANSWER:

Thanks for listening! No plans right now, although I was just in Edinburgh last year and London earlier this year. Keep an eye on dates. Maybe something in 2020.

Trevor Dunn

YOUR QUESTION:

08/08/2019 19:30:48 Rochelle

If you had a time machine, and could travel any direction of time, what would you choose to do with it?

MY ANSWER:

I would go back to the Mesolithic (?) period prior to agriculture and fish along a river bank. Either that or go full Jurassic and hide in the bushes. Would be cool to see something that actually existed that we have no emotional understanding of.

Trevor Dunn

YOUR QUESTION:

08/08/2019 15:30:22 Mike

If you could only write in or for one genre/instrument/group what would it be? Why?

MY ANSWER:

Probably solo contrabass because it’s the instrument I know the best and has a vast palate of sounds and orchestration within itself. Also, if I had that sort of conceptual constriction I would assume it would mean I lived in confinement and would need to play bass to keep sane.

Trevor Dunn

YOUR QUESTION:

08/08/2019 15:01:08 Nancy

Hey so uhh I currently just turned 14 and am trying to be good at bass and you’re my inspiration right now haha,, I don’t have a very good question at all because I’m currently pretty tired but do you think I could ever like pursue a career in music because I’m supposed to be like good at art and be an artist or something but idk, I have this idea of being in a cool band and all that but it’s just my brain telling me what I want to hear haha you probably won’t see this but I hope you know that I really love your music :)) also cometotheukpleaseifyouwant

MY ANSWER:

You can do whatever you want. If you want to be in a band then start one. Find a drummer to play with. Learn how to read music. Learn your favorite songs by ear. Write some songs. Start now and don’t stop. If you’re “supposed” to be good (assuming this is what people have told you) then you probably are or at least have the potential to be. Do what you love. Also stay in school, eat your greens and be nice but assertive.

Trevor Dunn

YOUR QUESTION:

08/08/2019 13:39:04 One Mean Cockfighter

Hi Mr. Dunn. Are there any plans in the work for you and the Melvins to record or release any more music?

MY ANSWER:

Cockfighting is cruel. No plans with the Melvins right now but Buzz and I have done some duo recording and will likely tour in 2020.

Trevor Dunn

YOUR QUESTION:

08/08/2019 13:26:55 Merv Griffin

Getting tired of all the mr bungle-questions? Yeah? Prepare yourself for a snooze fest.
- I've noticed that the mr bungle-facebook page has been quite active recently. Rumblings of a reunion or just wanting to cream some more dough out of the "brand"?
- I read somewhere that there exists some unreleased songs recorded during the time of the recording of your albums. Any thoughts about releasing them? A more hi-def Mr Nice Guy would be great (the "verses" in that song contains the greatest pop/rnb melody I've ever heard).
- did you earn enough dough during bungles touring/recording-lifespan to get by or was it necessary for you, financially, to stay busy with other gigs as well?
- did you get your share of royalties from avenged sevenfolds cover of retrovertigo? What did you think about their cover?
- do you feel more love now for bungle than you did "back in the day"?

On an ending note, I really appreciate your work. I met you at the stone in NYC a couple of years back. My girlfriend took a photo of me and you where you look really uncomfortable because I held my arm around you. I guess I was starstruck. Sorry about that.

MY ANSWER:

Your name is not Merv Griffin, it’s George. To answer your first question, yes I am. I don’t run or administer the Bungle FB page so can’t answer any questions about that. There are indeed a couple recorded songs from each of our records that never made the cut (lack of room probably the main reason) and yes, there has been thought of releasing them someday. So far, just a thought.

Bungle rarely made any money save for our last couple of tours. Aside from earning a living I certainly had to keep busy when we weren’t. That’s why I played a lot of restaurant and wedding gigs when I lived in SF in the ‘ 90s, and I mean A LOT.

The way the business works is that ideally we will see publishing money from that cover. We don’t get royalties from their record sales, but if the system works we will see something for writing credit. I was super proud to see a band cover a song I wrote.

Not sure about your last question. You mean the love received? That has always been strong, but certainly people want what they can’t have. In terms of people wanting to make money off us now, yes, definitely more love.

I’m not big on being touched by strangers but no worries. Thanks for coming to the show!

Trevor Dunn

YOUR QUESTION:

08/08/2019 11:48:25 Julien

Hello Trevor,
Thank you for giving us back the possibility to communicate with you. I'm a bit of a completist and make sure your discography is complete on Discogs.
So i was checking these releases:

- https://www.discogs.com/fr/Kevyn-Dymond-Mark-Shafer-Play-Something-Else/release/13828140
- https://www.discogs.com/fr/The-Stand-As-If/release/10053054

Do you remember having played on these recordings?
The first one seems to be one of your earliest recordings as a guest on someone else album
The second one is a Canadian band where you share bass duties with another guy.

By the way I saw two weeks ago with Zorn's Bagatelle. It was a blast! TYVM!

MY ANSWER:

Woah, you have gone in deep. I remember recording with Kevyn Dymond in Arcata, CA when I was in college. He played in a local punk band called R4. I think for that cassette he hired many local musicians to record in weird combinations. I’m on one song if I’m not mistaken, it might be the one called “Not Even A Spatula” but I’m not 100% sure. Patton might even be on that. Danny Heifetz plays on “School Bus Driver” which has some great lyrics I can recall to this day. The other recording I have no idea. It’s possible that’s me. Could have been a live recording, or something I did when I happened to be in Vancouver. It could also not be me…. There could be other recordings I’m on that, for whatever reason, I forgot about or the bandleader never sent me a copy.

Trevor Dunn

YOUR QUESTION:

08/08/2019 8:41:40 Juan

Do you usually make digital backup of your compositions or transcriptions sheets? or are you from old school using just paper and folders? How you manage the risk of lose written material (if you do)

MY ANSWER:

I’ve been forced to enter the modern world and though I still use pencil and paper and, in fact, handwrite my compositions in ink, I scan them all and keep digital files. I also keep physical folders of originals, scraps, etc.

Trevor Dunn

YOUR QUESTION:

08/08/2019 4:28:59 Owen Kilfeather

Mr. Trevor, I find the way you keep up your side-muso and personal projects admirable and am wondering: as a composer and interpreter specifically, how do you go about assigning your days or hours to ensure both motor along fine?
Thanks and be well.

YOUR ANSWER:

I’m not as organized as I’d like to be, but I try to limit my “partying” and social time. Many years ago I realized I was going to be spending a lot of time indoors practicing while peers were out in the sun having fun. I’m ok with that. Essentially if I’m not touring and have the luxury of waking up in my own bed I get to work immediately after breakfast and continue until late night. “Work” includes a lot of things. There is the bureaucratic side of emails and chores, etc. So, in general, I try to have some semblance of a routine. I also have to let things hover until the time is right, such as practicing for an upcoming gig or learning someone else’s music. Boundaries are good.

Trevor Dunn

YOUR QUESTION:

08/08/2019 2:43:57 Carlos Maia

Hello Trevor,
I love the timbre you get on your Precision, what strings do you use on it and how often do you change them?
And by the way what do you think about flatwound strings?
Greetings from Portugal

MY ANSWER:

I switch but for the most part I keep Labella flatwounds on my Pbass. Heavy gauge. It’s the classic Jamerson combo. My favorite round wounds, which I’ve used for many years, are D’Addario XLs, also heavy gauge. Sometimes I’ll uses those on my Pbass depending on the style of music. Unless I’m touring a lot in a heavy rock band where bright strings are kind of necessary I rarely change strings. I like the somewhat dead, less defined tone in general.

Trevor Dunn

YOUR QUESTION:

08/08/2019 2:42:07 Mustafa

Hi, love your style on oddfellows.
When comes the next?
Greetz

MY ANSWER:

Thanks! We recorded a new record a couple years ago and have been waiting patiently for MP to add his vocals. He’s a busy guy. Anyway, no idea when that could be finished.

Trevor Dunn

YOUR QUESTION

08/07/2019 23:47:26 Matt

Hello there, I suppose I'l start with a fun story, there are three other people called Matt where I work, one day I was talking about bass players to a friend and was rambling on about this guy Trevor Dunn, long story short people call me "Trev" in the office now. Sweet gig.

As for my question, I am curious if there are any artistic mediums apart from music / film that you have ever tried or would want to get more involved with in the future?

MY ANSWER:

Hm, is that a fun story? My mom calls me “Trev”. Sometimes it’s awkward when others do. As I mentioned in a previous question I love writing words and pasting pieces of paper together. Hope to do more of both of those in the future, time permitting. But in terms of just being “involved with” other mediums I’m open to anything. Would love to work with dancers some day.

Trevor Dunn

YOUR QUESTION:

08/07/2019 23:26:55 Joe

Hi Trevor, out of all the musical projects you've been involved with, do you have a bassline which is your favourite, or that you're most proud of?

MY ANSWER:

Some of my favorite bass lines have been improvised in live situations never to be heard again. I do like what I came up with on the MadLove record for “Dirty”.

Trevor Dunn