Ever since the band broke up, I’ve been out of contact with bassist and long-time friend Wilder Schmaltz. It’s not any expression of ire or bitterness; I’ve just been sort of letting things sit, waiting for a reason to give him a call.
Also ever since the breakup, I have been tossing around the idea of a documentary (originally suggested, as it happens, by Wilder) about the band, or about the breakup, or about the general notion of band breakups or perhaps simply about bands. Thesis indeterminate, but certainly a band-related documentary. I have a camera, I have a couple mics, I have the software and the hardware to edit a zero-budget film. I just haven’t been starting.
So I am trying to take two birds with one stone. I just called Wilder, engaged in a little “boy it’s been a while” chatter — he’s moving! he’s been dorking about with friendster! — and then told him I wanted to make him my first interview for the documentary. Tentative plan: tomorrow night, his place.
He is, I think, a low-risk first interview, insofar as he’s photogenic, likes to talk, and almost certainly won’t punch me in the face no matter what I ask him.