Traffic Report: A Chat With Adam Schlesinger Of Fountains Of Wayne - Part 2
April 4, 2007
Youíre always busy with side projects, most recently writing for the film Music & Lyrics. How was it working on that? That was cool, I didnít write all the music for that film, but I wrote a few songs for it and the director is a really great guy, a friend of mine and a Fountains of Wayne fan, and thatís how we met eventually. It was a fun gig basically and I got to work with movie stars and all that stuff, so it was cool.
What other projects are in the pipeline for you in the near future, aside from Fountains Of Wayne? I just finished producing some tracks for Motion City Soundtrack. I co-produced, actually, with Eli Janneywho used to play in Girls Against Boys. That record is going to come out in July. For the most part, thatís it for right now. I have some other stuff way on the back burner that I want to do, but right now Fountains of Wayne is becoming very full time again.
Itís cool that youíve always been able to go back and forth between the band and other projects. To me it keeps me creatively excited about the band just to get away from it once in awhile, and to also be able to switch gears and work on unrelated stuff and collaborate with different people.
Fountains Of Wayne is playing Bonnaroo and Coachella this year, correct? Weíre playing Bonnaroo, CoachellaÖweíre also playing the Virgin Festival in Baltimore.
Very cool, I was there last year. We played a gig against it last year and got crushed. We played at Georgetown University and it was Rosh Hashanah and the V-Festival was going on the same day on top of that, which was only 20 miles away. It was a total disaster. So this year, if you canít beat Ďem, join Ďem.
Have you played a lot of the large festivals? We havenít done really any American ones, but weíve done stuff like the KROQ Inland InvasionÖI think there were 80,000 people there. It was ridiculous, you canít even see the end, itís just people going all the way back beyond the horizon. And weíve played festivals in Europe and Japan. To me, in a weird way it becomes less intimidating because itís so anonymous, you can only see people in the first five rows anyway.
Iím glad Traffic And Weather is coming out at this time of year, Iíve always said Fountains Of Wayne is a perfect spring/summertime band. Yeah, our first record came out in October and I was just like, ďWhat are you doing? Itís gotta come out in the spring.Ē Iím glad it worked out this year. Itís the right time. Also if you put it out at the end of the year, up against at Christmas, then itís a new year and thereís a whole bunch of stuff out and itís kind of seen as last yearís thing and you have to fight that. Itís definitely better to come out at this time of year.