Mr. Claudio Sanchez – Interview by Jim Ward

by Jim Ward. August 13th, 2010.

hey gang-

I mentioned that I was going to put up a short q&a with Claudio Sanchez from Coheed and Cambria- here you go…

Claudio Sanchez here is a few questions-

JW: Hi Claudio- it’s Jim Ward here- do you remember when we first met? We had dinner at that restaurant in New York City. I don’t remember what kind of food that was we were eating, but I do remember how nice you guys were. My point is that with your success that hasn’t changed, every time I run into you guys, where ever it is, you are so kind. How do you manage to stay grounded and also fulfill fans desires to see you bigger than life?

CS: Ahh, thanks Jim. You have always been really nice to us as well. As far as staying grounded, I think my upbringing has a lot to do with it. I worked hard to get to where we are, and I know it could go away at anytime, so I always appreciate what we have, and without the fans we wouldn’t be here, so yeah, I am very grateful.

JW: You have built such a dedicated fan base. As this record ties up the amory wars are you feeling any pressure to that fan base to give them more? Have you considered a new saga?

CS: I don’t feel any pressure, at the same time I don’t want to disappoint the fans. I certainly have ideas for the next direction, whether we stay inside the saga or start something new, it’s a little premature to say exactly what’s next.

JW: I like what you said about critics not even listening to your records and sort of reviewing based on the concepts, it makes me wonder if that frees you up a little bit when writing, can you sort of let go of expectations? Does that make sense? I am not a professional interviewer, go easy on me…

CS: To be completely honest, I haven’t ever really thought about it in that sense, but I’d like to think that our records can stand on their own without the conceptual side, so it does bother me a little bit that they don’t listen to it and base it on its own merits. The song “World of Lines” sort of touches on my frustration with the press. But at the end of the day, it’s our fans that really matter, and as long as they keep enjoying it, then our job is done.

JW: I always like to get people’s perceptions of El Paso when they come through. What do you think of our town?

CS: Well I don’t know a ton about El Paso, but I did a comic book signing there once and really enjoyed it, and several people brought me art that was really impressive… The Slipknot show was particularly rough, but we look forward to playing a proper show there.

JW: Are you going to cancel? I kid.

CS: No! Haha. We are not canceling. We owe EP a great show.

CS: Thanks so much Jim for doing this.
JW: No Claudio, Thank you!

***Coheed and Cambria will appear at Club 101 Tuesday August 17th***

Go see them.

Note from aKt: Jim Ward co-founded At The Drive-In, Sparta, and heads his own project- Sleepercar.

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