Nicole Fiorentino, Facebook Q&A - 2013-03-09
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On March 9th, 2013, Nicole Fiorentino did an impromptu Q&A session with fans on her Facebook page. The following is a record of all the questions and answers.
Dylan Tracy: What do you think about the new SP tour? Excited?
Nicole Fiorentino: always excited to play shows, especially Oceania songs because I am playing my own part ; )
Lydia Kahihikolo: VIP for Europe dates?
Nicole Fiorentino: hmmm, not sure about vip for europe. i cant imagine why we wouldnt
Mitch R Quintana: What's your favorite song on Oceania?
Nicole Fiorentino: violet rays has always been one of my faves, ever since BC played it for my acoustically, when it was just an idea
Carmen Elizabeth Reynaga: What band are are you really into right now
Nicole Fiorentino: i am into this band called HAIM. just recently heard of them
Ivan Gonzalez: What kind of strings do you use on your basses?
Nicole Fiorentino: i use ernie ball
Eduardo Mérida Guerra: Are you going to come back to South America? The shows over here were fantastic and we're happy with the new album. It would be great if you come back.
Nicole Fiorentino: im sure we will be back in SA. we love playing there. however after the euro tour we will be focusing on recording
Neil Bellasel Montiel: Any chance The Cold & Lovely to come to New York?
Nicole Fiorentino: cold and lovely might do some east coast shows this summer but i will be in europe
Scott Powhatan Collins: Is there any chance SP may want to switch things up on a future recording by trading instruments?
Nicole Fiorentino: yeah i mean it would be fun to play keys on a record. jeff and mike play keys too so you never know. mike's one of those people who can play any instrument.
Becky Miller: When will you come back to Oklahoma and play a larger venue? So many fans couldn't get tickets to see you in October at the Cain's.
Nicole Fiorentino: we'll be back in oklamhoma again next time we do a full scale US tour
Hafsteinn Viðar: I remember it being mentioned when Oceania that a follow up album might be released soon after, so have you been working on anything new?
Nicole Fiorentino: yes we are working on new music now
Christopher Wainscott: How many tracks were fully recorded for Oceania, but not released?
Nicole Fiorentino: there were many more songs written for oceania but only a few recorded that didnt make the cut
Preston Michaelis: If you were something else besides and amazing musician what would it be?
Nicole Fiorentino: if i werent a musician i would probably be a yoga teacher
Scott Powhatan Collins: What would be some of your "Desert Island" albums?
Nicole Fiorentino: desert island albums "disintgration" – the cure, Loveless – MBV . stories from the city- pj harvey
Aaron Tiensivu: Billy ever get mad at you during a show?
Nicole Fiorentino: i dont think he's gotten mad at me, but he does a funny face when you fuck up. ive gotten used to it
Martin O'Brien: What's you're favourite song off mbv
Nicole Fiorentino: fave song on loveless is "soon"
Greg Trigger Steen Hanson: Can you please come back to New Zealand?
Nicole Fiorentino: we'll be back in NZ next time we play in OZ. i love it there. greenest grass ive ever seen
Patrick Shumack: Do SP plan on finishing teargarden? It was such an interesting project
Nicole Fiorentino: yes oceania was a part of teargarden. and the next album will be, until we reach the 44 songs
Scott Powhatan Collins: I certainly don't mean to place any creative/artistic pressure as well as impossible expectations but do you think perceive that SP may conceive a double album? If not the next one but in the future?
Nicole Fiorentino: yeah i think we would do another double album
Christopher Wainscott: If you have access to the acoustic demos and unreleased Oceania era tracks, we'd love them
Nicole Fiorentino: we've thought about releasing unreleased oceania stuff, we'll see. we want to focus on new songs right now
Pedro Riaño: How could you handle the change of weather? Are you taking health care? Please take care! Don't get sick!
Nicole Fiorentino: i take a lot of chinese herbs and do yoga to not get sick! also acupuncture . thanks for the concern!
Rafael Solis: Will you make it up to the Vancouver fans?
Nicole Fiorentino: i really hope so, vancouver. beautiful city. very sorry that show didn't happen
Preston Michaelis: what will this current tour look like as far a the range of material you can play from?
Nicole Fiorentino: we'll play a good handful of oceania songs as well as the "hits" and some fan faves
Greg Polling: Vinyl or digital? Preference?
Nicole Fiorentino: VINYL. but i prefer cassette tapes. remember when people used to make you mixed tapes. those were the days
Ivan Gonzalez: What's your favorite recorded bass tone?
Nicole Fiorentino: i used billy's 62 fender jazz for a lot of oceania. amazing tone.
Harry Merino: Any chance for some shows in Latin America, including Peru?
Nicole Fiorentino: yeah we'll always come back to latin america. love you guys
Scott Powhatan Collins: What are some funny touring habits that you feel comfortable sharing about your bandmates?
Nicole Fiorentino: touring habits? on the bus, the back lounge is basically jeff's office. mike and i are hermits in our bunks, (im ususally watching walking dead) and billy watches rockumentaries at full volume in the front lounge.
Scott Powhatan Collins: What was your proudest moment/contribution on "Oceania"?
Nicole Fiorentino: im really proud of my work on the celestials
Rafael Solis: Pancakes or waffles?
Nicole Fiorentino: waffles for sure
Jed Hathaway: How's the new TC&L EP shaping up?
Nicole Fiorentino new TCL ep is coming along! so excited to release it!
Micah Shane Martinez: What are a few of your personal favorite SP songs of all time?
Nicole Fiorentino: fave SP songs….luna, porcelina, 33, soma, so many great ones
Chris Kiernan: Has Billy let you read any of his book?
Nicole Fiorentino: i havent read any of his book but he'll often tell us what he's been working on that day, so i know a lot of the stories.
Rodrigo Martínez Saco: Why did you choose the bass guitar as your instrument?
Nicole Fiorentino: i chose the bass because i attempted many other instruments before that i didnt connect with. and then i picked up the bass and my life made sense
Grant Ward: Have you been to Billy's new tea house? What do you suggest in Chicago area? I will be there in May!
Nicole Fiorentino: i am going to his tea house for bingo on monday night!
Brian Balfe: Does it all feel like a dream, being part of Pumpkins history?
Nicole Fiorentino: it felt like a dream at the beginning, but i also wasnt surprised because it felt like my destiny
John Stoltz: Any plans for while you're in Florida? There's not much to do in Melbourne.
Nicole Fiorentino: i am going to lay on the beach in FL. ive been in freezing chicago
Brendan Thompson: Do the three of you new band members have anything at all to do with the reissue process or are you as surprised as us when the final track listings come out for the bonus CDs?
Nicole Fiorentino: no we dont really have anything to do with the reissues, i mean we're there everyday so we are aware of the work that goes into it, and what it going to be on it,etc.
Chris Kiernan: What's the last big concert you've been to?
Nicole Fiorentino: last big concert was roger waters
Mick Harris: Being in the pumpkins has obviously opened up a lot of doors for you travel wise… where has your favorite overseas destination been and why?
Nicole Fiorentino: i loved tokyo because its the only place ive ever felt culture shocked. and the sushi is unbelievable
Kayla Ross: What made you become an active member in the Feminist community?
Nicole Fiorentino: ive always thought of myself as a feminist ever since high school when i got into riot grrrl. andi just think it's important as woman in the public eye to bring up issues when they arise. if i can influence one person to think about how women are treated differently then i have done my job
Rodrigo Martínez: Saco Do you watch Breaking Bad? That's like the best show ever made in my humble opinion.
Nicole Fiorentino: im obsessed with breaking bad
Siwook Hwang: What's the last song that listened to?
Nicole Fiorentino: last song i listened to was rusted wheel by silversun pickups
Louis Schuler: were you looking at me during the los angeles concert last september? long sleeved zero shirt, middle, just behind the mosh pit, pretty dumb question i know, but hey never hurts to ask
Nicole Fiorentino: tough to say if i was looking at you. i stare a lot of people in the eye when i play
Evan Alexander Ghetler: Is It A Re-Issue 62 or Is It A Sexy Beast 62 Jazz Like The One Flea Plays ? (In response to the question about her favorite bass tone)
Nicole Fiorentino: Original 62, not reissue
Al Kovacs: When are you going to host Saturday night live?
Nicole Fiorentino: ha! i was just watching justin timberlake on SNL!
Micah Shane Martinez: Do you own all of the SP albums? Which is your favorite?
Nicole Fiorentino: of course i own them all! its my job! i dont know i love them for different reasons. obviously oceania is near and dear to my heart but i think growing up listenting to them it was siamese. i dont care if that seems generic
Brendan Thompson: Favourite non-sp, non tcl song to play on bass?
Nicole Fiorentino: fave non sp song on bass is fascination st
Brian Balfe: Favorite TV show growing up?
Nicole Fiorentino: fave tv show, beverly hills 90210
Neil Wasdell: How difficult is it keeping a relationship going when ur always touring?
Nicole Fiorentino: it's very difficult, but not impossible, to have a relationship while on the road.
Rafael Perez: What's your favorite Old School rock song (50′s – 79′s)?
Nicole Fiorentino: take the money and run-steve miller
David James-Esquire: Also, is Veruca Salt dead?
Nicole Fiorentino: no VS is not dead, in fact louise has some things in the works
Arvie Bartolome: Would you say that your bass playing have reflected you being a dancer too?
Nicole Fiorentino: yeah i mean i was a dancer for 12 years, and my dad was a drummer, so i think rhythm is inherent in me
Chris Ross: How did you learn to play?
Nicole Fiorentino: i taught myself to play by watching my favorite bass players very carefully and playing along to my favorite bands incessantly
Brad Kruger: Complete this sentence: Simon Gallup is…
Nicole Fiorentino: simon gallup is my hero
JC Villegas: Did you get back your stage clothes from Mexico ?
Nicole Fiorentino: yes we got all of our things back from the mexican border, it was border patrol people who stole took them
James Walker: What got you into playing bass? Hearing heartbreaker from got wanting to play bass
Nicole Fiorentino: i got into bass because i wanted to be kristen pfaff from hole.
Louis Schuler: where would you rank 'stand inside your love,' on your alltime fav sp song list? jw cause that's probably my #1
Nicole Fiorentino: stand inside your love is one of my favorite songs to play live. ive never actually sung the choruses live but i am going to start because i am always singing it in my head
Michael T. Lidstone: I'm a huge fan of Tori Amos, her and The Smashing Pumpkins are my two all time favourite bands/musicians. She is the only alternative artist of Billy's era that I've never heard him make a comment on or get asked about. Do you have any thoughts on Tori Amos? Also I think The Cold and Lovely is excellent! I saw the Pumpkins in Calgary last year it was great!
Nicole Fiorentino: i love tori. she's my go to on itunes. i can listen to her anytime of day, any mood that im in. love.
Jessica Hofert: Is there any particular musician that you idolise/ have always idolised and would go as far as to say they changed your life? I saw you play in Auckland last year, I absolutely loved it, you're brilliant! x
Nicole Fiorentino: nirvana changed my life.
Hannnah Brown: Are you enjoying the cold and lovely?
Nicole Fiorentino: cold and lovely is so much fun. i love playing with my girls and it is an honor to play with such amazing musicians. meg has got more talent in her pinky finger than most artists out there these days
Brent Donley: My favorite song to play is quiet. Do you guys still play that one?
Nicole Fiorentino: we ve only played quiet at the VIP shows. i would love to play it at a show though, great song. so fun
Steve Hatley: any thoughts on doing a SOLO album?
Nicole Fiorentino: yeah i really want to do a solo album. i think i will focus on that the next time i have a break, but i dont think it will be anytime soon!
Jason Eder: What new music are you listening to
Nicole Fiorentino: i just discovered a band called HAIM that i really like
Hannah Brown: Will you come back to Michigan? Last time you were here I couldn't make it.
Nicole Fiorentino: yeah we will do another full scale US tour again, just doing the south now because we skipped it last year
Kyle Gregory: Did you like visiting and playing Portland, Maine
Nicole Fiorentino: i love maine. used to go to ogunquit every summer as a kid
Al Kovacs: Where'd you get the nickname Coley on your twitter and who calls you that?
Nicole Fiorentino: coley is what my family and closest friends call me ; )
Greg Polling: Thoughts on Heart finally getting into R&R hall of fame?
Nicole Fiorentino: heart is one of the best rock bands in history, its about time.
Brent Donley: I really like the new baroness record. Have you heard it?
Nicole Fiorentino: have not heard baroness record yet
Mike Byrne: What's it like to be super cool, guy?
Nicole Fiorentino: it's pretty cool, you should try it Mike Byrne
Duke Purisima: Hi, i'm pretty sure that u were compared to all SP's ex-bassists before. Maybe still.. What makes u different from these lovely talented ex's? Except from ur brilliant bass tone
Nicole Fiorentino: i think i differ from past SP bassists in that i approach the bass very melodically. maybe it's because i am self-taught, i dont know. but we are all very different bass players who make very different choices on the bass. theyre all amazing and i have so much respect for the work they have all done.
Rhiannon Stone: Nicole, i am so proud to hear you have done so well – in Smashing Pumpkins and on your own. Not sure if you remember me, Francine from Blockbuster West Springfield, MA, i visited you in LA when you first moved there.
Nicole Fiorentino: yes! of course i remember you Rhiannon Stone ! you have the best name of anyone ive ever met! thank you!
Hannah Brown: Do you like the pixies?
Nicole Fiorentino: LOVE the pixies
Martin Edmonds: Are you really one of the kids off of the siamese dream album cover?
Nicole Fiorentino: sometimes BC likes to start rumours like his bass player was on the cover of siamese dream. its how we entertain ourselves. ; )
Elena Legakis: What country do you like playing in most & why?
Nicole Fiorentino: i really love playing anywhere in south america because the audience is so enthusiastic and makes us feel so welcomed. they're non-judgmental and just want to have a good time. plus the food is amazing
Craig Mucha: Nicole, I just found my Sweet Sixteen tape the other day!!!!!!!!!!
Nicole Fiorentino: sweet sixteen forever.
Hannah Brown: Where do you get your clothes? You always look top notch.
Nicole Fiorentino: wheels and dollbaby in OZ is my fave store, thanks!
Eddie Hren: I've always loved Hole. Now that we know it helped you get a bass in your hands I love them even more. Plus you've always said what a fan of the SP you've been. How does it feel to not only be a SP member but also play with Patty in TCL, and be a complete badass whilst doing so?
Nicole Fiorentino: yeah its amazing how life works. so many aspects of my life are kind of unbelievable. im just grateful that i get to play with not only some of my idols, but fascinating people and crazy talented musicians.
Aaron Wensel: Any thoughts on Leonard Cohen?
Nicole Fiorentino: leonard cohen is one of those guys who doesnt have to try. he's just bad ass. he was born that way. also i'm friends with his daughter and shes pretty rad too ; )
Mitch R Quintana: Will you guys be coming to the Pacific Northwest?? OR, WA?
Nicole Fiorentino: no northwest on this run, but we'll be back ; ) Mike Byrne will be angry if we dont. he's a portland boy
Chris Kiernan: Any thoughts on Muse? They have some pretty fun-to-play bass parts…
Nicole Fiorentino: i did an audition once where i had to play a muse song on bass, cant remember which one, but it made my hand cramp and i didnt get the gig. good thing i didnt. because i wouldnt be in the band i am in now! funny how things work out.
Cannavacciuolo Daniele: Kiss from italy
Nicole Fiorentino: italy. my people ; )
Adam Beckler: Is it likely that The Dream Machine will end up on the next album? That song melted my face when I saw SP on Pittsburgh.
Nicole Fiorentino: it is not unlikely that dream machine will be on next record. glad to have melted your face.
Hannah Brown: Have you ever met Flea?
Nicole Fiorentino: never met flea but he runs a music school in my neighborhood. good guy.
ive met kiedis. he was a regular customer at the restaurant i used to work at ten years ago. he used to try to hold my hand. ; )
Michael T. Lidstone: Any favourite movies?
Nicole Fiorentino: fave movies clash of the titans and neverending story
Elena Legakis: If you had to swap places with someone else in SP for a day, who would you pick?
Nicole Fiorentino: i would switch places with Mike Byrne so that i could hit things and make it sound like music.
Greg Angelone: Are you a masshole?
Nicole Fiorentino: i am indeed, proudly, a Masshole
Thanks to Bountiful_Wasteland for extracting all the questions and answers!