Q – Of course, Material Re-Issue played at the festival in 2011 and Phil Angotti is performing at this year’s festival. Is it important the keep the band’s memory alive and perhaps introduce the band’s music to new fans?
Material Issue’s music, like that of all the other great power pop bands, must be kept alive and hopefully more and more fans of the genre will hear about them. If I’ve done even a small bit in helping that to happen, I’m grateful.
Q – Has the festival expanded to include other genres besides just power pop? How do you go about choosing the acts that will be part of the festival?
My wife, Rina Bardfield, and I do a lot of searching online to find bands who we feel are right for the festival. Ironically, because of social media, bands are less proactive in reaching out to venues and events like ours, because they feel as if they're more likely to be seen than they would have been before the internet.
Q – Where do you see the festival going from here?
With all the changes happening in the music business in the past 20 years, including closures of venues and record labels, we’re really grateful to still be here. Certainly I hope we become better known, but not at the cost of changing our ethos, which I will never do.
I see us going to some different cities,
particularly some new international cities; in fact, I just heard back
from a venue in The Netherlands who have potential interest in hosting
us next year, so let’s keep our fingers crossed.
No matter what, I plan to continue to do the festival as long as my health permits me to do so, and as long as there are people who want to play and hear this music