There's No Time To Explain #10: Jason Amelio
I have a conversation with Jason Amelio, frontman for the long-lived tongue-in-cheek metal band, Fangboy and the Ghouls, author of urban fantasy novel, Jake Swift: Knight, and voice of Foe the Destroyer in The Velveteen Band. Fangboy plays their last show on April 9th after a 21-year run as Ventura's metal jokesters and I ask him about his band and what "being part of the scene" even means, if anything. We talk about the accessibility of creating art in the modern age and the recent phenomenon of conventions and the ever-more compartmentalized character of music. We deal with having daughters and what the difference is between the literary genres, fantasy and hard fantasy. We dissect the problems with the conspiracy theorist mindset and praise the efficiency of the DMV. Jason airs his concerns about Bernie Sanders' bid for the presidency and we basically predict the end of civilization in a generation or two if Star Trek doesn't happen, and fast. I lament the passing of a local teen killed in an experiment gone wrong and agonize over the choice between keeping our kids safe from harm or letting kids explore and experiment with the world around them.