Who Am I ?
1: Who am I?
According to the mirror, I am Marty E, a drummer and team mascot for the Dirty Pearls. Among other things!
2: What do you do and what project are you currently working on?
I play the drums for the band and I try to write here and there. We have an album dying to come out on Q1 of 2012 called Whether You Like It or Not, which was produced by the highly esteemed David Kahne. I’m very proud of the work we all did together, and I can’t wait for everyone to finally hear it! A world tour should follow. There’s lots of other things going on, but my manager will ban me from beer for a year if I tell you!
3: Where are you from and where are you going?
As Bob Dylan once sang, “My pathway led by confusion boats, mutiny from stern to bow. Ah, but I was so much older then, I’m younger than that now!”
4: Who is your biggest hero?
Well, that’s a strange question. One of my biggest heroes has to be my brother, Gordy. He’s been in the Supreme Court of the land, and in all the national scribes (and on TV) fighting for justice for veterans returning home to less than they left. He’s rubbed elbows with people far more influential than I ever will, and made a difference in the world with his ethics and ideals intact. Another hero is my friend Peter Fonda. If you look up the word cool in the encyclopedia, you’ll find that he invented it. In Easy Rider, he says, “You do your own thing in your own time. You should be proud.” He’s that way in real life too. I had the fortune of working with him in a film called The Perfect Age of Rock N’ Roll a few years back. It was quite the trip, as he might say. As a drummer, John Bonham is my hero, because he made rock roll the way only he could.
There are many others, but you can pretty much blame Mick & Keith, though, at the end of the day.
5: What book is your bible?
I really love Henry Miller’s Tropic of Cancer. The powers-that-be back in the 50s couldn’t see past the vulgarity of it, and missed the true human heart and soul that Miller wrote of again and again in this book. I’m about to re-read it, to see how my perspective has changed since the last time I read it. Sometimes I think that it’s important to do that, if only to find out how much you have, indeed, changed. Even if the words on the page haven’t.
6: What are some things you love? And some things you hate?
I love Rock N’ Roll, of course. I’m a foodie from the gates of hell–Beauty & Essex is a good place for people like that. I love a great movie, if you can get me to the damn theater. I love a great Lord Byron poem or two. I love the dark, deserted, autumn streets. I love a long night out on the town, meeting new people whose names you won’t remember the next time you see them; but, when you do see them, you’ll say, “Oh yeah!” And I love a girl who can make me forget about me for a day or two. I love a lot, to be honest.
I hate closed-mindedness and injustice of any kind. And I really hate canned mushrooms.
7: What is your raison d’être?
I think that if you’re sincere with yourself and the people you surround yourself with, you’ll always be fulfilled somehow. But what the hell do I know?
8: What is your favorite color?
Black and blue, baby!
9: Who is your favorite comic book superhero?
I’ve never seen the recent movie based on him, but my favorite growing up was the Green Lantern. All of that power came from a goddamn ring?! That’s pretty cool!
10: What is your favorite NYC hot spot?
Jesus, there are so many. I don’t remember, but I believe I was at the Halloween party at the Casino/Ludlow Manner the other night with my crew–or Crue, the Rivington Rebels; my head is still hurting. St Jerome is a fun, sleazy place that my friends and I have spent a night or two at. Three of Cups is another one, and one that has truly stood the test of time. Motor City is another one. I’m all about the Rock N’ Roll dives, really; those are the places where I’ve met all of my best friends.
11: What turns you on?
Seriously, there’s not a whole lot of anything better than being in a nice, dark, noisy bar, with an ice-cold Budweiser, and maybe a shot of Jameson staring me in the face, with a great DJ cranking up some Hanoi Rocks really loud, laughing with a bunch of characters whom I suspect, in the back of their minds, wonder how the fuck we all got here! That and a pretty girl to eventually get me the hell out of there!
12: What would the last question of this questionnaire be if you were the one asking?
What will be the most memorable Rock N’ Roll Show of 2011? My answer would be: Thanks for asking! That would be the Rock N’ Roll Food Drive on Friday, December 9th, at the Gramercy Theatre! Featuring–you guessed it–THE DIRTY PEARLS…..with special guests Sex Slaves, Brothers, Nees and Voss. Hosted by Luc Carl (author 0f the Drunk Diet). And special sets in between by DJ Ian Eldorado. Bring canned goods for the hungry people out there, and get ready for one hell of a Rock N’ Roll night! Tickets are available at all Ticketmaster locations, both in the real world and online, but they’re going fast! #ShamelessPlug
Marty E is the drummer for the Dirty Pearls, a Rivington Rebel, writer, DJ, occasional singer, occasional actor, frequent drinker, and very avid wise-ass.
Questions by PMc Magazine
Edited by Meaghan Coffey
Photography by Coco Alexander
Design by Jillian Mercado
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Marty E, Set video for “Who’s Coming Back to Who”, New York 2011, Photography by Coco Alexander.