5 Questions: Steve Gerlach

Steve_Gerlach Steve Gerlach, Photo credit: Casey Mitchell

Steve Gerlach has worked in the periphery of the music world for decades as a guitarist/singer/composer/collaborator with the likes of John Cale, Tommy Keene, Sons Of The Silent Age, Depravos De La Mour and probably your cousin in L.A. He is also a successful commercial voice-over actor because it’s nice to get paid.

1. What’s been keeping you up at night?
The current political administration; we don’t need to get into the perfect-storm scenario that made it possible, but needless to say it’s a nightmare that we have yet to wake up from. I’ve had more panic attacks in the last 11 months than in the previous years of my life combined. 

2. What’s the coolest thing you’ve seen or heard lately?
Always a troubling question for me, but upon careful consideration, my answer is: Daikaiju, an incredible symphonic surf-rock band from Huntsville, Alabama. No audio or video can capture what happens when this band performs live. Gravity is defied. Laws are broken. If you worry about fire hazards, you should probably avoid this band.   

3. What’s the most exciting thing you’re working on right now?
I finished and released five albums in the last two years, three of which are largely cinematic/instrumental pieces inspired by the things I watched on television as a kid, released under the name Outronaut. Very retro stuff. The most recent one, “El Producto” (Sept 2107) has a couple of pieces with horn arrangements, which was a HUGE learning experience for me. None of it has ever been performed live, and might never be. File under: crime-jazz.

4. If you could add anyone, alive or dead to your team, who would it be?
It would of course depend on which team we’re talking about, but I suppose my general answer would be George Martin. He could make dreams come true in short order. Not just for the Beatles…   

5. When the movie of your life is made, what will it be called?
“How To Succeed Without Anybody Knowing About It.”
I make my living doing commercial voiceover, and that allows me to pursue my musical urges without the pressure of actual commercial concerns. In my late 20s, I realized that I hated the music business and most of the people in it. Thank fuck I was able to find another way to make a living, because I can’t stop writing, recording and releasing music. It’s a pretty expensive habit! However, with the latest releases pointed in such a cinematic direction, I may break even yet, which would just mean more money to record more music… 

You can catch Steve Gerlach live with his band DEPRAVOS DE LA MOUR this Friday, October 20th at the Liar’s Club at 1665 W Fullerton Ave. in Chicago, where they’ll be performing a release show for their record “The Waltz of Bad Thoughts.”