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John Alagia

John Alagia

Gentleman in Charge 2005

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John Alagia and Liz Phair, The Village, LA 2005

What was the first song you wrote?

It was called “Take It Easy,” and it was a variation on the folk song “Kumbaya.” I recorded it when I was 12 on a little 2-track cassette machine with sound-on-sound.

Did you feel all along that music would be the ruling force in your life?

I wanted it to be, but I thought it might just be a pipe dream. But from the age of nine, I was absorbed in music, and I thought that you could spend a lifetime exploring it, maybe more.

How did you get involved with Dave Matthews?

I started going down to some clubs in Virginia and recorded their shows. At that time, Dave was just interested in refining his sound. So they brought me into the studio to help finish up some of those recordings. Every once in a while, Dave would come up to my house and record some new ideas, which he would then take back to the band. I wasn’t thinking so much about the possible commercial success as I was about how important and how wonderful this music was. We’d sit around with a couple of guitars and he’d be pouring out all these little musical ideas that would eventually become some of his biggest hits, like “Crash,” “Too Much,” “Crush,” “Stay,” and so on.


  

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