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Interview with David Flook of Chivalra
By Ben Ohmart
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2000-04-25
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If you're like me, and you hear the Monty Python and the Holy Grail theme wherever you go, and you consider life is a movie that needs a specialty soundtrack, here's the man to get to score your street walking, job battle scenes. Self-taught, and pretty nifty with a tune and programmable keys, David Flook is up for battle of the bands in the worse way: he scores battle music. We don't have a king over here, but David's doing just fine without writing regal dinner music.

[Ben Ohmart] It's a good CD with a lot of elements to it. Are you touring with your music? Or do you see it more as a studio thing?

[David Flook] I conceived Chivalra as purely a studio project completely incapable of live reproduction, but with forging a new musical sub style opens new performance possibilities as well. The concept of live reenactment or synchronized video displays are both visions I've had for bringing Chivalra to the stage.

[Ben] What are your plans for the future? Will you try to 'make it' as a musician/composer, or is this mostly for fun at this point?

[David] Indeed I plan on building a career in music. I've been writing fantasy music for quite a few years now and I've reached the point in my life where I'm ready to fight the battle. Confidence and persistence are definitely on my side.

[Ben] Your music is very much like film score stuff. In fact, you said you thought of a story for it. Just curious, if you could re-score any film you've seen, which would it be, and why would you Need to?

[David] My first choice would be 'The Dark Crystal'. In my opinion, it's one of the greatest fantasy movies ever written and yet the score for the film completely lacks the emotion the film deserves. Aside from my obvious bias, a film's score is greatly responsible for conveying the proper depth of feeling. The difference between a scene with a good score versus a bad score could be the audience wiping tears from their eyes.

[Ben] How far is technology helping (and limiting) what you do? Is there a method of programming, etc. on the horizon that you can see expanding your dreams?

[David] Actually, I have yet to even catch up with technology. [laughing] I've come a long way since I've started but the learning process never ends. This is a good thing from my perspective, because it means I'll always have the potential to write an album which is consistently a step above the previous one.

[Ben] You're very much into knights, royal chords and all things English it seems. Do you see royalty manipulating your life in other ways? I'm very pro-British, esp. their comedy. Is modern US life worth stepping out of and dreaming about the days of yore?

[David] I my case, I don't simply dream about the days of yore, I live them; in the way I dress, the way I behave, and especially the way I treat other people. The ideals of honour, respect, loyalty, and especially chivalry have no need to rest in the past.

[Ben] Going to move to Hollywood and try to become another Horner or Williams?

[David] No, I'm not at all interested in becoming a composer for film. My involvement with fantasy runs so deep in my spirit I could never adapt myself to any other style of music. I would also miss the freedom of personal expression that often becomes lost when scoring a motion picture.

[Ben] Any last words of advice for other instrumental wizards who see themselves battling the mean machine of music biz?

[David] "They can take our lives, but they'll never take our FREEDOM!!!" ...ok, aside from the brave words of William Wallace, always remember what it's all about. It about the music. Believe in that, and believe in yourself, and you'll have a fighting chance.

Visit Chivalra's webiste @ www.chivalra.com

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