Sultan brings stream of conscious style to Slowdown - Omaha.com
go logo
article photo
article photo


MUSIC

Sultan brings stream of conscious style to Slowdown
By Kevin Coffey
WORLD-HERALD STAFF WRITER


You may know him better as BBQ, one half of The King Khan & BBQ Show, but Mark Sultan goes by his own name now.

As half of the garage rock duo with Arish “King” Khan, Sultan wrote and sang many of the songs, but the guys went their separate ways (even though they’re still friends).

IF YOU GO:

Who: Mark Sultan with Sun Settings

When: 9 p.m. Monday

Where: Slowdown, 729 N. 14th St.

Tickets: $10 at the venue, www.etix.com or Homer’s Music

Information: www.theslowdown.com or 402-345-7569

After releasing a few solo albums as BBQ and under his own name, Sultan’s latest one-man band tour brings him to Slowdown on Monday.

We caught up with the singer/guitarist/drummer/songwriter on the phone from his home in Montreal to talk about his performance style, latest music, old bands and forgetting old songs.

Q. Your last album, “War on Rock ‘n’ Roll,” came out a bit late. How did that happen?

A. I put it out as a free download first. (Record label) In the Red wanted to put it out on vinyl. I know he meant to do that in time for Record Store Day, but Record Store Day is such a log jam of records, including everything from Mariah Carey to other mainstream stuff, so the idea of having that on Record Store Day was not the smartest one.

Q. The album is one 50-minute track played in a kind of stream of consciousness style. There aren’t any song breaks, but that’s how you play your live sets, right?

A. That’s kinda how I play live. That’s (the) other reason we did that. I used a configuration that I never use — a floor tom and a cymbal and some delay stuff to be extra obnoxious. It was supposed to be an album of songs with some local Brazilian musicians — I recorded it in Brazil — but it didn’t work that way. I said, “Let’s just do anything.”

The album was one take. I said, “Go,” and we just did it. I would never record like that if I was to take other takes and spend time doing it.

Q. I’m amazed you guys could pull that off.

A. We just set up the equipment and luckily I did it without any major catastrophic events. You can actually hear — at one point I realized I was going to run out of tape and (producer Jonas Morbach) had to run and get a four track. You can hear it veer from a reel-to-reel to a four track at the end.

Q. When you perform, it’s just you as a one-man band. Is that a lot of pressure on you? In a band, the other guys kind of cover up if you miss a note or something.

A. I kind of like the pressure. Yeah, it’s definitely an issue when you’re by yourself, but conversely, you might get compliments.

When really bad things happen or people hate you or what you do, you have to absorb all of that stuff. There’s no pressure really because I’m doing what I want to do. I don’t answer to anybody.

I do everything myself, really. I book myself, I play. It’s a very DIY thing that nears my own personality. I’m a pretty strong individualist and I try to make everything come from that place even if the music suffers on some level because you’re not getting your full idea out.

Q. What’s your live setup like?

A. I play drums with my feet and play guitar and do vocals. I know how to do it now and how to mic it, so it sounds like a four-person band.

I’m not saying that because I think I’m great. That’s kind of something that I wanted to achieve because I don’t like one-man bands and there’s a stigma attached to being in a one-man band.

Q. You’ve got a lot of solo material, but you also wrote a lot of songs for the King Khan & BBQ Show. Do you play that stuff, too?

A. I don’t do all of it live but I try to play stuff I want to play. It’s stream of consciousness style. I don’t write a set list and what I play changes night to night.

Me and Khan are actually playing a couple shows this summer. We haven’t played together in three years.

Q. Do you ever mess stuff up? I bet that can go disastrously if someone makes a request.

A. I’m shameless in that I’ll totally screw songs up. I try, and on the fly, I’ll piece it together. People will request songs, which is great, and sometimes I won’t know my own songs because I’ve written so many of these crappy songs and I’ve forgotten them.

After a few bars of nonsense, I’ll go to somewhere else.

Q. What else do you have coming up?

A. Another old band of mine is getting together — Les Sexareenos. We’re all old friends and I’m so happy that all my friends from the popular King Khan guy, my friend Arish who I love, to guys in bands that didn’t do as well all still play music because we love it. I’m so glad I get to play with my old friends. I’m stoked.

After, I think I’m going to write a book. I’ve wanted to do that for years and years. It’s gonna be fiction with non-fiction references turned into fiction. It’s going to reference my life in some fashion.

Q. Last year, you put out a ton of music. Are you tapped out of songs or will you record more this year?

A. I have like 20 new songs. I always have stuff, so yeah, I guess I’ll be recording because it’s very easy. I do it all myself and it’s really fast. I have nothing better to do with my stupid life.

Contact the writer:

402-444-1557, kevin.coffey@owh.com

twitter.com/owhmusicguy

Contact the writer: Kevin Coffey

kevin.coffey@owh.com    |   402-444-1557    |  

Kevin covers music, whether it's pop, indie or punk, through artist interviews, reviews and trend stories. He also occasionally covers other entertainment, including video games and comic books.

Read more stories by Kevin


Contact the Omaha World-Herald newsroom


Copyright ©2014 Omaha World-Herald®. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, displayed or redistributed for any purpose without permission from the Omaha World-Herald.

Latest Stories

A saliva-inducing look at M's Pub's new happy hour
A saliva-inducing look at M's Pub's new happy hour

The downtown staple recently introduced a happy hour. And its menu's pretty amazing.


Dining review: If you're craving sushi, head to Benson's Taita
Dining review: If you're craving sushi, head to Benson's Taita

Chef Jose Dionicio has wisely refocused Taita on sushi, and the well-crafted small bites of fresh fish I tasted from his one-man sushi bar are delectable.


New Benson BBQ restaurant opens next week
New Benson BBQ restaurant opens next week

Fusion BBQ, at 7024 Maple St., focuses on American style barbecue cooking melded with international cuisines.


Nebraska's best burger determined by folks who know about this kind of thing
Nebraska's best burger determined by folks who know about this kind of thing

The Nebraska Beef Council announced the winner of its Nebraska's Best Burger contest.


Rockbrook Village restaurant Taste has a new chef
Rockbrook Village restaurant Taste has a new chef

Ryan Devitt will come to the restaurant as both a chef and partner to focus on farm-to-table style cuisine.


Over Easy will host a west Omaha block party
Over Easy will host a west Omaha block party

Over Easy is playing host to a west Omaha block party this summer.


Movie review: 'Transcendence' ends up quite ordinary
Movie review: 'Transcendence' ends up quite ordinary

“Transcendence,” a sci-fi thriller about an attempt to meld the human mind with technology, falls far short of transcendence. So far short I had to fight off sleep.


Dining notes: Dario’s has a new spring menu

Dario’s Brasserie in Dundee has a new spring menu, a new brunch menu and late night vittles.


Movie review: 'Bears' is cute — and so much more
Movie review: 'Bears' is cute — and so much more

"Bears" is exactly the sort of nature documentary we’ve come to expect from Disneynature, which rolls out a new nature documentary every year at Earth Day.


Movie review: 'Under the Skin's' sure to get under yours
Movie review: 'Under the Skin's' sure to get under yours

Quiet, cryptic and never less than creepy, here's a sci-fi that doesn't do the work for you. No character rattles off a paragraph or three of exposition and back story.


 
Search
Movies Opening this week

Movie showtimes and theater listings






Read this!








VIDEOS

Tonight in Prime Time
© 2014 Omaha World-Herald. All rights reserved