Susan’s recap on the Cary Brothers interview

October 26, 2010

It’s a rare event when you get to end an interview hanging out with a musician just after you’ve interviewed them at the Four Seasons, especially during one of the busiest music conferences in the world SXSW. But that’s just the kind of guy Cary Brothers is.



By the time we made it to the interview, he was sitting at a table with his guitarist Brandon Walters in the middle of a big industry brunch, as if they were patiently waiting for a blind date. I think one of the first things he said to us was, “so are we going to talk about our favorite things to do on road trips or something?”, right then we were sure we liked him. We had spent the past 48 hours driving from Roadtrip’s headquarters here in Costa Mesa, making a short stop in Arizona to celebrate me and our directors Maya Tuttle’s joint St. Patrick’s Day birthdays with her band the Colourist, all while trying to make it to Austin in time to do our first interview with Smokey Robinson. You can imagine that by the time we made it to the interview that morning, stumbling out of Jason’s, mom’s, ford explorer she leant us for the trip (Thanks mama Manion), not showered and still riding the high after spending time with a Motown Legend (and perhaps some lack of sleep made evident by my hair in the interview), we all had a moment where we looked at each other, and asked “are you sure we’re allowed to be here?” And although the five of us weren’t exactly familiar with fancy hotel and music insider brunch etiquette, we were relieved to discover that Cary’s, just not that kind of guy.

Molly has been a fan of Cary’s music for a while and booked the interview. I don’t think any of us fully knew what to expect. Musicians are often bombarded with the same questions when being interviewed, and their answers tend to get watered down throughout the cycle. Often times you can read any number of articles or bio’s written about certain musicians, but you’ll never experience what their story, struggle, or passion which has defined their music actually entailed. Cary surpassed all of these cliché’s. Trying to explain to him Roadtrip’s motives and convincing him of the same excitement we had for our project was easy. He immediately picked up the concept, and right from the start was more honest and open than we had envisioned. What I loved most about his interview was how easy it was. It really did feel as though we were sitting down with a friend, and by the end of it we were. But perhaps what compelled me the most about the dialogue with Cary wasn’t his struggle or his message of not giving up, although all very good things…. What grabbed my attention was the way he described his support system. As though the best part of his job was seeing his friends succeed, because after all, there’s a lot of truth to this. Our creations are only as good as the people we let influence them.

A special thanks to Cary Brothers and Brandon Walters for taking the time to hang out. Also, thanks to everyone who supports Roadtrip. You guys allow us to hang out with these incredible leaders throughout our communities. We’re extremely fortunate to be doing what we do. Our hopes are that through these documentaries and curriculum we encourage you to take your own excursions and discover the wisdom that can help understand what your own passion in life is.

Be sure to check out the interview

- Susan

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