Miami's Panic Bomber, aka Richard Haig, is bringing his unique brand of indie-electro to SXSW for an ambitious schedule of gigs; we caught up with him to discuss bombs, lucha libre, and the state of the Heat.
If you could compare your music to a dinosaur, what kind of dinosaur would it be?
Pterodactyl!! It's swooping down from the skies! Terror reigns everywhere! Scooping up young children with peppery claws extended!
What's the best part about being a musician, aside from the nonstop partying, rooms full of groupies, and occasionally getting to hang out with Christopher Cross?
Wait, who's Christopher Cross??
The dude that sang "Sailing, sailing away..."
Man, I have nooo idea.
You've done both, so what are the best parts about playing with, and playing without a band?
The nice thing about being solo is ... I don't have to compromise, I can rule with an iron fist and just write whatever comes to mind. The best part of playing in a band is you're up there partying with your bros. And you get on stage and you got...your bros! Tours are always fun...you're like farting on each other, and there're fights, and the tour van is disgusting but you love it.
As for the SXSW show, are you bringing in some other instrumentation?
As far as what to expect for the show, do not expect sobriety.
If you were truly panicked, what would you throw? Doesn't have to be a bomb, necessarily.
If I was truly panicked, I would be very anxious, and if I were panicked enough, I would probably crap my pants...so, you know, the closest projectile...and I'd throw that. It's practical, it's really practical. And efficient. I work with high efficiency.
If you were a lucha libre wrestler, who would your tag-team partner be?
Well, obviously, I'd fight Zombie Hitler, and my tag-team would be effing Steve McQueen! The King of Cool. Me and Steve McQueen vs. Zombie Hitler. One night only.
LeBron or D Wade?
Wayne Gretzky. Obviously, you're not a golfer.