Los Angeles based Michael Ciravolo is originally from New Orleans and has played guitar in Human Drama for the past 30 years. Known best perhaps as the President of Schecter Guitar Research, he has also played live and recorded with Michael Ashton’s Gene Loves Jezebel since 1998, along with his wife Tish Ciravolo.
Michael’s latest project, Beauty In Chaos, is an audio assemblage that he curates and features some of the greatest musicians on the planet including
Wayne Hussey, Simon Gallup, Robin Zander, Evi Vine, Ice-T, Al Jourgensen, and more.
We asked Michael 21 questions about art, culture, what he does with his down-time, and life in general, and this is what he shared with us.
What are you listening to right now?
Chasm by The Awakening
What was the first LP/tape/CD you remember owning?
Too Much Too Soon by New York Dolls
Vinyl or CD/Digital?
What are your favourite bands?
The Cure, The Mission, Psychedelic Furs, T. Rex, David Bowie
Why do you live where you do?
I still don’t know that! New Orleans is my real home!!
What is your favourite journey?
What’s your idea of a perfect Sunday?
Watching the New Orleans Saints play!
What essentials do you take on a plane or tour bus?
Bose noise cancelling headphones!
What is your dream vacation if money was no object?
To see the Northern Lights!
What do you do with 4 hours to yourself in a new city?
Music and record store hunt!!
What inspired you to take up music?
Seeing Bowie, T. Rex and Slade on television!
What was your most memorable day job?
Being a parent 🙂 … that’s a full time job!!
What advice should you have taken but didn’t?
Put down the guitar and continue as a football player 🙂
What should everyone shut up about?
Who’s your ideal dinner guest, living or dead, and what would the menu be?
David Bowie … red wine and ‘ludes 🙂
Who is your favourite hero of fiction?
What was the best live gig or music festival you attended (as a fan or artist)?
KROQ Inland Invasion 2003 .. The Cure, Duran Duran, Echo and The Bunnymen, Pyschedic Furs …..so good! Editors (WOW!)
What are your “must” read magazines, news, websites, blogs?
Nothing is ‘must read’ anymore sadly … in fact I am going to try to do less of that in 2019
Name something you consider a mind-altering work of art.
The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and The Spiders from Mars – David Bowie
What does the next 6 months look like for you?
Finishing the BEAUTY IN CHAOS ‘re-mix’ record “beauty re-envisioned” for late March release. Shooting a few more videos and writing new material for BIC3 🙂
Which musician rule do you agree with? Always meet your heroes or never meet your heroes?
I’m 50/50. I was a Kiss fan as a kid and Gene Simmons was an asshole when I met him. On the other hand .. meeting the Cure and The Mission was great and we have become friends since.
Thank you Michael!