Comments: 879 • Responses: 115 • Date: 2013-08-26 17:04:11 UTCsource
iampnut31192 karma2013-08-26 20:29:20 UTC
man, how do people work at the computer all day, this a killing my neck and shoulders...gonna log off soon, but, I'll keep checking this bitch all the time...
keep the questions coming
I got love for you
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nobodysfool64 karma2013-08-26 17:09:38 UTC
Do you still smoke weed? 311 used to reference it all the time back in the day and I was curious as to what your current stance on it and if it was still a daily thing for you?
iampnut311176 karma2013-08-26 17:59:54 UTC
I smoke, I vape, mostly everyday. As i've been a touring musickian almost all my life now, I can attest that marijuana is wholesome. hehe. legalize it america
LilEffects57 karma2013-08-26 18:10:05 UTC
How do you feel about the band Anal C&nt and their rendition of "Down"?
iampnut31118 karma2013-08-27 03:50:08 UTC
I wanted to hate it more but more than anything it was kind of sad, hehe.
Frajer57 karma2013-08-26 17:07:27 UTC
What's the color of your energy?
iampnut311214 karma2013-08-26 17:38:42 UTC
blacker than the blackest black times infinity hehe #dethklok
ghostgyatso40 karma2013-08-26 17:46:00 UTC
Can I have an old bass of yours? Please?
iampnut31159 karma2013-08-26 19:03:45 UTC
excitable138 karma2013-08-26 17:12:39 UTC
Much love from NOLA! We are so happy you are bringing 311 day back to our city!
You guys have been together a long time now, something other bands have had difficulties with. How do you maintain good relationships both working and personal? How have your growing families impacted your relationships with one another?
iampnut31148 karma2013-08-26 17:37:54 UTC
gotta maintain honesty and sometimes it's tough to confront someone you love with the reality, we all slip up and our friends should put our feet in the fire every once and a while
family has made this life worth living and the fact that I get to make people happy (most of the time) for a living is, I think, a great model for raising a child or two
squatly35 karma2013-08-26 17:06:50 UTC
skiingtenaciously39 karma2013-08-26 18:47:08 UTC
You still haven't verified that you can squat.
lucky_whiplash7 karma2013-08-26 22:23:01 UTC
Oh yeah? Well how tenacious is your skiing?!
skiingtenaciously12 karma2013-08-26 23:05:20 UTC
iampnut31125 karma2013-08-27 03:51:27 UTC
poochie31135 karma2013-08-26 17:27:15 UTC
On be half of the reddit community and as a nearly 20 year 311 fan Thank you for doing this AMA.
Has anyone from saturday night live ever contacted you guys about being on the show? I know i have personally signed a few petitions and the 311 familia made a major push with requests on the SNL page for the current season.
I've always wondered why you guys were never on there, especially given that its a live performance show and you guys put on one of the best live shows in the business.
iampnut31160 karma2013-08-26 19:42:50 UTC
we've never been contacted by them and look forward to the day that they do. cries into his keyboard
dirtydirtsquirrel35 karma2013-08-26 17:14:56 UTC
Wanna hoop sometime?
iampnut31144 karma2013-08-26 17:38:01 UTC
yes, yes I do
CalleDubV28 karma2013-08-26 17:10:57 UTC
311 has always been one of my favorite bands. If you could jam with any modern band or artist outside of your "style" of music, who would it be?
iampnut31168 karma2013-08-26 18:23:06 UTC
band of horses
batpuppy27 karma2013-08-26 17:35:12 UTC
P-Nut, during the last few years 311 has been experimenting with jamming on a few of the songs, Welcome, Nick Hex, Plain... can we expect any more jam's on any of the other songs in the near future?
My opinion, I would love it if 311 became a little more experimental, engaging in longer live jams on stage. Whether it would be with existing songs or on-the-spot jams. I think the combination of the rock and the spacy sounds could lead into a flow that would be some seriously awesome music. Please consider jamming Life's not a Race into Let the Cards fall if you could for 311 Day 8)
P.S. The Imperial March Bass solo was awesome this summer, you guys should do a full band jam of that @ 311 Day =D
*edit - typos
iampnut31162 karma2013-08-26 19:50:09 UTC
we need to stretch out and jam more, I think the audience (some of them at least) would love to be taken on a unique ride that only happened that one time at that one particular show. sounds fun and risky to me.
Boognishe26 karma2013-08-26 17:05:09 UTC
If you could describe the new upcoming album with 1 word or sentence, what would you say?
Ween fo' life, my brother from another mother.
iampnut31133 karma2013-08-26 17:11:07 UTC
exciting, we have, what I feel is a ton of momentum, we know what kind of album we're capable of. And SCOTCH does, too. we got the team back together, and I could be more excited
ween for life
311excitable124 karma2013-08-26 17:06:42 UTC
P-Nut, thanks so much for being willing to do this. Simple question: what made you guys want to go back to Scotch for the new album? What is it that you enjoy about working with him?
Thanks again. Much love.
iampnut31123 karma2013-08-26 17:41:56 UTC
SCOTCH is behind the live console making sure every show sounds great, it's a natural progression to have him at the HIVE (or up a chad's place) recording our new stuff. But the real breakthrough is how much writing he's doing, and digging up old stuff and giving us a reason to be badass hehe
SocialCOmotion23 karma2013-08-26 17:10:36 UTC
Favorite movie? What can you watch over and over again?
iampnut31143 karma2013-08-26 18:20:24 UTC
2001: a space odyssey
beyondwithinitself23 karma2013-08-26 17:05:17 UTC
P-Nut, I love your sound!! How did you decide on Warwicks?
iampnut31145 karma2013-08-26 17:14:08 UTC
I saw norwood from FISHBONE kill it on stage in OMAHA at the ranch bowl and I knew I had found my bass...cause I couldn't copy flea, I was too big of a fan, had to step away from his massive influence on me hehe
verticalmattress22 karma2013-08-26 17:16:39 UTC
I used to chat with your mom and step-dad on AOL, back when they were helping with the fan club. What part, if any, do they play in working with the band these days? Do they still run the fan club?
iampnut31139 karma2013-08-26 18:48:20 UTC
my mom runs our board on 311.com
she's the angry monkey
ezmo31122 karma2013-08-26 17:33:21 UTC
When's the last time you talked with Shaq?
iampnut31154 karma2013-08-26 19:03:10 UTC
when he saw me with a flat tire on Ventura Blvd about ten years ago, i yelled 311 to him and he turned around and offered to help, best guy ever, biggest silliest teddy bear.
urbanhobo21 karma2013-08-26 17:12:05 UTC
Has the 311 cruise replaced fall tours? Those have been my favorite, most intimate shows over the years.
iampnut31132 karma2013-08-26 18:32:11 UTC
seems kind of like that huh? but, no, just taking a break from theaters, we'll be back. I promise
tl34tf20 karma2013-08-26 17:33:51 UTC
Is it true that you once broke your wrist on Scott Stapps face?
iampnut31150 karma2013-08-26 19:03:26 UTC
no, that fucker could never hurt me, hehe
bassticle20 karma2013-08-26 17:05:43 UTC
Hey PNUT! 311 is the reason I became a musician, specifically you for making me want to pick up a bass and make sounds like that so thank you for doing this!
If you could only hear one more song as your time was winding down, what would it be?
What's the funniest thing to happen to you guys on the road?
Best act of kindness bestowed upon the band? (Before or after "making it")
When you're bummed, what lifts you back up?
iampnut31122 karma2013-08-26 17:28:37 UTC
last song: by your side SADE, abby and my wedding song
funniest thing ever on the road: that it's lasted this long
best act of kindness, was a promoter in canada that housed us for a week while our RV axle was rebuilt...I spent the week in a pair of russian wool army pants, hell on earth it was...but we are forever thankful for their kindness
Lawn_Dinosaurs17 karma2013-08-26 17:17:58 UTC
What surprises are in store for 311 day this year?
The MB club show are so amazing this summer why do you guys destroy that place every time and what makes it so different than other venues.
PS Huge fan and been to almost 50 shows and 5 311 days!
iampnut31118 karma2013-08-26 18:51:02 UTC
can't give away surprises, but, more than that, just get ready to sweat and sweat and sweat and dance
iampnut31117 karma2013-08-26 18:57:02 UTC
shout out to GIF @ nexttopnut who got this whole thing going
love you mang
crabmusic14 karma2013-08-26 17:09:09 UTC
311 connected with me on a spiritual level so thank you for that. What's one piece of spiritual advice you would offer?
iampnut31174 karma2013-08-26 17:57:21 UTC
everyone else is taken
DomVictor14 karma2013-08-26 17:08:08 UTC
What are the chances I can get 311 to be the band for my wedding?
iampnut31134 karma2013-08-26 18:57:28 UTC
it's not chance, it would be a hell of a lot of money, hehe
DomVictor7 karma2013-08-26 19:07:20 UTC
Ok. When I earn that money (and I will) you and I are getting the rest of the band to play Prince's "You Don't Have To Be Rich" sung by S.A. . THAT'D BE DOPE!
iampnut31114 karma2013-08-26 20:32:37 UTC
great choice, song is called
sharkpunch85013 karma2013-08-26 19:50:29 UTC
I always heard, that 311 was actually a subtle racist reference. Three of the eleventh letter of the alphabet is "KKK" I obviously assume this isn't true, and I was wondering if you hear this sometimes, or know where the rumor started.
iampnut31126 karma2013-08-26 20:32:04 UTC
I remember hearing that it was penitentiary slang, way after the fact that we started the band as a positive force in musick. most unlikely rumor for a multicultural band.
Pisces4212 karma2013-08-26 17:06:06 UTC
So I already know that you are a GoT fan. Are you into any other sci-fi/fantasy geekery?
iampnut31122 karma2013-08-26 18:58:17 UTC
plenty, that's what I read when I grew up, that's how my mother molded my mind, thanks JOAN, I love being a semi educated nerd
hemisemidemi12 karma2013-08-26 17:13:37 UTC
When they say "lost a lot in Vegas, plays a lot of SEGA", how many clams are we talking here?
iampnut31113 karma2013-08-26 18:37:05 UTC
eight hundey hehe
Goestoeleven1112 karma2013-08-26 17:22:50 UTC
Hey PNUT, are there any other bands from Nebraska/Omaha that you enjoy?
iampnut31119 karma2013-08-26 19:38:55 UTC
back when we were on the scene there were lots of great bands, support your local rock band...bright eyes gets me here and there but I'm jealous of his local support. good for him (punch in the arm, not too hard not too soft) hehe
Pisces4211 karma2013-08-26 17:29:06 UTC
Have you tried any amazing craft beers lately?
iampnut31119 karma2013-08-26 19:01:50 UTC
I had a BOOTLEGGER'S brewer knuckle sandwich last night, damn, those rule, i'm gonna find and drank more for sure
Surftaco_9611 karma2013-08-26 17:08:40 UTC
P-nut I was never massively into 311 but as an amatuer performing musician can you give me advice on getting rid of stage fright?
iampnut31132 karma2013-08-26 17:48:40 UTC
nothing to it but to do it
realize that the audience is there for you, and you aren't perfect so get up there and have fun be yourself, if they don't like it, fuck em. be happy you're not a comedian, that's a really tough gig
MikeTobacco10 karma2013-08-26 17:04:50 UTC
Pnut, thanks for doing this. I’ve been a fan of 311 since All Mixed Up came out, and your bass playing on that song (and every other song) is like 80% of the reason why.
Is there any chance that fans will one day see instrumental versions of past albums? I'd pay you $100 right now if it meant I could get an instrumental version of Uplifter.
Will any of the earlier stuff that didn't make Omaha Sessions (Independence Day, Cosmic Utopian Thrivin' Mission, Thrive Not Sink, etc.) ever see the remastered light of day? Or maybe an Enlarged to Show Detail 3 with some of the unreleased tracks off the last few albums?
iampnut31128 karma2013-08-26 17:10:03 UTC
I think instrumental versions of the song would allow the music geeks to really feel what c/t/and me have put in the songs without all those pesky lyrics, hehe.
MikeTobacco15 karma2013-08-26 17:15:49 UTC
OK so should I just PayPal you the money or...?
iampnut31118 karma2013-08-26 17:29:12 UTC
hehe i should just leak them, but, that would get the frowny face
Liquidretro10 karma2013-08-26 17:27:00 UTC
Some bands feel really strongly (Negative) about music piracy others don't mind it so much. Where do you fall?
iampnut31155 karma2013-08-26 19:41:57 UTC
it's going to happen here and there, screw it, as long as they come to the shows, it's all to the goodness.
neekgarcia9 karma2013-08-26 17:29:27 UTC
How much gas do you think 311 has in the tank, how long do you think you guys will keep touring?
I really want to see you guys live sometime soon. Thanks for the AMA!
iampnut31123 karma2013-08-26 19:45:34 UTC
good question, easy ten more years, and I don't see us destructing, maybe just slowing down, living some life outside of the road. But I love traveling the states and seeing the faces and getting paid. hehe. it's all too fun to ever think of quitting
kingevrock9 karma2013-08-26 17:22:44 UTC
If you could have any super power, what would it be? And why?
iampnut31119 karma2013-08-26 19:37:46 UTC
bass is my super power and I use it only for evil hehe
bhollar9 karma2013-08-26 17:26:42 UTC
your bass solo on the cruise with the Stars Wars theme was epic and yea all the rest of your bass solos are fucking awsome too.. Cannot wait till 311 day to see your surprises.
iampnut3116 karma2013-08-26 19:41:26 UTC
thanks for the love
Fap2theBeat8 karma2013-08-26 17:21:46 UTC
You guys are awesome. I was introduced to you maybe 15 years ago when my then cool, now crazy aunt was like, check out this song, Down.
I listened and listened. And then I eventually realized Beautiful Disaster was my favorite song of yours.
Years later I saw you at the Sprite Remix Tour or something or other at Nissan Pavillion in VA. Awesome show with you guys as one of the headliners.
Anyways, no question really, just wanted to say you're awesome! and thanks for what you do!
iampnut3118 karma2013-08-26 19:36:34 UTC
thanks for following us around for so long, see you soon
Dmatt5758 karma2013-08-26 17:05:18 UTC
Will there be any singles from the new album released?
iampnut31128 karma2013-08-26 17:12:58 UTC
sure, but will anyone listen, hehe...we make albums for the stage
dsitt78 karma2013-08-26 17:05:27 UTC
Got quite a few for ya. Hope you don't mind:
When was the last time miT cut his hair?
What is your favorite song to play live?
How did you get the nickname P-nut?
What is your favorite 311 song overall?
Biggest Musical influence for you/the group?
iampnut31115 karma2013-08-26 17:16:03 UTC
mit never cuts his hair, it gets burned off hehe...favorite song is a list of about one hundred in a giant carousel that never stops or grows up
Sarahsmydog8 karma2013-08-26 17:48:09 UTC
PNUT what's up? What are you doing in your offtime?
iampnut31117 karma2013-08-26 20:10:35 UTC
making the best 311 album that we are capable of, and I mean that
fucktopia6 karma2013-08-26 17:08:56 UTC
I've seen you guys for the last 4 years on your summer tours in Philadelphia and each is better than the last.
My only question, why not play Guns (Are For Pussies)? You even mention Philly in the song, it would be magical!
You should get Flying Lotus to open for you next summer.
iampnut31111 karma2013-08-26 17:54:43 UTC
matter of time I suppose
we love rocking your pier
I always buy shoes when in philly
JerseysFinest6 karma2013-08-26 17:08:14 UTC
Hey PNut, love the music. When you get into a solo, is what you're going to be doing planned or do you just improv with what you're feeling at the moment?
iampnut31113 karma2013-08-26 17:47:04 UTC
mostly sloppy but motivated improv, hehe, I have a nonesense group that helps me stay loose when at home, so when I get on stage I know that I can just let go, cause I've practiced enough (since I was eleven). but I enjoy the response from the crown when they recognize something that I offer as a melodic treat
BruceWayneCampbell6 karma2013-08-26 17:05:26 UTC
Pnut, 311 is my favorite band and you are by far my favorite member of the group.
That being said, every time I’ve seen you guys in concert, I try to get to your side of the stage to watch you play, but I find it nigh impossible to avert my gaze from SA’s sick dance moves. Do you get that a lot?
Also, how come nothing ever happened with the DTOM demo Go? What I heard was incredible!
iampnut31115 karma2013-08-26 17:15:00 UTC
GO has been reborn...and no I don't get to hear that much, but, I'm not surprised, he's dreamy hehe
aday366 karma2013-08-26 17:42:22 UTC
Any insight on chads switch to Sabian? Us drummers are curious as to why the switch.... much respect.
iampnut3116 karma2013-08-26 19:54:55 UTC
I think it was just time for a change
a3s1g16 karma2013-08-26 17:10:51 UTC
Hey Aaron, thanks for doing this! How would you describe the new 311 material? Is it a continuation of the 'UP' style or something fresh & new?
And when will we get a sample??
iampnut3114 karma2013-08-26 18:20:38 UTC
it's 311 on point
rhcpdude6 karma2013-08-26 17:09:06 UTC
Hey, Pnut. Enormous fan!
iampnut31110 karma2013-08-26 17:56:38 UTC
most of the parts are very well thought out so if something gets changed, it's pretty minor usually
i'm proud of the first ten and stoked for the eleventh
xamountofaction6 karma2013-08-26 17:11:53 UTC
The opening guitar riff to Homebrew is awesome. Who wrote that riff?
Could you see 311 ever opening for huge bands?
How do you think the the Lakers will do this season?
iampnut31110 karma2013-08-26 18:28:33 UTC
mit wrote that riff, I like doing our own shows, but, if the rolling stones call we will answer, hehe.
the lakers will suck this year, at least I'm prepared for that eventuality, if it is an eventuality
311man846 karma2013-08-26 17:12:22 UTC
Can you tell us on how the new album is going to sound? In Universal Pulse it seemed you guys were going back to the Transistor sound. Heading into another trippy direction I take it?
It's also great you guys are finally on your own label. With that being said was Scotch Ralston your first choice to produce this album?
Are you guys bringing back some funky tunes on this album?
iampnut31149 karma2013-08-26 18:34:45 UTC
a little funk, lots of groove, plenty of heavy...I'm stoked for any and all 311 fans, the new shit is fire. But I always say that. Hell, I'm 311's biggest fan, I've been to every show.
Clayfool96 karma2013-08-26 17:27:49 UTC
HiverX here from the BB, started that envelope filter thread awhile ago.. Two quickies.. Will you be using your MXR and/or others on the next album more? And 2, what's your absolute favorite song no longer played at shows, B-sides or otherwise?
From one thumper to another, thank you for being my initial and continuous inspiration and we'll see you in Chicago!
iampnut3115 karma2013-08-26 19:43:59 UTC
mxr is a permanent resident on my pedal board, I miss can't fade me
Sonicdissent5 karma2013-08-26 17:04:50 UTC
P-Nut, change it up..one time from your mind, watch out!
311 holds a really special place in my heart. My very first concert was a 311 show in November 1999 (Pittsburgh/Metropol) and it was surreal and made even more special by most of you guys taking time out to meet fans afterwards. You guys even spray paint autographed someones car (that wasn’t me, but some dude did try to sell me herion later that night, so there’s that). The album Transistor holds an especially important significance to me and certainly accompanied me through some tough times. I even did my senior class project on 311’s history. First and foremost, I want to thank you for being a part of that.
311 has a history of opening bands that have gone on to be huge. In my experience, I have seen both Incubus and The Roots open for you guys before they broke big. Any under the radar music that you would currently recommend?
311 has gone through several different (sometimes radically so) phases throughout their history, both musically and personal. It is cleared that you guys have matured on both of those levels. Do you have any regrets about how things have gone? Any albums or songs you are expecially proud of, or any you are especially not proud of?
Who’s got the herb?
iampnut31111 karma2013-08-26 17:09:02 UTC
and as far as where we are now, and where we've been...I love the whole journey, nothing like it...just selling UNITY in high school was a kick, playing red rocks, selling million of albums, I will never complain (at least not in public)
iampnut31111 karma2013-08-26 17:07:50 UTC
the cool thing about musick, is that there's always good underground jams, one just has to have an open ear...
TheGreenViper5 karma2013-08-26 17:08:24 UTC
Gahhh!! P Nut!
I just want to say that 311 is my absolute favorite band. The first song I ever heard was Nutsymptom and I fell in love. I see you guys every time you come to Chicago.
What is your favorite song to play live?
And who do you feel helped shape your playing style? It's so unique.
iampnut31110 karma2013-08-26 17:31:47 UTC
nutsyptom up there with the rest of my favorites, kind of has it all...spitting lyrics slap line in the verse bass solo guitar solo drums off the chart...good times
kingevrock5 karma2013-08-26 17:12:09 UTC
Have you had a chance to read any good comic books recently? I'm really digging on Mark Millar's stuff (Kick Ass 3 and Jupiter's Legacy especially). Nemesis was cool as well. Also, just picked up Justice, by Alex Ross. Best comic book artist ever IMHO. Also a HUGE fan of Alan Moore's stuff. You have a fav author and/or artist?
iampnut31110 karma2013-08-26 18:33:39 UTC
I need to see all of that, I'm more than a little out of the loop and I shouldn't be, cause I really want to make a graphic novel someday...I've talked to BOOM and they were really cool, now I just have to write it.
Circusmoth5 karma2013-08-26 17:12:33 UTC
Who were your early bass player influences and who influences you today?
iampnut31115 karma2013-08-26 18:36:46 UTC
steve harris flea cliff burton
youtube bassists that could smash me
THREE11Fan4Life5 karma2013-08-26 17:26:14 UTC
HEY YOU! just wanted to say hello and can't wait for the new album....
iampnut3115 karma2013-08-26 19:41:10 UTC
I can't wait for you to hear it, big hug.
_ruinr_5 karma2013-08-26 18:04:25 UTC
Listening to "311" and "Grassroots" as a kid skating in front of my house will always be some of my fondest memories. First time I saw you was at Warped way back when, I believe it was 2000? One of the best first times seeing a band ever. Drove 8 hours to St.Louis to see you guys last summer also, it was fucking awesome. No question here, just a thank you for playing a big roll in my musical life growing up. 311 forever.
iampnut3116 karma2013-08-26 20:19:15 UTC
you rock you grown up skating kid, thanks for the love for all these years and traveling to the shows is why we're still around making new tunes.
JonJonThePhenomenon5 karma2013-08-26 17:14:26 UTC
Hey PNut! Big fan of the band here.
Most of your albums seem to have a glint of references to a higher power or a universal existence of some sort. I've been curious, how would you describe the spirituality of 311? Yourself?
iampnut31110 karma2013-08-26 18:41:21 UTC
we are open to the fact that we don't know shit, certainly not the big answers. that will allow knowledge to come in, if one believes the answers are here already, then what is left to learn?
suchafunnylady5 karma2013-08-26 17:13:56 UTC
What was the lightning strike incident like for the band members? As a fan it was a large bang followed by being called off of the deck of the ship. We didn’t realize how close it was until later.
iampnut3116 karma2013-08-26 18:38:22 UTC
I was walking with Nick off the deck into some cover when it happened and i grabbed him like it was the end...fucking loudest thing ever, and I'm loud for a living.
sounds like an album title, maybe not for us, but...hehe
Transistor9654 karma2013-08-26 17:08:35 UTC
DUDE. pnut huge huge fan. I have seen 311 38 times live. I love your music so much. i saw you guys in 2007 with two broken knees and stood fron row and center for 3 hours in knee braces to see you guys play. you looked at me gave me the knod and smiled.. That made my day/ year. thanks for that and being so awesome to your fans. I have two quick questions.
I am representing the 311 Familia out in North Carolina. What is your favorite venue/memory from NC?
What was your last job before playing with 311?
Also, " Cross this line you die" in etsd still cracks me up.
iampnut3114 karma2013-08-26 17:32:37 UTC
we love asheville love eating at ZAMBA, great city great people ORANGE PEEL for life
derleek4 karma2013-08-26 17:56:58 UTC
What inspires you?
iampnut3118 karma2013-08-26 20:14:34 UTC
my sons and my wife
x4candles4 karma2013-08-26 18:04:00 UTC
Could you guys please NEVER give up making/composing music?!?!
iampnut3115 karma2013-08-26 20:18:11 UTC
I plan on dying someday so, sorry.
Guitardude19954 karma2013-08-26 17:41:47 UTC
What made you wanna be a musician? What were the biggest roadblocks? (Curious as an aspiring musician myself)
iampnut3116 karma2013-08-26 19:54:00 UTC
we are all musickians, it looked like too much fun, and as a teen I really enjoyed being able to create on my own without the hindrance of words and meaning. give me some tones and some emotions and I'm instantly in a better place. being a musickian allows for at least some control in your emotional life.
the only roadblocks are your fear and over ambitious expectations
Sparticuss274 karma2013-08-26 17:30:30 UTC
Why is there no Cruise DVD/BlueRay?
iampnut31118 karma2013-08-26 19:46:18 UTC
cause we're stupid
Jordan311R4 karma2013-08-26 18:24:50 UTC
I ran across this song on YouTube the other day. And I couldn't help but notice the bass line is extremely similar to WWIT. Any influence there? or is it purely coincidental?
The song is "Love Games" by Level 42
Not trying to call you out, just legitimately curious!
iampnut3114 karma2013-08-26 20:37:10 UTC
I had a teacher way back in omaha that was obsessed with mark king, taught me the bass line, I've tried to play it exactly the same way, but, it always came out a little different (vanilla ice moment, hehe) the band heard me play it so much it found it's way into a song (or three).
his original line is way more swinging than my straight version and he's an incredible player and writer, I am just an ambitious student with no shame. hehe
TakeItSleazyBro4 karma2013-08-26 17:09:23 UTC
iampnut3119 karma2013-08-26 17:58:40 UTC
my influences mostly, Robert Anton Wilson, Aleister Crowley, the PUNISHER and then random art from my guy TOM TILDEN
JD21524 karma2013-08-26 17:53:40 UTC
Pnut, I've seen 311 a bunch of times in the DC area, this past concert your bass crapped out during your solo I just wanted to say the way you handled it was awesome KEEP JAMMING!
iampnut3115 karma2013-08-26 20:14:06 UTC
hehe, the show must go on, even if it doesn't for a sec, I can juggle, I've always got a trick or 23
TheInternetIsAwesome4 karma2013-08-26 17:08:17 UTC
Hey, P-Nut! I was curious of the last 3 albums (Don't Tread on Me, Uplifter, Universal Pulse) what are a few of your favorite bass lines? And, a few songs as a whole? Thanks for everything, man. Can't wait for the new CD!
iampnut3115 karma2013-08-26 17:53:58 UTC
it's getting ok now
get down sun come through
VernacularRobot3 karma2013-08-26 18:03:06 UTC
Why is the band 311? Why not just go straight for 911?
iampnut31111 karma2013-08-26 20:17:55 UTC
room to grow
xJAMES311x3 karma2013-08-26 17:09:39 UTC
Good morning pnut
I know the 311 live site has been a hit with fans, and all shows are recorded. Will we ever see all shows commercially available, like metallica and Pearl Jam as opposed to choice picks?
iampnut3117 karma2013-08-26 18:03:14 UTC
if the traffic to the site and the downloads reach a point that we should flood you with everything, we will. I think it's the right size now, but, hell you tell me. much love
ejstylee3 karma2013-08-26 17:09:40 UTC
Two questions from me!
How/by whom are each night's setlists chosen? Do you reflect on how each city reacts to certain songs or just randomly diversify?
I've noticed you and Tim don't move around the stage as much as you did years ago. And, at least at some shows recently, you both haven't really had spotlights on you. Any reasons?
Thanks for the positive vibes and changing my life for years!
iampnut3119 karma2013-08-26 18:05:29 UTC
we make the list together, we have last night, the last time we played there, and the master list...it can be a chore. I wish we could just randomly play everything, but, that would be a shitty show. hehe.
mit doesn't like spots, I'm gonna will him out of that, cause the pix that I see, it's hard to notice him and myself...and we look good if you could see us, hehe
Dmatt5753 karma2013-08-26 17:10:02 UTC
Have you guys listened to my band yet? Hehe
iampnut3118 karma2013-08-26 18:20:03 UTC
you're in fudge tunnel, right? love that band, hate songs in E minor FTW
noshunintended3 karma2013-08-26 17:34:43 UTC
What is your craziest/scariest groupie encounter? or even just most memorable?
iampnut3113 karma2013-08-26 19:48:32 UTC
getting mobbed can be unsettling, but, i'm a bigger guy, if it gets too strange I just split....laters hehe
That_Network_Guy3 karma2013-08-26 17:45:12 UTC
I just wanted to say thanks for all the great music that you, Nick, Chad, Tim, and SA have made through the years. I've been a true fan ever since i first heard the blue album in 1995, and have loved every album you guys have ever put out. Your music has really had a tremendous positive effect on my life and personality through the years. You are also one of my biggest inspirations as a bassist and musician! Thank You for the music and i hope i get to meet you next time i get to come to one of your shows!
Now for the question:
What was it like being so much younger than the rest of the band in your early years? Did you ever have much trouble getting into venues where you were performing in the first few years?
iampnut3118 karma2013-08-26 20:02:41 UTC
I got into trouble here and there being younger but, mostly I learned from their fuck ups and steered clear.
scuczu3 karma2013-08-26 17:52:20 UTC
really upset I missed red rocks, hoping you go back sometime, and thanks for throwing the cruise, one of the best weekends I've ever had.
How do cruises like that work out for you as a band, do you just get set up with sixthman and they set up all the details, or do you have any say in what boats are chosen or what destination you get to go to?
Seeing you guys on the beach from the water was one of the best concerts of my life.
iampnut3115 karma2013-08-26 20:13:04 UTC
sixthman and 311 work together on the logistics but mostly we nod and smile and say thanks for all their hard work and belief that we could pull off such a thing. totally beyond fun
311man843 karma2013-08-26 18:14:59 UTC
Do you have any idea if SA will be rapping a lot more on this new album? You said lyrically that this album is darker too. Any examples of what is so dark about them?
iampnut3115 karma2013-08-26 20:25:32 UTC
it's not that it's so.......dark, it just contains that element more than in a typical 311 album. sa has a couple raps that are earth shatteringly cool
wanna hear one?
I bet you do
hehe I suck
klown_133 karma2013-08-26 17:06:27 UTC
Thanks for doing this!
What is your go-to key when you start composing?
iampnut31122 karma2013-08-26 17:30:15 UTC
I don't think like that
jeffiroth3 karma2013-08-26 17:08:11 UTC
311 is and always will be my favorite band. You guys have been nothing except a positive influence on my life, as with many people, and your music had gotten me through some bad times and made some good times even better.
It seems like so many bands fall apart after a while for various reasons, but 311 has been together for a long, long time, compared to many other bands. I'm sure there has been some personal and/or artistic differences that have come up but you have obviously been able to move past it. What do you think has allowed you all to stay together as a band and keeping not only making music but touring all the time?
iampnut31113 karma2013-08-26 17:45:39 UTC
we love it too much to let stupid shit get in the way, and we were raised right. to appreciate what we have and augment anything that needs a change.
xamountofaction3 karma2013-08-26 18:07:57 UTC
Do you ever watch old bootleg concert videos of 311 on youtube? There's a ton, especially from the early 90's.
What's it like being the youngest member of the band? Did your bandmates ever mess with you (like how an older brother would mess with a younger sibling)?
What's your favorite song off of Transistor?
How does the song writing process work? Also, it seems Chad and Nick write the most music...why is that? (not that they're bad haha, but why aren't there more songs written by you or miT?)
iampnut3113 karma2013-08-26 20:21:48 UTC
I love the fact that those shows are playing in someone's house at any given moment
I am the youngest but I am the biggest
they can concentrate longer hehe
hostileapostile3 karma2013-08-26 17:27:51 UTC
Hey P-nut how many of the new songs will we hear at 311day2014?
iampnut3119 karma2013-08-26 19:44:21 UTC
probably five or six, I would bet.
how's that sound to you?
gregdoom3 karma2013-08-26 17:52:55 UTC
If you could eat one food for the rest of your life, what would it be?
iampnut3114 karma2013-08-26 20:13:31 UTC
macaroons and or wantons
mays883 karma2013-08-26 17:27:33 UTC
When are you guys gonna throw another 311 pow wow? I had a blast at the first one!
iampnut3115 karma2013-08-26 19:43:09 UTC
who knows? we'll do it someday, deftones killed it.
Jabber093 karma2013-08-26 17:16:47 UTC
Hey PNUT, what is the backdrop from the new album? Is it about the 311 day experience? Fans? your thoughts.
iampnut3114 karma2013-08-26 18:48:42 UTC
it's about being motivated for the future
Ruabadfsh23 karma2013-08-26 17:22:27 UTC
Thanks for doing this! I'm a huge fan. Two questions: How is it being a part of Ghostwolf with SA, how would you describe the evolution of 311's sound. Can't wait for 311 Day back in NOLA! Keep livin and rockin!
iampnut3115 karma2013-08-26 19:37:11 UTC
it's fun playing those songs, I hope they ask me for more, always a kick to work with SA
aStonedDeer3 karma2013-08-26 17:09:47 UTC
iampnut31116 karma2013-08-26 18:05:38 UTC
HeBoughtALot2 karma2013-08-26 18:22:23 UTC
Hey man. I worked as a runner at NRG Recording in North Hollywood in 1999. I just wanted to say that I admired your work ethic because you were the first one into the studio every day. Your first task was bong hits but at least you showed up on time!!
iampnut3115 karma2013-08-26 20:27:28 UTC
hehe, that's still my method, much love.
TheSuperDanks2 karma2013-08-26 18:46:36 UTC
311 was the first real show I ever went to. Greatest shit ever.
iampnut3113 karma2013-08-26 20:55:26 UTC
that's how we do, hehe
Squatch-holio2 karma2013-08-26 18:19:32 UTC
Squatch loves PNut!
iampnut3114 karma2013-08-26 20:25:44 UTC
big love to SQUATCH
DDDavinnn2 karma2013-08-26 18:55:45 UTC
Hey! Thanks for doing this...
1 - How is the Tesla? Still loving it?
2 - When is the next album heading our way?
iampnut3113 karma2013-08-26 20:56:17 UTC
the teslas are dope
new 311 album 3/11/14
neekgarcia2 karma2013-08-26 17:36:43 UTC
Honestly, how often and how much do you guys toke before concerts?
iampnut3115 karma2013-08-26 19:50:23 UTC
mit and I, just the perfect amount
Randum3112 karma2013-08-26 18:25:22 UTC
Hey PNut! Loved you guys for a long time like everyone else - serious question, NOLA '08 tickets were $45, why are they now $101? A big thing Nick always pushed was how ticket prices won't get too high. Just curious!
iampnut3117 karma2013-08-26 20:40:38 UTC
I think you're picking and choosing: the 08 tickets, that sounds on the low side of things, like the cheaper seats and I know your price for the '14 311 day show is the high ticket price so give me apples and apples or answer the question yourself.
everything is more expensive now than it was five years ago
iCombs2 karma2013-08-26 17:59:23 UTC
I work as a producer/engineer these days and I'm wondering if you could talk about how the business aspect of 311 works. When bands ask me about business stuff, I hold you guys up as an example of a band that clearly has its head on straight from that side of the game. It sure seems like you guys have made a bunch of really smart business moves and have carved yourself a really nice niche where you can record, tour, and make money with a VERY high degree of freedom from external pressures.
I'm still a little bummed I never got the chance to meet you when I was in LA and working on a session with John Feldmann (playing bass). He couldn't dig up a fretless and I jokingly said "Well...I could DM P-Nut on Twitter and see what happens..."
...Lemme just say this...when a dude whips out the phone number of one of the 2 guys who made you really get serious about bass...it's a bit of a trip. I think UP was being mixed or tracking was finishing up or something so it didn't happen...but regardless...woulda been a big highlight for me.
Anything you feel is important in that world?
iampnut3118 karma2013-08-26 20:16:49 UTC
sorry I couldn't get that bass to you faster, hehe. I remember that cause that never happens.
I try my best to ignore the business, but, beyond that escapism I have always felt like, if we own as much of ourselves as possible, we cannot go wrong.
and stay away from hard drugs and crazy bitches
obnoxious22 karma2013-08-26 18:00:19 UTC
311 was the first concert I went to. EVER. Never heard of you guys but that concert was pretty rocking. 2006, 2nd row seats Virginia Tech.
iampnut3113 karma2013-08-26 20:17:20 UTC
thanks for coming, I remember that show. long live the vols right?
Shauncho2 karma2013-08-26 18:10:22 UTC
I fuckin love you guys! Awesome music. Thanks for being in my life.
iampnut3112 karma2013-08-26 20:22:13 UTC
we feel the exact same way
Cioran_2 karma2013-08-26 18:51:21 UTC
PNUT, when 311 plays Offbeat Bare Ass, do you guys smoke the joints that are thrown on stage? If not, what happens to them?
Also, you guys rock!
iampnut3114 karma2013-08-26 20:55:57 UTC
crew town usa hehe
bhollar2 karma2013-08-26 17:16:33 UTC
How long of a setlist can we expect at your return to the great city of New Orleans.
iampnut3114 karma2013-08-26 18:47:44 UTC
hard to say, i'll be pushing for as many as possible
the_rev_282 karma2013-08-26 18:11:28 UTC
You guys have toured near constantly for a long time now. What's your personal favorite song to throw down live?
Do you guys write new stuff on the road?
iampnut3112 karma2013-08-26 20:22:53 UTC
I love playing hive and nutsy
writing on the road is impossible
harumph_harumph2 karma2013-08-26 18:13:49 UTC
Hello there! Just wanted to mention that your music has brought me up from the lowest of point of my life and kept me elevated ever since. It is rare that a band can constantly make me smile and cover me in goosebumps as much as 311 does. That being said, just a quick question... When did you realize you were an absolute and total badass?
iampnut3112 karma2013-08-26 20:24:13 UTC
I am only as badass as you think I am
being humble was never my point, but, more and more, I am just thankful for the opportunity to keep playing and raising my sons.
televised_aphid2 karma2013-08-26 18:14:00 UTC
I really dig you guys, just wanted to say thanks.
iampnut3112 karma2013-08-26 20:24:36 UTC
hell yeah, it's been a dream come true and it will continue that way
until it stops
firematt4222 karma2013-08-26 18:45:43 UTC
Hey PNUT, no question. I just want to say "311" was my first CD, followed almost immediately by "Grassroots" and "Music." You guys always have and always will rock. Keep it up, and thanks for making Kansas City such a frequent stop. We appreciate it!
iampnut3114 karma2013-08-26 20:47:51 UTC
we love the KC
thanks for allowing us into your heart
elbs50002 karma2013-08-26 18:27:54 UTC
Caught you guys on the Unity tour back in the day. Any chance of another round with Matisyahu? Greatest 1 2 punch I've ever experienced. Much love.
iampnut3114 karma2013-08-26 20:41:54 UTC
yeah, those we're some unreal shows, what a great performer
thatshowweburn2 karma2013-08-26 18:08:05 UTC
thank you for showing me on how to make a mute
iampnut3113 karma2013-08-26 20:22:00 UTC
Jints4882 karma2013-08-26 17:30:09 UTC
pnut what other bassist were inspirations to you, i used to fool around with one back in the day you were on my list
iampnut3113 karma2013-08-26 19:46:05 UTC
anyone with some personality and some balls
cmykenny2 karma2013-08-26 17:21:39 UTC
Hey Pnut! thanks for checkin in! I was just curious as to what bassists/particular bands did you listen/follow to in your formative bass player years that really had an influence on your own personal style? much love \m/
iampnut3113 karma2013-08-26 19:36:03 UTC
steve harris flea cliff burton mark king
robah2 karma2013-08-26 17:20:07 UTC
What is the ETA on ETSD 3 and the transistor b sides (any other b sides as well)? Also why did the 311 familia get Simplify and Week of Saturdays before anyone else?
iampnut3112 karma2013-08-26 19:19:27 UTC
those b sides weren't put up by us, so don't think they had an intended target...etsd 3 is being batched and edited as we breath, I think. hehe, we have so much footage it's insanity. know how to edit?
xJAMES311x2 karma2013-08-26 17:20:03 UTC
The full band acoustic sessions that were done for radio stations in the From Chaos days are pretty legendary (q101 for example). Will we ever get to see a full band acoustic tour in smaller venues?
iampnut3114 karma2013-08-26 19:17:58 UTC
I sure hope so, other than playing every song the same way over and over, we need to play with the format in ways such as that, and more. I want to hear nick do amber without the band. place would go nuts
JLDubbZ2 karma2013-08-26 17:55:50 UTC
Pnut! Thanks so much for doing an AMA! Here's my question
Which song gets you the most amped when you perform it live?
iampnut3113 karma2013-08-26 20:14:20 UTC
hive as the first song
Br3wtus1 karma2013-08-26 17:14:46 UTC
P-Nut! What's man up man? Coming to you from Jersey. Your show at PNC last month was sick, as always. Went to see you guys for the first time back in 2001 at Asbury, and been seeing you pretty much every year since. 311 has pretty much been the soundtrack to most of my teens-20's, just wanted to say thanks and keep doing what you're doing :). All that being said my question to you would be: Which other band out there influenced you growing up, and has that same kind of nostalgic effect for you?
iampnut3115 karma2013-08-26 18:45:43 UTC
taiyedbrodel1 karma2013-08-26 17:05:46 UTC
What's up Pnut! First Question: How is it that certain songs come to be retired? I recall you and Nick saying You Get Worked in prep for the cruise just didnt work...was this because it sounded weird or something? Also I remember Nick saying "Tune In is weird" before Powwow. How's so?
iampnut3114 karma2013-08-26 17:40:02 UTC
here and there we just find ourselves not satisfied with the end result, and we aren't into faking it, so songs get shelved...just makes it more exciting if they ever get played again
WritePcola1 karma2013-08-26 17:07:50 UTC
I saw you, most recently, in Pensacola, FL. You guys put on one helluva show!
At the end, you held your bass up, kind of like you were thanking it for a great show; then you stood and soaked in the love while showing sincere appreciation to the fans for being there.
What's the most gratifying moment you can recall--on stage or off, but music related?
iampnut3114 karma2013-08-26 17:44:26 UTC
seeing happy sweating faces all summer every summer is the best thing ever that I could do outside of hanging with my WILLS'
playing with the CHILIS at the forum on the millennium was without a doubt the most gratifying moment for me, even if the show was lackluster...such a feeling. I love you FLEA
MatthewWho131 karma2013-08-26 17:15:03 UTC
Long time fan from the early music days. As an established band that has been a few different record labels, put out your own stuff etc, do you see the major record label as a dying breed or still a necessity? Myself Playing in a regional band I see a lot of musicians that still have that pipe dream of getting signed, but it seems having good PR, distribution, tour support (booking) and publishing would be far more beneficial than having to try to get recouped with a label. Thoughts?
iampnut3115 karma2013-08-26 18:46:12 UTC
own everything screw the label system, it's been dead for a long time.
MrTovson1 karma2013-08-26 17:05:09 UTC
Favorite few songs to play from your massive repertoire?
iampnut31111 karma2013-08-26 17:12:16 UTC
I just watched a link on our sub page here from japan when we played can't fade me, that's the jam...we're out cutting heads off on that one
Kirky03311 karma2013-08-26 17:11:56 UTC
Hey Pnut, 311 fan right here.
311 is a fusion of so many genres, including ska, a scene that is predominantly in SoCal. How did you guys blend ska into your music?
iampnut3114 karma2013-08-26 18:29:26 UTC
what ska? I hear rock steady.
stillcole1 karma2013-08-26 17:16:04 UTC
What is your favorite city to perform in?? Do you have a favorite performance??
iampnut3114 karma2013-08-26 18:47:10 UTC
something about NYC is great, the summer stage in central park was unreal.
poochie3111 karma2013-08-26 17:17:59 UTC
I think what all the die hard fans want to know is:
Will we be hearing the new album in its entirety at 3-11 Day?
iampnut3113 karma2013-08-26 18:50:26 UTC
do you want to? tell us, I think it'd be cool but, could be awkward.
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