Dave Porter and Ed Vivenzio Interview
The story of "805" is a story of local boys who made good. After years of gigging around the Central New York bar circuit, 805 was signed by R.C.A. Records, last year.
Their debut album "Standing In Line" was the fourth most added l.p. on AOR (Album oriented Rock) stations, after Fleetwood Mac, Crosby, Stills and Nash, and Robert Plant's album, the week of it's release. Currently, there are over 100 radio stations around the country playing the record.
In support of the album, "805" has been opening shows for Toto, the Jon Anderson Band, and Kansas.
We talked with 805 members, Dave Porter and Ed Vivenzio.
Q. Since the albums release, have friends you never knew you had, been
calling you up?
Q. Can you tell me why Syracuse appears to be starved for entertainment;
yet local groups don't get the support they need?
Q. Do you ever think that if Tom Bush of Electric Lady Studios hadn't
seen you, that you'd still be out there playing the bars?
O. Where did you record your demo tapes in Syracuse?
Q. Even though R.C.A. has Rick Springfield, Diana Ross, and Hall
and Oates, the last time a Syracuse group recorded for R.C.A. ("Jukin'
Bone") their albums went no where. What makes you think R.C.A. will
get behind the group and give you what you need?
Q. Last year after 10 years, and something like ten albums, REO Speedwagon
finally enjoyed major recording success. 805 has a two record committment
from R.C.A. Are two records enough to bring across a new act in the recording
Q. When you were looking for a producer for the album, you submitted a
list of names to the record company. How did you come up with that list?
Q. Image-wise, is there anything you're trying
to bring across on stage?
Q. Sting, of The Police has said "Rock music is dead on its feet." Is
Q. Your album has been getting quite a bit of airplay
on AOR stations. Rick Carroll, program director for KROQ Radio in L.A.
recently told Rolling Stone Magazine, "The current state of AOR radio is very bad. Half of
the groups that these stations play are dead, the Doors, Hendrix, Joplin.
Where is the future of what we call AOR Radio? It’s just not happening." Does
Rick Carroll have a valid argument here?
Q. You struggled for a long time with "805".
Most musicians would've given up a long time ago. What kept you going?
Q. How important is it to have a good music lawyer?
Q. How many albums do you have to sell before R.C.A. gives you tour support?
Q. Did Randy Bachman (owner of Legend Studios, where the album was recorded)
ever drop in on you guys?
Q. Why was "805" able to get a record
deal, when so many other groups have tried and failed, and are still trying.
What did you do differently?
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