Bonus: Dan Whitley Interview
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November 17th, 2014
The hosts chat with the leader of the Rebel Force Band about life, Star Wars, and “Living In These Star Wars”.
- Interview intro:
- Interview with the honorary third Star Wars Minute host - Dan Whitley.
- Hosts researched "The Rebel Force Band" and then contacted Dan.
- Album can be found and purchased via starwarsminute.com/theme.
- How Dan got into the business and his early experiences.
- Had contact with Capitol Records and a few independent album labels in Los Angeles.
- Was influenced by a number of different mentors and musicians in the music business in the 70s.
- First saw Star Wars at a San Fernando Valley (Los Angeles) drive-in.
- (Dan says that "The Rebel Force Band" is flattered that the podcast is using their music.)
- Dan was introduced to Star Wars by a friend who had started writing "Living in These Star Wars", the song that inspired the album.
- How the project developed and his son's major influence on it.
- Sound effects on the album were not sourced from the movie directly - they were created in a variety of different ways.
- Dan created a list of song titles for the album and then shared them with a range of other musicians to develop the tracks.
- Project was largely done for fun, as a joke and expense write-off.
- Sequel albums were considered but not done due to lack of funding.
- Brilliance of George Lucas as a movie-maker.
- There has only ever been one live performance of the album by the band.
- Singles off the album were handed out at the premiere of the movie.
- Original album cover art was changed following contact from the 20th Century Fox legal department (which ultimately did not go anywhere).
- Potential for follow-up albums.
- Album walks the line between making fun and having fun.
- It turned out that Dan and his friends did live in these Star Wars in Los Angeles in the 70s.
- 45:25 podcast episode length.
- Podcast intro:
- Another Bonus podcast episode.
- The hosts will be back for real in January to discuss Return of the Jedi.
- Promotion of:
- The Alphabeatical podcast.