Recently Conrad sat down for an interview with Lee Bozeman, lead singer and
one of two guitarists for the excellent pop/rock band Luxury. To be exact,
Conrad sat down at his computer, typed the questions out and e-mailed them
to Lee, who in turn sat down at his computer about a thousand miles away (we
assume he sat down) and typed out his responses to those questions, then
e-mailed them back to Conrad. We took the e-mail, tossed it in a burlap
sack with a dead squirrel and a hunk of beef jerky, beat it with a stick for
about an hour, and here's what we got:
Conrad: What is your name? And what do you do in the band?
Lee Bozeman: My name is Lee and I sing and make some noise with a guitar.
C: Give us some background about yourself (non-band stuff).
LB: I am 27. My favorite colors as a young boy were pink and gray. I enjoy
playing golf. I once had a parakeet. I feel that the biggest problem facing
teenagers today is their profound lack of intuition and decency. I also once
owned three large goldfish.
C: Give us some background about your band.
LB: Our band plays music and occasionally makes records that a couple people
buy. We're not really a band though. We don't own leather pants and I have
never bought a guitar cable of my own.
C: How do you approach spiritual aspects on your music and band? Like, how
do you as a Christian approach music and the band? How do you see Christians
and the arts?
LB: Music and Christianity. Has there ever been a more misunderstood and
terribly unhealthy relationship than between these two? The evangelical
mentality has so pervaded and manipulated the modern western Christian that
he is unable to see that Christianity is not a product to be bought and
sold, nor is it a message to be propagandized, but rather, it is a
completely counter-culture existential lifestyle. Contemporary Christian
Music is nothing more than a musical version of McDonald's. They offer
little in the way of true sustenance and appeal to our lowest common desire:
our desire to be entertained. A true artist seeks to find peace with
himself, and we, as onlookers, see something that is real and we cling to
and believe in it. The truest Christian artist is the most human artist.
C: Why do you think the majority of the Christian music industry thinks that
you have to have evangelism in your music?
LB: I am really not terribly familiar with too many Christian bands and it
is really difficult for me to say whether or not they are maintaining
virtues. The few that I am familiar with are quite decent people, that make
music for the right reasons (the music). Of course, they get angry when they
are taken advantage of, as we all do, but they are trying to be good and
honest people. They are not putting on an act.
C: How well do you think bands in the Christian market (specifically cooler
bands, and not Newsboys, etc.) are doing in terms of keeping integrity
beyond their music (how they act, how they view concerts, how they respond
to getting screwed by promoters, labels, etc.)?
LB: Being in Christian music is terribly discouraging. Most fans are not at
all interested in the artistic qualities of a band. They are only interested
in the volume. As you play every night to 13- and 14-year-olds, you begin to
realize that they just don't get it and that you might as well be a
traveling puppet show. Of course, this isn't unique to the Christian scene,
but it happens everywhere. People don't want to think, they only want to be
C: A lot of bands in the Christian market get discouraged once they're out
there. What problems do you see in our scene (bands, labels, or fans) that
makes them think that way? How do you think those problems can be addressed
LB: These problems could be solved if bands stopped trying to be products
and started concerning themselves with making music that can be sacred
(meaning "lasting"). Also, they shouldn't allow 13- and 14-year-olds to
attend concerts. And they shouldn't have concerts in a church. How
sacrilegious is that?
C: What are some positive aspects in our scene?
LB: Positive aspects? There is always hope for change.
C: Where do you think the average Christian concert kid stands in their
beliefs and acting upon them? What do these kids lack the most in their
LB: Kids today lack convictions and the gumption to act upon them. God
doesn't need cheerleaders. He wants sober-minded, self-controlled people who
love unconditionally. He wants real people, not duplicates. He wants people
who will embrace suffering and find peace with themselves.
C: Where did you learn what you believe?
LB: I have gained my beliefs through hell and highwater.
C: What do you think your personal calling is (band or otherwise)? What can
we expect from Luxury in the upcoming future?
LB: Luxury makes no plans. That way, we never have to change them.
C: If there is one particular message that you'd like everyone to
understand, what would it be?
LB: "I know the sun will rise, though I have no proof of it."
C: Thank you so much for doing this interview.