Meet the Misty Mountain Hobs
How my band got started ?
I have been playing LOTRO since the day game launched, so 9+ years and I've been playin music for most of it. So I started on the Gladden server in a nice Kinship and of course things change over time and we moved to Riddermark when it opened for some space. There were not many people playing music back then, and it was fun to entertain folks ( it still is ) So me and some friends would download Fatlute tunes and we had fun with it. Years passed and those friends moved on, some folks had interest, but most friends and kinmates wanted to hunt and chase loot and levels not play music :(
So Few years ago I decided to try two-boxing ( playing on 2 puters - 2 different toons at once ) to make better music then I could alone. This grew into more toons and now I use five ... I can bring up 10 or so , but I like 5 :)
How did your members meet one another?
N/A they are all me :)
How would you describe your band's music?
I play anything I think will sound good in our game ... and I mean anything from Benny Goodman to Stained ... I have become friends with ALOT of bands the last year or so and we all try and find something noone else has heard .... so it could be anything but it has to be good or I play it once and never again :)
How do you decide which songs to play?
Ahh the question ..... a few things make me decide, Do I really like it or is it just ok ? ... does it make me tap my foot ? ... so I forgot to Que-up the next song because I'm too busy listening to it ... Will people remember the song and request it ? ..... For me, I always ask " is this worth listening to if I was not playing the game ? " I think that's the best measure. ( I Listen to my ABC.s out of the game all time :) )
Do you have a signature song?
I do ... and I end every show/jam/concert with it ... and all the folks who know me, know the song ... " We're an American Band " although , as a Hobbit, I'm not quite sure were America is .... probably far to the east I would guess.
What's the highlight of your band's time together?
Playing Round-Robin with other bands ... I LOVE the Bread and Jam. Being invited to play at Winterfest was an honor, being invited as a feature guest to some concerts is also a great honor ... The highlight for me is players in the game really loving what I play ... it means everything to me. when someone says " I love this song " really does it for me.
Do you have any stories about a time when things didn't go so well?
umm, the time I played 2 tunes in a row at a concert, the wrong versions without the vocal tracks ... another time I spelled Twynk's name wrong like 10 times in a row introducing her ( was on my 4-5th beer ) lol .... it's all good, just a game :D
Does your band play a regular concert? If so, when and where?
I am not playing quite as much nowdays, so about the only steady Gig is the Bread and Jam, I do get asked to join concerts every once in awhile, but have a hard time committing without alot of notice ( real life suks )
Does your band have a website, Twitter feed, Youtube channel, or links to any performances?
No, but one day I will make a video to show people what I do in " that game " lol
What's the one thing we should know about your band above all else?
It's always about the Music ... about having fun ... My band is intended to make me and others smile and feel something , above anything else I will always try and play good stuff and respect the music :)
Is there anything else you'd like to tell us about your group?
I have met some of the coolest people since moving to Crickhollow, alot of people have gone out of their way to make me feel welcome and a part of the great music community. It is truly an honor to be among such people. I will always appreciate my acceptance and am grateful for all the friends I have made from it.