June 18, 2007
We caught up with the notorious Sean Tillerman, AKA Har Mar Superstar. His indie pop band Sean Na Na’s new album “Family Trees” recently came out and we got a chance to talk with the singer/songwriter. Tillerman is known for getting naked on stage and just having a good time. The band’s album is sub-titled “CoPe We Must” which stands for Cocaine Peppered Weed Moustache. What’d you expect from a guy who thinks that his fans are supermodels and makes fun of foreigners at motels.
Q: How you doing today?
Q: What is Sean Tillerman’s favorite meal of the day?
A: I guess that would have to be… brunch, because I’m never up before one.
Q:What’s the meaning behind the lyrics “The other night I woke up tense from dreaming, I was pregnant with a girl I didn’t love. I tossed and turned as this baby grew inside me?” It sounds like a science fiction novel where men get pregnant and they have the choice of abortion.
A: Well no. It’s about those close calls. I’ve had a lot of close calls with girls. I wanted to reverse it, so the guy’s the one that gets pregnant. We’re all in our 30s in the band, so we have those dreams more and more often now.
Q: What do you guys do to keep sane while on tour?
A: We like to choose one person while on tour and just pick on them constantly. On our last tour we were at a hotel and we were checking out. The manager’s nameplate was right in front of me and his name was Goktuf Aktug. It just killed me. It was too funny.
Q: Did you write a song about him? Maybe he’s on the album somewhere?
A: I was going to put him into a song or maybe onto the album’s credits, but I didn’t get a chance to.
Q: How long did it take you to write, compose and finish the album?
A: It was 2-3 months writing the guitar and lyrics. I did that and then it took another 2-3 months to record everything else. Then it was me going from Los Angeles and Austin to record additional guitar tracks.
Q: How do you like Austin?
A:It’s a really mellow place. I’m thinking of getting a house out there.
Q:What does Los Angeles have that Austin, Texas doesn’t have?
A: Los Angeles has a great environment. I have a lot of friends who are coming from other parts of the country to Los Angeles. It’s just the place to be. I do a lot of writing for people in L.A., and I’m trying to do as much acting as possible. I’m somewhere in the six-degrees of Kevin Bacon.
Q: You’re the big sweaty guy on stage. Were you the big sweaty guy in high school or was it like screw authority and try to become a rock star?
A: No, I was against authority, but I graduated from an art school with a 4.0 GPA. I guess I was a troublemaker, getting kicked out of classes, because I would always ask questions.
Q: Describe the typical Sean Na Na fan?
A: They’re 6’2” super models, who like to give blowjobs and they don’t speak any English. Laughs. Our fans are great.
Q: What’s the weirdest request you’ve gotten from a fan?
A: Someone wanted one of my fingernails. Kind of weird. Maybe they were into witchcraft.
Q: Are you a comic book reader? When you Goggle anyone’s name you get images of superheroes, and when you Goggle Har Mar Superstar you get X-Men.
A: I can’t say that I’m really into comic books. What do you get when you Goggle my name?
Q: You get like a picture of Colossus from the X-Men throwing a robot.
A: Right. That’s what I try to keep my stage show like.
By Nathan Solis
Listen to the album at Amazon.com