By Rebekah Kleinman
flutist performing on campus
Arizona Daily Wildcat
Thursday March 13, 2003
Flutist dialogues on music,the '80s, nudity and feeling good about himself
WILDCAT: What brings you to perform at UA?
WIESSER: Well, the people are nice and the acoustics are great.
WILDCAT: How long have you been playing?
WIESSER: Five years.
WILDCAT: Did you teach yourself how to play the flute?
WIESSER: Yeah. I'm pretty obsessed with it. I practice two to four hours a day.
WILDCAT: That's dedication. I tried playing the flute in fifth grade, but I was the last chair because I hated practicing. Bummer.
WIESSER: I've been playing the guitar for 20 years. They're really similar, you've just got to get the technique down.
WILDCAT: Interesting. Have you ever been in a band?
WIESSER: I love music, but I really didn't have the confidence to pick up an instrument until I was like 22, then I was in a rock band.
WILDCAT: Cool. Did you have a mohawk?
WIESSER: Um no. I had the long hair. It was the late '80s, early '90s.
WILDCAT: That explains the hairstyle choice. Gosh the '80s were ugly. I mean, I was eight when they finished. So what caused the band break-up?
WIESSER: Lack of success.
WILDCAT: Bummer. Will I ever see you on one of those behind the music or where are they now shows?
WIESSER: No. Probably not. Have you ever heard of Burning Man?
WILDCAT: No, what is that?
WIESSER: It's basically 30,000 people 100 miles east of Reno getting naked, doing drugs and listening to music.
WILDCAT: It's like a mini-Woodstock.
WIESSER: No, it's better.
WILDCAT: So, is nakedness a requirement there?
WIESSER: No, it's about being free and feeling good about yourself.
WILDCAT: Sounds like it's about being a hippie.
WIESSER: Kind of, very hippie-ish.
WILDCAT: Yeah, I've never met a hippie. Well, people claiming to be hippies, but never a real life hippie.
WIESSER: You should check it out.