Who’s My Wooden Leg?
S.A.M. – “MY WOODEN LEG IS OUR ROMANIAN LEADER MICHAEL MAFTEAN. MICHAEL TURNS ON MY PROGRAM. MICHAEL ENDS MY PROGRAM. MICHAEL IS RESPONSIBLE FO… “
Michael – “Let me interject here. S.A.M. has some faulty wiring I’ll be correcting very shortly. My Wooden Leg is a stage name used with solo as well as with a collective of musicians, artists, and entertainers I’ve put together to perform live shows and record albums with.”
What’s the story behind the band name My Wooden Leg?
Michael – “Sigh…Go ahead S.A.M.”
S.A.M. – “ ITS MY WOODEN LEG!!! NOT YOURS!”
What are your music influences?
Michael – “Traditional Balkan and Gypsy music of groups like: Taraf de Haidouks, Fanfare Ciocarlia, and Besh o Drom. Newer groups like Gogol Bordello, Balkan Beat Box, Manu Chao and Ленинград (Leningrad), even System Of A Down really helped pave a way for me to write and connect towards mainstream audiences.”
What’s your method at the time of writing a song?
Michael- “My ears and subconscious seen to soak up what they’re exposed to. If I listen to nothing but Tejano for a couple days, some song will leak out of me that incorporates the harmonies I’ve been hearing. Things like NPR, science, sci-fi, women, and topical news influence the lyrical content. So there’s plenty there to mull over and get on paper.
The Jealous Disco is your first full-length album. How was the recording and writing process? How you come up with the album’s title?
Michael- “The Jealous Disco title came from a combination of 2 nicknames while in Houston, Texas. Our drummer Joshua Jones was titled Disco Jones, appropriately, and our previous bass player, Jealous Jack. Fun with words put the 2 together.”
For you, what are the PROs and CONs of being a duo?
S.A.M. – “DUO???!”
Michael – “What S.A.M. is trying to say is that there are 2 cores that will always remain “live” when it comes to live performances and that’s the guitar/main vocals and percussion.
Tell us more about S.A.M.
S.A.M. – “I AM PROGRAMMED TO PERFORM THE MENIAL TASK OF A BASS FREQUENCY. AMBIENCE SOUNDS AND BRAINWASHING FREQUENCIES ARE IMPROVISED.”
Michael – “S.A.M. is a “Super Awesome Machine” that we’ve programmed for bass and electronica samples. He’s also got the personality of a bass player with his struggles for control, power, and never ending conquest to secretly destroy the band.”
How you guys feel about being nominated for so many awards and having your music played in some films and TV networks?
Michael – “It feels like hard work pays off when a bit of luck is introduced in the mix. Hopefully, these things will lead to bigger and better avenues on a national/international level.”
You guys are planning to hit the road?
S.A.M. – “EASTERN EUROPE 2013”
Michael – “Yes, we really hope to be in the Balkans this spring or summer of 2013. If you can help in any way, please reach out to us.”
Where can we contact you or find out more about your music?
Michael – “Facebook. You can message us, find links to videos and music, tour schedules, press, all that.”
What’s the message you want to spread with your music?
Michael – “Two things. Question everything and don’t buy the answers until you’ve proved they are the truth.”
What has been one of the funniest moments you have been or took part while touring?
S.A.M. – “THE ONE TIME BEFORE THE GIG IN MANHATTAN I PRETENDED I COULDN’T BOOT UP. YOU SHOULD’VE SEEN THESE GUYS SQUIRRRRRM!!”