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- Posted on Apr 16th 2008 10:00AM by David Chiu
Hall, however, seems to take the humor all in stride when he spoke to Spinner. "Is it because I'm tall and John's' short?" he joked. "I talked to both the Losers' Lounge and the 'Yacht Rock' people, and it was definitely done with respect."
Gym Class Heroes also honored the veteran hitmaker by naming their recent tour 'Daryl Hall for President.' But fans of both Hall and the Heroes' Travis McCoy may have been surprised by seeing them performing together on Hall's recent Web series, 'Live From Daryl's House.' The series, which premiered last fall, features Hall playing with his band at one of his homes in New York, Maine, London or the Bahamas, while recasting his hits with Oates and his solo work in informal, intimate arrangements.
The idea began when he realized that it was becoming harder to be on the road and everywhere at once. "I thought, 'Okay, if I can't be everywhere, why can't I bring 'everywhere' to me?' And then I went, 'Well, what can I do? Can I have my own web site and basically put on a show, and let people watch it?' And that's where it came from."
Hall understands how unusual it may be to have artists of different musical backgrounds such as McCoy and KT Tunstall play with him on the show. "I love doing that because not only is the audience surprised, but I'm surprised," he said. "I always had the idea of having guests on because I love collaboration. The residual of this is so far everybody that I've worked with is really having a great time."
The most recent episode of 'Live From Daryl's House' centered on Hall's first trip to this year's South By Southwest festival in Austin, Texas, where he performed a set. "It was wild," he recalls. "It was just really cool to hear all these different people." The experience also confirmed his feelings about the music industry when he witnessed some of the A&R people who were present there. "There was this smug expression on their faces," he says. "They're looking for basically music whores that they can pimp. And SXSW is the alternative to that. It just underscores the fact that the old way is dead and buried, and they don't even know it."
Meanwhile, Hall and Oates are still making appearances together and next month they will be inducted as BMI Icons. But it might be a while before they start collaborating again on new material. "[John is] working on a solo record," Hall said. "I have my band and I'm doing solo shows, so there's room for everything. But the emphasis right now is on separate lives."