Six Questions For ... Daryl Hall

Daryl Hall

Hall & Oates perform at the 9:30 club tonight, touting a new, career-spanning box set. It's called "Do What You Want, Be What You Are" and it's unsurprisingly excellent. Last week, we spoke with leonine soulman Daryl Hall about the tour, the box, karaoke and Halloween costumes.

I remember an old Hall & Oates interview from the MTV-era where your partner was saddened by the fact that musicians couldn't just be musicians anymore -- they had to be actors, too. How do you feel about the digital age where musicians are expected to be bloggers, fashion designers and complete brands?

Well, I like to do certain little things in the comedy and acting worlds. And I run my merchandise company and all that. I have to be a businessman. But other than that, I'm not sure that you have to be all of those things. I think that if you are a dedicated and talented musician, that's enough right there. I think that music has gotten to a place where it's a more specialized thing. It's so everywhere right now. But I think that real music is paid attention to by people who actually know and like music.

(Hall considers a Halloween costume, after the jump.)


You have a web TV show called "Live From Daryl's House" where famous musicians actually come to your house and jam. Tell me about it.

I think it certainly reaches out to those people I'm talking about: People who give a [expletive] about music, who really aren't interested in somebody's act... This show is about musicians who get together and turn their act on its head. The audience isn't the audience anymore. The players are not performing to an audience, they're playing to each other for their own pleasure and the audience is a fly on the wall. It really turns the whole idea of performance on its head.

You recently had Todd Rundgren on the show.

Yeah, that was fun!

He toured through the Washington area last month, performing his album "A Wizard, A True Star" in its entirety. Would Hall & Oates ever consider doing one of these play-the-album tours?

I was thinking, actually - with John - about doing an "Early Years" show or an "'80s" show, but we haven't really taken to any real plan.

So what can fans expect to hear at the 9:30 club?

Well, because we have this box set now, we're getting into that. We're playing some different songs than we've played over the years... Songs like "It's Uncanny," "When the Morning Comes." There are a lot of songs that weren't really part of our repertoire for a long time.

I have two questions-slash-confessions for you. Here's the first one: Whenever I do karaoke, my go-to song is "I Can't Go For That (No Can Do)." Do you ever sing karaoke, and if so, do you have a favorite tune?

Do I sing karaoke!? (Breaks into laughter.) The answer is no.

Okay, but if you were forced to go to a karaoke bar, what would you sing?

Depends on my mental state. If I was in the right state of mind, I'd say "Let's Get It On."

Wow. Excellent. Question-slash-confession number two: A couple years ago, my friend and I dressed up as Hall & Oates for Halloween. And I went as you.

Uh-oh.

With Halloween fast approaching, do you have a costume lined up?

Um. Um-um-um. No. I don't have a costume lined up, but I don't really go to Halloween parties. My life is a Halloween party.

By Chris Richards |  October 21, 2009; 2:38 PM ET Interviews
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Thanks for the headsup on the TV show-very entertaining.

Posted by: jhwpro | October 21, 2009 3:29 PM

We saw H&O at Wolf Trap this year and he mentioned the web tv show. The shows with Nick Lowe and Smokey Robinson are great!

BTW, at Wolf Trap we sat in front of 3 college-age guys who were H&O fanatics. You never know about music fans.

Posted by: capsfan77 | October 21, 2009 4:43 PM

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