Murray "Muzz" Fiora
Interview with bassist Murray Fiora, from the archives of Crevice Magazine, June 2007.
CM: So you began playing cello when you were twelve and then progressed on to double bass by your early teens?
MF: Yeah. I always liked the feel of something big and hard between my legs.
CM: When did you take up the electric bass?
MF: I think I got my first when I was 15 or 16 and started playing in public not long after, although the appearances were few and far between.
CM: That would mean you've been playing for nearly 30 years. You must know what you’re doing.
MF: Not at all.
CM: I see. Who have you played with over the years?
MF: Apart from myself?
MF: Too many to count. include Lipstick Traces, Surefire, Genocide, Moving Parts, Hey Citizen, Ribcage, The Turkey Hunters, Blush, The Clever Monkeys, Bounce, The Vertigos, Coda, Livin’ Civilians, as well as fill-ins for other bands when they've been desperate. Really desperate.
CM: And now the Oxo Cubans.
MF: You said you wouldn't bring that up.
CM: But surely it’s the high point in your career?
MF: It’s a ‘point’. It is nice being the youngest member of the band at times, depending on who’s playing.
CM: What else do you do besides music?
MF: I’m in the I.T. business. I cook, and drink a lot of wine. And I’m also an amateur gynecologist.
CM: You sound busy.
MF: Yep. Don’t get a lot of time for the gynaecology these days, but I still like to keep my hand in.
CM: On that note we’ll finish up. Thank you.
MF: You’re welcome.