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Interview:
Teddy Geiger Enlists Fans' Help For New Album
 

By GARY GRAFF
Of the Oakland Press

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Teddy Geiger’s next album will have his name on it — but his fans’ input.

To determine the final track list for the followup to 2006’s Top 10 “Underage Thinking” — tentatively titled “The March” and due out this fall — Geiger launched an online fan survey at his Web site called TG33, which allows fans to listen to the 33 songs he’s worked on for the set and vote for them, either outright or by buying individual song downloads.

“Between all those things — what songs wind up doing the best as far as votes and purchases and streams — that’s how we’ll figure it out,” explains Geiger, 19, who’s playing mostly new material on his current concert tour. “It’s exciting for me, and I think it’s exciting for them as well. I’m glad they can get to hear so much of what I’m working on.”

He’s also not worried about whether the promotion will cannibalize album sales when “The March” comes out.

“I think there’s a certain amount of risk in that,” Geiger acknowledges. “They’re still buying the music, so that’s nice. If they do buy the music and don’t feel like buying the CD, that’s one thin. I’m just happy the have the music. And when the album comes out, hopefully they’ll buy that, too.”

Geiger also will have nine songs on the soundtrack for “The Rocker,” a movie in which he stars as the leader of a garage band for which his ne’er-do-well uncle, played by “The Office’s”

Rainn Wilson plays drums. Emma Stone, Josh Gad and Christina Applegate also star in the film, which is due out Aug. 1. The soundtrack is due out July 22.

“It was a really cool experience,” Geiger says. “I’m not really a huge team player guy; I wasn’t really into sports or anything. But it really helped to be involved in such a huge, collaborative effort like (a movie) and then be able to bring some of that back into my own career, musically collaborating and that sort of thing. It really helped me in terms of being able to open up.”



Teddy Geiger performs Tuesday (July 8) at the Crofoot Ballroom, 1 S. Saginaw St., Pontiac. Doors open at 6 p.m. Tickets are $15 in advance, $17 day of show. Call (248) 858-9333 or visit www.thecrofoot.com.

Web Site: www.thecrofoot.com

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