Weird Al's Open Road

  • INTERVIEWED BY:

    Speedbump

  • INTERVIEW LOCATION:

    Costa Mesa, CA

  • AIRED ON:

    Other: Speedbump

WEIRD AL YANKOVIC

Musician

“If you do what makes you happy, you'll never be a disappointment to yourself.”

INTERESTS:

Music Writing

THEMES DISCUSSED:

Character Conflict Determination Failure Hard Work Inspiration Passion Struggle Talent Courage Doubt Fear Self-Reflection Perseverance Experience Exploration Success Transitions Family Pressure Individualism Fulfillment

FOUNDATION:

Being Creative

TAGS:

adrenaline, architecture, art, college, commercial, degree, disappointment, experience, fans, fear, follow your dreams, growing up, happiness, job, math, money, music, performing, radio, school

BIOGRAPHY:

  • After excelling in art and math, his counselors recommended that he study architecture.
  • He went to Cal Poly San Luis Obispo-an excellent school for the subject-but about halfway through his studies, he realized his heart wasn't in it.
  • What he truly enjoyed was doing his shift at the campus radio station (where he invented his stage name, "Weird Al").
  • Says that the years after college were "pretty scary" because he had a degree he didn't want to use, and he had no idea how to break into the music world.
  • Throughout his life, he'd recorded songs with his accordion and sent them to the Dr. Demento show, which played novelty songs.
  • Some of his parody songs started to get positive responses from the show's listeners, so Dr. Demento decided he'd fund Al's first EP.
  • In the beginning, most people wrote him off; the irony is, his career has outlasted the careers of most people he's parodied over the years.
  • Says you need to know you went through life giving it your best shot; you don't want to look back over your life with regret.

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