Caffe Vita's Mike McConnell on Sabbath, Garcia, and Champagne Champagne

Reverb Questionnaire is a list of (mostly) static questions we pose to folks outside the music industry. The questions are all answered via email. Previous participants include Michael Chabon, Jay Inslee, and Janeane Garofalo.

This week we posed questions to Mike McConnell, founder of Caffe Vita. The caffeine and music aficionado talks vinyl, The Velvet Undergound, and Champagne, Champagne, in Champagne.

What music have you been listening to today?

Mark Lanegan, Cheap Trick.

Did you like it?


What's your preferred method for listening to music (iPod car home stereo etc.)?

Vinyl records.

Do you play an instrument?

Not anymore.

Do you still listen to anything you were listening to in high school? If so what?

Everything. Sabbath, UFO, Lou Reed, Bowie, Neil Young, Zeppelin, Rush...

What was the first band/artist you saw in concert? Would you see them again?

Sabbath. Duh.

What was the last band/artist you saw in concert? Worth your time?

Champagne Champagne, in Champagne, France. It was epic.

When was the last time you heard "Stairway to Heaven"?


Did you turn it off?

We turned it up.

When you sing karaoke what's your go-to number?


What is the last song you want to hear before you die?

"Oh, Sweet Nuthin'," Velvet Underground

How do you feel about ABBA?

Brilliant. Reminds me of my ex-wife.

Please share a favorite musical moment/story from your past.

Hanging out with Jerry Garcia, or at least I thought it was Jerry...

What similarities do the Seattle music business and coffee business share?

Both dark as hell...

Related, I wanted to mention that Vita is currently partnering with bands like The Vaselines, The Head and The Heart, Lemolo, Shabazz Palaces, and many others to release GIVE 2013, a multimedia compilation with 100 percent of sales going directly to local nonprofit and charity organizations including The Vera Project and local food banks. GIVE 2013 will be released in late January with a live show around Valentine's Day.

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