Posted on May 11, 2012
Ed Gregor, Fury 66, Good Riddance, grind out hunger, I Don't Wanna Hear It, International Sports Sciences Association, Jeff Frady, Jimbo Phillips, Joe Clemements, Joe Fish, Jon Cattivera, Micky Dunnegan, Nick Davern, Shawn Hatjes Photography, The Catalyst
Jeff Frady first got seriously involved with Grind Out Hunger last September when 90’s punk rock band, Fury 66 wanted to do a one time reunion show at The Catalyst and make it a benefit for the cause. Jeff played guitar in Fury 66 for a while back when they were still together as a band. Through the process of putting together the reunion show and after it raised 16,000 meals for the cause, our relationship with Jeff had grown significantly. He was informed about the hunger situation within Santa Cruz County and knew that he wanted to help be part of the movement to make a change.
We sat down with Jeff Frady and did an interview asking him questions about his stance on Grind Out Hunger, issues of food insecurity among children, and his history in the music industry. Get to know Jeff Frady a little better and check out the interview below.
Be sure to take a look at his Hunger Fighter page at: www.grindouthunger.org/jefffrady and donate to his campaign. He currently has a goal set of $1000. Thats 4000 meals. Let’s help him blow that goal out of the water!
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GOH: What is Grind Out Hunger to you and why are you so motivated to be involved?
FRADY: I appreciate the passion on your guy’s side and what you are really trying to do, which is feed kids. I don’t want to overcomplicate something. I could care less about a person’s political stance, music tastes, hobbies, or whatever…there is one issue that should stand alone here, above and beyond anything else, and that is feeding hungry, powerless children.
Kids have no ability to feed themselves. They don’t know how to do it and they shouldn’t have to. There is an old saying “demographics is destiny” and that could not be more true in this situation. These kids are born into a certain lifestyle, culture, income bracket, and all of a sudden they can’t eat….If you’ve ever been hungry in your life, imagine going days on end, weeks, not knowing where a meal is going to come from. The simple things we take for granted, waking up in the morning , thinking to yourself, “I’m going to pour myself a bowl of cereal, I’m going to make my smoothie, I’m going to have a piece of fruit, I’m going to have a bagel”…these things become complicated for a 5 year old…10 year old…12 year old. They have no way of getting up in the morning and saying “I need to get up, get a job, get paid so I can eat”. They are powerless.
Without our help, without Grind out Hunger’s help, there’s no way for them to eat. I want to make it very simple to everybody, $5 = 15 pounds.
Whatever you can do to donate, just do it, whether you like me, my views, or my music…Just feed kids.
GOH: Grind Out Hunger’s main focus is the opportunity for Kids to Help Kids. Empowering the youth. How to you feel about that part of our mission and the empowerment of todays youth?
FRADY: I think its amazing. Outside of giving these kids something to do and a purpose, more importantly you’re showing them the value of helping others and contributing back to their community to help the less fortunate. And if they use that as a foundation and it shapes them and others around them to do that, maybe this hunger problem doesn’t exist anymore. Maybe everybody that has the ability and the opportunity to expose this hunger issue comes together, does so, and it goes away. And all great programs and great missions have to start somewhere. Maybe we are able to squash this thing at a community level and even globally one day.
GOH: You’re athletic, healthy and work in the field of nutrition. Speak about your job, what you do and the importance of nutrition and exercise. How does it tie into healthy eating and feeding people?
I was very healthy in the 90’s. Vegan for part of it, concentrated on a healthy lifestyle. Then ended up having a family and kids and really was focusing on them and not myself. I let myself go, got unhealthy, gained weight and became unhappy with myself. It got to the point where I felt like I needed to do something about it. I decided I needed to change.
I got very involved in fitness, so much so that I began to study through the “International Sports Sciences Association” to get certified training to become a nutrition consultant and sports conditioning trainer. Through my own training, and research I ended up going to work for a sports nutrition distribution company and really expanded my knowledge into diet, exercise and nutrition.
It’s very important to educate these kids NOW on healthy eating. The emergency aspect is feeding the kids. So how do we use that and make it healthy? I think it can be done all at once. Are we going to push unhealthy food or healthy food in their direction?
You see so many poverty stricken communities with a lack of education on nutrition and it’s interesting because you look at these communities and think, “these people aren’t hungry, they are overweight”…We don’t equate that with starving, but I, personally, equate that with the more important issues at hand. These people end up with really bad habits and they think that fast food is the way they are supposed to eat and it becomes culture, it becomes their way of life. What happens there…health problems. Do these people at this level have health insurance? No. So what happens? Our system ends up paying the price and we end up screwing ourselves.
Grind Out Hunger’s first and foremost mission is to feed kids, but we need to provide healthy food and nutrition counseling to help people not only eat, but teach them to eat well and to survive on a budget eating healthy food.
GOH: Give me a rough outline of your music history. Where you started and where you are now.
I started messing around with an acoustic guitar when I was 9 years old…I eventually begged my way into a guitar and amp from my dad and told him that if I got an electric guitar I would get more into it, because that’s what I wanted to play.
Once I got an electric guitar and amp, the rest is history. I never put it down. I was determined. I could not be stopped. This was what I was passionate about. I took a few guitar lessons but essentially was self taught.
The second I graduated from high school all I was doing was music. I landed in SC and worked at Guitar Showcase when it was on 41st ave. That’s where I met most everybody that I know now in the SC music scene. That’s where I met Fury 66, the guys from Good Riddance, Mock, Blast, and just kind of evolved from there.
I was in a band called L.I.F.E for a while, that I put together. It stood for “Living in Fear Eternally”. We had a practice spot on the West Side behind Haut Surf Shop, where Fury 66 practiced in the room across us. Joe Clements, singer for Fury, and I were friends, shared a lot of the same theories about life and music. Micky Dunnegan, Fury bass player, and I became friends. I hung out with them a lot… eventually the opportunity came up for me to be in the band and I didn’t hesitate. That started my career with Fury 66.
Outside of having kids, that was the best time of my life. We definitely had our ups and downs, like all bands do. Looking back on it all, especially after our reunion show, I am thrilled to have been a part of all of that. All things come to and end, I guess…it was the best band I was ever in, the most memorable and the most fun, collectively. Really shaped my existence in Santa Cruz and I wouldn’t trade it for the world.
I am currently in a 80’s punk rock cover band, I Don’t Wanna Hear It. The band is comprised of a lot of really good friends of mine, including: Jimbo Phillips (drums), Guerin Myall (vocals), Ed Gregor (guitar), and Nick Davern (bass). We are all doing this because we love music and can’t get enough of it. We mostly play shows locally, so if anyone can come and check us out, go for it. I will be there, repping Grind Out Hunger full force.
GOH: Closing thoughts?
It sickens me to think of Santa Cruz County & that there are kids going hungry. I walk these streets everyday looking at million dollor homes and people with more than they even know what to do with. To think that 1 out of every 4 kids are not getting enough to eat? This world is out of balance! You’re damn right I’m a hunger fighter!!
~ Jeff Frady, Hunger Fighter