By Nicholas Jason Lopez
In many ways, 2021 has been a year of closure and hope for one Scott Waldman, who got the chance to release the song he co-wrote with the late Kim Shattuck of The Muffs fame back in 2018 called “The Kelli Song (Oh, Lucky Me),” a fit tribute for his friend and protege who passed away from ALS complications in 2019.
It was featured on the three-song EP that Waldman’s band – Lido Beach – dropped this past August called ‘Sweat Equity’ and although he vowed to never play that particular song live, half of its proceeds were donated towards ALS research.
Originally formed in 2008 by Waldman, who was the former bassist for The City Drives (We The People/Sony Records), Lido Beach was mostly known for their 2008 debut album ‘Fake Hellos, Real Goodbyes,’ that spawned success that allowed them to tour with the likes of The Cab, Black Tide and American Hi-Fi.
After their 2013 EP ‘Social Climbing’ was released, the band disbanded until a series of reunion shows in 2017 reignited Waldman’s passion for music and he has since carried the Lido Beach name towards more of a solo project, while running a successful music management company, writing for a number of media outlets and hosting a long-running podcast.
The Music Bugle had the opportunity to chat with Waldman about what he has been up to lately and more.
Music Bugle – What has been your biggest challenge lately?
Scott Waldman – COVID-19. Period.
Music Bugle – What made you want to do a reimagined version of 2008’s “Scar”?
Scott Waldman – Danny Balistocky – producer for ‘Social Climbing’ – loved the song and wanted to cut a version. This one is by far my favorite. I’ve recorded it professionally at least four times.
Music Bugle – What are some notable differences between when you first started playing music and nowadays?
Scott Waldman – I’m gonna sound like, “Get off my lawn,” but get off my lawn. Most music today is more about a playlist than heart. That sucks.
Music Bugle – What excites you the most about your style of music?
Scott Waldman – I can do what I want when I want. I am not Eric Cartman.
Music Bugle – What makes you the most proud about where you come from?
Scott Waldman – Rick Rubin grew up where I grew up. Yeah.
Music Bugle – What was your favorite moment while on stage?
Scott Waldman – Crowds singing along whilst pumping their respective fists.
Music Bugle – Who are you listening to right now, music-wise?
Scott Waldman – Myself. It’s not a lie.
Music Bugle – What’s a quote that motivates you to keep doing what you do?
Scott Waldman – “If you’re the smartest person in the room, you’re in the wrong room.”
Music Bugle – Where do you go when you need a break?
Scott Waldman – Long (city) drives.
Music Bugle – If you had to pick your own theme song, what would it be?
Scott Waldman – The theme to “Family Matters.”