Oct 28, 2008

Face-to-face with Michael Tait

by Amanda Sullivan

Q: What was your major when you attended Liberty?
A. “It changed so many times. It went (from) poly sci, to English then ended up in business administration and real estate.

Q: Did you ever think that singing for a living would be your career?
A: Never thought it in a million years. I’m so happy because music is what I live for.

Q: Is the story true that the first DC Talk concert was during convocation?
A: It was actually in Jerry Falwell’s backyard during a “Back to School” party with my best friend Jonathan Falwell.

Q: Are you and Jonathan Falwell still close friends?
A: Sure are.

Q: As a Liberty alumnus, how does it feel to be back on campus and see all the changes?
A: It makes me feel old when I don’t actually feel old. But no, it makes me feel good though, because Jerry’s dream is alive, and it is really important.

Q: Were you and the other members of DC Talk close friends during your years at Liberty?
A: Yes, Toby and I were best friends, then we met Kevin and the three of us became best friends. The band came out of a friendship, not some company’s brainstorm of “let’s start a band with three guys.”

Q: Do you think your friendship was the fuel for the band’s success?
A: Exactly right, it really was.

Q: How did attending Liberty prepare you for your career?
A: Friendship, knowing people, seeing what people wanted, but also feeling peoples’ desires and needs – where they hurt. It (Liberty) is like a big multi-plaza, it is like a big city – there are black people, white people, Asian people. It’s awesome. It (Liberty) definitely taught me how to communicate with human beings — We all need each other. No man is an island to himself.

Q: What artists do you most look up to stylistically?
A: That would be Bono, U2, Seal and Nat King Cole.

Q: What was your biggest violation of the Liberty Way when you were a student?
A: Sneaking off campus at nighttime in Toby’s truck (because he was a senior, and I wasn’t) to get Hardee’s biscuits.

Q: Was this the Hardee’s on Candlers Mountain Road?
A: No, it was the Hardee’s on Wards Road.

Q: You were part of “Hero! The Rock Opera,” how did that experience influence your music?
A: It’s more of a dramatic kind of thing. I’ve never done a rock opera before, so it definitely helped me see music in a more theatrical way — to bring words to life and put them to song, how you sing the melody, how you choose to do the melody.

Q: How did playing the role of Jesus in the play affect your ministry and your spiritual relationship?
A: It made me think more (about) what He (Jesus) went through. What we whine about, what I complain about, then I think about (the fact) Jesus hung on that cross. When I hung on the makeshift cross on the Rock Opera stage — that was hard. I had to hoist myself up, and He (Jesus) hung up there with nails. Then He had to make decisions that would ostracize Him from people, or they would treat him weird like he didn’t matter, or people would patronize Him. It’s a lonely walk. The Savior, He was among many people but He walked alone. Thank God, He did it, though.

Q: When can fans expect the new CD “Loveology”?
A: “Loveology” is the best product I’ve ever done in my entire life, DC Talk included. It’s groovy-pop and soul. It’s going to be release in the pop world first. The Christian market will have it too. It’s record about the study of love. It makes you wonder why Jesus talked so much about love in the New Testament. The first two commandments are about love; you think maybe He meant something by it.

Q: Does your band have a mission statement? What is it?
A: (The album) is not about the feel of love, or the thrill of love, but the “real of love.” Nobody talks about that anymore. I mean, people talk about it, but it’s misconstrued. It’s not really lived out — people think it’s based on how you look or feel, but love comes way before that from much more deep inside.

Q: What advice do you have for aspiring musicians at Liberty?
A: Write your own songs. Learn to sing before you get on the stage and make sure it counts. Make sure what you do has a purpose and a mission.

Q: What is your favorite memory from your time at Liberty?
A: All the good times with Jerry Falwell. Singing on stage with LIGHT. Being in class. People are my oxygen, so just the people. It’s makes me feel like I am back at home.


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