With a new residency
beginning this week at L.A.’s
Spaceland, we tip our hat once again to the hardest working man in show biz.
BY A.D. AMOROSI
Somewhere between Prince, Stevie Wonder and Ron Jeremy
exists Sean Tillmann, the 32 (almost 33, on Feb. 6) year old singer and sex bomb known as Har Mar
Superstar. Sure, to some he’s Sean Na Na, and to some audiences the soul funk
brother routine he’s wrought is funny. But as Tillmann (the songwriter) and Har
Mar (the singer), that’s where the last laughs come in. Tillmann’s written hit
singles for Cheetah Girls and Jennifer Lopez and would’ve written one (“Tall
Boy”) for Britney Spears. She didn’t take it, so the artist Har Mar Superstar
did for his more recent excursion in sensuous blue eyed soul, 2009’s. Dark Touches. Tillmann also got a
special call from Drew Barrymore to be in her directorial debut, Whip It as a roller derby coach. “Musicians
have a lot of down time,” says Tillmann. “I’m just lucky enough to fill mine
with interesting, weird, and random things.”
BIRTH OF A LEGEND
“I was in junior high when HMS started-I signed up for
karaoke, gathered up a hundred or so kids to watch me sing the Bee Gees
“How Deep Is Your Love.” I knew the song like the back of my hand, so
I nailed it. A light went on in my head and I turned up the performance. I
needed to turn it up. It got sexual. I focused on a child eating a corn dog for
a while and then turned my energy to her mother. I fucking killed. The crowd
went nuts. I got banned. Har Mar Superstar was born.”
A SPLIT PERSONALITY
I have a million different names and alter-egos I work
under. Sean Tillmann, Har Mar, Sean Na Na, Blood Flag, Leggs Benedict, and
Hamburghini. I have different names for different projects because they are so
different musically. I don’t want to confuse people.
WHAT WOULD DAVID LEE
Sean Na Na in particular is my Elvis Costello-esque pop/rock
band. I play guitar live in that band too. If I threw one of those songs on a
Har Mar record it would be a real head-scratcher.
SHORT ATTENTION SPAN
I just like having fun, and I guess I have kind of a short
TO ALL YOU HATERS
I find that my music encounters as much hate as it does
love, but maybe that’s me being hard on myself.
WHAT WOULD MORRIS DAY
I wish I was hanging out with The Time as a child. That is
my total fantasy.
THIS IS WHAT IT
SOUNDS LIKE WHEN ELMO CRIES
I loved Purple Rain as much as Sesame Street when I was
growing up. I spent hours and hours inside headphones two feet from the
turntable listening to Prince and Michael Jackson over and over again.
BLAME IT ON JACKO
Michael Jackson’s Thriller was definitely the first album that I totally devoured. I was suckered in by
that baby tiger and the love never stopped.
A BALD REJECTION
“Tall Boy” got rejected by Britney Spears’s
management. We just submitted the track. I wasn’t surprised by the rejection
because at the time they were trying to keep Britney wholesome. This was
pre-baby, pre-K Fed, and pre-head shave.
THE NEXT ROUND IS ON
Oh, “Tall Boy?” If Britney had a single glorifying drinking
tall beers and fucking at the time it would have been all over.
NO PARODIC INTENT
“Save the Strip” may be reminiscent of Timbaland’s
productions. Timbaland is amazing, but there was no parody there. I would
definitely love for him to call me up. I think that collaboration would still
FIRE IN THE HULL
Between The Handler and Dark Touches, I wasn’t sure if I
was going to make another Har Mar album.
DIBS ON THAT BOX (PT.
The “I Got Next” contract was born in Detroit. After a show I was hanging with a
girl I found super attractive. She seemed up for it, but she had a boyfriend at
the time. I made her sign an I Got Next contract. I showed it to my friend Ben
Blackwell [Dirtbombs], and he loved the idea. He was like, “That needs to
be a song on the next album,” so I made it one.
PUT A CAMISOLE ON IT
“Girls Only” is an anthem for girls of all ages. From
slumber party to the twilight years, all ladies can relate.
DIBS ON THAT BOX (PT
I get really antsy in between tours, projects, and
showers… basically all of the time. I spend a lot of my down time in movie
theaters. I LOVE matinees. I live for them. I also watch a lot of HBO series
box sets. There’s nothing like nestling in for a ten hour marathon of Deadwood.