Beyond Research

a picture of me dancing with my lady a picture of me dancing with a bass guitar

In the past, my two favorite things outside of research were family and music. With the arrival of young children, I've had a laser-like focus on family. As such, I only occasionally play music at home. I do still listen to music and via my Music Profile on you can obtain data-driven insights into my musical preferences.

In day to day life, I go by Charlie. In music, I go by Clark Kemp. I was the drummer for the Electric Laser People, which was led by Dan Paluska. With my move to Hotlanta, I gradually left the band. For a while, I participated behind the scenes and occasionally performed. My last performances with the band were in Boston and NYC back in June of 2007 to celebrate the release of our first album, Straight Talk on Raising Kids. Soon after, the album hit 132 on the RIYL unweighted chart for radio play, just below The Mix Up Capitol, a Beastie Boys album, at 131. Straight Talk on Raising Kids was in heavy rotation at college and indie radio stations across the US throughout the summer of 2007, and we had international exposure through Russian pirates. The album hit the top 10 CMJ play lists of stations in NY, CA, IL, ME, TX, VA, AK, and FL. For a while, it was #1 at KTOO in Juneau, AK, and #4 at WNSU in Ft. Lauderdale, FL.. We were also listed at #9 on The Noise Top 30 Radio Chart. We had excellent regional press, including coverage in The Northeast Performer, The Boston Globe, The Noise, Boston NOW, and The Weekly Dig. We especially enjoyed our live radio interview with KSLU in St. Louis. All of this was a gratifying response to our self-released, DIY album.

Electric Laser People was the latest in a series of bands for me. Prior to it, I was the leader of Bucky Spins, a band that took a permanent vacation during my final push to finish my thesis as a graduate student. Red Fender was our most popular song.