SHORT ANSWERS TO FAQ
WHERE DOES THIS CREATIVITY AND MOTIVATION COME FROM?
I won the genetic lottery and I'm not letting a strand of it go to waste.
HOW DOES THE ADVENTURING AND FIRE DEPARTMENT RELATE TO YOUR ART?
All three are about taking a risk.
WHAT'S THE SCARIEST THING YOU EVER DID?
Fell in love.
After all this what's left to do?
Continuing to be expressive in everything I do. That's the high.
How would you describe your creative process?
Relaxed but I work with a very practiced level of concentration.
What are some of your musical influences?
I graduated in 1972 so that's where I'm coming from.
What's your biggest achievement with your art?
Raising over 30K for the White Helmets, it made a difference.
How did you get involved?
Caught the news clip, got angry and responded proactively.
What's the biggest take away from the fire department?
Luck plays a role in everything regardless of anything else.
Humility goes a long way but luck also plays a role.
What's a fire fighter's worst day?
When one of us doesn't go home.
Any close calls?
Not really but exposed to many high risk scenarios.
Saving a life must demand the most from you.
It does and it's intense for everyone. I dealt with it by being hyper vigilante in my training and preparation.
What's life like in a fire hall?
It has a lot of dynamic tension to it, be relaxed but also ready to perform at your best in the time it takes to arrive on scene.
The community looks up to fire fighters and see them as heroes.
We're not heroes but well trained people. To me the heroes are the ones who witness an emergency and act without thinking or waiting for us to arrive. That impresses me, they're great human beings.
Do women belong in the fire department?
Yes, I learned to climb in the mid seventies from men and women. The women were competent, skilled and fun. The
two women at Delta Fire bring that same character to the
hall. The way I see it we're equal just different.
Different in which ways?
Men have to find a purpose in life, women are life.
What's the best thing about being an artist?
I can grow my hair long an act like Andy Warhol . He had a
'bemused indifference' to society, that's what all of us are after right? No one else like us?
Have you ever had writers block?
Harnessing the emotions of grief and pain, how has that challenged
you and influenced the music?
The challenges are real enough that if you don't have great coping skills you're not going to be productive. I focus on
my well being which allows me to fulfill my professional responsibilities. Away from them then I was able to let go in privacy with the music and as time passed the writing helped me find my way to the ultimate goal which was to not let life change who I am.
So the songs are autobiographical?
Many are for sure, it was a busy and engaged life. Something's going to happen and it did both good and bad.
Songwriting is often described as a mystery, is that true?
To a large degree that's been my experience as well however
going beyond the initial sorcery there's moments that are
familiar despite the newness. Things are coming from a personal experience and I know how it things ended up.
Do you decide ahead of time what to write about?
Sometimes because a subject gets my attention while other
times it's a feeling like when you know someone is out of
view but they're looking at you. I have to respond, it's
How do you know when a song is finished?
When I realize that I can only make it different not better that's when it's time to move on.
Any songwriting tips?
It's self discovery which is about taking risks. Give yourself
time to grow into your own process. The caveat is be discretionary on what you make public, don't end up being meat on a plate because it's a cruel world.
Where did the interest in EDM come from?
It's about the rhythm and an uptempo beat, what's not to go after?
How did Outdoor Living come about?
The need was there but the education was barely there. NFB had one film on hypothermia and it consisted of 'do's & don't's which is well intended but it doesn't inspire learning. Dramatic action does this really well.
What are the challenges of this method of teaching?
Writing natural sounding dialogue and the believability of the 'actors'.
Having the help of friends, what was that like?
It was fun for everyone because I gave them something to believe in and being benevolent people they were more than happy to be involved.
There's a 'win win' theme that comes up in your art and life.
Sometimes success is defined as creating opportunity for others.
Everyone is so believable and the out takes are personal & fun.
Things like speaking on the radio were second nature for Brian & Bob and being themselves was real easy for Tyler & Doug.
It's great because you can see their growth from the beginning.
They would be goofing off right up to when I said, 'camera's rolling & . . . ', then they would drop instantly into character like Clooney & Pitt. Watch the out takes, it's hilarious.
Favourite movie line?
"I'm co-operating, darn tootin' I am." Fargo.
What are your thoughts on Spotify?
It benefits the share holders and the listeners and not the artist. Subscribers are stoked they get darn near free music
& that's why it's sadly always going to be around.
What's the alternative?
NFT's are about putting value in the artist while creating a more intimate relationship between artist and fan. This has good written all over it however I don't see the folks using Spotify giving up their access to such a great deal.
Thoughts on the current musical trends?
It's difficult to criticize other people's efforts so I keep focused on what I'm trying to do. Great art will always have
a place and is a worthy pursuit regardless of trends.
How difficult has it been maintaining optimism?
Really difficult but in the end you realize there's no advantage to being any other way.
Any words for others pursuing their creativity?
Be honest, be expressive and give yourself time to grow
Are you a religious or spiritual person?
Spiritual in the sense that I have a conscience and don't need religion or a god.
What are those things you revere most?
Health, concentration and confidence. From there I can contribute on all levels, family, friends, career and continue to be connected to humanity in a small but meaningful way.
Aliens are asking to meet our three best humans, who do you send?
Ted Nugent and Noel & Liam Gallagher. If the aliens had bad intentions then these three lads would be all over it.
Is there anything missing or something just out of reach?
Well, I think it would be great if they named a paint after me.
What colour would it be?
A shade close to the blue from the Roland 1680 screen would be very cool.
Is there a fountain of youth?
Any words of wisdom?
Overcoming my flaws has benefited my life more than anything else. In other words, growing up is the most important thing to do in life. Everything is dependent upon this level of honesty. I also never felt sorry for myself instead I took charge of my life and made the world work for me.
September 11, 2001.
More than memories.
Pretty and nobody's fool.