Aidan Knight answers our Grayowl Questionnaire!

Though a bit later than normal, Aidan Knight, our March Parliament’s Choice has answered our set of 15 questions. Lo and behold! And don’t worry Aidan, we love you all the same.

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1) Where’d you get your name?

My parents gave birth to a healthy baby boy in October of 1986. (I did have an weirdly turned-in foot, though. Even to this day, my left leg is longer than the other.) Unmarried, but definitely full of art and West Coast positivity, they decided on the name. People ask me if my name is a “stage name” quite often: Thanks Ma and Pa!

2) When did you start making music seriously?

I started playing guitar, quite literally, every day when I was 15. Somewhere around then, I was still playing trumpet in the Esquimalt High Jazz program and I remember showing up one day with drumsticks, to a rehearsal. I had never taken a drum lesson and I did okay, all things considered. David Flello nailed me pretty often for not practicing or caring at all for my trumpet playing, so my way of acting out was to come in and take over the rhythm section. Needless to say, I’m still thought of as a guitar player.

3) What are you listening to right now?

I’m a slow adopter of music. It took me a long time to see past the hype and anticipation of Arcade Fire, but now I would count them in my “Top 10 Live Bands”. I was the same way about Grizzly Bear and Beach House. I even felt that way about Rainbow for awhile. Now I can see that I was just stubborn and wrong and Ronny James Dio is just fantastic and short in everything that he’s ever done. I’ve been enjoying Bruce Peninsula’s A Mountain Is A Mouth, Yukon Blonde’s S/T, Dr. Dog’s Fate (And their newest Shame, Shame), David Bazan’s S/T, We Are The City’s In A Quiet World (Now that I have some time outside of the van with them, I can listen to it in secret), Andy Shauf’s Tour EP and, in the most un-ironic way possible, The Bee Gee’s Spirits Having Flown. That title track!

4) What are some of your musical guilty pleasures?

Well, I kind of exposed myself as fascinated with Barry and Robin’s singing voices. I love The Wallflowers (Sixth Avenue Heartache and One Headlight will always be on my playlist) and Sarah McLachlan’s Sweet Surrender. I also love Joanna Newsom’s voice. I think a lot of people are very put off from her music, just from the vocals but I’m a big fan. Baltimora’s Tarzan Boy. Thought I’d throw that one in for my friend Connor “Jungle Life” Waddell.

5) Describe your music in one sentence.

Sad pop with positive lyrics OR Positive pop with sad lyrics. Whichever you read into it. I’m honestly not the best guy at describing my music.

6) Where do you see yourself in six months?

Playing shows, having our cat, Zucchini, sit on my lap at the computer (blissed out and purring), thinking about recording some new songs, celebrating my 24th birthday and taken’r easy. (I’ll probably be really busy)

7) What has been the highlight of your career so far?

Yesterday, my nana called me in Victoria to tell me that CBC Radio 1 is playing Jasper quite a bit. I love my nana and I love the CBC. That’s the best of both for me!

8 ) What is the most unusual compliment/insult you’ve recieved as a musician?

Not unusual. “You sound like John Mayer”

Actually, I just got a new one in Toronto. “You thound like ah, singer froome ah U.. 2..? Boh No” She was Spanish.

9) If you could go on tour with any band, disbanded or together, who would you tour with?

The Clash are really important to me, but there’s the problem of reanimation. But, honestly, if reanimation and inter-band relations wasn’t an issue: The Band. If we’re talking outside of the science fiction world: The O ‘Darling/We Are The City/Dan Mangan/Said The Whale/Hey Ocean/Andy Shauf/and all my friends across Canada. Party on!

10) If you could be on the soundtrack for any TV show or movie, which one would you choose?

The Wire. I would love for David Simon to do another season on the music industry in Baltimore and I could record a wistful, melancholy version of “Down In The Hole”.

11) What do you do for fun?

Constantly hunt for weird musical instruments & vintage hi-fi gear, obsessively check SlashFilm for movie updates (mostly on Inception), and fix up my bike for a great spring/summer of ripping around Victoria.

12) If you weren’t doing music what would you do?

I had a revelation on the road: I think I would go to culinary school. Learn how to really, really cook. I don’t necessarily want to work in a restaurant, but I would love to learn how to braise more consistently. Maybe a little bit of training in pastry and sauces? I love food.

13) What do you think will be a major trend in the near future?

Auto-tune.

14) What current trend do you think needs to stop?

Auto-tune.

15) What would you be doing if you weren’t doing this survey?

Looking for our borrowed cat (we’re catsitting) and snuggling the H out of Spooks. Oh, he’s behind me on the couch. Asleep. Someone is getting petted and loved!

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