Peter Demakos of Blimp Rock answers our Grayowl Questionnaire

Blimp Rock (Peter Demakos is second from the right)
Blimp Rock (Peter Demakos is second from the right)

1. Where’d you get your name?

We got the name from our previous agent, who said the band was less likely to succeed than a blimp full of rocks.

2. When did you start making music seriously?

I started taking music seriously at a very particular moment.  I was a small kid watching Beethoven’s 2nd, and it was the scene where the dogs go on a date and the song “The Day I Fall in Love” is playing by Dolly Parton and James Ingram.  I started just kind of vibrating, because I found it so powerful.  I think the same thing happened again during a Randy Newman song in Toy Story and I knew music was something special.

3. What are you listening to right now?

Right now I’m listening to the Toy Story Soundtrack trying to figure out which song made me feel so emotional.  I don’t think it was “You’ve Got A Friend In Me” so it must have been this one:

4. What do you enjoy most about the city you’re based in?

Toronto is a top secret Beach fantasy.  Hanlan’s Point and Ashbridge Bay are right up there with the best Miami has to offer, though I haven’t been to Miami since I was a small baby.

5. Describe your music in one sentence.

Top secret beach fantasy.

6. Where do you see yourself in six months?

In six months it will be September 23rd, which is a Tuesday, so I’ll probably go to work, come home and do some writing, make either curry, spaghetti or stir-fry for dinner and then go down to Lake Ontario for a swim.

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

That would have to be this:

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

At our last show in Guelph, someone yelled “New Jazz!” during one of our new songs.  We took it as a compliment, but I think they meant it as an insult.

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

Shotgun Jimmie.  Or Meatloaf.  But more so Jimmie.

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

I’d love to provide a soundtrack for Toronto’s equivalent of Miami Vice.  Though I’ve never seen Miami Vice, so I might regret saying that.

11. What do you do for fun?

My ideal night of fun would be some take out, two carefully selected discount beers and a Wax Mannequin show with 2 bands on the bill that ended early.  Still chasing that dream.

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

Trying to produce a Toronto equivalent of Miami Vice, called Hogtown Nights. Though it would need a better name,

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

Though I’m contractually obligated to say “Vintage office supplies,” I’ll also add “swimming in Lake Ontario.”  In case you didn’t know, Lake Ontario is notoriously safe to swim in, as cited in this article:

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

Though I’m contractually obligated to say “Hating on blimps,” I’ll also add “Not buying vintage of supplies.”

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

I’m about to go out for breakfast at my local Greek diner, so I probably would have left earlier.  Bye-bye!

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