In anticipation of Aidan Knight's CD release show, January 8 2010.
What can listeners expect from Versicolour? That's a tough one. Listeners can expect to hear a lot of introverted pop music, ghostly noises creeping in and out of songs, easter morning trumpets and a lot of myself. I sing on all the songs. I also wrote the songs. Haha. (Sarcasm and witty nods are hard on the internet).
Who did you work with on the album? Jonathan Anderson is my briliiant producer and great friend. We actually didn't know one another very well when we started but now he and I are close, I would say. We've eaten litres and litres of Pho. Jon and I created the base of the recording and then all my fantastic friends in The O' Darling were in town and recorded. In retrospect, it was very spur of the moment. It would've been a very different record if they hadn't been around. Might have been a little less ornate, and 1 track longer. I'm so happy with it. That says a lot.
What is your favourite track on the album? Why? I really like Knitting Something Nice, especially the ending. I think I get more comments on the drumming in the end of that song than anything else I've ever done. If someone puts on the last few minutes, if I haven't heard the beginning of the song.. I get totally lost. I can't find the beginning of the measure to save my life. But what I said before, I mean: I love all the songs. No Filler, as they say.
How do you feel about the upcoming show on Friday? Supporting bands etc.? Wow. To answer simply, I feel so great about these shows. The lineup, to me, is the ultimate. I will take this moment to make an itemized list: We Are The City - You guys are inspiring to be around. I love being friends with you guys and playing music alongside you. I can't wait to tour and have some hilarious late night conversations during the drives out East. Yukon Blonde - I wish I could've played bass with you guys on that tour. Your band writes some of the most grin-worthy songs I've ever seen live. The first time I saw you, I knew that you were headed for huge things. In Medias Res - I have a lot to be thankful for. You guys get along so well with my family and you are genuinely funny and caring friends. I don't know why you aren't a household name yet, but I hope that changes. It will. That's how I feel about them. I fell great about them!
What do you want people to take away from your music and live performances? I hope can see past my standoffish appearance, see my awkward shyness and appreciate the attention that I put into my songs, and that I really hope that people have a great time at my shows. Also, laughing is good. I'd rather have fun than be serious all the time. Mhm!
Where can fans pick up Versicolour? I'll be selling 200 copies at the 3 shows. Versicolour comes out on March 2 on Adventure Boys Club. Ditch Records will definitely have it. They've been so cool with carrying a few copies when I have them in stock.
How do you like playing solo shows in comparison to working with a full band? I've kind of sworn off solo shows at bars for the most part. It's immensely unsatisfying to have to play and sing twice as loud to compete with the bar crowd chatting over their pints. I still play house concerts and cafes by myself, and I've played a few concert halls which have been unreal. I just like playing off of other musicians and friends onstage. It feels less dorky and stiff when you can improvise a little bit and feel supported.
Will you be playing any upcoming shows in Victoria soon? Just these release shows for now. I mostly jam over at my friend Colin's house in the living room and do impromptu living room shows with friends.
What is your favourite breakfast cereal? I get asked for cereal recommendations quite often and I should disclose that I'm not eating Kellogg's, Post, General Mills, etc. any more. I'm trying to eat more locally produced food right now. They're still delicious cereals, but they are also shipped thousands of miles and are, subsequently, full of BHT and other preservatives. I love Oaty Bites, which are very similar to Crispix but infinitely more delicious. If you are looking for amazing deals on cereal: Pharmasave on Fort at Richmond. Tell them Aidan sent you!