Aidan Knight Interview

Aidan Knight
On his influences, new album and his dad’s weird guitars.

I thought this was lost to me, but luckily I recovered it. So, here is the interview with the amazingly talented Aidan Knight, shortly before his show at The Habitat on October 18th.

Are you still involved with Adventure Boys Club and collaborating with Tyler Bancroft?

Yeah, Tyler and I haven’t put anything out since “High School” the We Are The City record. Mostly, we’ve been faced with the crippling realization that it takes money to run a record label.  We end up sinking thousand of dollars into our respective bands, so it’s difficult to get stuff going.

When did you first start getting interested in music and what made you want to pursue music as a career?

I think I’ve always had an interest, both my parents were musical. We had lots of instruments in the house, so I grew up with it.

Have you had any vocal training while you were growing up?

I never made the conscious choice, I just played in a lot of bands in high school and just stayed with it. 

When did you first start singing and enjoying it?

My mom used to do vocal lessons at our house, but I’ve never taken a lesson with her. I think it would be too intense, because she’d be harder on me than her own students and I don’t like that kind of confrontation *laughs*.

I think one of the first songs that I wrote, it was just after I met Ben from “Said The Whale”. I wrote it after that and it was around then I was feeling more comfortable about calling myself a singer of any kind. I was probably around 16 or 17. 

I saw your interview by Faire Play productions and wanted to know if you’re still into learning French?

Yes, Julian and I have been trying to learn since last Christmas. We started off really strong, getting really into it with verb conjugation and all that stuff . . . then our interest diminished. 

Would you ever want to put out a song entirely sung in French?

It would be really fun, Olivier would just have to translate it for us and I wouldn’t trust him with it because, he’d probably make me say something horrible *laughs*.

I really like your songs “Margaret Downe” and “Lands End”, do you think you’ll release “Lands End” on an album in the future, I see you’re releasing “Margaret Downe” on your newest album “Small Reveal”.

Yeah, there was always a plan to put “Land’s End” onto the Friendly Fires 7”, but the timing wouldn’t work. We would’ve had to cut the song in half, so we revisited it for “Small Reveal”, but it didn’t feel the same way. I feel like the bonus version of Friendly Fires on BandCamp is the closest we could’ve come to. I would like to have it on something in the future though. 

How would you say your influences have changed now, from back when you first started playing guitar?

They’ve changed a lot, I feel like I’ve learned a bunch more about music and myself since I’ve started playing. I’ve been exposed to a lot of amazing bands that not a lot of people have heard about. I think those people have inspired songs that I’ve written, and yeah I think there’s been a whole world of music that’s opened up just from being a musician. 

What other instruments do you play besides guitar?

I wouldn’t say I’m really a player of anything particularly well, but I do play guitar sometimes and I do sing sometimes. I used to play trumpet, and I’ve played drums in a few bands as well. 

Can you tell me a little bit about your song “A Mirror” and the album “Small Reveal”?

I think that song is escapism in a character, it’s a weight off my shoulders. But at the same time, it’s saying things that I don’t know how to say in my own voice, so saying it through another character. It’s a song about being alone with yourself, but wanting to relate to other people, wrapped up in a one-sided love story. 

I’ve read that your dad is the master of drop tunings, do you use a lot of drop or open tunings in your songs? 

Oh yeah, my dad is just the master of just the weirdest tunings. If you walk through his place and strummed the guitars on the walls it would sound, weird.
Yes, I do use an equal amount of drop tunings in my songs on this album as well as “Versicolour” actually. There is one song I never play just because the tuning is too weird to make it sound good. 

When you are writing music, where is your favorite place to do so?

Generally I’ve just written all the songs by myself in a room, and that room has changed locations, but it’s always in a room.

Who are your biggest influences?

For this album, big influences were: “The Last Waltz” by The Band, the screenwriter Charlie Kaufman, the Pho restaurant in Vancouver KPXL, R.I.P no longer and I would have to say “Bluebell Knoll” by the Cocteau twins. 

What is your favourite ride at the carnival?

I like the gravitron, it’s like this spinning centrifugal force ride, with beds that shift up and down inside this flying saucer thing, that’s my favourite.

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