Graham Reid | | 2 min read
Daniel Hewson is a multi-instrumentalist living in Kerikeri, north of Auckland, New Zealand. His new album This Moment is released on his own label Scrynoose Music. It is reviewed at Elsewhere here and available from Amplifier here.
The first piece of music which really affected you was . . .
Stevie Wonder's Living for the City
Your first (possibly embarrassing) role models in music were . . .
My first embarrassing role models were shredder guitar players like Steve Vai (tragic shit really)
Lennon or Jagger, Ramones or Nirvana, Madonna or Gaga, Jacko or Jay-Z?
If music was denied you, your other career choice would be . . .
I would have to get into my other real passion, dromedary training.
The three songs (yours, or by others) you would love everyone to hear are . . .
This Moment, To My Knees and Son of a Butcher which are my songs.
Any interesting, valuable or just plain strange musical memorabilia at home?
I have an Aria songwriters hall of fame award of my father's Paul Hewson(of Dragon fame) sitting in my studio and I'm often worried someone is going to fall on the very sharp apex of the gold pyramid that it is.
The best book on music or musicians you have read is . . .
Mr Nosey by Roger Hargreaves
If you could get on stage with anyone it would be . . . (And you would play?)
Bronski Beat and I would play synth axe
The three films you'd insist anybody watch because they might understand you better are . . .
Brazil, Fritz the Cat and a dodgy home made one I think...
The last CD or vinyl album you bought was . . . (And your most recent downloads include . . .)
A Love Supreme by John Coltrane. I haven't downloaded anything yet.
One song, royalties for life, never have to work again. The song by anyone, yourself included, which wouldn't embarrass you in that case would be . . .
Son of a Butcher by me, if radio was open minded enough.
The poster, album cover or piece of art could you live with on your bedroom forever would be . . .
A painting of mine called Pox
You are allowed just one tattoo, and it is of . . .
Dr Scrynoose, my alter ego
David Bowie sang, “Five years, that's all we've got . . .” You would spend them where, doing . . .?
Sipping Krug and smoking Cuban cigars at my palatial beach front mansion, with dromedary stables of course.
And finally, in the nature of press conferences in Japan, “Can you tell me please why this is your best album ever?”
First of all I'm very happy with Scott McFarlane's cover art, and using Logic Pro has really helped with the whole recording side of things. I'm never really happy with everything and the next album will be better with different musical styles (maybe).