Interview with

Aidan Baker

Aidan Baker is a Canadian musician and writer currently based in Berlin. Classically trained in flute, he is self-t aught on guitar, drums, and various other instruments. As a solo artist, Baker explores the deconstructive sonic possibilities of the electric guitar as a primary sound source, creating music that ranges from experimental to post-rock to contemporary classical. Baker has released numerous recordings on record labels around the world and has published several books of poetry. In addition to his solo work, he also performs in Nadja, BBS, Caudal, Adoran, Whisper Room, and ARC.

Facts

1:  I once played a 3 hours show in a parking garage, from 4am to 7am. There was a very natural reverb.

2:  I am graduated in flute.

3:  I worked as a nanny in New York.

Questions

What is the biggest inspiration for your music?
The Music, and the creation of it, itself.

How and when did you get into making music?
My parents are both musicians so music was always in our household. I first started learning piano when I was maybe 5 or 6 and then moved to flute which was main my instrument for many years.

What are your 5 favourite albums of all time?
Swans- Swans are Dead
Godflesh- Pure
Big Black- Songs About Fucking
Sonic Youth- Confusion is Sex
Neurosis- Through Silver In Blood

What do you associate with Berlin?
Freedom to live and work and play the way I want to.

What’s your favourite place in your town?
Toronto: Trinity-Bellwoods Park
Berlin: Soviet Memorial in Treptower Park

If there was no music in the world, what would you do instead?
Cry.

What was the last record you bought?
Joni Mitchell- Hejira

Who would you most like to collaborate with?
Bill Frisell.

What was your best gig (as performer or spectator)?
The Boredoms in Melbourne, when they played with ten drummers on the 10/10/10.

How important is technology to your creative process?
It is important but not absolutely necessary — I can still make music without it.

Do you have siblings and how do they feel about your career?
I have one brother — he plays music too, but not professionally. He thinks the music I make is weird, so maybe bemused is a better descriptive than either jealous or proud.

Our Favourites: A black crow flies  |  Tout juste sous la surface, je guette |  The taste of summer on your skin  

Links: Facebook  |  aidanbaker.org

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