20 Questions With Peter Katz
Singer song-writer, Peter Katz is up for DVD of the Year at the Juno’s and hee’s got a new album coming out, Still Mind Still, at the end of April (24th). Pop the bubbly, Peter Katz definitely has something to celebrate. Read below for his very honest and sincere answers to the 20 Qs.
1. What is your dream of happiness?
Getting to play music for the rest of my life as my career with some kind of balance for family and friends.
2. Blonde or Brunette?
My wife is a brunette. Brunette’s for sure. I’m a blonde myself, or at least I was for most of my youth, so no disrespect to my people.
3. What is the quality you like most in a person?
4. What do you fear most?
Losing my wife, the people I love. Right after that would be not being able to play music for the rest of my life.
5. 808s or 909s?
I don’t know what that means, let me Google, back in a second…. Ok, seems to be some kind of drum machine. Let’s go with 909’s ‘cause 9 is my favourite number, and if you flip 909 over, it kind of looks like 606, which looks like 666, which is the number of the beast, and I have to give respect to Iron Maiden whenever I can for my good friend Ryan (long story).
6. What’s your biggest regret?
I have sometimes wished that I had discovered songwriting earlier and dropped out of school to hit the road, but I learned so much in University and I really see now that where I am is a product of all the decisions I’ve made along the way, good and bad. I have a great life, so I’m comfortable saying that I don’t have any regrets. If an answered is required, then one time after having been bullied myself for many years, I picked on a kid at camp one night with a friend of mine. I regret that for sure, but I learned a lot from it, changed the course of my life I think, for the better.
7. What’s your fav bar or club in the world?
Anywhere with an extensive Scotch list. Allen’s is a goodie, but I just went to this place in Amsterdam called Whiskey Bar that kind of blew all whiskey bars out of the water. The whiskey menu was about the size of an encyclopedia, I may have drooled on it. Sneaky Dee’s for late night nachos is a pretty special experience too. Whenever that’s happening, I’m in a very happy place.
8. What’s the one thing you can’t live without?
I don’t mean to sound like a broken record, but my wife for sure.
9. What are the 3 musicians dead or alive you’d like to see perform?
The Boss for sure is top of my list, Joni Mitchell and Tom Waits.
10. What is your favorite decade in music?
This one, so many exciting things happening.
11. If you had to choose, would you rather go blind or deaf and why?
Oh man… blind I guess, so that I could still listen to and play music… but maybe I would actually pick deaf so I could still go hiking and see the world around me. I don’t know… let’s say blind, Stevie Wonder still seems to have it pretty good.
12. How old is too old?
When you don’t want to be here anymore and you feel that you’ve lost all quality of life.
13. Where do you see yourself in 15 years?
Playing music, hopefully with a small family that still loves me even though I’m a touring musician.
14. Who’s your hero?
I’m not a big fan of the word hero, because I don’t think anyone is more than human, but my grandparents are pretty big inspirations to me. Glen Hansard from the Swell Season is probably the closest thing to a hero to me, and my friend and producer Rob Szabo is in that category as well. I meet lots of pretty amazing people every day though.
15. What’s your favourite colour?
As a kid I always said ‘aqua’ but now I’m not so sure why that is, haven’t really thought about it in a while. Probably blue, I like blue, it’s a good colour.
16. What song could you live without ever hearing again?
Most recent songs by the Black Eyed Peas, I’m not attacking the person, just the product.
17. Metallica or Madonna?
Hmmm… haven’t been an avid follower of either, but going to go with Metallica because ‘Nothing Else Matters’ was one of the first songs I learned to play on the guitar
18. What’s your most hated vice?
I wish food didn’t taste to damn good. I mean I’m happy it does, but it’s a challenge to resist it. I was on Weight Watchers when I was 14 and have managed to stay healthy since, but there’s lots of temptation. Especially cheese. Cheese is evil, deliciously evil.
19. Who is the most tragic figure in history?
Jeff Buckley was a pretty huge loss, but he was living a good life before he died. I would think it’s probably someone I’ve never heard of. Child soldiers, sweat-shop workers, there are millions of stories I’m sure that would break my heart. Many do.
20. What are the top three live shows you’ve seen in your life?
Neil Young at Massey Hall, The Frames and Damien Rice at Convocation Hall, and (this was a modern dance show): Dave St Pierre ‘Un Peu de Tendresse’ at the Harbourfront Centre.