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© 2002
Magazine interview

Rockin, The magazine Not for adults

Magazine: There's been lots of controversy concerning the Napster situation lately. What's your opinion of this service?

Bryan: Just write good enough songs so you don't have to worry about the bootlegs

M: What has been your most life-changing experience to date?

That's a very personal question. Lets just say dropping out of an airplane was mild in comparison.

M: How do you feel about the current explosion of teen-oriented acts (boybands, etc) on the music scene?

Hasn't it always been like that? Pop music is all about young bands. It's great.

M: Were there ever roadblocks that came your way when you first pursuing a career in music that almost made you consider the path you were taking?

The word 'NO' never existed in my vocabulary, it still doens't! I just hung in there and tried hard to make non-believers into believers.

M: What is the most valuable tool you've learned from your experience in the music industry?

Well I'm now fluent in three languages, English, French and Bullshit!

M: Do you prefer shooting video's for up-tempo tunes or ballads?

That depends on the director not the music. Sometimes a great song can be ruined by a crappy video, but I've never seen a good video to a bad song.

M: What was the first job you ever had?

A paper route in Ottawa. I went on to work in a kitchen as a dishwasher.

M: Favourite high school memory?

Leaving it.

M: How did you make your break into the music biz?

I met a guy called Brian Chater who promised if I signed to his publishing company for a couple of songs he would guarantee that the songs would get released with a record company. He kept his promise and I signed up to A&M records in 1978.

M: What advice do you have for teens who would like to send a demo to record companies in an attempt to be signed to a major label? (Please comment on importance of quality, costs, appearance, original material etc.)

There is no easy way to get signed. I think playing live is great ay to prove yourself. Go in and try out for a band or, try out for a postition where people will see you perform. Demo tapes sometimes get thrown away with all the photos and things you have put together. Be visual, but most of all - keep it real!

M: Would you ever change your style of music to keep up with the latest trends?

Well, I am who I am, but I try to stay on top of what is happening.

M: Was the song 'Everything I do' written for anyone in particular?

No, it was written for a film and the characters in that film.

M: Name one person that you would do anything for, and why?

My mum, 'cuz I love her.

M: What is the best part of performing live?

Everything. It's the bit I can't really get enough of. It's the place where it all comes together and you can see what songs work and which one's don't. It's the place you learn to be a singer and an artist.

M: What can fans look forward to when they see you on your up coming tour?

A lof of great music and a good time of course!

M: Most memorable moment in the recording studio?

Finishing reckless in 1984. It was a very difficult record to make and a lot of hard work. I was glad to see the faders go down on the mixing desk of that one.

M: Fave Simpsons Character?

Bart ( of course)

M: Survivor or Millionaire?


M: Backstreet Boys or NSYNC?

The Beatle's

M: Britney Spears or Christina Aguilera?

Lisa Dal Bello.

M: Shania Twain or Celine Dion?


M: Scarest movie of all time?

Dirty Dancing

M: Funniest movie of all time?

Dumb and dumber.

M: Best song of 2000?

'Why does it always rain on me' by Travis.

M: Best song of all time?

'Imagine' by John Lennon.

M: Bryan, thanks so much for your time! All the best.

You too!