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?
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?
M: Britney Spears or Christina Aguilera?
Lisa Dal Bello.
M: Shania Twain or Celine Dion?
M: Scarest movie of all time?
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.