Update 6 March 09 – Dan and Pat if you are reading this, don’t despair. I know they are lame questions. I was goofing around when I wrote this, and now it’s published forever. I’ve got much more insightful thoughts, propositions and ideas to ask you about if we get to do an interview.
In a recent post, I mentioned I’d love to interview The Black Keys for this site. I thought I’d list the questions I’d ask the band if I ever got to meet them.
:: Dan, my girlfriend reckons you mumble when you sing. I’ve told her it’s just your style. She says it’s a congenital mumbling condition. Discuss.
:: Patrick, have you ever monitored your heart rate during a gig? That’s some work out you get.
Supplementary: do you have a pre-show hydration routine you follow?
:: Is there any chance you will do another album of blues-soaked cover versions? Or at least an acoustic album of swamp hollering with duelling banjos?
:: Dan and Patrick, do you remember that strange radio interview you did with Triple J that I posted about? I wont be offended if you think Robbie Buck is a bit of a moron – many others think the same.
:: Patrick your Uncle is a noted musician with Tom Waits’ band and Dan your Cousin was a noted guitarist. Do either of you feel a sense of genetic disposition to the music you play because of the environments and influences that have been around you all your lives? Indeed, do you think you could have been anything other than musicians in some shape or form?
:: Dan, do you remember walking past me outside Kings Arms in Auckland in 2005?
Supplementary: Even if you don’t, would you and Patrick be prepared to play at my 40th birthday as expressed in my recent dream ? It’s not for a while yet so you have time to think about it.
:: Dan and Patrick, if someone chopped your right arm off, what instrument would you play?
:: Dan, Junior Kimbrough was obviously a huge influence on you as a blues musician. What influence did he have on your attitude to the style of music you play.
:: Patrick, why have I never seen you smile when you drum? When you play in Sydney, can you smile so I can take a photo? That rare captured moment will be worth something some day.
:: Dan, I’d really like you to get more creative with your tour merchandise. How about bringing out a Black Keys iron helmet ala Ned Kelly, the Australian bush ranger, for the Australian tour? If you didn’t know, iron helmets and beards really work together and the fans would feel special I’m sure.