By Vish KhannaAmong the most prolific artists anywhere, Buck 65 believes he can accomplish anything. As if tending to his hip-hop alter-ego while hosting CBC Radio 2's Drive wasn't enough, here suddenly is the emotionally rich More Heart Than Brains by Bike for Three, an edgy Buck 65 collaboration with Brussels-based electronic artist, Joëlle Phuong Minh Lê. "She makes all the music and I write all the words," Rich Terfry explains. "We've been exchanging files over the internet and, to this day, we haven't met. We sat on this record for a while and are already working on the next one." His first, pure electronic music foray, Bike for Three is unusually intimate for Buck 65. "It's personal almost to the point of being private," he says. "I've never really made love songs in this way." With more collaborations, new Buck 65 music, and more firsts looming, Terfry's got his balancing act down cold. "I 100 percent think of my job at the CBC as this thing I do on the side. I haven't found it difficult to focus at all and I'm writing songs all the time. Hopefully I can include feeding myself and being a good future husband too."
Before we begin, please state your name, your hometown, your current HQ, and any of your upcoming activities, especially Canadian tour dates and new releases. My name is Rich Terfry, p.k.a. Buck 65. That's professionally known as. I'm from Mount Uniacke, Nova Scotia. Current HQ: Toronto, Ontario. On May 26, I have an album coming out under the name Bike for Three and the title of the album is More Heart Than Brains. I'm recording my next Buck 65 album in June. I'm going out to Halifax to work on that.
What are you up to? Well, a lotta things. I'm starting to record the new Buck 65 record with Charles Austin. This Bike for Three album's been in the can for a while and now, Joëlle and I have also just started working on new material. That's bananas. We both intend for this to be more than a one-off side-project and to be a lifelong pursuit. We just finished our first new song yesterday. I just finished scoring another film but I'm not sure how much I can say about that right now. I'm also working on a side-project with a guy named Buddy Peace who's a beatmaker from London. I worked with him a bunch on Dirtbike. We're working on something where the concept is only voice and drums. That's in the works and I just did some voiceover work on two other films. Plus I'm holding down this job at the CBC of course. I'm doing a lot of production work for a new Sage Francis album and Cadence Weapon is working on a new album and asked me to do a song with him. It's a bunch of little things but it's a mountain of work.
What are your current fixations? After having it recommended to me a hundred times, I went out and bought the box set of The Wire, so I'm working my way through and I'm pretty fixated on that, watching two or three episodes a day. I'm reading a great book called You Can't Win. It's written by a guy named Jack Black, but not the actor. Its claim to fame, if you will, is that it was William S. Burroughs' favourite book. It's a biography of a small-time crook, ramblin' man type guy that was first published in 1926 and it's amazing. It's very difficult to find but a friend of mine found it on eBay and gave it to me for my birthday. As far as music goes, I've been fixated on two of my favourite all-time music videos: "Da Da Da" by Trio and "Satisfaction" by Benny Benassi, that weird club song, which are both just works of pure genius. But my number one fixation to the point of obsession is the current baseball season. It's downright problematic. When I was just in Europe on tour, I'd be asleep and stir momentarily in the middle of the night, glance at the clock, and refresh my computer to check out the Major League Baseball page to see if the Jays won and the Red Sox lost. I've been a big fan my whole life but I dunno what's happening this year that I've just lost all control and it's become very obsessive. I've been to half a dozen games or so. I'm going today to see Halladay pitch; you don't wanna miss that. When I'm in town and they're in town, I wanna go to see as many games as I can this year. Sometimes I'll buy a cheap seat and just watch batting practice, try to get my hands on some baseballs, and just leave. It's getting nerdy to that extent.
Why do you live where you do? Chance combined with laziness, which gave way to work, and the advantage of its central location, and the added plus of a professional baseball team here. When I left Paris, I didn't know where I was gonna go. I stumbled into Toronto first to play the Virgin Festival I think? Then I just got lazy and was here and just didn't leave. It makes a lot of sense for work and it's a major hub and I can fly anywhere I need to go direct. It just makes a lot of sense.