Daniel Hodgson Amherst, Nova Scotia

Who are you? Daniel Hodgson.

What are you up to? Trying to put my weekly newspaper to bed.

Hometown and current HQ: Amherst, N.S. - the East Coast's Alabama.

Current fixations: The new Firebird record, Mother herb and George Orwell.

Mind altering work of art (not your own): Anything Dali.

Most memorable/inspirational gig and why? Entombed, 1994. It made me realize most death metal fans embody every "metalhead" stereotype out there.

What should everyone shut up about? The U.S. Presidential election.

Your greatest strength and weakness: Strength: my son. Weakness: my ex-wife.

Your vital daily ritual: A good dose of Neurosis before I go to work.

Guilty pleasure: Watching Scooby-Doo.

If I wasn't playing music I would be: Sadly, my music doesn't provide a living for me.

Your most memorable day job: Being a caretaker at a local gun club. I'd spend all day sleeping on the pool table.

Best/worst advice received: Best: There is no money in journalism. I should have listened.
Worst: Sports build character.

I would drop everything to play a benefit for: Paying off my sister's student loan.

What makes you want to take it off and get it on? Mazzy Star

What personal trait would make you kick someone out of your band? And have you? Long toenails. No.

When I think of Canada I think: Why are people now patriotic because of Joe Canadian?

Music and sex: Is there a difference? Why? Yes. Music rarely disappoints.

Strangest brush with celebrity: In 1985 the lead singer of Platinum Blonde used my head as an arm rest in an elevator. My father told him off.

What does your mom wish you were doing instead? She's happy with what I'm doing now.