Merlin The Exclaim! Questionnaire

Genre surfer Merlin hails from Aylmer, Quebec. His new album is called Merlin's Milkbar Stereo.

Current fixations:

Veronique, Blanca, Aurelie and Lia (all from Montreal).

Mind-altering work of art:

Flow: The Psychology of Optimal Experience, a book by Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi.

Most memorable or inspirational gig and why?

Gig where I staged my death.

What has been your career high and low?

High: casting the "gaggle of girls" for "Ultrasensitive" video.

Low: Finding out that www.merlin.com was taken.

What should everyone shut up about?

Cell phones causing cancer. But I did like that report that showed the egg get hardboiled after sitting between two cell phones for an hour.

I would drop everything to play a benefit for:

Jennifer Love Hewitt or Geri Halliwel weight gain benefit. These chicks could use some of my home brewed pre-mil(trademark) drink.

What trait do you like and dislike most about yourself?

My ultrasensitivity. It attracts girls but it also attracts bullies.

What would make you kick someone out of your band and/or bed, and have you?

If I found out they were a part of that Californian gastronomic cult that believes that after the first bite of a fruit you can throw it out because you have consumed all the energy the fruit has to offer! All of my band members and lovers love their fruit to the core though.

When I think of Canada I think:

Rock town.

What is your vital daily ritual?

Yoga and porn.

How do you spoil yourself?

Any activity with a high content of estrogen and chocolate.

What was your most memorable day job?

Selling ice cream to raise money to buy a sampler.

If I wasn't playing music I would be:

The dark version of Anthony Robbins.

What is your greatest fear?

When fear tries to control me, I live more dangerously, I can never be free, I'm an adrenaline junkie. Um... spiders.

If you had a superpower, what would it be?

I sing in my mic and people get naked.

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

An intriguing conversation... or lack of conversation.

Music and sex: Is there a difference? Why?

Refer to Merlin's Milkbar Stereo.

Strangest brush with celebrity:

Quentin Tarantino accompanied by a seven-foot transvestite with large melons, stopping me on the street in L.A. to ask me directions to a comedy club.

Who would be your ideal dinner guest, living or dead, and what would you serve them?

Michael Jackson. I'd serve monkey brains and Pepsi.

What does your mom wish you were doing instead?

Not swearing.