Gregory Zbitnew The Exclaim! Questionnaire
Published Jul 01, 2002Gregory Zbitnew is the author of Generator (Volume One) Floating-Point. It is possible that he is also a guitar operator in a Vancouver outfit called AAAnus of Satan.
Reflecting upon the mysteries of life. Attempting to complete volume two of the Generator series; Eternal Golden Light.
Mind altering work of art:
I could name many artists, but nature is really the most miraculous of all it's amazing to experience trees and flowers and grass shining in the morning sun after staring at text on the computer screen all night.
Most memorable or inspirational gig and why?
Seeing Ozzy Osbourne in Vancouver, just because he's Oz.
What has been your career high and low?
High: self-publishing Generator (Volume One) Floating-Point.
Low: managing the graveyard shift at a bowling alley in Winnipeg one winter many years ago.
What should everyone shut up about?
For about one hour every day, to consider thoughts without the constant input of stimulus.
I would drop everything to play a benefit for:
Among others, to support the construction of affordable housing for low income Canadians.
What trait do you like and dislike most about yourself?
I suppose my tendency to "live in the future" could be considered a trait. I dislike it because it sometimes makes it difficult to deal with day to day reality, yet, it also provides me with the optimism that I need to survive.
What would make you kick someone out of your band and/or bed, and have you?
Confessing that they are a homicidal maniac, I have no tolerance for that.
When I think of Canada I think:
I guess it would have to be our patriot duty to eat beaver in order to save our trees, eh?
What is your vital daily ritual?
Checking my email in the afternoon.
How do you spoil yourself?
I try to come up with new ways every few days.
What was your most memorable day job?
Working at International Rocketship; an animation company in Vancouver. Thanx Marv!
If I wasn't playing music I would be:
Much more tense and nervous than I usually am, for you see, music is a relaxative for me it seems to wash my cares away.
What is your greatest fear?
Having the description of my greatest fear published in a national magazine.
If you had a superpower, what would it be?
To be able to speak kindly of others.
What makes you want to take it off and get it on?
Music and sex: Is there a difference? Why?
Music does nice things to your brain, the way sex does, but the messages get there through a completely different set of sense organs.
Strangest brush with celebrity:
Barging into Jimmy Stewart's offices in Burbank with my friend Ed A., unannounced, to somehow convince Mr. Stewart that he should star in an Imax film that Ed dreamed of doing on the subject of nonsense poetry. We were not able to speak with him, but at one point we thought we saw him peering at us through the blinds.
Who would be your ideal dinner guest, living or dead, and what would you serve them?
My ideal dinner guest would be living. I would start off maybe with a little Creme au Mallard, some artichoke hearts marinated in 2000 year old olive oil, then for the entree, grilled Nunavut Yak, or Arctic Char and MacKenzie River Oysters, served with a chilled King-size bottle of Gimli Goose, all topped off with a triple twist Chocolat Constantine smothered with kisses in a bed of cherries.
What does your mom wish you were doing instead?
The exact opposite of anything that I actually do.