Julie Doiron The Exclaim! Questionnaire

Julie Doiron The Exclaim! Questionnaire
Singer/songwriter Julie Doiron this month returns to bass duties for this month's Eric's Trip reunion tour, in support of their new live record, The Eric's Trip Show, on Teenage USA. She will release a French record, Désormais, on Endearing in October and is currently recording an English follow-up to her Juno Award-winning album Julie Doiron & the Wooden Stars.

Current fixations:

I've been reading every novel by Montreal writer Ying Chen I can find and will soon go on to read every French novel ever written. (Other current favourite authors include France's Amelie Nothomb and Quebec's Rejean Ducharm).

Mind-altering work of art:

Any painting by Jon Claytor.

Most memorable or inspirational gig and why?

I have a hard time picking just one, so here are two. I played an open mic night in a Charlottesville, Virginia at a sushi restaurant. I played maybe three songs then the owner/sushi chef played and he was so amazing. It was so great to see him and to know he plays music because he loves it and not because he wants to be famous. His songs were clever, a little humorous and very touching. Second one was Howe Gelb in Tucson. He was so great, so great.

What has been your career high and low?

Low: It was Asheville.

High: Being on the cover of Exclaim!

What should everyone shut up about?

The list is too long.

I would drop everything to play a benefit for:

Single parents and families in need.

What trait do you like and dislike most about yourself?

I love to laugh, but I cry too easily.

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

Bad attitude.

When I think of Canada I think:

Of my home and how much I want to be there.

What is your vital daily ritual?

Getting out of bed.

How do you spoil yourself?

Going to get my legs waxed.

What was your most memorable day job?

Harvey's restaurant. I loved it.

If I wasn't playing music I would be:

A kindergarten teacher.

What is your greatest fear?

Success. So I have little to fear.

If you had a superpower, what would it be?

Insensitivity (nothing would hurt me).

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

Paintings by Jon Claytor.

Music and sex: Is there a difference? Why?

Music I play with friends on a stage, but sex…

Strangest brush with celebrity:

Memphis, TN. The guitar player for Jerry Lee Lewis made me sit with him. He liked my guitar set-up, told me how I should be treated by the music business and reminisced about old times.

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

Glenn Gould. My granny's stew.

What does your mom wish you were doing instead?

She loves me playing music. She would love it more if I was in Moncton.