Carl Dixon Interview – Lead singer and guitarist for notable Hard Rock band Coney Hatch. Carl Dixon also was a part of April Wine and The Guess Who.
1. What’s new in the world of Carl Dixon?
Excited about the release of CH4 in a week or so; doing lots of promo on radio and press for that. I’m part of an exciting project with Sean Kelly called Metal On Ice, based on a book he’s written by that name. A recording and a concert is coming up with a number of my Canadian rock contemporaries including Lee Aaron, Brian Vollmer, Darby Mills and Russ Dwarf
2. Will there ever be a new Coney Hatch album as you are still keeping busy with the group?
3. Are you keeping busy this summer with tour dates?
Playing somewhere every week either solo, with my band or with Coney Hatch.
4. Would you say touring now is more relaxed and easier to do?
Yes, it’s still demanding and time consuming but it’s more fun now when I’m more confident and don’t sweat the small stuff.
5. You were member of The Guess Who as lead singer. This must have been a great feeling of accomplishment for you to join legends?
It was a very good feeling to represent the band and sing those great songs.
6. As well as being a member of April Wine this must have been a busy time in your life?
I almost stopped music in 1996. I stuck with it and I’m so glad that I did. All the best things in my career have happened since then.
7. What equipment are you currently endorsing, etc.
I have a sort of arrangement with Yamaha. I use their acoustic guitars.
8. Without Social Media could bands today manage to survive?
Very difficult without it. People are attuned to their internet connections so much that there’s no other way to get their attention now!
9. What were your earliest influences in life?
Bach, Debussy and the Beatles. oh, and Mighty Mouse.
10. What would be some of your main influences today to keep things fresh?
My daughters and my friend Andy Curran.
11. What could we find interesting in your music collection at home?
Perhaps the extreme range of music styles and artists. I’ve been collecting since I was 9 years old.
12. Could you describe what goes on in a day in your life as a musician on tour?
Get up have a healthy breakfast. Check e-mails. Read. Relax by the pool. Maybe work on a song idea. Go down to the venue for sound check . Have a light dinner so I don’t walk on stage with a full stomach; can’t sing that way.
13. Where do you see music going in 100 years from now?
A world beat hybrid of as humanity overlaps and breaks down the division between cultures. Played on primitive instruments because there probably won’t be infrastructure by then.
Extra questions with Carl Dixon
Life without music would be like air; colorless and flavorless.
Favorite movie HELP!
Favorite sport Ice Hockey
Favorite food Fruit
Favorite drink Vodka martini
Favorite saying Let’s go get’em!
Favorite car VW Beetle
Favorite book Lucky Jim by Kingsley Amis
Favorite band So many. Los Lonely Boys from recent groups.
Star Wars or Star Trek: Neither
PC or Mac Don’t know Mac