I was on the phone with Kirk Bennett, Canadian Musician
How did you start in Music?
As a teenager I began playing Rock, Blues, and RnB, I was listening to things like Pink Floyd, Alvin Lee, Joh Lee Hooker and RnB music from places like Windsor, Ontraio and Detroit, USA. The first large concert I ever saw was Emerson, Lake and Palmer in Montreal. The opening act was Humble Pie – both bands were from England. The experience influenced me I decided I wanted to become a musician.
Who supported you?
I worked for my instruments – my parents owned a small business……………….
What makes you happy?
Well, if we’re talking music, I like most styles………………………………….
How many types of instrument you can play?
I’ve never counted but I’d say about a dozen.
What are your hobbies?
I’m a Cinematographer/Film-maker so I like to keep busy and fill my time with activities that give my life some balance. Mainly music and photography but I have a number of things that fill my time. I like to work with my hands – I hold a trade as a cabinetmaker (fine woodworker) and have worked in many types of material such as plastics, steel, paper, and so on. I like spending time with people who are creative. And I like to cycle, play with remote control electric quadracopters, play frisbee, and I used to make & throw boomerangs.
Do you sing for free or you charge?
I only perform for money ever since I was making my living doing it in the 1970s. It a professional thing with me. I have played benefits for free and I think every entertainer should play at least a couple of benefits per year
What kind of songs you sing?
Specifically I like to perform folk, blues, rock, progressive rock, electronic experimental music and popular music. These styles are also broken down into other sub-categories but I won’t go too far into that right now. I play guitars (acoustic 6/12 string, and electric 6/7 string), electric bass 4/5 string fretless and fretted, synthesizers, ocarina, harmonicas, assorted percussion instruments, and
I also play many world-styles from many countries around the world such as the didgeri-doo, and darbuka. I also play congas and tabla
Where do you live?
How many countries you visited?
Two – USA, and England.