I'm interviewing my band to find out their early musical influences. Then, when you come to a show you can look for strains of that early musical DNA peaking out. This first one is with our drummer extroidinaire and dear friend, Daren Hahn:
John Common: What artists did you listen to as a child -- i.e. the music that other people chose for you because you were so young?
Daren Hahn: The Eagles. Stevie Wonder. The Doobie Brothers. Willie Nelson.
JC: What were the first batch of artists you listened to when you started choosing your own music -- and how old were you?
DH: In my early teen days, punk became my music of choice... Minor Threat.Descendants. Bad Religion. D.R.I. The Clash.
JC: What about the second batch -- round two?
DH: Then it got awesome. Rush. Yes. Queen. The Police. Jimi Hendrix. Blended
with a little bit of hair metal... Winger and the likes. Man, I really was
JC: How about now? What's killing you lately?
DH: From ye olde days, I still love my old punk rock and, of course, Stevie
Wonder. I love hip hop- Stones Throw Records stuff. De La Soul. Tribe Called
Quest. Slum Village. Hieroglyphics. Public Enemy. The Roots. Etc.
Old funk/soul- James Brown. Ray Charles. Al Green.
Newer funk/soul- Meshell Ndegeocello. Jamie Lidell. Van Hunt. D'Angelo.
Great songwriters- Gillian Welch. Ray LaMontagne. Willie Nelson. Devendra
Banhart. My young, gay friend John Common.
John Common and Blinding Flashes of Light at Red Rocks.
CAN YOU HEAR ME
by John Common and Blinding Flashes of Light. Directed by David Dyster/Umbrella Brigade.