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We capture a mental fingerprint of some of our musical and cultural heroes and preserve it in cyber-amber for the wonderment of future generations. This is the Insomniac Questionnaire; meet the Magician.



What was your favorite toy as a child, and when and why did you stop playing with it?
I received a turntable at the age of 10. I still have it and still play with it.

What is the best advice you’ve ever received? Did you take it?
To trust myself. I have taken it.

What part of your day do you look forward to most?
The morning. I like to see the sunrise with a cappuccino.

What’s the best time you’ve ever had without spending money?
Make love with my girlfriend.

What is your most treasured possession?
My daughter.

What is your favorite word?

Do you owe an apology to anyone?
Yes, some people. Please accept my apologies, guys…

When was the last time you were really scared?
Last October on a flight from Austin to Denver, when we took off in a huge storm—but nothing happened in the end!

What is the last thing you googled?

What’s the last sound you would want to hear before you die?
Sebastien Tellier “La Ritournelle”

Do you have any recurring dreams or nightmares? If not, what’s the last dream you remember having?|
I don’t have recurring dreams. Last dream I remember, there was a pink pig in my apartment jumping on the sofa. He just wanted to lick my face and play with me.

How do you measure success?
I am successful when I feel satisfied by the results of my work.

If you could have one magical/superpower, what would you want, and why?
That would be teleportation. Imagine the time won!

Have you ever had a brush with the paranormal or supernatural?
I’m having a supernatural moment right now…

What do you remember about your first kiss?
I remember it was in woods near a small lake… I was 8.

What four words best describe you?
Emotional. Anxious. Impatient. Generous.

What’s the last impulsive thing you did?
I said “shut up” to a cop who asked me to park my car somewhere else.

Do you have a pet? Tell us a story about it/him/her. If not, what is your ideal pet, and what would you want it to do in an ideal world?
I used to have a Siamese cat. I would love to have a cat again—the same race, because they are so adorable. I love Dalmatian dogs, but I live in an apartment and travel a lot, so it’s not very ideal.

What is your strongest (or best) personality trait?
Being generous with my family.

Do you believe in any conspiracy theories or urban legends?
Yes, more and more.

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