Check out this interview with Mo Kenney and Em Francis from Autostraddle.
How would you describe your music?
Poppy-folk-rock. Mostly pop/rock I’d say. Sometimes I play acoustic, and sometimes I play with a rock trio. My music is pretty melancholy, not a lot of happy songs. I mostly listen to sad songs; that’s probably why I write a lot of “sad” music.
Which track would you most like Autostraddle readers to hear?
I wrote this song in my room when I was living in my first apartment in Halifax, NS. I was miserable working a couple crappy jobs (dollar store/grocery store), my rent was too expensive and my roommates were not the greatest. I just won a SOCAN Songwriting prize for this song this year. I like looking back on where I was when I wrote it and comparing it to now. Things have done a bit of a 360.
Do you have any pets, and if so can we see a photo?
No pets yet! I had pet goat when I was a kid, and I want another one some day. Her name was Nicky and she followed me everywhere. Get a goat – they’re great pets.
What do you get up to when you’re not making music?
When I’m not making music I am wandering around Halifax with friends, climbing trees or listening to music. Generally one of the three.
What were the first and last records you bought?
First record I bought was an Aqua tape I believe. I used to drive my friends crazy in elementary school asking them to put on Aqua. My friend Melissa had it on a CD of theirs, and I made her play it all the time. I loved that I didn’t have to rewind it and I think I made her listen to one song over and over. The last record I bought was Cat Power’s “Moon Pix.” When I wake up in the morning I put on “Cross Bones Style” from Moon Pix. I have a record player, it’s part of my morning tradition. A couple weeks ago I was listening to Seth Smith’s record “New Problems” every morning.
What was the last book you read?
The last book I read was The Ocean At The End of the Lane by Neil Gaiman. It was really good, I recommend it.
If you could only listen to one album for the rest of your life, what would it be?
If I could only listen to one album for the rest of my life it’d be “Between the Buttons” by The Rolling Stones. I will probably change my mind about that, but it’s true right now. Liz Phair’s “Exile in Guyville” is a close second I think.
Have you ever had to work a terrible job to pursue your music career?
Many! Working at a Sobeys grocery store making pizza was the worst one. Everyone else who worked there seemed completely miserable. All I could think about when I was there was how much I’d rather be playing music.
Do you have any pre-show rituals?
Yep. I drink a ton of water and have to pee every 5 minutes. I also hide from people, because I get weird right before I have to play a show.
When you’re super famous what will be the name of your autobiography?
“Mo Kenney, Mo Problems.”