LÝzninger of LÝzninger
Name: Benjamin LÝzninger
Band: LÝzninger, Elektrisk GÝnner
QRD – How old were you when you first realized you wanted to be a professional musician?
Benjamin – I never really wanted to be a “professional musician,” but it’s always been the most important in my life as a kid apart from “drawing.” Little by little I decided to create my own songs. Music is more of a contemporary art media. Photography, graphic design, video, & music processes are linked in my mind.
QRD – What are a few highlights of your musical career?
Benjamin – Singing Beatles’ songs to my daughter when she was still in her mother’s belly. My first CD trilogy. The very first solo show in Toronto in front of 6 people. Playing the first time at Primavera Sound Festival in Barcelona at 4 AM in front of 3000 drunk people. Meeting Vic Chesnutt & Daniel Johnston.
QRD – At what age did you decide you wanted to become a father?
Benjamin – Not sure I really “decided” it, but I accepted “the idea I could be a father” around my 30th year. & I never regretted it once.
QRD – What are some positive & negative impacts your family has had on your career?
Benjamin – The most important thing is to leave on tour. It’s both good & bad. Good because it’s great to realize how much you miss the people you love. & bad because sometimes you miss them too much.
QRD – Have your children effected the music you make &/or listen to?
Benjamin – She’s linked to the project
coz I started this solo project because of her.
QRD – Have you had problems with the lack of steady money from a musical career providing the security you feel necessary in your household?
Benjamin – Well, it’s still quite complicated for now.… Any rich patron around?
QRD – Given the limitations having a family has on being a touring musician, would you have toured more earlier in life if you’d known?
Benjamin – I think so, but in a way, there’s nothing to regret. I guess I wasn’t ready before... & I still manage quite well.
QRD – Do you think being a father or a musician has a greater impact on your community?
Benjamin – I really don’t know. I hope so.… Ask the community!
QRD – Would you rather see your daughter eventually become musicians or parents?
Benjamin – I just want her to be happy & find her own way.
QRD – Both family & music seem like things that will take up as much of your time as you’re willing to put in. How do you end up dividing your time?
Benjamin – It’s a secret & mysterious alchemy…. I keep my tips for myself :)
QRD – What does your daughter think of your music?
Benjamin – Mmmh it depends! She can immediately recognize my music, but she’s sometimes more into the music of some other bands I was touring with. I guess my music equals “great & boring feelings” for her, like = pride, happiness but also sadness, absence.…
QRD – Do you think you could ever do a musical project with your daughter?
Benjamin – She already sang on a couple of songs & I’m often using some samples of her voice. She also appears in one of my videos = http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NycNWSYpw2Q
QRD – Any words of advice to young people?
Benjamin – + + + Stay young forever + + +
QRD – 2015 update - any new insight from five more years of fatherhood?