with Musician Dad Khristian Weeks
QRD – How old were you when you first realized you wanted to be a professional musician?
Khristian – 12 years old - 7th grade.
QRD – What are a few highlights of your musical career?
Khristian – Playing in rock bands in high school, traveling around Europe playing free jazz, playing professionally with old-timers as a teenager.
QRD – At what age did you decide you wanted to become a father?
Khristian – 33 years old.
QRD – Has your daughter effected the music you make &/or listen to?
Khristian – I guess in the sense that I made it a priority to expose her to a great variety of music, some of which I only discovered for myself as I was looking for something for us to listen to. Re: what I make, I think I’ve been fascinated & influenced by children for a very long time & so my own child continues this. & then there’s the collaborations, in which she plays a direct part in the creation of work.
QRD – Have you had problems with the lack of steady money from a musical career providing the security you feel necessary in your household?
Khristian – Yes, of course - yet I haven’t made any money to speak of as a musician/artist in the past couple of decades, really. When I played jazz in the mid 80s I made a living, but I quickly lost interest in playing/creating this kind of music & it’s just gone down hill from there.
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?
Khristian – Perhaps - but this falls under the category of “any regrets?” I can’t seem to “believe” in regret - all is as it is, which is as it’s supposed to be.
QRD – Do you think being a father & a musician has an impact on your community?
Khristian – I don’t know.
QRD – Would you rather see your child eventually become a musician or parent?
Khristian – Really? Perhaps neither - I hope to be open & accepting of whatever comes.
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?
Khristian – As many things are, it’s complex. & often frustrating.
QRD – What does your daughter think of your music?
Khristian – I just asked her & she says, “It’s good.”
QRD – Do you think you could ever do a musical project with your child?
Khristian – Hear attached mp3. She was almost 4 years old when we made this.
QRD – Any words of advice to young people?
Khristian – In the so-called western philosophical tradition(s) they say “know thyself,” in the so-called eastern traditions it’s called paying attention, mindfulness. What else could we want for people than well-being?