5 Questions: Michael Blair

Portrait by Cato Lein, Stockholm

Michael Blair
Percussionist/drummer, producer/writer, teacher/event presenter:

Lou Reed, Elvis Costello, Allen Ginsberg, Tom Waits, Suzanne Vega, John Zorn, Marc Ribot, Stein Torleif Bjella, The Replacements, Violent Femmes, Bruce Cockburn, Victoria Williams, Soul Asylum, Damon Albarn, David Coulter, Anne Sofie von Otter, Ed Harcourt, Mark Panick, Nicholas Tremulis, Joe Henry, Hugh Laurie, Hal Willner, Shawn Colvin, Ryan Adams, Holsapple/Stamey, Dagmar Krause, Seigen Ono, Leather Nun, Avatarium, Candlemass, Weeping Willows, The Creeps, The Rasmus, Gavin Friday, conferences South by Southwest, Midem, Live at Heart, …….

Live with Lou Reed

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1.What’s been keeping you up at night?


2. What’s the coolest thing you’ve seen or heard lately?

Lena’s laugh. She’s my wife/partner and recently officially “retired.” She’s very happy.

3. What’s the most exciting thing you’re working on right now?

A new international music biz hub based in Stockholm, consulting for music cities report company Sound Diplomacy and event management platform Jetty, giving three songwriting/collaboration workshops this summer, and playing on recordings by artists from the UK, Italy, and Norway.

With director Wim Wenders and Lena during the shooting of “Far Away, So Close”, Berlin

4. If you could add anyone, alive or dead to your team, who would it be?

My dad, Lee Blair (1930-1968).

5. When the movie of your life is made, what will it be called?

“Dr. Yes”