From small town to around the world making a living off his music, Buck 65 takes the time to answer a few questions as well as play an in-store at the LGS Toronto. Always a gentleman, we’re sure you’ll become a huge fan too (if you’re not already)!
Name: Rich Terfry a.k.a. Buck 65
Please, tell the Lomography Community a little bit about yourself.
I’m originally from small town Nova Scotia. When I was a kid I was passionate about baseball. Taught myself. Almost made it to the pros. Started working in earnest as a musician when I was around 20 or so. Signed a record deal in 2002. I’ve lost count how many times I’ve been around the world. I’ve lived in Paris, Montreal, New York, London and Toronto.
Where’s home and where did you grow up?
I guess I covered this one in the last question. I live in Toronto now. I grew up in rural Nova Scotia. Lived in Paris for a long time – still kinda think of it as home.
What has a bigger influence on you, the place you were bourn or the place you live in?
The place where I was born has a much bigger influence on me than where I live now. I only ever seem to get perspective and inspiration from a place after I’ve left.
Is the real you at home or on stage, is there a difference?
There’s less and less difference between how I am at home and on stage these days. But I think the real me lives in the privacy of my bedroom.
How does your passion for music influence the way you look at the world and take photos?
When I have music in my ears or in my head (which is all the time), I see the world poetically. Music helps me see beauty in things where otherwise I may never see it.
What was it like shooting with your Lomo LC-A+ and getting back into analogue photography (or discovering analogue for the first time)? Did it change the way you look at situations around you at all?
Shooting analogue forced me to be more thoughtful and look more carefully. I love that. I may never go back to digital.
What was the strangest, funniest, or hands-down greatest photographic/Lomographic encounter that you’ve had so far?
I took my camera to Halifax recently and saw someone sunbathing (almost naked) on some rocks. Spray painted on the rocks was the words “2Pac 4-ever”. I wanted to take a photo so bad, but couldn’t find the right vantage point without scaring off the sunbather. That was a bummer. But I’ll always have that image locked in my mind. It might make its way into a song one day soon!
Digital or Analogue? It’s a bit like saying Mp3 or vinyl , mixer or turntable, what are you thoughts?
I do a lot of work long-distance, so doing things digitally has its advantages. But given the choice, I go analogue 100% of the time. You should see my vinyl collection. Actually, I experimented with taking some photos of my wall of vinyl, but they didn’t work out. I’ll try again though. I think I figured out what I need to do.
How did you spend your Canada Day Long Weekend?
I had a big show with the Tragically Hip on the Friday. The Lomography in-store on Saturday. Then to the Jays game on Sunday. Perfect weekend.
What upcoming projects do you currently have up your sleeve?
I’m finishing up new songs for an EP or two I’ll be putting out in the coming months. I’m also working on two huge top-secret projects. Very exciting ones. I wish I could tell you about them, but I can’t.
Thanks a million!
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