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Dany Laj & The LooksName: Dany Laj & The Looks

NXNE Shows: The Sister – Saturday, June 15 @ 12 AM and Magpie – Sunday, June 16 @ 8 PM

Hometown: Currently based out of Montreal, QC

Music genre: Rock ‘n Roll/Power Pop

Year it all began: 1989

A quick introduction: Dany Laj & The Looks are always everywhere. They are in your heart and on your mind. They are the band, the minute, the hour. If you like the hooks and harmonies of the 70’s power pop heyday, you will love Dany Laj and The Looks. They are the real deal.

What attracted you to music? I can’t really point out exactly what did. I can at least tell you exactly when I first fell in love with a band though, hopefully that’ll be acceptable. When I was 9 years old my parents were taking us on a family trip. At the time we lived in Kirkland Lake ON. We were heading east on our way to Rouyn-Noranda QC. We had stopped to get gas and my dad came back with a tape he bought while paying for gas. That tape was The Beatles – Rock ‘n Roll Music Vol.1. When I first heard it through the family van’s speakers it instantly changed my life. For the first time ever I fell in love with something other than my immediate family. At first it was early Beatles then it was rock ‘n roll altogether.

What are your sources of inspiration? I get inspired by the whirly world we live in. Everyday life, friendships,relationships, hardships, tall ships. Sometimes it’s a simple as a shower curtain. At times it’s as complex as the human body. Sometimes the hope for world peace inspires me. Other times war inspires me. Hatred inspires me as much as love does. When I was a kid Wayne Gretzky inspired me. When I was a bit older The Jam inspired me. Then Jean Chretien inspired me. The other day a Buck Owens 8-track inspired me. Inspiration is and has been all around me. If I can can keep my mind focused enough I can create just about anything, really.

What would your dream gig be? Singing happy birthday to Marilyn Monroe while getting whipped by Bettie Page.

What are your thoughts about the NXNE platform? I’ve never played the festival. Though we have five shows during the festival this year, so we’ll have plenty of time to reflect on it next year.

Interesting points others don’t know about you? I have two brothers. One of them is a really good guy and the other one is my twin. I do my sideburns with a drywall knife. -Dany