I was saddened to learn of the passing a local Toronto musical legend, Nash the Slash. When I was 12 I biked 10 km in the rain to Square One to buy FM’s Black Noise at Sam the Record Man. When I was 13 years old I hopped on the GO train into Toronto and saw Nash the Slash with FM at the Ontario Place Forum. It was my first concert and it was amazing. My parents were furious when I came home and I was grounded for the rest of the summer. I had seen Nash the Slash perform many times over the years, at the Danforth Music Hall (when it still had seats) performing a live score to The Phantom of the Opera, at the Bloor Cinema, the Opera House but mainly at Stratengers on Queen West doing his multi-media show.
In 2001, I met Nash the Slash at Stratengers and interviewed him for a music website my wife and I ran (pre-kids, of course) called Utter Music. It was around the time he debuted his score for the 1922 film, Nosferatu. The entire (very lengthy) interview was hosted on a fan’s website for years but has since disappeared. This seems like a good time to post it.