In addition to a fantastic new record, Repeat Offender, and a blossoming solo career, Elkas also counts himself as one quarter of Joel Plaskett’s Emergency Band.
Elkas’ third solo album, Repeat Offender follows up his widely acclaimed 2007 album Wall of Fire. Produced by former Thrush Hermit member Ian McGettigan, the record owes an incredible debt to Bruce Springsteen, something he is not shy to admit. Yet for all of the moments you can play “spot the influence” with this record, there is an uncanny originality and warmth to the material that is worthy of repeated listens.
Elkas recently took the time to talk with The MusicNerd Chronicles about his dog-walking business and the incredible opportunity to open for Paul McCartney.
Where do you currently call home?
Roncesvalles Village, Toronto, Ontario
Why do you live where you do?
The killer backyard and proximity to High Park and The Film Buff
What is occupying your time these days?
Three residencies with my band (Tuesdays at Dakota Tavern in Toronto, Wednesdays at Starlight Club in Waterloo, Thursdays at E-Bar in Guelph) and my dog walking business (West End Walks) during the days.
First record purchased and at what age?
I inherited a pretty big record collection early on, but I can remember buying tapes of Sonny Boy Williamson and Howlin’ Wolf at 15.
When did you start to play music?
I was 14 when I started play harmonica with my friend Ben Gunning who had received a guitar for his birthday. I sucked.
What three records could you not live without?
Born To Run, Darkness on the Edge Of Town, and the Guinness World Record for most time spent listening to Bruce Springsteen.
Who or what is getting too much attention these days?
The Bachelor. From me.
Who or what is not getting enough attention these days?
My guitar. From me.
What has been your most memorable show?
Just last week at the Dakota for Repeat Offender Tuesdays part 2 we had a great night with Christine Bougie, Joel Plaskett and Wayne Petti. There was real magic in the air.
A close second: opening for Paul McCartney in Halifax as a part of Joel Plaskett’s Emergency to 50,000 people.
Worst career moment thus far?
Any wasted day spent wallowing in self-pity about a stagnating career rather than writing or playing with the Elkas band.
Most extravagant rider item?
It used to be cigarettes. Now it’s iPads.