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Music-Rock-Metal-7There’s only one rule to interviewing Kim Mitchell: Don’t ask him about his hair. “The first thing that comes out of 90 per cent of people’s mouths is ‘what happened to your hair?’ says Mitchell. “Probably the same thing that happened to your fuckin’ manners and social skills.”

The legendary Canadian rocker doesn’t wear an OPP hat anymore, eschews titles like heritage artist and prefers to steer clear of gauging the road he rolls on by staring in the rearview. Things have changed since his days as the lead man for Max Webster, and Mitchell couldn’t be more content.

Unlike many of his peers in Canada and south of the 49th parallel, Mitchell has managed to press eight studio albums without writing a record that could be sold on the shelf at Starbucks beside the newest Kenny G single.

“I kind of smirk and laugh when I hear lifestyle albums,” he says. “These albums cater to a target audience. Even if I did a laid back album, I certainly wouldn’t have coffee in mind.”

Mitchell has managed to hold on to his retro roots and steadily evolve without the hair plugs, new-age tie-died t-shirts or rocker-fitted Crox shoes. But the 56-year-old has watched the rock world change over his three-and-a-half decades in the game.

“There used to be a hundred bands selling a million records and now there’s a million bands selling a hundred records,” he reflects. “I get bothered by people who say, ‘what should I do to make it in the music business?’ Well, you shouldn’t fuckin’ do anything to make it. What you should do is play music, and enjoy it.”

Having watched the industry transform from pushing vinyl to A-track to cassette to CD to MP3, Mitchell has some advice for young musicians: “Stop looking at the music business as a way to sell records. Today’s musicians have to work at making good music and honing their skills,” he says, “while expecting nothing in return.”

From his post inside the Q107 studio at Younge and Dundas in the heart of downtown Toronto, Mitchell has watched many things change and, as they say, others stay the same.

“It’s only happened a couple times, but the last time was funny…because her boyfriend was coaxing her to do it,” he laughs, reminiscing about being flashed while hosting the Kim Mitchell Show. “Alcohol and cocaine makes people do stupid things.”

Remi L. Roy

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