William Singer III Standoff, Alberta
Published Mar 01, 2001Who are you? Running Coyote (aka, William Singer III).
What are you up to? 5' 11" and holding steady.
Hometown and current HQ: Blood Indian Reserve, Alberta.
Current fixations: Johnny Cash, American Recordings III, Solitary Man. Reading text books and a good cup of coffee.
Mind altering work of art (not your own): A painting by the First Nations Artist, Daphne Odjig, entitled, "The Indian in Transition" A powerful piece of work.
Most memorable/inspirational gig and why? My group, the Stone Age Romeos, were on a bill with Chixdiggit during a music fest on the Blood Reserve in 1994. We preceeded Chixdiggit and midway through our set (aside from the booing and guffaws) we had to replace one of our vocalists, the rhythm section had a bit too much to drink and were in essence burnt out, a string broke on my bass and then my strap snapped, so ended up sitting on the floor of the stage for the remainder of the set. The Stone Age were backing up another artist that was headlining. No one seemed to want to part with an extra string, so KJ, from Chixdiggit comes out of the darkness with an E string. KJ saved my hide that night. We dedicated Redd Kross' "Jimmy's Fantasy" for the guys. Even though I'm the only one left in the group, that kind of help is encouragement enough for me to keep it alive. Also, I never get tired of seeing Huevos' play live.
What should everyone shut up about? There is no reality.
Your greatest strength and weakness: Trying to maintain a vision I have set for myself and not go insane over it.
Your vital daily ritual: Coffee and music.
Guilty pleasure: Sleep.
If I wasn't playing music I would be: Painting or try to finish school.
Your most memorable day job: A video camera man. I was on a 3 man crew and we were on the road constantly. Just like a band!
Best/worst advice received: Worst: don't worry it'll go away. Best: Whatever you do, do it and don't quit, ever. Or ,"there is no such thing as good music or bad music."
I would drop everything to play a benefit for: Family and Communtiy Support Services. It's on the reserve, its for the people by the people and gets handicapped persons employed. my brother works there.
What makes you want to take it off and get it on? Hard drivin' music.
What personal trait would make you kick someone out of your band? And have you?
Too much alcohol and not pulling your weight.
When I think of Canada I think: "The Redmen".
Music and sex: Is there a difference? Why? Yes, it takes a lot of work, but you have to be good.
Strangest brush with celebrity: Country Dick Montana sitting on my table and smoking a joint and singing "Too Far Gone". (The Republic, in Calgary, Ab. 1994. The last time I saw him alive.)
What does your mom wish you were doing instead? Doing what I do best and being happy and not get up on the wrong side of the bed.