Hamilton musician Daniel Lanois appeared on the incredibly popular podcast WTF with Marc Maron to discuss his life and career with some references to the ambitious city.
Although Lanois was born in Quebec, he moved to Hamilton when he was a child and lived in the Ancaster area.
— marc maron (@marcmaron) January 18, 2021
Lanois made his name as a music producer and worked with artists such as Brian Eno and Bob Dylan. He most notably was the producer for several U2 albums including Joshua Tree, Achtung Baby, and All That You Can’t Leave Behind.
As a singer/songwriter, Lanois studied at Hamilton’s Conservatory of Music and released his first album Acadie in 1989. Some of his songs have been covered by artists such as Willie Nelson, Dave Matthews, and Jerry Garcia Band.
As for mentioning Hamilton on a globally successful podcast, Lanois mentioned that he still passes through the city quite often. But, the real interesting soundbites of the interview showcase Maron’s own apparent dislike for Hamilton.
Maron spent some time in Hamilton filming a movie and talked about how the city is becoming a hub for productions looking for a bit of a tax break.
“I know exactly where Hamilton is,” said Maron. “I spent two weeks in Hamilton and it felt like a lifetime. I was shooting a movie in the wreckage of your fair city. There’s sort of a collapse there that we see in a lot of the industrial American cities.”
Hamilton actually comes up somewhat regularly on the WTF podcast with many of the city’s best creative exports featuring on the show.
Maron was in Hamilton in 2019 for the shooting of the biopic Stardust, about famous singer-songwriter David Bowie. The industrial area of the city definitely left a lasting impression on the podcaster.
Listen to the episode here.