Bill, otherwise known as ‘Blinky Bill’ or ‘Doctor Boom’ is a part of the group Just A Band as a producer and songwriter. He has also just started scoring for film and documentaries and you can hear some of his creations on the new Juliani documentary ‘Connections’. Just A Band’s new record is slated to be released in Sept.
We had a few questions for him and this is what he had to say.
1. What was your first phone?
Motorola Talkabout, my cousins used to laugh at it because it didn’t have its back cover and it looked like it uses triple A batteries.
2. What do you prefer? Facebook or Twitter?
I like twitter much more than I did when I first got on it. The speed with which you get news and other info is incredible. Plus it makes it easier to meet like minded people who you might not have met via FaceBook.
3. Where do you see yourself in 5 years?
I would love to start a farm. Totally different venture from what I’m currently doing :-).
4. Any question for us? We’ll publish our answer as well
Why did the idea to get Kenyans a national dress fail?
The approach to the concept was top-down, through official Government channels (read Alfred Mutua). That has a way of stifling creativity.
5. What would you do if you were president for a day?
Get the Minister of Transport to find a way (see what I did there) to sort out the mess that we have now. We need a subway system so badly!
Plus a Dj/Lights party at State House is not something we might ever see, so I’d have to have one.
6. What’s your favorite book & movie?
Book: Outliers-Malcolm Gladwell
Movie: Loved the Lord of the Rings trilogy(just watched it recently)
7. Who/What inspired you to do what you do now?
My mom used to have a guitar in the house that she’d play gospel tunes on. I appropriated it when I finished high school, then when I started learning chords proper, the person who lent it to her came back for it. O.O I got another guitar much later on.
8. If you were to change jobs, what profession would you get into? Why?
A pilot. It’s a fascinating world that one. ‘What does this button do?’
9. If you had a superpower, what would it be?
Invisibility (inspired by ‘My Favorite Martian‘)
10. If you were deserted on an abandoned island what 5 things would you want to have?
• A guitar
• cooking oil/salt.
• My computer and a steady internet connection(hehe!)
• A fine mamacita.
11. If you were a car, what car would you like to be? Why?
The Landover Defender. Because it’s understated yet powerful.. It has nothing to prove so the design hasn’t changed much over the years.
Special shoutout to the VW bus, simply because the hippie in me loves it.
12. If you could be in any band in the world, which one would you like to be in? Why?
The Wailers. Simply because they played good music and it seems like they were a fun outfit.
13. Share something interesting about yourself with our readers.
Can’t remember the last time I combed my hair.