Popular actor Keanu Reeves recently spoke about his early musical upbringing. He also revealed the bands that had left a mark on him, and the first bass he purchased for himself.
In addition to filming blockbusters and being a ridiculously wholesome human being overall, the “John Wick” star is also a profound music-lover.
Keanu decided to revive his ’90s rock band Dogstar, which will release “Somewhere Between The Power Lines And Palm Trees”, its first album in two decades, this fall.
Keanu Reeves talks about his musical journey
Speaking to Alison Hagendorf in a recent interview alongside his bandmates Robert Mailhouse (drums) and Bret Domrose (lead guitar), the beloved Hollywood star reflected on how he got interested in music in the first place (transcribed by Ultimate Guitar):
“I grew up in a household of music. My mom, at the time, was a costume designer for Dolly Parton, and Emmylou Harris. She had a friendship with producers Brian Ahern and Bob Ezrin. I just remember playing her LPs, it’s like Boz Scaggs, Randy Newman, and all of the ’70s records.”
“I had a record player pretty young. So of course, [I listened to] The Beatles’ ‘Revolver’, ‘Abbey Road’. I always listened to the basslines. I had a girlfriend at the time, who had kind of changed my life musically. So she introduced me to Joy Division, and I’d heard the Ramones… But it was Joy Division and New Order…”
He reflected on how this led to the acquisition of his first bass, Keanu said:
“I went to the Guitar Center on Sunset Boulevard when I was 22 years old, and I got an Ibanez white bass with a rosewood neck and I took it home. I just wanted to learn how to play and I’ve done the same thing with riding motorcycles. I’d always wanted to ride motorcycles. I had no idea [how to play], but I wanted to learn how to play bass.”
“Somewhere Between The Power Lines And Palm Trees” will be out this October 6 via the group’s label Dillon Street Records.