the rad DADS show
There are some exceptional dads out there. Here we will be featuring some of those dads that inspire us in some way and their perspective on parenting, fatherhood and whatever else comes up.
Graeme Bell is a former Edmonton Eskimo, 2013 Grey Cup winner with the Saskatchewan Roughriders, brain injury survivor and a rad dad that approaches life like he did on the football field - setting goals and working daily to achieve them. We hope you enjoy our talk about embracing what you have in your life, encouraging creativity in our kids and being a leader at home and in the community.
FAt Dave Johnston
Fat Dave Johnston is a rockabilly, rad dad that kicks ass on the guitar. We sit down with him to discuss teaching your child how to think, his new project The Confusionaires and what it was like to hangout with Reverend Horton Heat.
Thinkitem is a local Edmonton artist and CEO of Taco Skate Co. We sit down with him to discuss his two kids, his upbringing and teaching our kids how to use social media among other things.
MARC "MUC" BELKE
Marc Belke is probably best know for being a founding member of the legendary punk band SNFU. Marc is a proud father of one to his son Gus. We got to chat with Marc about becoming a father later in life, making new music and of course the Oilers.
Rad Dads recently "sat down" with Jeremy Hiebert, guitarist of arguably one of the best hardcore bands in the game today, Comeback Kid. If you haven't heard these guys check out their new album Outsider on New Damage Records. Jeremy graciously provided his time and was willing to answer a few of our questions on his experience of being a father to his son Jack. We hope you enjoy the read. (Photo Credit: Alexey Makhov)
RD: Give a brief bio of yourself…what do you do for a living, when not parenting how do you spend your time – hobbies, etc., name and age of your son...
JH: I am 41 years old, I am one of the lucky few who makes part of my living from playing music, I have one child, Jack, who is going to be turning 2 on December 31. Outside of music and hanging out with my kid I don't really do too much. I used to do a lot of long distance running and really should be getting back into that. Should probably just drop the money and sign up for a marathon so I have to get my butt back into shape.
RD: What are the most rewarding aspects of being a father?
I think the biggest reward is just that send of love that I can feel from him. If you put that time and effort into making sure his needs are taken care of and just spend that all important time with them whether it's playing, helping them figure out whatever it is they are trying to figure out etc, they have their ways of showing how much it meant to them and that can be so rewarding
RD: In what ways has fatherhood changed you?
JH: It has changed me in that the things things that seemed also important in my life have somewhat taken a back seat. Whether it from financial angle, time management angle, it has all changed That may sound like things have changed for the worse but really it has just made me a more conscious empathetic person I believe.
RD: Do you consider yourself a “rad dad”? Why or why not.
JH: Ha! I'm not sure that I would call myself a rad dad. That is something you may have to ask my some one day. I'll let him be the judge of that.
RD: Being a vegan yourself, how important is it for you to have your child raised on a plant-based vegan diet?
JH: This is quite important to me. I know someday I and my partner no longer be 100% in charge of what he eats and he will be free to choose as he wishes but I want to do my absolute best to have that be based on a plethora of information. For the time being though I just want to be a part of him enjoying as many different types of foods and make it fun, not boring
RD: Did you have any fears about becoming a father? If so, what are/were they?
JH: As someone with some self doubt struggles I did have some small fears of what i could maybe do wrong or what I could possible get wrong when the generational rear view mirrors come into effect but I try not to let this get in my way too much. Worrying about things too much can lead to too much wasted time not to mention the additional unnecessary anxiety it can bring.
RD: How do you deal with being away from your child when on the road with CBK?
JH: There's no way around it. It's tough. Saying goodbye before leaving for several weeks is not easy. I know it's easy to explain that I am simply a parent that has to leave home and travel for work but that does not make the time apart easier. I just hope as he gets older he can join us here and there for different jaunts with his dad
RD: Do you have any fatherly role-models that have influenced you or you look up to?
JH: From a distance perhaps Ken from Dropkick. I love the fact that he makes an effort to bring his family out for legs of tours. It certainly helps to make the money the make for sure but I just love seeing families on the road together when it is doable
RD: Describe the relationship with your father. Was he always supportive of you persuing your music?
JH: Hmmm this is an interesting question. My family is quite musical but an important component for them is missing with what I do. I was raised in a strict Christian home and no longer follow that which definitely has disappointed them. I think they are happy that I am following my dream of playing music but just wish I was doing something different and closer to what I was raised on
RD: What are some of the traits you think make one a “rad dad”?
JH: I think with all the bullshit that exists in this world, just making you kid(s) your everything makes you rad. There are distractions in this life, there are temptations that can pull you away but overcoming those and making your family first is what matters and I guess it worthy of being a rad dad along with the rad moms out there
RD: Any fatherly words of wisdom to the “rad dads” or any new dads out there reading this?
JH: Family first. That doesn't mean that your life is over but it does mean that you have to be willing to adapt to the new reality of being a part of raising this child. It's not always easier but it is so rewarding to put that time and effort in.
RD: Hawerchuk or Selanne?
JH: Very tough to answer that one. Hawerchuk was that leader that we had throughout the 80s and he put up some impressive numbers here and then Selanne just came out of the gate firing pucks in the net like a rookie had never done before but didn't end up spending too much time here which was really the heartbreaker. God damn. I feel like I could say Hawerchuk one week and then Selanne the next. They both always came across as classy individuals. Fuck it. Tie, no shootout
ray "bottlerocket" carlisle
Ray Carlisle plays guitar and sings for the band Teenage Bottlerocket, one of Rad Dads favourite punk bands. Ray is a father of one, to his son Milo, and according to Ray they "do rad shit together". Rad Dads recently talked to Ray about being a role-model, being there for your kids and what it's like to tour in a punk band and be a father.