Gary Numan, new-wave singer and composer:
Xpress:If you could collaborate with any other Mountain Oasis artist, who would it be and why?
Gary Numan: Trent Reznor [of Nine Inch Nails]. I'm a big fan of what he does. We've talked about working on something together a number of times in the past but it's never happened. I've now moved from the U.K. to Los Angeles and don't live too far away from Trent, so maybe it's something that has a better chance of coming together now.
It's almost Halloween — do you have a costume planned? I have a house that looks very much like a small Disney castle, so I intend to open that up for the kids in our area. A costume will be necessary, but I'm not sure what to go for yet. I think a vampire will probably work best. I've got smoke machines and all kinds of stuff set up. Creatures rising out of coffins, zombies and a vast pile of candy. We don't really do Halloween [in the U.K.], so I'm really looking forward to it.
What song are you most excited about performing live? All the things from the new Splinter album. It's always a mixture of exciting and vaguely terrifying to be playing new songs, but a lot of the new stuff is big and powerful so it's fun to play live.
Gary Numan performs Saturday, 8:15 p.m. at the ExploreAsheville.com arena. More info here.
Photo by Keith Martin