MUSIC EMISSIONS – 10 QUESTIONS FOR #NXNE13 ARTISTS:
1. Toronto is a city where there’s always a lot going on when it comes to live music. Why should folks come out to see you at NXNE? What makes you stand out?(And if you’ve played Toronto before, what’s your favourite venue and why?)
We put every effort into making the show sound as good as humanly possible. I know that sounds trite, but I feel like a lot of bands just assume they can play their reorded material well. We do not assume that. The live performance of the songs is another aspect of the craft and we are working on it constantly. Making discoveries every show. I love the shows we are playing lately….they are some of my favourites.
Here’s the math: Nice, somewhat beareded men + sweat + reverb + hits from the catalogue= win for you.
I’ve always loved our shows at the Horseshoe. Hands down it’s always sweaty and fun.
2. NXNE is all about music discovery – Apart from yourself(ves), who’s the ONE ACT you would most recommend people check out at NXNE?
There is this young band from Halifax which I think are really interesting. They are called Walrus. It’s shoe-gazey, it’s 80s, it’s post punk, it’s wonderful.
3. Come September, what’s the coolest thing you hope to say you did “on your summer vacation?”
Swim in the ocean here in NS. It’s literally freezing.
4. We all know there will eventually be a zombie apocalypse – If you only had enough battery life left on your music player to enjoy ONE album in full before your brains get eaten, what would it be?
I’d listen to one of those seminal mix CDs I made for myself that are buried in my closet. Nostalgia 2001. Nostlagia is where I would head before death by Zombie.
5. If you could play any festival in the world the rest of this year, which would it be and why?
I love the Great Escape festival in Brighton UK. Great bands, amazing sea side city, greggs sausage rolls, boardwalks, and great coffee (try CoHo coffee if you go).
6. Who in music has impressed you the most so far in 2013, and who do you feel still has something up their sleeve?
Shout Out Louds – Optica. Fave record of the year so far. Ooh, also really got into the new Hannah Georgas record after seeing her in Texas.
A lot of the bands I follow have all released records so I am looking forward to discovering the next record that blows me away. Last one was Lord Huron “Lonesome Dream” in 2012.
7. Let’s say you had access to a WABAC machine like Sherman and Mr. Peabody did in the old Rocky & Bullwinkle cartoons; who’s the one person, band or event you wish you could go back in time to experience?
I have never met my grandfathers. That would be amazing.
8. If you had an unlimited marketing budget, what would be your ideal “piece of swag?”
A working van with Air Conditioning. Shooting for the stars here. Ha. That, and a gold chain with unicorn tears in a tiny bottle.
9. Please give me at least one pro and con as it relates to music and social media.
Pro. Know everything, all the time, instantly.
Con. Know everything, all the time, instantly.
10. Finally, let’s end on a positive note by you telling me the BEST thing about being an indie artist, and why fans should be hopeful for the future.
The best thing about being independent is that you don’t really have to answer to anyone. You can create content that you feel passionate about and then share it. That’s very rewarding.