Q&A with – Paolo Brian!

Paolo Brian’s latest album release, “Tunnel Vision” is an exploration of identity via memory, longing and transition. Its sound blends classic bands like the Beach Boys and the Zombies with the modern influences of Ben Folds and Andy Shauf. We recently caught up with Brian on all things “Tunnel Vision”:

 1) Q: Tell us about a song on your album that is meaningful to you.

A: The song “Amnesia” was inspired by a newscast highlighting the struggle of a man with a rare brain disorder which would not allow him to be exposed to sunlight. He needed to travel out of the country to receive expensive surgery and he and his wife were willing to give everything up to do it. It is a song about remembering and fighting for who you really are despite life’s inevitable challenges.

2) Q: Does your album have a theme?

A: “Tunnel Vision” deals with gaining perspective on a nebulous future and learning from the past. The title song “Tunnel Vision” asks “will the sun ever rise?” while the closing track “Colourblind” answers with “open your eyes” and have faith. The artwork also has a winter theme which ties in with the uncertainty in the songs.

3) Q: Did anything surprising happen while you were recording this album?

 A: Though I had previously recorded demos for all the songs at home, I was surprised at how much energy, layering, and texture we were able to add in the studio. For example, in certain sections the same vocal part was dubbed four times over and then combined with four part harmonies!

4) Q: Rave about someone that participated in this project.

 A: Mike Southworth (drummer, engineer and mixer) added so much life and energy to the tracks with his drumming and mixing. He was able to transform my initial demos into polished and professional tracks without taking away their initial essence. Apart from the music, Mike is a pleasure to work with and a great friend.

 5) Q: Name a BC artist that’s had an influence on your music.

A: BC artist “Said the Whale” have influenced me greatly. I love the “Little Mountain” album and watching all the videos they made for those songs.

Music: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL4sOtOFb4ESaIYJy8ppV0dLcVpqAezOcK

FOLLOW Paolo Brian

Website: https://paolobrian.ca/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/paolobrianmusic/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/PaoloBrian

Bandcamp: https://paolobrian.bandcamp.com/

 

 

Get to know Nice Horse!

Born and raised on the Alberta prairies, Nice Horse, made up of Kaley Debra, Katie Marie, Brandi Caroline and Krista Lee are ready to unleash a jacked-up, bush-partying bolt of energy on the country music scene. Check out our Q&A with these longtime friends and musical allies:

1) Q: Is there a song on your album that is meaningful to you?

A: We all have a soft spot for the song “Hold Your Horses” – it’s one of the first songs the four of us ever wrote together as a band.

 2) Q: Does your album have a theme?

A: Are horse puns a theme? If so – yes, our album has a theme!

 3) Q: Did anything surprising happen while you were recording this album?

A: It turns out Bob Rock is an excellent shaker player, and he likes to track the shaker parts himself on all the records he produces. Who knew?

 4) Q: Rave about someone that participated in this project.

A: Adam Greenholtz is truly one of the best engineers out there – there’s really nothing the man can’t do. Vocal harmonies need tweaking? Adam’s your guy. Drums out of tune? Don’t worry, he’ll fix that – and he’s got perfect pitch. Want a fiddle on your record? Oh, he just happens to have one here – and he’ll play it for you. We wish we could take him everywhere we go!

 5) Q: What is your favourite BC venue or town to play in?

A: We recently played the Charles Bailey Theatre in Trail, BC, and we had a blast! We can’t wait to go back.

Music: https://open.spotify.com/album/5TKm7JE73jOQHgdjCUQpYC

 FOLLOW Nice Horse

Website: http://www.nicehorsemusic.com/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/nicehorsemusic

Twitter: www.twitter.com/nicehorsemusic

Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/album/5TKm7JE73jOQHgdjCUQpYC

Cayla Brooke – Q&A With Jazz-Rock Artist With Vocals That Cure Your Soul!

From the original artwork on the cover by world renown artist James Picard, to “Fool” a duet with Emmy Nominated John Lee Sanders, or the ballad “You Didn’t Break Me” with Shari Ulrich, Plush Red Chair by Cayla Brooke is a debut album to be savored! We recently had the opportunity to get the inside scoop about the album release from the BC Music Fund Sound Recording Program recipient herself:

1) Q: Is there a song on your album that is meaningful to you?

A: Each song is like a child to me. But if I were to choose one song it would be “You Didn’t Break Me”. When we wrote it we knew we had something special. I cried. Bill Sample (co-writer) shook. There is something very powerful and special about that song.

2) Q: Does your album have a theme?

A: Yes! And completely by accident. When it comes down to it, Plush Red Chair is about accepting yourself as you are and where you are right at this moment in your life. No matter your age or what you look like. It’s about the indelible nature of the human spirit and that unless you’re boots up, it ain’t over! We all have something to give.

 3) Q: Did anything surprising happen while you were recording this album?

A: Yes! One thing I’ve learned during this entire process is if you don’t ask, you don’t get. If someone had told me James Picard would do the artwork for my CD cover I would have laughed them out of the room. But I asked and he said yes. You could have pushed me over with a feather. But am I ever glad I asked!

 4) Q: Rave about someone that participated in this project.

A: It’s difficult to choose. I was surrounded by the best. The team of Bill Sample (Producer) and Miles Foxx Hill (Engineer) they were superb. The musicality of Bill is amazing, and Miles is a dream to work with. I was a very lucky girl indeed.

5) Q: Tell us about another BC album that we should listen to.

A: If you haven’t heard Bill Sample’s “Small”, you should. It is wonderful.

Music: https://www.caylabrooke.com/music

FOLLOW Cayla Brooke

Website: https://www.caylabrooke.com/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/caylabrooke

Twitter: https://twitter.com/@brookecayla

iTunes: https://www.instagram.com/officialcaylabrooke/

Q&A with – Clay Ravens!

Creative BC is proud to support Clay Ravens as part of the BC Music Fund’s Sound Recording Program and recently had the opportunity to catch up with the band!

1) Q: Is there a song on your album that is meaningful to you?

A: The song Draft Dodger was inspired by the number of Americans talking about fleeing to Canada because of the current political situation. The song tells a story that reflects on our personal experiences growing up with Draft Dodgers, and the universal difficulties of dealing with a loss of home, through the eyes of an American Draft Dodger during the Vietnam War.

 2) Q: Does your album have a theme?

A: The album in entitled All In which speaks to our efforts to put everything into our music. The songs themselves reflect on associated themes. The song Grown Ass Man speaks to the idea of sticking by your friends through thick and thin; the song All In is about going for everything you believe in regardless of the consequences; the song Railtie speaks about living life to the fullest through difficult circumstances.

 3) Q: Is there someone you want to rave about that you worked with on the album?

A: Paul Boechler was so amazing to work with. He is a wizard in the studio and his ability to push us to get the best possible performance while keeping the environment relaxed was fantastic.

4) Q: What is your favourite BC venue or town to play in?

A: The iconic Commodore Ballroom is our favorite BC venue. Clay Ravens have not had a chance to play there yet but we have seen countless shows there and it is on our bucket list.

 5) Q: Have you ever written a song inspired by a place in BC?

A: Three of our band members are from Saltspring Island BC and the island has influenced every song we have ever written.

 Music: https://open.spotify.com/artist/6NjtO9ifXB3NnNA0CtPoGO

FOLLOW Clay Ravens

Website: http://www.clayravens.com/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ClayRavens/

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/clayravens/

iTunes: https://itunes.apple.com/ca/artist/clay-ravens/id1011619419

 

Peach Pyramid – Repeating Myself

Peach Pyramid is the brimming honesty and personal experience of one Jen Severtson. An internalized cry pulled to the surface; transformed and juxtaposed by way of graceful melodies and swirling guitars. Supported by a rotating collective of musicians and close friends, Peach Pyramid sonically exhales Jen’s intimate narrative.

Peach Pyramid’s recently released lyric video for “Trying” has been praised by music critics across the country. The video is a combination of footage from Jen’s life and her interactions with friends and fellow musicians from Calgary and Victoria. In an interview with Beat Route earlier this month, Jen referred to the video footage as “memories that support my journey”.

Be sure to check out Peach Pyramid’s upcoming show at the Lucky Bar in Victoria next month!

Year of the Wolf – As If We Are Sinking

Year of the Wolf’s musical identity is simple; a group of musicians who love music at any capacity. Extracting influences from Indie Rock, Blues, Country and whatever else they can get their hands on the dynamic of the group is undeniable.

With its first full length record released last month, “As If We Are Sinking”, Year of the Wolf is making waves in the music industry. The group began as a duo in 2012 when Kyle Vaughan and Chad Gilmour joined forces, and later expanded to include James Jeffrey, Carson Webber and Chelsea Burden, each bringing with them their unique musical abilities.

Be sure to check out the much anticipated top track “As If We Are Sinking”.

https://yearofthewolf.bandcamp.com/album/as-if-we-are-sinking

City of Victoria – Creativity is the Key to a Vibrant City!

Incorporated as a city in 1862, the Capital City of British Columbia, the City of Victoria, is known for its natural beauty heritage charm. The juxtaposition of old world ambience and architecture in a small urban city is part of what makes Victoria one of the most uniquely special places in Canada. As the regional centre for arts and culture, the City of Victoria aims to enhance its neighbourhoods, foster arts and culture, and to work to create a city that is a natural draw for festivals and events.

The vibrant and eclectic arts and culture community in the City of Victoria includes a wide array of festivals and events that support artists, writers and musicians and other creative pursuits, through a variety of grants and programs.

The City of Victoria is proudly finalizing the development of Create Victoria, a five-year Arts and Culture Master Plan, which will layout the City’s strategy and approach to the creative industries and identify initiatives to increase arts and cultural opportunities.

Be sure to check the City of Victoria calendar for upcoming events around the City!

Arts Council of New Westminster – Passionate about the Arts!

Founded in 1967, The Arts Council of New Westminster is a community arts organization built by individuals and member groups who share an interest in visual, performing and literary arts. The Arts Council’s role in the community is to advocate for the arts and foster support for those engaging in artistic and cultural endeavours.

For decades, the Arts Council has been committed to creating a vibrant presence of the arts in New Westminster while being responsive and proactive about the community’s wishes for arts activities and events. In addition to strategically planning arts and cultural events for the community, the Arts Council advocates for the arts at all levels of government and has become an information and resource network for cultural projects and activities.

This year, the Arts council celebrated its 50th anniversary, a milestone that is reflected by years of helping elevate the arts scene in New Westminster.

Oats Studio

Oats Studio, is a movie and television production company located in Richmond, BC, and established in 2015 by brothers Mike and Neill Blomkamp (director and writer, known for District 9, 2009; Elysium, 2013; and Chappie, 2015).

Dubbed as an experimental filmmaking “lab”, they operate a full-service studio with the capacity to handle all aspects of production from start to finish. Oats prides itself on being local, with a crew of 45 who all work in-house.

Oats focus is to make original and interesting short film content, eventually producing full feature films and series from the material they create. Their unique approach to filmmaking allows the studio to work in an open source format with their audience. This provides fans with access to the film’s assets, fostering creativity and collaboration within the entertainment community. Neill, the visionary behind Oats Studio, describes their culture like an “open playpen”, promoting originality and imagination all under one roof.

Neill and Mike accurately represent Vancouver’s film scene, highlighting their local production talent they’ve developed over the past two and a half years. Showcasing the creativity this studio has to offer, Neill and his team simultaneously produced three sci-fi short films: Rakka, Firebase, and Zygote. Make sure to follow Oats Studio, stay tuned to their website and visit Oats’ Youtube page for upcoming projects.

Pandora’s Box Rehearsal Studios – Built By Musicians for Musicians

With 13 lockout studios designed and built in consultation with acoustic engineers for clear sound and fantastic soundproofing, Pandora’s Box Rehearsal Studios offers purpose built music rehearsal studios both at hourly and monthly rates.

Husband and wife team Paul and Colleen Alexander built the facility 5 years ago after identifying a need for more purpose built rehearsal spaces that are accessible to all. With an underlying objective to provide a space that allows musicians of all genres to connect and peacefully co-exist, Pandora’s Box Rehearsal studios offers rooms with limitless configurations for all kinds of events.

Looking for a space to record, shoot a video or have a performance? The flagship room, Studio 19, is the ideal jam space and fully equipped with a quality backline, a large stage with sound activated lights, and fits up to 65 people!. Reserve your space today!