Artist of the Week: Anca

Name: Anca

Members: Jessie Wilson (vocals, piano, guitar, bass, percussion)

Location: Sydney, NSW, Australia

Fun Fact: Two truths and a lie: 1. I have a degree majoring in neuroscience and only started pursuing music as I was finishing uni and realised I’d chosen the wrong path 2. Anca is from the elvish language invented by J. R. R. Tolkien 3. My genre of music often isn’t the same as the music I listen to but it’s just… me! I hear it in my head and I make the sound and it just happens. Jk, they’re all true 😉

Music Links:

Say You Love Me 

More: Facebook 


Getting to Know Anca

Q: When and where is your next performance?

December 3 – Staves Brewery (Glebe, Sydney) 7pm EP launch show

Q: Do you write your own music? What inspires you to do so?

Yes I write everything myself! I’m inspired by absolutely anything that may happen in my life not confined to love and loss. I particularly love being melodramatic and calling out people/myself for being silly.

Q: What are your favourite songs to perform? Do you do any covers?

I mainly play my own songs – favourites being Learning to Let Go, Red Flags, and The Chestnut Man, but I also love playing anything Coldplay or Ed Sheeran!

Q: What are you currently working on?

My debut EP is due for release on November 30!!! It’s a collection of the best songs I wrote before turning 21 and was recorded on a piano that has been in my family for 4 generations. The next stepping stone is releasing stuff with my adult (post 21) perspective, hoping for 2018 to be a big year for me!

Q: Are you currently signed to a record label? If not, is there one you’d like to be signed by?

I’m currently unsigned and not really looking for a label – I feel as though in the modern music industry it’s possible to do everything yourself – it may cost more and take more effort but at least I get to keep control over who I want to be as an artist.

Q: If you could meet any musician, who would it be and why?

Chris Martin – he is without a doubt my biggest inspiration as a composer and performer. That being said, if I did actually meet him I would probably die of a heart attack so maybe I should choose someone different…? haha

Q: Describe your music style in three words.

Alternative piano pop

PHOTO BY: Larry McGrath 

Artist of the Week: James N Wilson

Name: James N Wilson

Location: Hamilton, Ontario

Fun Fact: I sand back up for Lorde at the 2017 MMVA with my old vocal group the BR Xpression

Music Links: 

Dream

Winter Cold 


Getting to know James 

Q: Where is your next performance?

Cameron House

Q: What is your favourite song to perform?

Hallelujah

Q: Do you write your own music? What inspires you to do so?

Yes. Music inspires me!

Q: How would you describe your music style?

Indie Rock

Q: If you were to meet any musician who would it be and why?

Bob Dylan, he is my idol for music.

Artist of the Week: Arcane Ghosts

Name: Arcane Ghosts

Members: Jason Diaz (Lead vocals/guitar), David Principe (Guitar/ vocals), Eric Mitz (Drums) & Kyle O’Meara (Bass/vocals)

Location: Brampton, Ontario

Fun Fact: “Jason, David and I all worked at McDonalds together prior to playing music together. Jason and David have been playing music together in different bands for years before meeting Eric and starting Arcane Ghosts. I’m a concert promoter and I’ve booked Arcane Ghosts multiple times before. The last time I booked them ended up being their last show with their previous bass player and they were looking for a new guy so they asked me and the rest is history”. – Kyle

Music Links: 

BandCamp


Getting to know Arcane Ghosts

Q: Are you currently signed to a record label? If not, which would you like to sign with?

We are currently not signed to any label. Personally, I’d like to sign a joint deal with New Damage Records and either Pure Noise Records or Rise Records – Kyle

Q: Do you write your own music? If so what are your inspirations for writing?

We all write our own music. David wrote all the lyrics for our ep Traveller. I think I’m going to help David write lyrics for the next ep. – Kyle

Q: What are your favourite songs to perform?

Black Forest is our favourite song to play collectively

Q: What are you currently working on?

We have 4-5 skeletons of new songs written at the moment. There is a lot more writing to be done but we have so far is sounding really cool and I think we are excited to get new music out hopefully by early 2018.

Q: Describe your music style in three words.

Energetic, Interesting, Catchy


 

Artist of the Week: LOLA

Name: Lola

Members: Lauren (vocals) and Marlo (guitar)

Location: Toronto, Ontario

Fun Fact: Previously DJ’s under the name North Prep, LOLA is a sister duo.

Music Links: 

Folsom Prison Blues (Johnny Cash Cover) 

Can’t Find You

More Music: BandCamp


Getting to know Lola

Q: Do you write your own music? If so where do you draw inspiration from?

Yes, we write our own music and lyrics. Situations that happen in our own lives, our friends lives, and themes we pick up through television and movies inspire us.

Q: What are your favourite songs to perform?

We love performing Folsom Prison Blues by Johnny Cash.

Q: What are you currently working on?

We are working on a new album. We recently released three teaser songs on Bandcamp on Wednesday June 14th.

Q: Are you signed to a record label? If so is there one you’d like to sign with?

We are independent at the moment.

Q: Describe your music style in three words.

Outlaw Country Blues


 

Artist of the Week: Run Maggie Run

Name: Run Maggie Run

Members: Gavin Rees (Lead Vox/Rhythm Gtr/Synths), Peter Keillor (Backing Vox, Percussion), Dylan Drung (Lead Gtr), Darren Mcmenemy (Backing Vox, Bass), Jared Gour (Backing Vox, Keyboards, Alt Percussion)

Location: Hamilton, Ontario

Fun Fact: Many may not know, but Gavin sure can stir up a mean Hollandaise sauce.

Music Links: 

Lion Tamer

SoundCloud


Getting to Know Run Maggie Run

Q: When and where is your next show?

Club Absinthe on July 13th, in Hamilton.

Q: Do you write your own music? If so, what inspires you to do so?

Peter – We write all our own music and lyrics – musically, I think we’re inspired mainly by other music that we hear in our day to day lives. The band’s such a melting pot of different musical backgrounds that the resultant song could be influenced by anything ranging from 60’s folk, to electronica, to prog metal.

Gavin – with the initial stuff especially, I would formulate a barebones song with a melody and lyrics, and then once I took it to the band, ach member added their own thing into it to create the songs that you hear now. Lyrically, I’m influenced hugely by a lot of people in my life, from the typical musical icons like Father John Misty, Win Butler, etc. to my dad’s lyrics, which are probably the biggest influence. The process of writing is a little odd, in that I don’t really just sit down and decide it’s time to write; if I feel like writing, I write, and if not, then I don’t. When I do, I’ll jot down 2-3 pages of lines, and come back later to check over and find the good ones. One thing that we do that might be different from other people, is I’ll usually write lyrics first, and let the song organically follow the lyrics as it starts to take form.

Q: What are your favourite songs to perform? Do you do any covers?

Peter – Personally, I’ll go with two different choices; Remedy is fun as hell to play as a drummer, but the climax of Old Days is by far the proudest I’ve been of something we’ve created musically, and so it’s an absolute blast to play live solely for that section.

Gavin – Old Days/Untitled #2, as both songs were two of the earliest written ones in the band, so they’ve got both the connection to the early days of RMR and a big personal connection to my experiences over the past two years as well. Basically, those two were the ones from the first set of songs we wrote that really started forming in my mind what RMR would sound like.

Dylan – Really, I just like to play whatever I can groove to; it changes on a week-to-week basis for me.

Darren – It’s definitely Remedy for me – the walking bassline is an absolute blast to play.

Jared – I’ve always love Beethoven’s Hammerklavier, although truth be told I can’t really play it.

Q: What are you currently working on?

Peter – We’re always writing – since the album began recording we’ve got a catalog of new songs that’s only getting bigger as the days go buy. On the management front, we’re also working on booking a 2-3 week Southern Ontario tour in September to help promote the album release a little more.

Q: Are you signed to a record label? If not, are there any you’d like to sign with?

Gavin – Independant; Ideally, we’d just want a record label that can help us get our stuff out there but not burden us with compromising our overarching goal of the band: to write music that we connect with emotionally. We’re more impartial to the idea of being signed than having it as a main goal; it’s more of a ‘if it fits then great’ sort of thing.

Q:  If you were to meet any musician who would it be and why?

Peter – It’s a difficult choice, but I’d have to go with the typical musician response and pick Sir Paul McCartney; the things that man has been a part of are absolutely fascinating, and he just seems like the kind of guy who’d actually be interested in talking to you as opposed to monologuing about his accomplishments.

Gavin – Bob Dylan would be my guy – he’s been a big influence in my development as a musician from a young age, and regardless of how the back and forth banter would be, I’d just be satisfied sitting down and hearing him talk about his experiences for hours. I mean, it’s freaking Bob Dylan.

Jared – Thom Yorke’s my guy, for two reasons. Firstly, he’s a musical genius, but second, I’m dying to know how to properly pronounce his name.

Dylan – It’d have to be SRV or John Frusciante, just so I could give em a big ol hug and thank em for everything they’ve done for me as a musician and a person.

Darren – John Lennon. I mean’s it’s John Lennon, nuff said.

Q: Describe your music style in three words.

Indie Alternative (sorta)

*PHOTO BY: Peter Power

 

Artist of the Week: Danéa

Name: Danéa

Location: Cape Town, South Africa

Fun Facts: She started writing music more than 1 year ago.She writes 90% of her music with her guitar in her bathroom and she loves to design her own outfits!

Music Links:

1000 Rivers

Someone Like You (Adele Cover)


Getting to Know Danéa

Q: Do you write your own music? What inspires you to do so?

Danéa loves the process of putting pen to paper writing about her everyday life, to air frustrations, loneliness, experiences and self analysis.

Q: What are you currently working on?

Danéa is always trying to create and write as frequently as possible. She is currently busy working on a few upcoming singles. We are also in the process of creating a mini tour.

Q: Are you signed to a record label? If not, is there one you’d like to be signed with?

Danéa is currently independent, but is signed to well known labels such as Sony Music BMG South Africa and Select Music as a composer for various well known artists within South Africa

Q: If you were to meet any musician who would it be and why?

“I would love to meet Lady Gaga. I admire her work ethic as well as the message she spreads to her audience. She always speaks the truth and about subjects that needs awareness. She’s also against bullying and that I admire most.”

Q: Describe your music style in three words.

Honest & Modern Country

*PHOTO BY: Dirk Odendaal

 

Artist of the Week: Luke Austin

Name: Luke Austin

Location: Toronto, Ontario

Fun Fact: In my spare time I like to make hot sauces. My generation undervalues the process of seeing things through to the end and there’s no appreciation for taking a lifetime to master just one thing. I also find it really therapeutic and more productive then Netflix.

Music Links:

One Dance (Drake Cover)

Old Friend

More Music: SoundCloud


Getting to know Luke Austin

Q: When and where is your next show?

August 4th @Adelaide Hall, Toronto

Q: Do you write your own music? What inspires you to do so?

I do. Mostly everyday life inspires me. Conflict, Jealousy, trial and error figuring out your path in this crazy world etc. There’s no shortage of stories to tell.

Q: What are your favourite songs to perform? Do you do any covers?

My favourite original song to perform is a song from my first record, ‘Alcona Skies’. It’s such a real and honest song for me and it gives a chance for me to connect with the audience by inviting them into my life. One of my favorite covers I’ve ever done is either “River” by Bishop or “Habits” by Tove Lo. When choosing a cover I always want it to be a song that no one expects me to do. A song that allows me to take the lyrics and make it my own.

Q: What are you currently working on?

I’m currently working on a new EP right now that I’m extremely excited about. I feel like I have finally clued into exactly my sound and am working with some great people to help me achieve it.

Q: Are you signed to a record label? If not, is there one you’d be interested in signing with?

I’m independant and I’m okay with that. The modern music industry has put so much more power in the artists hands. Labels don’t play as integral part as they once used to. That being said I think that there are tons of cool labels out there and I would be open to any conversation that comes in the future.

Q: If you could pick any musician to meet who would it be and why?

If I were to meet any musician I think it would be Jack White. I’ve been into almost every musical/non musical project he’s been involved in (White Stripes/Reconteurs/Dead Weather/3rd man records) and I think he may be a genius.

Q: Describe your music style in three words.

Honest, Hopeful, Nostalgic


Artist of the Week: Lari Basilio

Name: Lari Basilio (Guitarist)

Location: Los Angeles, California, USA

Music Links:

LoveStoned/Think She Knows (Justin Timberlake) Cover

The Sound Of My Room


Getting to know Lari 

Q: When was your last performance?

May 19th, at Malibu Guitar Festival

Q: Do you write your own music? What inspires you to do so?

Yes. I have 2 records until now: EP Lari Basilio (2012) and The Sound Of My Room – lIve (CD and DVD – 2015). A lot of things inpires me: my life with God, family, husband, friends

Q: What songs do you normally perform, originals or covers?

I really enjoy to perform my original songs, but I also play some covers in some concerts

Q: What are you currently working on in terms of your music?

Yes. I’m working on a new album and planning to release later this year.

Q: If you were to meet any musician, who would it be and why?

There are a few of them like: Jeff Beck, John Mayer, George Benson, Steve Lukather, Steve Vai and more haha 🙂 They are very inspiring for me!

Q: Describe your music in three words.

Melodic Guitar 🙂


Artist of the Week: The Midways

Name: The Midways

Location: Hobart, Tasmania, Australia

Fun Fact: We are working on a tour to support our album “Rorschach” set to be realesed in September of 2017 with shows in Melbourne, Brisbane, Sydney and Hobart. We have also started new material for a follow up album or EP which could come up around next year.

Music Links: Bandcamp & SoundCloud


Getting to know The Midways

Q: When and where is your next show?

The Republic Bar – Hobart, Tasmania, Australia

Q: Do you write your own music? If so, what inspires you?

Jacob writes the majority of the songs and we all give our input about how it should go.

Q: What are your favourite songs to perform?

“Black Sheep” would definitely be the heaviest song we have next to “State Of Despair”

Q: What are your currently working on?

We’ve just finished an album after 5 years together which is due for release sometime after September

Q: Are you signed to a record label? If not, which would you like to be signed to?

We are independent although we would like to be signed and we are shopping around

Q: Describe your music style in three words.

Modern classic rock, alternative rock/grunge


Artist of the Week: Sharone & The Wind

Name: Sharone & The Wind

Location: Denver, Colorado, USA

Members: Sharone (Vocals),  Tom Murphy (Lead Guitar), Lori Grace (Keyboard/Rhythm Guitar), Tyler Ganze (Bass) and Seth Saunar Pedersen (Drums)

Fun Fact: We’re actually halfway to being Fleetwood Mac

Music Links

I’m Not Her

Beautiful When I Die


Getting to know Sharone & The Wind

Q: Do you write your own music? Where do you get inspiration to write?

We write all of our own music and lyrics. We draw influences from bands like Black Sabbath, Evanescence, and Paramore

Q: When and where was your last performance?

April 22, 2017 at Moe’s Original BBQ-Denver

Q: What are your favourite songs to perform? Do you do any covers?

The only cover we’ve done is “What If We Could” by Blue October. Our favorite original songs to play live are Beautiful When I Die, Storm, Looking Thinking & Doubting, and Opiate, which is our instrumental track.

Q: What are you currently working on?

We’ve recently started working on songs for the second album, despite having yet to release our first one. We are very excited to be working on new music.

Q: If you were to meet any musician, who would it be and why?

I’d love to meet Hayley Williams. I feel like she’d be the coolest person to hang out with

Q: Are you currently signed to a record label? If not, is there one you’d like to sign with?

Fearless Records, we’re out here.

Q: Describe your music in three words.

Dark, piano-driven.

*PHOTO BY: Spookie Darling of Trickster’s Choice Studios