Q: When did you first know that you wanted to be a musician?
A: I didn’t really! I just knew that performing and singing brought me
pleasure and joy so I kept at it. After awhile I started playing more
and more and eventually it became my job!
Q: What artists inspired you to start performing/recording?
A: Mostly my friends who were already making music in Toronto. People
like Katie Stelmanis of Austra, Owen Pallett, and John Caffrey of Kids
Q: What process do you go through when you write?
A: I try and try and try until I finally do. Sounds simple, but it’s not!
Q: How did music help you express who you are?
A: Music has given me a means of describing my window onto the world. The
thing I like about music best is that there aren’t many rules and the
ones that do exist are always made to be rewritten.
Q: How do you feel music can help save lives?
A: I don’t know if it can but it can definitely bring joy and comfort to
someone who may otherwise feel alone in the world.
Q: Are you releasing any new music or touring soon?
A: I’ll be touring throughout the summer with Orchestral Manoeveurs In
The Dark (OMD) across Canada and America as well as making appearances
at a few select festivals.
Q: Where do you see music heading in the future?
A: Hopefully the recording and production of music will continue to be
further democratized and made more accessible to a wider range of
people of all ages and backgrounds. I think music is a great way to
connect across cultures and hopefully we’ll see more and more people
pushing boundaries and bridging gaps in the culture.
Q: Any words of advice for other musicians trying to make it or
trying to find their voice?
A: Work as hard as you can but remember that at the end of the day it’s
still supposed to be fun. Slow and steady always wins the race.
Check out his latest video for “Runaway Love” below