Stingray PausePlay http://blog.stingray.com/stingray-pauseplay en Interview with Sam Fender | Stingray PausePlay http://blog.stingray.com/interview-sam-fender-stingray-pauseplay <span class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">Interview with Sam Fender | Stingray PausePlay</span> <span class="field field--name-uid field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden"><a title="View user profile." href="/user/1" lang="" about="/user/1" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="" class="username">Stingray</a></span> <span class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">Tue, 07/14/2020</span> <div class="field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field__item"><p><strong><span><span><span>I'm Zack Monson here with a very special episode of Stingray PausePlay at Osheaga 2019 with up-and-coming superstar Sam Fender. How are you man?</span></span></span></strong></p> <p><span><span><span>Sam: I'm good how are you?</span></span></span></p> <h2><span><span><span>Childhood tidbits to the sound of “Bitterweet Symphony”</span></span></span></h2> <p><strong><span><span><span>Very, very good to see you man, I'm great. I guess let's just dive right in: what's your kind of happiest earliest childhood musical memory?</span></span></span></strong></p> <p><span><span><span>Sam: Christmas morning and my mom getting The Verve “Bittersweet Symphony”- Urban Hymns, the album- and she puts “Bittersweet Symphony” on and I'm like three, four and I just remember opening up my toys to the sound of bittersweet symphony. I just remember that and it's the smell of the Christmas tree as well, it's the smell of that Christmas tree because well had a real one. Get in, posh is out.</span></span></span></p> <p><strong><span><span><span>Your family, obviously spending Christmas together musically, your family's very musical. Your dad's a songwriter, your brother's writing songs. Was there ever a time that the three of you have gotten together and written together?</span></span></span></strong></p> <p><span><span><span>Sam: God no, and we never will.</span></span></span></p> <p><strong><span><span><span>Why is that?</span></span></span></strong></p> <p><span><span><span>Sam: Cause it's shite, it'll be shit. No, because my dad actually said the other day that we should do it but my brother hates the idea of it and I kind of agree because it'll just be like the fucking Osmonds. So you know I mean like um I don't think it's a good idea but you never know we might do it one day.</span></span></span></p> <p><strong><span><span><span>But I mean you don't even have to sing on a track together.</span></span></span></strong></p> <p><span><span><span>Sam: Say if my career my career bombs, I got a family band coming.</span></span></span></p> <p><strong><span><span><span>Yeah good. Did your dad ever give you any songwriting advice?</span></span></span></strong></p> <p><span><span><span>Sam: Uh, yes. When I used to… He used to tell us to get to the chorus quicker, and I still haven't listened. Yeah?</span></span></span></p> <p><strong><span><span><span>Well what advice would you give your dad for songwriting?</span></span></span></strong></p> <p><span><span><span>Sam: Get to the chorus slower.</span></span></span></p> <p><strong><span><span><span>What was going on in your life the first time you picked up a guitar?</span></span></span></strong></p> <p><span><span><span>Sam: My parents just had a divorce and my dad got us a guitar for Christmas. It was like a guilt present</span></span></span></p> <p><strong><span><span><span>Yeah really! Well it worked out!</span></span></span></strong></p> <p><span><span><span>Sam: It was a divorce… it was a good Christmas because they were both guilty so they both tried to… I've got some good presents that year.</span></span></span></p> <p><strong><span><span><span>Yeah you got two years of them battling for your affection.</span></span></span></strong></p> <p><span><span><span>Sam: Yeah it was a divorce Christmas, which is perfect because it came right in time for all of my teenage angst and all of that.</span></span></span></p> <p><strong><span><span><span>Yeah, right absolutely.</span></span></span></strong></p> <p><span><span><span>Sam: So it came at the perfect time, but I didn't I didn't touch it for two years or something. Sat in the corner while I played with my lightsaber, because I was only eight years old when I got my first guitar.</span></span></span></p> <h2><span><span><span>Luke Skywalker and Bruce Springsteen</span></span></span></h2> <p><strong><span><span><span>Were you into Star Wars?</span></span></span></strong></p> <p><span><span><span>Sam: Still am, I love Star Wars.</span></span></span></p> <p><strong><span><span><span>You had all the toys, the lightsaber and everything?</span></span></span></strong></p> <p><span><span><span>Sam: I got a fair few lightsabers over the years.</span></span></span></p> <p><strong><span><span><span>Do you still have one?</span></span></span></strong></p> <p><span><span><span>Sam: I've got one because I found one on the way home from a night out. I was really drunk I was pissed, mortal drunk walking on the street and it was on the wall of my old house where I'd moved from. It was a lightsaber and I've actually still got it and it's really bad because I've just stole some kid’s toy</span></span></span></p> <p><strong><span><span><span>You did </span></span></span></strong></p> <p><span><span><span>Sam: Some kid just left his lightsaber, and I was mortal drunk, and I stole it and I didn't take it back and I've still got it. I feel really bad so I'll tell you what. The people who live at 30 Grosvenor Place now, that's where I used to live, I've got your lightsaber. I stole it five years ago and I will give you a buck if you want it. I kind of stole it because I felt salty about the fact that I'd left that house and it was a nice place, and I'm still salty about the fact that you lived there and I don't, but I'll give you the lightsaber back I promise you.</span></span></span></p> <p><strong><span><span><span>Well, we're gonna keep track of the comments on this video to make sure that these guys on Grosvenor know what you're doing. You know you've talked about when you started songwriting, this kind of mask of trying to mimic the people that you like to mimic the other artists that you listen to who were the people that you were trying to mimic?</span></span></span></strong></p> <p><span><span><span>Sam: Springsteen, Arcade Fire. I just wanted to be like my heroes, you know what I mean? I kind of wanted to create music but that reminded me of what I listened to when I was younger, but the songs that they didn't write… Do you know what I mean? I know it sounds crazy because obviously I'm nowhere near as good as Arcade Fire or Bruce Springsteen, I'm like I'm like a crap version of the two, but I want to like- I've always gone under the notion that you write the music that you want to hear on the radio. I write the stuff that you want to hear and that's what I've done I think. I think I've achieved that with “Hypersonic Missiles”. I really like that, I'm proud of that song and I like “Dead Boys”. So I think them songs sort of kind of resonate and they've connected and worked.</span></span></span></p> <p><strong><span><span><span>With a lot of people, around the world now. </span></span></span></strong></p> <h2><span><span><span>Anxiety and previous jobs</span></span></span></h2> <p><span><span><span>Sam: Yeah, and that makes us feel great. It's such a confidence booster. It was good because inside I'm crumbling, I’m cripplingly anxious inside, and the fact that you guys are listening to the tunes it makes it a little bit better, thanks.</span></span></span></p> <p><strong><span><span><span>So for somebody who's crumbling inside, do you find it hard to get on stage sometimes, is that tough?</span></span></span></strong></p> <p><span><span><span>Sam: Yes, yeah.</span></span></span></p> <p><strong><span><span><span>What's going through your head before you get on?</span></span></span></strong></p> <p><span><span><span>Sam: I'm not good enough, I can't sing or write yeah. Or this: I'm gonna break my voice, I'm gonna… I'm gonna make a fool out of myself. There are loads of things, but that is natural I think, that's what most humans feel I think. I'm sure Madonna feels that- she won't ever tell you that- but I'm sure Madonna does feel it as well you know I mean?</span></span></span></p> <p><strong><span><span><span>But then what what do you do to kind of push past those moments? Because you could just turn around and walk away right?</span></span></span></strong></p> <p><span><span><span>Sam: Um I'm not going back on benefits. I sucked at that job, I sucked at being a restaurant waiter and I sucked at being a barman, and I don't want to go back on benefits so… I gotta stick at it!</span></span></span></p> <p><strong><span><span><span>That’s a decent list of reasons.</span></span></span></strong></p> <p><span><span><span>Sam: One day they did… In a call center I worked at, you were supposed to have a certain target for the amount of hours that you were on the phone. I think the target was like “yeah I do like 30 or 40 hours a week” or something like that. Then came in the guy, the boss was really pissed off, he was like going around and he's like: “Johnny you've only done 22 hours this week, anyway Jack! 13 hours” he's like “Disgraceful”. Then it came to me and he's like “Sam! you’ve done five hours this week!”</span></span></span></p> <p><strong><span><span><span>What were you doing the rest of the time?</span></span></span></strong></p> <p><span><span><span>Sam: Just watching YouTube videos and like, eating pot noodles. And then I had this technique to build my hours back up on the phone. I would ring a number that I knew would leave you on hold and then I just take the phone off the hook and leave it on hold for hours on end.</span></span></span></p> <p><strong><span><span><span>You’re a genius, you’re a genius. We asked the last artist that we had in to ask you a question. The artist is Sophie Tucker and the question for you is: “Hey I'm Tukker and I’m Sofi, and we're Sofi Tukker. If you had to get a tattoo tomorrow, what would it be?”</span></span></span></strong></p> <p><span><span><span>Sam: I would get… On that bicep I'd get mints, and then that bicep ‘and dumplings”. So mints and dumplings. I'll have mints and dumplings in there or NA-29, my postcode, across my knuckles to make us look badass. ‘Hell's Angles’ cause my dad had a schoolbag- I'm actually thinking about getting ‘hells angles’ tattooed because my dad’s schoolbag he found when he was 23 but he found it when he was like 14, 15 or something and it said ‘hell's angles’ on the top cause he couldn't spell angels back in the 70s. </span></span></span></p> <h2><span><span><span>Let’s talk <em>Hypersonic Missiles</em></span></span></span></h2> <p><span><span><span><em><i></i></em><em><strong>Hypersonic Missiles</strong></em><strong>, not the single but the album, it's full of you know great singles we've already heard. Is the album gonna be more of a lovely softer Sam or harder heavy Sam?</strong></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span>Sam: A bit of everything. The album's clearly, I would describe it as a chocolate selection box of Sam Fender. A milk tray of Sammy Fender. It's kind of like… Some of these songs I wrote six years ago, do you know what I mean? I'm dying to get it out because a lot of these songs are from a back catalogue that I've been writing for years and years, so there's some really kind of like embryonic, old, lyrically not as strong sort of quite innocent pop songs from there from an innocent time when I was like 19. Then there's like the more recent stuff there’s is the second track on the album called “The Borders”, and now that's kind of more contemporary Sam and I really like that it's really like Springsteen and driving and eighties and it's got a sax solo in it.</span></span></span></p> <p><strong><span><span><span>Do you have a favorite unreleased song?</span></span></span></strong></p> <p><span><span><span>Sam: Yeah, probably “The Borders”. The Borders because it's not a pop song. It's five minutes long and it's kind of the first time that I've stopped trying to write sort of singles, you know I mean? I was kind of like- I just wrote free flow, bit of poetry you know. And “White Privilege” is good as well. “White Privilege” was just like a stream of consciousness that kind of fell onto the page. </span></span></span></p> <p><strong><span><span><span>I mean talking about things like white privilege or suicide or toxic masculinity or love and depression in parts-</span></span></span></strong></p> <p><span><span><span>Sam: It's pretty 2019. Walk, I'll give you that. </span></span></span></p> <p><strong><span><span><span>But it’s like you, you seem to so comfortably talk about these things that other people kind of may have a difficult time with. Why is it so much easier for you than some?</span></span></span></strong></p> <p><span><span><span>Sam: I wouldn't say it's necessarily easier I just think it's the sort of things that people are talking about, and it's the sort of thing that I'm talking about. I don't know, I'm just asking questions. Me, I think it's that it sort of seems to be what's on everybody's mind at the moment.</span></span></span></p> <p><strong><span><span><span>Yeah, definitely.</span></span></span></strong></p> <p><span><span><span>Sam: Male suicide was brought up purely because that was a part of my existence. I'd lost a friend to suicide- I'd lost two people I knew to suicide but one was a friend and… there was a lot of suicides going on around my hometown. I wasn't deliberately trying to capitalize on a tragedy or anything like that.</span></span></span></p> <p><strong><span><span><span>No, of course.</span></span></span></strong></p> <p><span><span><span>Sam: I was just sort of writing because it was a way of a form of therapy for myself. the worlds in such… in such...</span></span></span></p> <p><strong><span><span><span>Shambles?</span></span></span></strong></p> <p><span><span><span>Sam: Shambles. I was trying to think of a better word than shit for the… but it is in a shit place, and I think we're in a very rapidly changing time like that, there's a lot of change going on. But I've got to highlight that you know my job has been probably made easier by the fact that I'm a white kid with a guitar, you know I mean? I think it'd be harder if I was a girl or not white, and I have to acknowledge that because let's face it like I won the British Critics Choice Award. Now it's just like that, it's kind of like I'll say “Yes!” and then I was kind of like “Ah”, cause it's like what? I'm not doing anything different and everybody keeps hyping as up as if it’s this thing like everybody's going on… And I hate it when people say like “You are the next Bruce Springsteen” because I'm not. Like I'm not as good as Bruce Springsteen I never will be. Also I'm not doing anything particularly original, it's all just indie, it's all just indie guitar music. It's a white boy playing indie guitar music it's like “Woop dee doo!”. But I guess if people are resonating with my songs that's all that matters to me, like I'm happy about that. I just don't want to be overhyped, I just think people take it as it is.</span></span></span></p> <p><strong><span><span><span>Well look, man. I think all the praise you get is well deserved whether you think it is or not.</span></span></span></strong></p> <p><span><span><span>Sam: Thank you.</span></span></span></p> <p><strong><span><span><span>You really are a great talent. Your songwriting is great, your voice is great and I really can't wait to hear the album and just see you explode the next year, man.</span></span></span></strong></p> <p><span><span><span>Sam: Oh thanks man, I’m going to try my best! </span></span></span></p> <h2><span><span><span>Sam Fender on Stingray Music</span></span></span></h2> <p><strong><span><span><span>Thanks for coming to talk to me, I really appreciate it. 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Aujourd'hui à Stingray PausePlay j’ai le plaisir d'accueillir Roxane Bruneau. Heureux de t'avoir parmi nous!</span></span></span></strong></p> <p><span><span><span>Roxane: Salut! J’étais pas prête on dirait, je t’écoutais et j’étais comme “y’est donc bien bon”. Je suis juste tombée dans la lune sur ce que tu faisais!</span></span></span></p> <h2><span><span><span>Le succ</span></span></span><strong><span><span><span>è</span></span></span></strong><span><span><span>s de <em>Dysphorie</em> et les tounes d’adolescence de Roxane</span></span></span></h2> <p><strong>Ç<span><span><span>a fait deux ans que t’as sorti ton premier album <em>Dysphorie</em>, dupuis il est toujours au palmarès des ventes au Québec, sur ta chaîne YouTube actuellement il y a 18 millions de visionnements, félicitations!</span></span></span></strong></p> <p><span><span><span>Roxane: Hein, pour vrai? </span></span></span></p> <p><strong><span><span><span>Oui oui. Et l'on me dit que tu avais beaucoup de pression pour ton deuxième album. C'est quoi le défi pour ce deuxième album là?</span></span></span></strong></p> <p><span><span><span>Roxane: C'est tout un défi dans le fond, parce que le premier album je l'ai écrit naïvement. Comme je disais je ne savais pas que ça allait être un CD, fait que c’est des textes que j'ai écrits de 12 à 26 ans. Il s'en est passé des choses, puis j'en ai eu de l'inspiration puis pour moi c'était juste pour moi et mes quatres murs. Fait que quand la pression du deuxième album c'est en deux ans, il s'est passé quoi? Pas tant de choses au niveau personnel. Au niveau carrière, oui ça l'a complètement changé ma vie, mais dans la vie quand je faisais des chansons je me disais pas fait qu’il fallait que ça passe à la radio, fallait pas que ça passe sur les chaînes web, c'était juste pour moi dans le fond. Maintenant, c'est pour tout le monde, il faut que plaise à tout le monde c'est ce qui me stresse un peu. J'ai pas envie que les gens disent “elle a change, mais en même temps je veux changer un peu, je veux évoluer.</span></span></span></p> <p><strong><span><span><span>Est-ce qu’il y a une direction musicale présentement qui s'installe pour ce deuxième album?</span></span></span></strong></p> <p><span><span><span>Roxane: C'est sûr que ça va ressembler un peu au premier, mais en même temps j'ai évolué là dedans avec mon directeur musical Matt Brisset qui m'a beaucoup appris des trucs sur la musique en général. Je savais pas ce que je voulais, je savais pas ce qui se pouvait non plus, tu sais aujourd'hui les chansons beaucoup changé en spectacle, on les a transformées pour le show fait que pour le deuxième album ça risque de ressembler un peu plus à ce que je fais en show maintenant.</span></span></span></p> <p><strong><span><span><span>Durant tout le mois d'Août t’auras ta Chaîne Vedette sur Stingray Music. Évidemment on retrouve de tes propres chansons, mais aussi d'une sélection de tes coups de coeur tels que Souldia, Billie Eilish, j'ai vu aussi du Safia Nolin… Mais du Asking Alexandria, un band metalcore? </span></span></span></strong></p> <p><span><span><span>Roxane: Oui, bien c'est ça je l'ai mis dans mes choix, je me suis dit: “ça va peut-être pas passer”, mais ça disait c'est les chansons qui t’ont le plus marqué, que t’as le plus aimé dans ta vie-</span></span></span></p> <p><strong><span><span><span>Et pourquoi elle se retrouve sur ta liste? </span></span></span></strong></p> <p><span><span><span>Roxane: Parce que moi j’étais une adolescente quand même intense, puis je dirais que quand j’étais vraiment en colère c'est ce que j'écoutais. Le titre de la chanson c’est: “If You Can’t Ride Two Horses at Once You Should Get Out of the Circus”. Ça a pas de bon sens comme titre, puis me suis dit que j’allais essayer de pousser ma note jusqu'à là pour voir s’ils vont la mettre. Là tu me dis que ça passe? </span></span></span></p> <p><strong><span><span><span>Bien ça passe certain, c'est ta sélection!</span></span></span></strong></p> <p><span><span><span>Roxane: C’est malade, ça va être tellement drôle t’imagines sur les télés ou le son est comme mono ca va juste gricher!</span></span></span></p> <p><strong><span><span><span>Ça va détonner.</span></span></span></strong></p> <p><span><span><span>Roxane: Je trouve que c’est une bonne chanson, vous devriez l’écouter.</span></span></span></p> <h2><span><span><span>Les Cocos et Roxane l’humoriste</span></span></span></h2> <p><strong><span><span><span>Sur YouTube récemment tu as mis une vidéo pas de montage, très directe o<span><span><span><span><span>ù</span></span></span></span></span> tu rassures tes fans “écoutez je suis en plein déménagement, désolée si je poste presque rien présentement”. Quel lien entretiens-tu avec tes fans?</span></span></span></strong></p> <p><span><span><span>Roxane: Bien, first je ne les appelle pas des fans parce que je trouve que ça me met sur un piédestal que je ne mérite pas du tout. Pas que je ne mérite pas, mais je trouve que ça n’a pas rapport parce que je pette comme tout le monde, ok? Fait que moi je les appelle mes Cocos. C'est un peu comme ma famille parce que j'ai pas passé par La Voix, j'ai pas passé par Star Ac’, c'est eux la première vague de tout ça.  C'est pas une grosse machine qui m'a poussé, c'est pas un non plus les médias- puis c’est rien contre les médias parce que la deuxième vague c'est vraiment les médias, les radios puis tout le monde qui me l'ont donné- mais si l'album s'est rendu intéressant pour les médias, tu comprends ce que je veux dire? Qu’ils ont fait comme “Ah, faudrait aller regarder ça”, c'est vraiment les Cocos parce qu'ils ont acheté partout. J'entretiens le lien que je leur dois tout à ces gens-là, puis c'est par Internet que ça se passait. Je veux pas qu’ils pensent que parce que maintenant je suis dans les medias traditionnels, que je les délaisse, fait que j'ai fait un petit vidéo où je suis assise devant ma caméra, pas de montage rien en disant “Hey, j'ai plus de temps! Je m'excuse j'ai plus de temps, mais ça va revenir. Je vais prendre des vacances juste pour vous autres puis je vais en faire”.</span></span></span></p> <p><strong><span><span><span>Puis les Cocos ont bien compris?</span></span></span></strong></p> <p><span><span><span>Roxane: Ils comprennent toujours, ils sont vraiment compréhensifs.</span></span></span></p> <p><strong><span><span><span>La première fois qu'on s'est rencontrés aux Francos de Montréal l'année dernière, tu me disais qu’avant chaque concert t’avais une conversation spirituelle avec ta grand-mère.  Est-ce que ça a toujours lieu?</span></span></span></strong></p> <p><span><span><span>Roxane: C'est moins intense, mais je lui fais toujours un petit signe. C'est tellement fucké, parce que je suis allée dans je me rappelle plus quelle ville et il ya une femme qui est venue après le spectacle qui m’a dit: “Je veux vraiment pas te faire peur, mais il y a une femme avec toi sur scène. Elle est là puis elle veille sur toi”. Puis cette personne la me connaît pas, j'étais juste comme “Oh my God”. Puis j’ai une file encore de comme 100 personnes à signer et prendre des photos, mais je faisais juste penser à c’est qui cette madame là qui est là, mais moi j'aime croire que ça se peut que ce soit ma mamie.</span></span></span></p> <p><strong><span><span><span>Pourquoi pas? Sur scène, bon t’as autant de plaisir à chanter, mais à faire rire aussi ton public. Oserais-tu faire un stand up comique dans le cadre d'un festival d'humour?</span></span></span></strong></p> <p><span><span><span>Roxane: Je sais pas. Parce que j’ai eu le syndrome de l'imposteur la première année et demie avant l'ADISQ, par rapport à la chanson. J’étais comme j’ai pas ma place là, j'ai l'impression de voler la job à quelqu'un. L’ADISQ a fait en sorte que je l’ai plus, et j'ai comme une reconnaissance de mes pairs. Même si j'ai pas gagné, pour moi j'ai gagné parce que j'ai plus ce stresse-là. Mais pour l'humour, j'ai pas eu de baptême encore, c'est comme si les humoristes savaient pas vraiment que je faisais de l’humour, puis je faisais pas partie de la “gang”, entre guillemets. Quand je suis allée faire le podcast de Mike Ward, après ça les gens de l'organisation m’ont donné une carte puis ils ont dit: “Quand t’as le temps, prends un 5 minutes puis viens faire un open mic, parce que pour vrai ça vaudrait vraiment la peine que tu le fasses”. Ça, ça m’a donné un petit “ah, peut-être”, mais je pense que le personnage de Roxane Bruneau, les deux polarités, c'est vraiment l'espèce d’euphorie comique, puis en même temps la dysphorie, pas pour faire de mauvais jeux de mots, de tristesse. Parce que mon spectacle c'est vraiment les deux pôles, ma personnalité aussi tu demanderas à mon band ils sont en train de devenir complètement fous. Mais je pense pas que l'on peut vivre l’un sans l'autre.</span></span></span></p> <p><strong><span><span><span>Je le verrais moi, parce que dans tes capsules vidéo on rit beaucoup. </span></span></span></strong></p> <p><span><span><span>Roxane: Ouais. Je dis ouais, je le sais pas dans le fond. Vous riez beaucoup!</span></span></span></p> <h2><span><span><span>Si j'</span></span></span><strong><span><span><span>é</span></span></span></strong><span><span><span>tais...</span></span></span></h2> <p><strong><span><span><span>La prochaine série de questions ça va être sur la thématique de si j'étais. ça se veut un peu drôle, moi aussi je veux être drole. Alors si tu étais un repas, lequel serais-tu?</span></span></span></strong></p> <p><span><span><span>Roxane: Une soupe tonkinoise.</span></span></span></p> <p><strong><span><span><span>Mon dieu, vite comme ça?</span></span></span></strong></p> <p><span><span><span>Roxane: C’est mon repas préféré puis là tu m’as donné envie d’en manger.</span></span></span></p> <p><strong><span><span><span>Si tu étais un moyen de transport-</span></span></span></strong></p> <p><span><span><span>Roxane: C’est dégueu parce que je viens littéralement de dire que je voulais me manger. C'est sûr que ça va être coupé au montage (Eh non!), c'est triste parce que c'est une bonne blague.</span></span></span></p> <p><strong><span><span><span>Si tu étais un moyen de transport?</span></span></span></strong></p> <p><span><span><span>Roxane: Un char électrique genre une Tesla. J’ai pas moyen de m'en acheter une mais au moins je ferais une différence pour l'environnement là dans mes rêves. Fait que je suis une Tesla.</span></span></span></p> <p><strong><span><span><span>J'aime ça. Si tu étais un appareil électronique, lequel serais-tu?</span></span></span></strong></p> <p><span><span><span>Roxane: Un ordinateur, tiens. Ben oui, un bon Mac là tu sais?</span></span></span></p> <p><strong><span><span><span>Et la toute dernière: Si tu étais quelqu'un d'autre qui serais-tu?</span></span></span></strong></p> <p><span><span><span>Roxane: Moi j'aimerais ça être moi mais vraiment plus tard. Ça serait rassurant, juste pouvoir être une journée dans le vraiment gros future, mettons j'ai 50 ans, juste voir j’ai tu évolué? Où si je suis juste encore capable de me faire du Kraft Dinner? Je veux être moi. Je m’aime assez dans la vie, je suis capable de dire que je m’aime assez  pour dire que j’aimerais ça être moi plus tard. Parce qu'on change dans la vie, donc c’est pas vraiment moi, moi plus tard. Tout est dans tout, comprends-tu ce que je dis?</span></span></span></p> <p><strong><span><span><span>Roxane Bruneau évoluée, qui a grandi.</span></span></span></strong></p> <p><span><span><span>Roxane: Exactement! Je veux voir où je me suis rendue.</span></span></span></p> <p><strong><span><span><span>J’aime ca.</span></span></span></strong></p> <p><span><span><span>Roxane: La fille est comme “Parti de rien maintenant je suis ici”, finalement ça a pas tant marché son deuxième CD.</span></span></span></p> <h2><span><span><span>Gilles Thibodeau et Lady Gaga</span></span></span></h2> <p><strong><span><span><span>Prochaine question c'est une question qui nous a été posée par un autre artiste qu'on a reçu précédemment. Dans ton cas il s'agit du groupe Paupières, alors voici leur question: “Salut c’est Paupières voici notre question. En fait on va demander celle qui nous énerve le plus de nous faire poser. Pourquoi le nom de votre groupe? Alors pourquoi trois petits points.”</span></span></span></strong></p> <p><span><span><span>Roxane: Bien, ça aurait été bizarre que je m'appelle Gilles Thibodeau, ça aurait pas tant fitté. Parce que j'ai un deuxième nom de famille, que je ne nommerai pas, mais je le trouvais moins punché.  Et puis il y en avait déjà pas mal dans le milieu artistique de ce nom de famille-la, j’en dis pas plus. Puis, quand j'ai commencé sur Facebook ça a tout de suite été Roxane Bruneau, fait que oublie-ça si j'avais changé pour un nom genre Lady Gaga.</span></span></span></p> <p><strong><span><span><span>Mais as-tu été tentée d’essayer peut-être?</span></span></span></strong></p> <p><span><span><span>Roxane: Non, non parce que juste les Cocos ça m'a pris un mois et demi trouver le nom des Cocos. J’étais comme “faut que je leur trouve un nom, faut que je leur trouve un nom”, puis a un moment donné j'ai perdu patience et je les ai appelés les Cocos. Tu sais, je suis pas bonne là-dedans pour créer des noms… À mettons PL Cloutier, c’est un YouTuber et ils les appelle les Watawatadoo, les Wataworld ou je sais pas quoi. Ils ont une espèce de nom fucké puis je suis comme: “Ah c’est donc bien nice, j’aurais pu moi aussi”, mais en tout cas, non. </span></span></span></p> <p><strong><span><span><span>À quoi ressemble l’agenda de Roxane Bruneau pour les mois à venir?</span></span></span></strong></p> <p><span><span><span>Roxane: Veux-tu voir? Mes cernes ont des cernes. Bien écoutes, la Roxane du futur va être en vacances deux semaines après ça je repars 2-3 shows par semaine tout l’automne, tout l'hiver. On est book<a>é</a> jusqu'en 2020.</span></span></span></p> <p><strong><span><span><span>Ton deuxième album on peut espérer le voir quand, il va sortir quand?</span></span></span></strong></p> <p><span><span><span>Roxane: On me chuchote à l'oreille que c'est en Février 2020.</span></span></span></p> <p><strong><span><span><span>Ça approche à grands pas!</span></span></span></strong></p> <p><span><span><span>Roxane: Oui!</span></span></span></p> <h2><span><span><span>Roxane Bruneau sur Stingray Musique</span></span></span></h2> <p><strong><span><span><span>Merci beaucoup d'être venue a Stingray PausePlay </span></span></span></strong></p> <p><span><span><span>Roxane: Ça fait plaisir, merci de l'invitation.</span></span></span></p> <p><strong><span><span><span>Je vous rappelle que les chansons de Roxane Bruneau sont diffusées sur les chaînes Stingray Musique <a href="https://webplayer.stingray.com/fr/play/channel-info/description?channel-id=013?utm_source=editorial&amp;utm_medium=blog&amp;utm_campaign=on-going" target="_blank">Franco Pop</a>, <a href="https://webplayer.stingray.com/fr/play/channel-info/description?channel-id=060?utm_source=editorial&amp;utm_medium=blog&amp;utm_campaign=on-going" target="_blank">Le Top Détente</a>, sa <a href="https://webplayer.stingray.com/fr/play/channel-info/description?channel-id=VIB_T0148?utm_source=editorial&amp;utm_medium=blog&amp;utm_campaign=on-going" target="_blank">Chaîne Vedette</a> pour tout le mois d'Août et plusieurs autres, toutes disponibles sur notre application mobile Stingray Musique ainsi que sur notre chaîne de vidéoclips Palmarès ADISQ par Stingray. 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How are you my friend?</span></span></span></strong></p> <p><span><span><span>Mac: I'm good </span></span></span></p> <p><strong><span><span><span>You're good just chilling out yeah, had a good day?</span></span></span></strong></p> <p><span><span><span>Mac: Yeah!</span></span></span></p> <p><strong><span><span><span>Busy, busy, busy?</span></span></span></strong></p> <p><span><span><span>Mac: So busy. </span></span></span></p> <h2><span><span><span>Man, I feel like a woman</span></span></span></h2> <p><strong><span><span><span>Yeah that's fine. So my friend, why music?</span></span></span></strong></p> <p><span><span><span>Mac: Why the fuck not?</span></span></span></p> <p><strong><span><span><span>Hahaha that's a way better answer! To make all your fans feel like you're not the huge rock star you are, what are some other shitty jobs that you've had in the past?</span></span></span></strong></p> <p><span><span><span>Mac: Construction, insulation, McDonald's, Starbucks.</span></span></span></p> <p><strong><span><span><span>You worked at McDonald's?</span></span></span></strong></p> <p><span><span><span>Mac: Yeah for a week, yeah.</span></span></span></p> <p><strong><span><span><span>For a week?</span></span></span></strong></p> <p><span><span><span>Mac: Yeah </span></span></span></p> <p><strong><span><span><span>And did they fire you or did you leave?</span></span></span></strong></p> <p><span><span><span>Mac: I like, went through the drive-thru and just handed them my uniform back through the drive-thu window.</span></span></span></p> <p><strong><span><span><span>That is genius. That's actually a genius move. So I loved the video for “My kind of woman”, and I recently saw your incredibly sexy faux American Apparel ad.</span></span></span></strong></p> <p><span><span><span>Mac: Yeah, I don't even know who made that. It's kind of weird, but a lot of people talked to me about that. Yeah, it's kind of weird </span></span></span></p> <p><strong><span><span><span>What is your favorite part about dressing as the opposite sex?</span></span></span></strong></p> <p><span><span><span>Mac: Um I like to feel like a woman. I like to I like to feel sexy and I like to feel-</span></span></span></p> <p><strong><span><span><span>So you don't feel sexy as a man? </span></span></span></strong></p> <p><span><span><span>Mac: No. Sometimes I feel like I may be a woman trapped inside a man's body, so it's nice especially in this circumstance is my life right now, you know, I can get away with exploring that.</span></span></span></p> <p><strong><span><span><span>It's pretty acceptable now for you to switch that up, and you could just go and get that changed anytime you want.</span></span></span></strong></p> <p><span><span><span>Mac: It's like people are almost used to it.</span></span></span></p> <p><strong><span><span><span>Almost, yeah. So, what is your kind of woman?</span></span></span></strong></p> <p><span><span><span>Mac: um I don't know probably big tits </span></span></span></p> <p><strong><span><span><span>Okay, so if you had to piece together bits of celebrities, who would you piece together to make your perfect woman?</span></span></span></strong></p> <p><span><span><span>Mac: I would take Angelina Jolie's tits. I would take Jennifer Lawrence's…</span></span></span></p> <p><strong><span><span><span>Tits as well.</span></span></span></strong></p> <p><span><span><span>Mac: Yeah, tits. Yeah it would just be kind of a blob with 19 sets of celebrity tits on it. Just kind of like a slate of flesh.</span></span></span></p> <p><strong><span><span><span>She sounds intelligent, yeah that really sounds good. </span></span></span></strong></p> <h2><span><span><span>JX-3P, DX7, R2D2? </span></span></span></h2> <p><strong><span><span><span>So how do you write music? What's your process like, is there a process?</span></span></span></strong></p> <p><span><span><span>Mac: I just sit down and press record and then song comes out sometimes, sometimes it doesn't.</span></span></span></p> <p><strong><span><span><span>Do you always start with guitar?</span></span></span></strong></p> <p><span><span><span>Mac: lately I haven't been but usually yeah. I'm kind of a guitar guy. </span></span></span></p> <p><strong><span><span><span>And what have you been doing instead lately?</span></span></span></strong></p> <p><span><span><span> Mac: A little bit of keyboard first-</span></span></span></p> <p><strong><span><span><span>Oh! Piano, synths?</span></span></span></strong></p> <p><span><span><span>Mac: Synthesizer. </span></span></span></p> <p><strong><span><span><span>Yeah? What kind of software do you use?</span></span></span></strong></p> <p><span><span><span>Mac: I don't use the computer at all.</span></span></span></p> <p><strong><span><span><span>Oh so all analog stuff?</span></span></span></strong></p> <p><span><span><span>Mac: Yeah.</span></span></span></p> <p><strong><span><span><span>Like what? </span></span></span></strong></p> <p><span><span><span>Mac: I got a Prophet-5, we got a Juno-60, JX-3P, DX7, DX100, whatever you want!</span></span></span></p> <p><strong><span><span><span>I think halfway through that you started making up random alphanumeric combinations there</span></span></span></strong></p> <p><span><span><span>Mac: No, they’re all synthesizers, look them up. Vintage Synth Explorer.</span></span></span></p> <p><strong><span><span><span>What is the most important song that you've ever done?</span></span></span></strong></p> <p><span><span><span>Mac: Most important song that I’ve done or written you mean?</span></span></span></p> <p><strong><span><span><span>That you've ever written.</span></span></span></strong></p> <p><span><span><span>Shit, I don't know.</span></span></span></p> <p><strong><span><span><span>What's your favorite Mac DeMarco song?</span></span></span></strong></p> <p><span><span><span>Mac: Um fuck, I don't know I guess um… I mean hell maybe I'll just go with rock and roll nightclub why not?</span></span></span></p> <p><strong><span><span><span>Okay, fine. What does a song need to be good?</span></span></span></strong></p> <p><span><span><span>Mac: It needs to be catchy. needs to be rockin- or it can be very somber and tender- but it needs to be… need to have a little extra touch of spice. I don't know what it is maybe that's why the music is so magical cuz nobody can put their finger on it</span></span></span></p> <p><strong><span><span><span>Or in it.</span></span></span></strong></p> <p><span><span><span>Mac: Mm-hmm</span></span></span></p> <h2><span><span><span>Great Canadian bands and little pricks from the UK</span></span></span></h2> <p><strong><span><span><span>Which is- I kind of wish I could! I feel like it'd be a little squishy but like warm a bit. That's beautiful. I hear your mom runs your social media accounts, is that true? </span></span></span></strong></p> <p><span><span><span>Mac: No, but hers is pretty much a social media account. Her Facebook account, kids just hit her up and she like talked to them for weeks and hours and shit and some fucking little prick from the UK proposed to her over Facebook, a 17-year old-</span></span></span></p> <p><strong><span><span><span>Did she say yes? </span></span></span></strong></p> <p><span><span><span>Mac: She was like, well, and she said no but like you know she talked to him. if I see you over in the UK you little shit I'm gonna beat your ass!</span></span></span></p> <p><strong><span><span><span>Mac DeMarco is not stoked.</span></span></span></strong></p> <p><span><span><span>Mac: He's trying to ease trying to be greasy on my mother to make me listen to his demos. I'll kick your ass boy.</span></span></span></p> <p><strong><span><span><span>So his whole point of getting married to your mom was solely so that his new stepson would hear his demos?</span></span></span></strong></p> <p><span><span><span>Mac: Yeah little prick.</span></span></span></p> <p><strong><span><span><span>So let's say they got married would you at least take a listen?</span></span></span></strong></p> <p><span><span><span>Mac: I would beat the shit out of my dad every day.</span></span></span></p> <p><strong><span><span><span>At the wedding?</span></span></span></strong></p> <p><span><span><span>Mac: Yeah, yeah. </span></span></span></p> <p><strong><span><span><span>Really? But your poor mom I feel like you'd be ruining her special day.</span></span></span></strong></p> <p><span><span><span>Mac: It'll be fine, get a couple glasses of wine in her, passes out, beat the dad up.</span></span></span></p> <p><strong><span><span><span>So your mom passes out after a few glasses of wine?</span></span></span></strong></p> <p><span><span><span>Mac: Not a big drinker, not really no.</span></span></span></p> <p><strong><span><span><span>That surprises me to be honest with you, I feel like she could drink it up.</span></span></span></strong></p> <p><span><span><span>Mac: Yeah well, the apple fell a little further away from the tree.</span></span></span></p> <p><strong><span><span><span>Hahaha, that's fine. What is a great Canadian band that people should get into? Or really that just you’re into, you know? What’s some great Canadian music that you love right now?</span></span></span></strong></p> <p><span><span><span>Mac: People should listen to Sean Nicholas Savage, they should listen to band called Viet Cong (now Preoccupations), they should listen to band called Each Other, they should listen to a band called Home Shake and they should listen to a bang called Walter TV.</span></span></span></p> <p><strong><span><span><span>Walter TV?</span></span></span></strong></p> <p><span><span><span>Mac: Yeah.</span></span></span></p> <p><strong><span><span><span>Why have I heard of Walter TV?</span></span></span></strong></p> <p><span><span><span>Mac: It's my band mate’s band and then Home Shake is my other band mate’s band.</span></span></span></p> <p><strong><span><span><span>I feel like... did you talk to Nardwuar about Walter TV?</span></span></span></strong></p> <p><span><span><span>Mac: Yeah dude</span></span></span></p> <p><strong><span><span><span>That's right, okay okay. I don't have any gifts for you, how does Nardwuar know how to give people the right gift?</span></span></span></strong></p> <p><span><span><span>Mac: I don't know. With me I could kind of figure it out because he talked to a lot of my friends in Vancouver about what to ask me to freak me out, so I knew exactly where he was coming from.</span></span></span></p> <p><strong><span><span><span>How did he know who your friends were?</span></span></span></strong></p> <p><span><span><span>Mac: I mean he's a Vancouver guy. A lot of my friends are in this music scene they run record labels and shit so he just calls him up I think.</span></span></span></p> <p><strong><span><span><span>Is he as weird off camera as he is on camera?</span></span></span></strong></p> <p><span><span><span>Mac: Yeah, I think he's like a pretty genuine dude like he doesn't really put it on</span></span></span></p> <p><strong><span><span><span>No way, that's not a thing he just is usually strange.</span></span></span></strong></p> <p><span><span><span>Mac: it's really cool.</span></span></span></p> <h2><span><span><span>Festival Experiences</span></span></span></h2> <p><strong><span><span><span>What is your best and worst festival memory?</span></span></span></strong></p> <p><span><span><span>Mac: I remember I woke up in the car at Bonnaroo and it was so hot and I was covered in sweat and but also like crusty and like cooked that sucked. Best, best festival memory-</span></span></span></p> <p><strong><span><span><span>Oh that wasn't your best?</span></span></span></strong></p> <p><span><span><span>Mac: That was the worst. best one I remember swimming in a creek with my booking agent in Australia-</span></span></span></p> <p><strong><span><span><span>Where in Australia? I’m an Aussie myself.</span></span></span></strong></p> <p><span><span><span>Mac: At this festival, Meredith. It was outside of Melbourne and that was it the whole festival I just really loved it, that festival’s amazing.</span></span></span></p> <p><strong><span><span><span>What was it called?</span></span></span></strong></p> <p><span><span><span>Mac: Meredith.</span></span></span></p> <p><strong><span><span><span>Meredith. And who are you most excited to see here at Osheaga?</span></span></span></strong></p> <p><span><span><span>Mac: um I don't know. I wanted to see Outkast I think we're playing at the same time </span></span></span></p> <p><strong><span><span><span>I think they're up next yeah.</span></span></span></strong></p> <p><span><span><span>Mac: I watched Skrillex on one of those one of the TV screens backstage for a while that was pretty insane, some weird shit going on.</span></span></span></p> <p><strong><span><span><span>Oh yeah, like what? I missed it. </span></span></span></strong></p> <p><span><span><span>Mac: Just insane people going nuts. He's in this like weird fucking graffiti tank looking thing and it's just like so much bass I thought I was gonna have diarrhea.</span></span></span></p> <p><strong><span><span><span>Did you have diarrhea?</span></span></span></strong></p> <p><span><span><span>Mac: Oh my god, came close but you know-</span></span></span></p> <p><strong><span><span><span>But you saved it </span></span></span></strong></p> <p><span><span><span>Mac: Yeah, saved it for later</span></span></span></p> <p><strong><span><span><span>That's really good to hear. I'm genuinely happy for you that you didn't shit your pants at Skrillex.</span></span></span></strong></p> <p><span><span><span>Mac: I’m probably going to do it on stage instead.</span></span></span></p> <p><strong><span><span><span>I'm sticking around for your show so if you poop your pants, if you could just look me right in the eyes when you do it, it would make my weekend.</span></span></span></strong></p> <p><span><span><span>Mac: No problem.</span></span></span></p> <h2><span><span><span>Mac DeMarco on Stingray Music</span></span></span></h2> <p><strong><span><span><span>You're a sweet man. Mac DeMarco is a sweet man. You can hear Mac DeMarco playing all over Stingray Music's <a href="https://webplayer.stingray.com/fr/play/channel-info/description?channel-id=002?utm_source=editorial&amp;utm_medium=blog&amp;utm_campaign=on-going" target="_blank">Rock Alternative</a> and <a href="https://webplayer.stingray.com/fr/play/channel-info/description?channel-id=VIB_N1384?utm_source=editorial&amp;utm_medium=blog&amp;utm_campaign=on-going" target="_blank">Mellow Indie</a> channels, Mac thanks for stopping by and hanging out in bed with me man.</span></span></span></strong></p> <p><span><span><span>Mac: My pleasure!</span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><strong>It was a good one. Guys tune in next time have a good one!</strong> </span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span>Mac: Peace out!</span></span></span></p> <p><strong><span><span><span>Peace out!</span></span></span></strong></p> <p><span><span><span>Mac: I love you mother.</span></span></span></p> <p><strong><span><span><span>Love you, I also love you Mac’s mom. Will you marry me?</span></span></span></strong></p> <p><span><span><span>Mac: Chill.</span></span></span></p> <p> </p> <p> </p> <p><strong>Stay on the pulse of the most recent news in music. 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Aujourd'hui à Stingray PausePlay, j'ai le plaisir d'accueillir Lara Fabian. Heureux de t’avoir parmi nous!</span></span></span></strong></p> <p><span><span><span>Lara: Merci, merci Charles.</span></span></span></p> <h2><span><span><span>La Voix</span></span></span></h2> <p><strong><span><span><span>Et félicitations! Ta candidate Geneviève Jodoin est la grande gagnante de la 7e édition de la populaire émission La Voix, une association qui a porté fruits.</span></span></span></strong></p> <p><span><span><span>Lara: Mais oui!</span></span></span></p> <p><strong><span><span><span>Que retiens-tu de cette rencontre avec Geneviève?</span></span></span></strong></p> <p><span><span><span>Lara: Bien, je dirais de façon plus générale ce que je retiens de cette saison de La Voix, c'est qu'on peut vraiment continuer de s'émerveiller à chaque étape. et Geneviève a contribué énormément à cet émerveillement constant et renouvelé. La voir choisir ses chansons, la voir être en pleine possession de ses moyens puis prendre ce bel envol vers le public, savoir que le public l'ait choisie. C'est une très très belle experience, je suis vraiment très heureuse pour elle surtout.</span></span></span></p> <p><strong><span><span><span>Tout à fait. Durant tout le mois de Mai, tu auras ta Chaîne Vedette sur Stingray Musique. On y retrouve évidemment de tes propres chansons, et aussi d'une sélection de tes coups de coeurs tels que Queen, Barbra Streisand, Céline Dion, il y a Jacques Brel et plusieurs autres. Pour quel artiste demeures-tu la plus fidèle, dont tu ne te lasses jamais d’écouter?</span></span></span></strong></p> <p><span><span><span>Lara: Il y en a plusieurs sais-tu, mais je te dirais que définitivement Streisand fait partie de ces voix qui sont un peu la trame sonore de ma vie. La bande originale de ma vie vraiment, parce qu elle a été présente à toutes les époques pour moi. Nana aussi, je te dirais Nana Mouskouri, parce que ça fait partie de petites joies d'enfants. Freddy parce que moi il m’impressionne tellement, puis aujourd'hui je dirais que j'ai le sentiment que son âme s'est réincarné dans Brendon Urie de Panic! at the Disco, donc ce serait pas mal en ce moment les quatres que j'écoute pour des raisons différentes mais random.</span></span></span></p> <h2><span><span><span>La beauté de l’expérience</span></span></span></h2> <p><strong><span><span><span>Ton premier album est sorti il y a presque 30 ans déjà.</span></span></span></strong></p> <p><span><span><span>Lara: Oui, oui.</span></span></span></p> <p><strong><span><span><span>Qu'est-ce que tu peux maintenant offrir aux spectateurs que tu ne pouvais pas à tes débuts?</span></span></span></strong></p> <p><span><span><span>Lara: Oh mon Dieu, j'ai tellement de choses. Tellement de choses, je crois, qu'on accumule durant des décennies comme ça, beaucoup d'expériences. Et je suis quelqu'un d'intense, tout le monde le sait, je suis quelqu'un qui vit vraiment les bras ouverts. Mais je crois qu'aujourd'hui, ce que je peux apporter c'est que dans ses bras ouverts là il ya plus d'espace pour les autres. Il y a plus d’espace pour partager, il y a plus d'espace pour se connecter entre nous qu’il pouvait y en avoir quand j'étais plus jeune puis vraiment inexpérimentée. </span></span></span></p> <p><strong><span><span><span>On sent beaucoup de gratitude chez toi aujoud’hui.</span></span></span></strong></p> <p><span><span><span>Lara: Enormément, et c'est un cadeau de pouvoir tant d'années après être encore là parce que les gens sont contents de te voir, parce que les gens aiment encore tes chansons, parce que tu les entends encore fredonner tous tes hits, c'est magique. Franchement c'est un cadeau de chaque instant. Puis, je pense aussi que c'est une responsabilité c'est que tu vis à vis d'un public, fait que ça marche dans les deux sens cette gratitude-la.</span></span></span></p> <p><strong><span><span><span>Sur ton plus récent album Papillon, il y a la très belle chanson “Je ne t'aime plus”. Pourquoi cette fois-ci avoir décidé de chanter le désamour?</span></span></span></strong></p> <p><span><span><span>Lara: C'est vrai que c'est la première fois que j'écris une toune où il n'y a pas vraiment de lumière à la fin. Écoute, je crois qu'on est rarement près dans la vie à avoir le guts de dire c'est vraiment terminé. Je crois qu'au fond de nous, avec de l'amour là, on cultive toujours un petit espoir. Mais je crois qu'il ya des amours toxiques dans une existence, qu’un moment donné on doit se… desquels on doit s'éloigner, et je crois qu'il ya un âge pour faire ça. Il ya un âge où on est capable de dire: “Sais-tu quoi? Ca c'est pas pour moi. C'est pas suffisamment bienveillant, c’est pas suffisamment lumineux, c'est pas suffisamment nourrissant”. Et à ce moment là, parce qu'on a plus peur d'être seul.e, parce qu'on sait qu'on l'est pas finalement quand on est lié.e aux autres de façon saine on se dit ça, ça marche plus. Puis je ne t'aime plus le sait la tonne qui a été capable qu'il m'a donné le courage de dire à quelque chose qui était toxique dans ma vie “Non. Stop”. Elle sert à ça cette chanson là, c'est pas tellement le désamour comme l'amour qu'on doit enfin avoir un peu pour soi même aussi.</span></span></span>7q</p> <h2><span><span><span>En Rafale!</span></span></span></h2> <p><strong><span><span><span>Tout à fait. Prochain segment de questions c'est en rafale, c'est plus léger.</span></span></span></strong></p> <p><span><span><span>Lara: Ok.</span></span></span></p> <p><strong><span><span><span>Si tu pouvais être quelqu'un d'autre durant 24 heures, qui serais-tu?</span></span></span></strong></p> <p><span><span><span>Lara: Je serais Marie Curie, pour savoir comment on fait quand on est une femme à cette époque, puis de changer le cours de l'humanité. Fait que oui, si je pouvais 24 heures je serais pas du tout dans mon métier. Je serais une chercheuse dans un laboratoire, puis j'essayerais de trouver une solution pour aider les gens.</span></span></span></p> <p><strong><span><span><span>Intéressant. Quel film pourrais-tu revoir 100 fois?</span></span></span></strong></p> <p><span><span><span>Lara: Hm. Oh mon dieu je le sais! C'est <i>Fried Green Tomatoes</i> en anglais, mais c'est où <i>Les Beignets de Tomates Vertes</i> en français où <i>Le Secret dans la Sauce.</i> C'est un film épique qui raconte une histoire d'amour entre deux femmes, puis c'est vraiment une histoire d'amour qui se déroule dans un endroit qui s'appelle le Whistle Stop Café, donc ils font des beignets de tomates vertes mais s'il ya une saga infiniment plus grande, c’est dans le temps de la ségrégation c'est extraordinaire.</span></span></span></p> <p><strong><span><span><span>À voir.</span></span></span></strong></p> <p><span><span><span>Lara: À voir, vraiment.</span></span></span></p> <p><strong><span><span><span>Ta chanson kitsch préférée? </span></span></span></strong></p> <p><span><span><span>Lara: Ma chanson kitsch préférée est en Italien, elle s'appelle “Gelato al Cioccolato”, mais je pas sûre que- “gelato al cioccolato dolce e un po' salato”- je suis pas sûre que ça peut pas être mon moment de honte non plus là. Entre le moment de honte puis la kitscherie, mais c'est une chanson italienne des années 80 je crois, des années 80.</span></span></span></p> <p><strong><span><span><span>Le hobby qui te permet de décrocher?</span></span></span></strong></p> <p><span><span><span>Lara: Cuisiner définitivement. Dans la cuisine avec mon chum puis ma petite fille. </span></span></span></p> <p><strong><span><span><span>Qu'est-ce que vous cuisinez?</span></span></span></strong></p> <p><span><span><span>Lara: Ah plein de choses! On fait beaucoup de salades, on est très legumes, fruits, poissons tous les trois. On fait plein de choses, on s'invente des petits menus et on va au marché les trois, on choisi nos affaires les trois puis on rentre et on se fait un grand fun dans la cuisine.</span></span></span></p> <p><strong><span><span><span>La toute dernière: ta devise dans la vie est?</span></span></span></strong></p> <p><span><span><span>Lara: Carpe diem. Ici, maintenant, et remercie à chaque instant.</span></span></span></p> <h2><span><span><span>Beyoncé, une nouvelle tournée et la langue de l’émotion</span></span></span></h2> <p><strong><span><span><span>Ca te va bien. La prochaine question nous provient d'un artiste que l'on a interviewé précédemment. Dans ton cas, il s'agit de l'artiste française Jane. Alors voici sa question: “Salut c'est Jane et j'ai une question pour vous. Alors est-ce que tu préfères faire un featuring avec Beyoncé ou vendre un million d'albums en un jour?”</span></span></span></strong></p> <p><span><span><span>Lara: Je préfère faire un featuring avec Beyoncé. </span></span></span></p> <p><strong><span><span><span>Quelle chanson vous chanteriez ensemble?</span></span></span></strong></p> <p><span><span><span>Lara: Halo, oui probablement. Parce que vendre un million d'albums en un jour… puis après on fait quoi? Mais un featuring avec Beyoncé après tu le sais pas ce qu'il peut arriver, comment la manne céleste peut s'ouvrir parce que tu as la chance de traverser la vie d'un artiste comme ça. Avec moi, je suis plus pour les expériences humaines que pour les chiffres.</span></span></span></p> <p><strong><span><span><span>à quoi ressemble l’agenda de Lara Fabian pour les mois à venir?</span></span></span></strong></p> <p><span><span><span>Lara: Hey c’est assez occupe! Il y a une tournée en preparation, fait que ça ressemble à une grosse grosse intense période de ma vie où je vais rentrer en création de la tournée. Puis on va partir en tournée à partir de Septembre, on va passer par le Québec aussi bien sûr en Avril, mais c'est comme presque 75 shows à travers le monde.</span></span></span></p> <p><strong><span><span><span>C’est enorme, partout dans le monde! Parce que tu chantes dans plusieurs langues.</span></span></span></strong></p> <p><span><span><span>Lara: J'ai cette chance là puis j'ai cette chance aussi d'être aimée en Français dans plusieurs pays. Ce qui est fou Charles, c'est que quand moi je vais à Bucarest, à Budapest, à Sofia, à Moscou, à Saint Pétersbourg, à Paris, à Londres, à Berlin, a Amsterdam, à Athènes; moi je chante mes chansons en Français et les gens chantent avec moi. Ce qui est fou, c'est que le français a été un incroyable vecteur de chansons, de mes chansons, même dans les pays où on ne parle pas la langue. </span></span></span></p> <p><strong><span><span><span>C'est tellement beau de voir justement quand tu chantes je suis malade devant un public qui peut-être comprend pas la langue mais-</span></span></span></strong></p> <p><span><span><span>Lara: Mais il comprent la langue pareil, ils comprennent la langue de l'émotion, je crois que c’est ca. </span></span></span></p> <p><strong><span><span><span>Tout a fait. Puis ils t’accompagnent, comment tu arrives à ne pas décrocher à ce moment là? C'est tellement puissant de voir un public chanter aussi fort.</span></span></span></strong></p> <p><span><span><span>Lara: Je me berce tu sais, je me berce avec eux. </span></span></span></p> <p><strong><span><span><span>Merci beaucoup d'être venue nous voir a Stingray PausePlay. </span></span></span></strong></p> <p><span><span><span>Lara: C'est moi qui vous remercie de m'avoir accueillie chez vous.</span></span></span></p> <h2><span><span><span>Lara Fabian sur Stingray</span></span></span></h2> <p><strong><span><span><span>Je rappelle aux gens que les chansons de Lara Fabian sont diffusées sur les chaînes Stingray Musique <a href="https://webplayer.stingray.com/fr/play/channel-info/description?channel-id=060?utm_source=editorial&amp;utm_medium=blog&amp;utm_campaign=on-going" target="_blank">Le Top Détente</a>, </span></span></span></strong><strong><span><span><span><a href="https://webplayer.stingray.com/fr/play/channel-info/description?channel-id=013?utm_source=editorial&amp;utm_medium=blog&amp;utm_campaign=on-going" target="_blank">Franco Pop</a>, <a href="https://webplayer.stingray.com/fr/play/channel-info/description?channel-id=MC0050?utm_source=editorial&amp;utm_medium=blog&amp;utm_campaign=on-going" target="_blank">Chansons</a>, <a href="https://webplayer.stingray.com/fr/play/channel-info/description?channel-id=012?utm_source=editorial&amp;utm_medium=blog&amp;utm_campaign=on-going" target="_blank">Souvenirs</a>, <a href="https://webplayer.stingray.com/fr/play/channel-info/description?channel-id=004?utm_source=editorial&amp;utm_medium=blog&amp;utm_campaign=on-going" target="_blank">Pop Adulte</a> et sa chaîne vedette pour tout le mois de Mai, et plusieurs autres toutes disponibles sur notre application mobile Stingray Musique ainsi que sur la chaîne de vidéo clips Palmarès Adisq par Stingray. Pour en savoir d’avantage sur Lara Fabian, consultez le larafabian.com</span></span></span></strong></p> <p> </p> <p><strong>Stay on the pulse of the most recent news in music. 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Right before debuting his tour, grandson reflects on being an artist with a message and encourages people to take in art and information with a critical mind. He also shares the impact of his Canadian identity on his music and tells Zack about his most embarrassing <span class="size-normal">moment!</span></p> <p><strong><span class="size-normal">I'm Zack Monson, welcome to a very special edition of Stingray PausePlay. I’m here with dual citizen, but we're gonna call him a Canadian sensation, or at least soon-to-be, grandson! </span></strong></p> <p><span class="size-normal"><span><span><span class="size-normal">grandson: Thank you so much.</span></span></span></span></p> <p><strong><span class="size-normal"><span><span><span class="size-normal">How are you sir?</span></span></span></span></strong></p> <p><span class="size-normal"><span><span><span class="size-normal">grandson: I am so, so good. Recording this, the new EP just dropped at midnight, we are playing a show here in Montreal; what could be better?</span></span></span></span></p> <h2><span class="size-normal"><span><span><span><strong class="size-h2">From ghostwriter to finding the grandkids</strong></span></span></span></span></h2> <p><strong><span class="size-normal"><span><span><span class="size-normal">You kind of started out your musical writing career writing for other artists, this whole you know, you don't get credited, ghostwriting kind of thing.</span></span></span></span></strong></p> <p><span><span class="size-normal">grandson: Sure</span></span></p> <p><strong><span class="size-normal"><span><span class="size-normal">Are there projects that you can be openly proud of?</span></span></span></strong></p> <p><span class="size-normal"><span><span><span class="size-normal">grandson: Yeah absolutely! I was happy to work with an artist named Sabrina Claudio, on her first EP.</span></span></span></span></p> <p><strong><span class="size-normal"><span><span><span class="size-normal">She’s amazing, one of my favourites!</span></span></span></span></strong></p> <p><span class="size-normal"><span><span><span class="size-normal">grandson: Yeah, I remember when a friend of mine in Los Angeles had found a video of her doing covers or something. Shout out to Sabrina, that’s my girl! But yeah, there's been a couple different things, I've been really proud of working with Hayley Jean Penner-</span></span></span></span></p> <p><strong><span class="size-normal"><span><span><span class="size-normal">Who’s also, a quick note on Hayley Jean Penner</span></span></span></span></strong></p> <p><span class="size-normal"><span><span><span class="size-normal">grandson: Let's talk!</span></span></span></span></p> <p><strong><span class="size-normal"><span><span><span class="size-normal">She’s also a Canadian, you know she’s Fred Penner's daughter. She also has worked with great artists like Charlotte Lawrence and Stella Lennon. I'm a big Hayley fan.</span></span></span></span></strong></p> <p><span><span><span class="size-normal">grandson: That's my homegirl right there. I was really grateful for those opportunities to just see how other artists work, to see how they tell their story. But all the while I was doing that, I felt a little discontent because I just knew that there was a story of my own that I wasn't telling. I think that partially, I didn't feel confident being the one to talk about these sorts of issues that I wanted my music to talk about, and I think that even back then I knew that there was a certain irreverence or anti authority or defiance I wanted my music to embody, but it was taking on a very sarcastic kind of immature tone and I wanted to have that reflected in a more… I just wanted to be taken seriously as an artist and as a songwriter.</span></span></span></p> <p><strong><span class="size-normal"><span><span><span class="size-normal">Right. So, you have the 90s with music where there's this Renaissance of this kind of political message, especially in Rock. Then you hit the 2000s where it's boy bands and girl bands, and bubbly and shiny and overproduced, and now here we're in 2019. Why do you feel the necessity to take up that mantle as the artist with a message?</span></span></span></span></strong></p> <p>grandson: That’s a really interesting thing, I think about that a lot and I think about even before that, how the hair metal bands of the 80's, the Bon Jovi's of the world led to the Kurt Cobain's and Rage Against the Machine and Smashing Pumpkins and Jane's Addiction. Ultimately, I don't think that it was a very cerebral decision, it wasn't like I saw this niche that needed to be filled and filled that mantle. I just wanted to be honest. I didn't feel like my beliefs or my musical tastes were yet reflected in the music that I had around <span class="size-normal">me. I don't really know why I get to do it or why I did it, but it's become a very fulfilling thing for me and I'm proud to do it. And once I went on tour and met the “grandkids”, I met these people that are resonating with this message, it became more clear to me that I need to do it and all of a sudden I had a real sense of who I'm doing this for. </span></p> <p><strong><span class="size-normal"><span><span><span class="size-normal">I think you just said the grandkids, I assume that's what your fans call themselves, the grandkids?</span></span></span></span></strong></p> <p><span><span><span class="size-normal">grandson: Yeah, I think it's funny and I think that </span></span></span><span class="size-normal"><span><span><span class="size-normal">especially in alternative music it's like every single one and sometimes they, like I feel the kids will play with different things. I think people </span></span></span></span><span>just want to feel a part of something more than anything.</span></p> <p><strong><span class="size-normal"><span><span><span>Absolutely!</span></span></span></span></strong></p> <p><span class="size-normal"><span><span><span>grandson: I think with the alternative music especially, as a result people want to feel that they're with their people and if you want to give it a pet name or something, I'm happy to be a part of that.</span></span></span></span></p> <h2><span class="size-h2"><span class="size-normal"><strong class="size-h2">Peace of mind and Travis Cormier’s Question</strong></span></span></h2> <p><strong><span class="size-normal"><span><span><span>Absolutely. With all the stress and negativity that go on in your day to day life, where are you happiest were are you most at peace?</span></span></span></span></strong></p> <p><span class="size-normal"><span><span><span> grandson: Man what a great question, I really appreciate questions like these. Probably on stage. I really do feel a sense of enoughness because I feel like that's what I'm here to do. When I'm on stage and when I'm performing, I view my music as a service. It's a service to the people that do gravitate to these messages of empowerment or feeling disenfranchised. So when I get to be up there I feel like I'm doing what I'm supposed to be doing, and it kind of quiets that voice in my head that tells me I'm not enough for even just a song.</span></span></span></span></p> <p><strong><span class="size-normal"><span><span><span>So we asked the last artist that we had to ask you a question, and that that question is: “Hey my name is Travis Cormier and my question is: what is your most embarrassing moment?” </span></span></span></span></strong></p> <p><span class="size-normal"><span><span><span>grandson: My most embarrassing moment is probably like; I was playing one of the biggest shows I had ever played, I was opening for the Smashing Pumpkins. It was like a huge milestone for me and for the guys that I perform with. And in the middle of one of the very beginning songs- this is a room of like 6,000 people have no idea who I am- my mic cuts out for like three minutes. I'm looking around waiting for somebody to fix it, and everyone's just giving me this blank stare and it's just kind like: “you're on your own up there”. So I'm trying to troubleshoot, I'm trying to plug it in and at a certain point, I just feel like completely naked in front of this gigantic room full of people. And then my microphone finally comes back on and I start trying to talk to people, and my voice cracks and it's like… You gotta get through it. But I made it through and I'm here to tell the tale, and I would prefer not to have that experience again, but if that's the worst then yeah, I got good problems.</span></span></span></span></p> <h2><span class="size-normal"><span><span><span><strong class="size-h2">A look at <i><em>a modern tragedy vol. 2</em></i></strong></span></span></span></span><span><span><span><strong></strong></span></span></span></h2> <p><strong><span class="size-normal"><span><span><span>Brand-new music out today</span></span></span></span></strong></p> <p><span class="size-normal"><span><span><span>grandson: Today! Get that.</span></span></span></span></p> <p><strong><span class="size-normal"><span><span><span>Today! <i><em>a modern tragedy vol. 2</em></i>. If your fans liked volume one, they are bound to love volume two.</span></span></span></span></strong></p> <p><span class="size-normal"><span><span><span>grandson: Thank you, thank you.</span></span></span></span></p> <p><strong><span class="size-normal"><span><span><span>Well, how do you feel about volume two versus volume one?</span></span></span></span></strong></p> <p><span class="size-normal"><span><span><span> grandson: Uh, they're different. It leans a little less in the space of blues and a little more in kind of new metal, it's a little bit darker. I feel that volume two has larger themes of vice, of truth and of what is truth, and modern-day martyrdom. I encourage you to listen and think critically about why these things are important, why they might not be to you, why you like or dislike it; because I think that that sort of critical eye and critical ear needs to be fostered now more than ever in this era of instant gratification and fake news. We need to like, take a second and formulate opinions for ourselves. So judge me, have an opinion on it, and let's go from there and try to build some sort of constructive dialogue. </span></span></span></span></p> <p><strong><span class="size-normal"><span><span><span>What song off the new EP was the hardest for you to complete?</span></span></span></span></strong></p> <p><span class="size-normal"><span><span><span>grandson: I had a song called “Is This What You Wanted?”, and it's a story about how I was getting really political and just being a bit of a troll online, and a lot of people were telling me to kind of stick to music and just shut up and sing. I wanted to make a song that kind of spoke to that. I tried to reveal that as just a sarcastic reflection on the reality, which is you turn on the news and there's kids in cages and there's fear and division in us, and I'm over here just singing pop songs. So, it took a lot of iterations before I felt comfortable putting it out, but sometimes those are the ones that are the most important to me.</span></span></span></span></p> <p><strong><span class="size-normal"><span><span><span>So another challenging things in music, and I think that especially with you where your message is so clear where it's not just some cheesy pop song that's just fun to dance to, you're really trying to say something. The creation of a music video for these songs must be a challenge. Is it a big deal for you to make sure that the visualizations really match up and feel the same with the lyrics.? How hands-on are you? </span></span></span></span></strong></p> <p><span class="size-normal"><span><span><span>grandson: It has been a challenge, and it's something that I don't feel super… it hasn't come to me very naturally. It's difficult, especially when the narratives are, the storytelling in a lot of these songs is very overt, you want to take the music videos to be these very literal interpretations of that storytelling, but you kind of only have those three and a half minutes to make this little mini movie.  so different schools of thought kind of emerged. I look at somebody like Billy Eilish, who’s these videos are so minimal and they're just so visually striking although they might just be one location one set up one really strong concept kind of just drilled into your head. versus taking a more maximal approach with, like an entire-</span></span></span></span></p> <p><strong><span class="size-normal"><span><span><span>Actors and special effects.</span></span></span></span></strong></p> <p><span class="size-normal"><span><span><span>grandson: Yeah. I feel that I'm still figuring out exactly the right fit for how to interpret these songs. I don't really know exactly what it'll look like when it feels completely flushed out or completely like a finished product, but I've been excited to continue to work with incredibly talented directors and producers and make cool shit.</span></span></span></span></p> <p><strong><span class="size-normal"><span><span><span> So far so good, man. I think your music videos are great, they really do match and speak to your message quite clearly, so well done. I know it’s hard, but the outcome has been fantastic.</span></span></span></span></strong></p> <p><span class="size-normal"><span><span><span>grandson: Thank you so much. Yeah, I think that if I was the kind of person that was satisfied with the kind of work that I've done thus far, I might not be trying to get better.</span></span></span></span></p> <h2><span class="size-normal"><span><span><span><strong class="size-h2">See you at the Junos!</strong></span></span></span></span></h2> <p><strong><span class="size-normal"><span><span><span>Man, I'm personally so proud of what you've achieved in such a short time, as a Canadian especially you know, we're just so proud to see you guys succeed on international level. And I know that there's just more to come from you so, all the best. </span></span></span></span></strong></p> <p><span class="size-normal"><span><span><span>grandson: I'm so proud to be Canadian and I think a lot of these ideologies embedded in my music- the sort of collective social responsibility that I think is really important for a healthy democracy- a lot of those themes I was brought up on here in Canada. My opinions on single-payer healthcare, my opinions on our relationship to the environment. While there's still a lot of work to be done here in Canada, it's vastly superior… our relationship to, our standards for food, a lot of these sorts of issues. I am the way I am because I grew up where I grew up, so I'm very proud to be Canadian. I'm excited for the Junos this year, and I'm gonna keep repping and keep supporting, and I'm happy to kick this tour off here in Montreal.</span></span></span></span></p> <p><strong><span class="size-normal"><span><span><span>Amazing, well definitely come find us at the red carpet at the Junos for another chat!</span></span></span></span></strong></p> <p><span class="size-normal"><span><span><span>grandson: Let's go!</span></span></span></span></p> <p><strong><span class="size-normal"><span><span><span>Thank you so much for hanging out and chat and just being, you know, as open now as you are all your songs.</span></span></span></span></strong></p> <p><span class="size-normal"><span><span><span>grandson: Trying to keep it real, thank you for having me.</span></span></span></span></p> <h2><span class="size-normal"><span><span><span><strong class="size-h2">Listen to grandson on Stingray Music</strong></span></span></span></span></h2> <p><strong><span class="size-normal"><span><span><span>Thank you so much. You can hear grandson on Stingray Music's <a href="https://webplayer.stingray.com/en/play/channel-info/description?channel-id=003?utm_source=editorial&amp;utm_medium=blog&amp;utm_campaign=on-going" target="_blank">Adult Alternative</a> and <a href="https://webplayer.stingray.com/en/play/channel-info/description?channel-id=002?utm_source=editorial&amp;utm_medium=blog&amp;utm_campaign=on-going" target="_blank">Rock Alternative</a> channels. Of course, get our mobile app and our web player, find the little magnifying glass icon and type in “grandson” to find the 16 channels that we play his music on.</span></span></span></span></strong></p> <p><span class="size-normal"><span><span><span>grandson: Come on, let’s go! 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The country singer-songwriter discussed his family life, writing music with his dad, genre-bending, hearing his music on the radio for the first time, and much more!</span></p> <p><span><span><strong>I'm Zack Monson welcome to a very special edition of Stingray PausePlay here in the Universal Music Canada offices in Montreal with a guy who you know already, Thomas Rhett.</strong></span></span></p> <p><span><span>Thomas: What's up?</span></span></p> <p><span><span><strong>How are you man? </strong></span></span></p> <p><span><span>Thomas: I'm good. How are you?</span></span></p> <p><span><span><strong>Great to see you!</strong></span></span></p> <p><span><span>Thomas: Likewise!</span></span></p> <p><span><span><strong>You’re looking shiny and alive and enjoying kind of spring. Oh, I guess spring to you here is not a really big deal because you’re probably in sunny places all the time, right?</strong></span></span></p> <p><span><span>Thomas: Well you would think yeah. Nashville, this is about as good as Nashville gets. That’s where I live, in Nashville Tennessee. And springtime right now means about 70 degrees Fahrenheit. So, it’s a little colder than Nashville.</span></span></p> <p><span><span><strong>Yeah. </strong></span></span></p> <p><span><span>Thomas: But, it feels great!</span></span></p> <h2><span><span class="size-h2">From songwriter to singer-songwriter</span></span></h2> <p><span><span><strong>It’s nice today. You know, as one of the biggest stars in country right now you weren’t always in that spot.</strong></span></span></p> <p><span><span>Thomas: No!</span></span></p> <p><span><span><strong>Starting as a songwriter, kind of moving towards this artist, what kind of brought on that desire to go from songwriter to front man?</strong></span></span></p> <p><span><span>Thomas: Man I was I was in college and a little little little college in Nashville and um I was 19 years old, really trying to figure out what was I going to do with my life because all my friends were going to be doctors, lawyers, they were going sell real estate or insurance and I was like I don't know that I would be good at any of those things and so I started writing songs and and I've kind of been around the music business my whole life because my dad's saying country music in the nineties and still to this day is one of the most renowned songwriters in Nashville.</span></span></p> <p><span><span><strong>Absolutely!</strong></span></span></p> <p><span><span>Thomas: and so, when I was 19, I started writing songs and um, and I got a developmental publishing deal which meant like we're going to pay you almost $0 but you still need write songs for us.</span></span></p> <p><span><span><strong>Yeah, right.</strong></span></span></p> <p><span><span>Yes so I'll never forget getting my first ever cut basically what that means as an artist records one of your songs and Jason Aldean recorded a song of mine called ‘I Ain't Ready to Quit’ and he put it on his ‘My Kinda Party’ album.</span></span></p> <p><span><span><strong>Which is a great album, yeah!</strong></span></span></p> <p><span><span>Thomas: A great album what's and I'll never forget the feeling of just being like man maybe I can write songs for a living if Jason will cut one of my songs he would cut one and so I started to get a few more cuts in town and and when I when I would hear the the records I would good man what would it sound like if it was if it was me singing them and me putting them on the radio and trying to do that thing and so I really worked hard for a couple years and uh by the grace of God signed a record deal with Big Machine Records in 2011 and it's kind of just been a crazy whirlwind since then so.</span></span></p> <h2><span><span><strong>Hearing his music on the radio </strong></span></span></h2> <p><span><span><strong>And do you remember the first time you that you were… I mean like where were you, what were you doing when you first heard one of your own songs on the radio? Whether it was one you wrote or one you sang?</strong></span></span></p> <p><span><span>Thomas: Man, I was driving from Los Angeles to Las Vegas and I was in the car with one radio reps I was on this thing we call radio tour.</span></span></p> <p><span><span><strong>Love them, yeah!</strong></span></span></p> <p><span><span>Thomas: Which is where you basically drive around and and play songs for every radio station in the country and there was a programmer out towards that way that said they were going to play my song at like 2:30 or whatever in the afternoon so we were just like dialed in like waiting and waiting to listen, and one of the most insane experiences of my life and I often get asked like ‘does it ever get old hearing yourself on the radio?’ The answer is absolutely not!</span></span></p> <p><span><span><strong>Absolutely not!</strong></span></span></p> <p><span><span>Thomas: Every time I hear my song on the radio it really is um, you just remember how grateful and thankful you are to be able to just sing songs and and and doing for a living so.</span></span></p> <p><span><span><strong>Absolutely! It doesn't matter how many times our song is put in the radio, your next song might not, I mean look you’re Thomas Rhett, I’m going to say there’s a pretty good chance your songs are going to get played at this point Thomas!</strong></span></span></p> <p><span><span>Thomas: No but there's a chance for sure! </span></span></p> <p><span><span><strong>But you just never know!</strong></span></span></p> <p><span><span>Thomas: Yeah </span></span></p> <h2><span><span class="size-h2">Bringing his family on the road</span></span></h2> <p><span><span><strong>And being Thomas Rhett, you must you know you're on the road all the time, you're playing shows constantly, and you've decided to kind of bring your family with you. What's that like and why was that such an important decision for you?</strong></span></span></p> <p><span><span>Thomas: Man, you know I got to travel a ton with my dad growing up and those are some of the best memories I have as a kid. Just getting out of school on a Thursday and hopping on a bus and going with dad to play in the middle of no-where county fairs in Nebraska and Kansas and I just had such a love for watching the stage get put up, for watching soundcheck and then watching watching dad go do his thing and so now that I get to do it it's really important to me to bring my family on the road because my dad did for us and I just feel like it keeps us closer. I don't miss quiet as much. You know people say that life goes so fast when you have kids and that is, and I didn't really believe it but now that I have them.</span></span></p> <p><span><span><strong>One hundred percent!</strong></span></span></p> <p><span><span>Thomas: If don't see him for a week they are saying completely different words and they look different!</span></span></p> <p><span><span><strong>Absolutely!</strong></span></span></p> <p><span><span>Thomas: And so, I was like so y'all got to be with me. I'm not missing any of this stuff so.</span></span></p> <h2><span><span><strong>His children love his music</strong></span></span></h2> <p><span><span><strong>And what do they love to listen to? Are they into country?</strong></span></span></p> <p><span><span>Thomas: Well, I was, when we get in the car if I if I play anything but my music my three-year-old freaks out!</span></span></p> <p><span><span><strong>So, it has to your music?</strong></span></span></p> <p><span><span>Thomas: it has to be my music! So, like I’m just really sick of my album already because it's all I've listened to…</span></span></p> <p><span><span><strong>Right!</strong></span></span></p> <p><span><span>Thomas: In the car for the last like six months. Every time I get in the car, she's like ‘play daddy song play daddy song!’ Um, but they listen to everything man like they they listen to a bunch of pop and clean hip-hop.</span></span></p> <p><span><span><strong>Yeah! Where you can find it yeah!</strong></span></span></p> <p><span><span>Thomas: The edited track versions of songs and um, but know they they love music, they love to dance, they love to sing, they play like little baby pianos and guitars</span></span></p> <p><span><span><strong>Oh yes!</strong></span></span></p> <p><span><span>Thomas: And it's been really cool to to kind of just show them what I loved listening to growing up.</span></span></p> <p><span><span><strong>Absolutely, and it's kind of nice that they want to hear your music!</strong></span></span></p> <p><span><span>Thomas: Absolutely!</span></span></p> <p><span><span><strong>I mean that's some cute stuff man.</strong></span></span></p> <p><span><span>Thomas: Because if they didn’t, we’d have a problem.</span></span></p> <p><span><span><strong>Yeah you might not put it on the album right. They’re your testers!</strong></span></span></p> <p><span><span>Thomas: Yeah!</span></span></p> <h2><span><span class="size-h2">Rob Thomas of Matchbox 20's question</span></span></h2> <p><span><span><strong>So, we asked the last artist that we had in to ask you a question. The artist is Rob Thomas of matchbox 20.</strong></span></span></p> <p><span><span>Thomas: Oh my gosh! Are you serious? </span></span></p> <p><span><span><strong>Absolutely my friend! </strong></span></span></p> <p><span><span>Thomas: Dude, matchbox it's my jam!</span></span></p> <p><span><span><strong>Dude he is, have you met him?</strong></span></span></p> <p><span><span>Thomas: I've never met Rob.</span></span></p> <p><span><span><strong>He is one of the nicest, funniest people. Like I want to co-host a show with him. You have no idea, he’s the best! </strong></span></span></p> <p><span><span>Thomas: Okay! </span></span></p> <p><span><span><strong>So, the question is:</strong></span></span></p> <p><span><span><strong>Rob: Hey guys, what's up? I'm Rob Thomas and this is my question for you. You know it's your last day on earth. Are you a) in a ball in the corner crying somewhere or are you b) living it up and going out making every bad decision you were scared to make before? </strong></span></span></p> <p><span><span>Thomas: I'm on a beach.</span></span></p> <p><span><span><strong>All right.</strong> </span></span></p> <p><span><span>Thomas: I’m on a beach with my family.</span></span></p> <p><span><span><strong>All right.</strong></span></span></p> <p><span><span>Thomas: With no sunscreen but not getting burned.</span></span></p> <p><strong><span><span>I mean you might get burned.</span></span></strong></p> <p><span><span>Thomas: Yeah!</span></span></p> <p><span><span><strong>Because I figure it’s the last day on earth it's probably has to do with the Sun. I'm just saying!</strong></span></span></p> <p><span><span>Thomas: Yeah okay exactly.</span></span></p> <p><span><span><strong>Okay, on the beach.</strong></span></span></p> <p><span><span>Thomas: On the beach somewhere man. Just being with people that I love. That’s what I’ll be doing on my last day.</span></span></p> <p><span><span><strong>That’s the right answer, I feel like. That's the correct answer yeah.</strong></span></span></p> <h2><span><span><strong>Center Point Road album</strong></span></span></h2> <p><span><span><strong>Obviously, we have to talk ‘Center Point Road’. Country is not my wheelhouse but man, this is a well written, well produced, well-crafted album. The whole thing!</strong></span></span></p> <p><span><span>Thomas: Thank you! I appreciate that!</span></span></p> <p><span><span><strong>Do you have a favorite moment from kind of creating this project?</strong></span></span></p> <p><span><span>Thomas: Um, it's always interesting going into the studio because I think being first and foremost a songwriter I even if I took a year off I would still write songs weekly like I, it's it's something like, when an idea pops into my head I have to… have to call some some my songwriting buddies and be like I have to we have to write this today. So, I usually write all my songs on the road because when I get home it's strictly family time for me like when I get back on Sunday I try not to go in and write Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday. So, I've had a lot of great songwriter friends of mine who have been with me basically for a year or two on the road writing this whole record and so most weekends we come home with like six or seven you know new written songs and so by the time you go into the studio you're working with like a hundred and fifteen songs that you wrote that year. </span></span></p> <p><span><span><strong>Yeah right!</strong></span></span></p> <p><span><span>Thomas: And your labels going well we need you to whittle this down to about 14. So, it's kind of like literally like leaving kids behind. You know?</span></span></p> <p><span><span><strong>Yeah, of course it is!</strong></span></span></p> <p><span><span>Thomas: Because you put so much work and time in those those songs when you get in the studio and you're on your last session and you're like all right we got three songs to cut but we have eight songs to pick from. Um, it's really cool how the session players and your producers really get to dive into those last few songs and really to be like man we've, we've got some of that on this record, we've got some of that, but we don't have this let's really dive in and like</span></span></p> <p><span><span>really record this. And, and those are my favorite moments in the studio take taking a demo that you thought it would be that way forever and then completely doing something different worth of recording.</span></span></p> <p><span><span><strong>Right!</strong></span></span></p> <p><span><span>It's like I don't understand how it happens. I really don't understand how songs are written first of all.</span></span></p> <p><span><span><strong>You don't need to as long as it happens.</strong></span></span></p> <p><span><span>Thomas: You walk in… how do you walk into a room with an idea and you come out with something. Like it's really, it's really minds blowing!</span></span></p> <p><span><span><strong>Absolutely!</strong></span></span></p> <p><span><span>Thomas: And the same with the studio. I mean I love being in the studio I love getting to create I love getting to take songs and turn them into something that you never thought they would be so.</span></span></p> <h2><span><span class="size-h2">The songs that don't get chosen</span></span></h2> <p><span><span><strong>And what are you doing with the songs that you don't use? You putting them in a hole somewhere for you to pick from later? Or you trying to sell them off to somebody else? What do you do with those songs?</strong></span></span></p> <p><span><span>Thomas: I mean half and a half. I mean that there's songs that I definitely wish we could have recorded but just didn't fit the slot or whatever. Um, but I'm one of those artists that will that will definitely pick a song that I wrote five years ago and put it on a new record.</span></span></p> <p><span><span><strong>Yeah right!</strong></span></span></p> <p><span><span>Thomas: The first song on this record is called ‘Up’ and it's a song I wrote three and a half years ago, and I wanted to record on the last one but it didn't work and so now we and we put it on this one. and so, songs that are meant to be heard will find their place at some point so.</span></span></p> <h2><span><span class="size-h2">Genre bending &amp; country music</span></span></h2> <p><span><span><strong>In 20, you know, 2019 Thomas Rhett is so far from 2012 Thomas Rhett… </strong></span></span></p> <p><span><span>Thomas: Oh yeah!</span></span></p> <p><span><span><strong>That musically you know it's, some of the songs in the new album could be Bruno Mars cuts.</strong></span></span></p> <p><span><span>Thomas: Yeah!</span></span></p> <p><span><span><strong>Could be maroon 5 cuts. </strong></span></span></p> <p><span><span>Thomas: Right!</span></span></p> <p><span><span><strong>With all this kind of genre bending and crossover what makes a country song a country song?</strong></span></span></p> <p><span><span>Thomas: To me it's all that story, man. Uh and I think country music ever since it was invented, has always been about telling a truthful story whether it actually happened to you or you know somebody had happened to. Um but I really choose to write songs that I've personally experienced because I feel like I can really dig back into my like fifteen-year-old self or eighteen year old self and figure out what was I going through then and is there a song idea around it. And so there's a lot of a lot of songs in this record that are stemmed from ideas that happen in high school or in college or being 10 years old on the football field or whatever it is and I love getting to write those songs that make you feel an emotion in three minutes whether you're crying at the end or you're jumping at the end or you're dancing or you're happy or you're sad but to me telling a truthful story is what the root of country music is to me!</span></span></p> <h2><span><span class="size-h2">Writing his song VHS</span></span></h2> <p><span><span><strong>I think that the song that kind of stuck out the most for me as unexpected </strong></span></span></p> <p><span><span>Thomas: Yeah.</span></span></p> <p><span><span><strong>VHS. </strong></span></span></p> <p><span><span>Thomas: Yeah!</span></span></p> <p><span><span><strong>Right! It's like 80s synth-pop…</strong></span></span></p> <p><span><span>Thomas: It is!</span></span></p> <p><span><span><strong>This album. So, how do you start writing a song like that? Are you starting at the same way that you would write a straight country song? Do you know that it's going to be an 80s synthy-pop song when you start it? How does that progression happen for you?</strong></span></span></p> <p><span><span>Thomas: Man, a lot of this. A lot of times songs just happened by accident. I remember when we wrote this song we were one of the few that I wrote in town in Nashville I was with um Amy Watch I don't know if you know she is but she wrote like ‘Thinking out loud’ for Ed Sheeran ‘Castle on the hill’ like a genius songwriter, Jesse Fraser, who's my producer and Ashley Gurley who I've written a ton of songs with and we tried like five or six different ideas that day and then usually when your brain is that fried that you're just like play something different like and then that's what he started playing was just 80s synth-pop and we just put a country lyric over the top of it and that's kind of what our mantra has been over the last two records just like I'm country to the core I love to write songs that tell a true story but at the same time I like to party man I like to jump around and yeah I like to dance and I mean I've seen Bruno Mars seven times in concert so it would. </span></span></p> <p><span><span><strong>Didn't you see him like 4 times in like 12 months?</strong></span></span></p> <p><span><span>Yeah that's crazy and I mean when you when you're when you're that they give a fan somebody it's hard not to just be like what would it feel like if we did something like no I mean for two years we covered 24-karat magic in our concert and it's so funny when people show up to a country show I think people know this about about us by now because we've been doing this kind of thing over two years.</span></span></p> <p><span><span><strong>Yeah right!</strong></span></span></p> <p><span><span>Thomas: But every record I always want to try something a little bit different. Whether it's going more down like a Tom Petty Lane or going down like a 6/8 50s doo-wop lane. Like I just love taking things that I love and trying to make them unique to me, and VHS is that one on the record that when you hear you're going to go what what genre am I listening to but if that song doesn't make you feel good and happy then there’s something wrong with you. </span></span></p> <p><span><span><strong>Well yeah, so it's not country. </strong></span></span></p> <p><span><span>Thomas: Yeah!</span></span></p> <p><span><span><strong>For me it's not country but man I felt good at the end of the song!</strong></span></span></p> <p><span><span>Thomas: Exactly!</span></span></p> <p><span><span><strong>I was smiling the whole way through it so for me that's a success!</strong></span></span></p> <p><span><span>Thomas: Yeah!</span></span></p> <h2><span class="size-h2">Making music with his father </span></h2> <p><span><span><strong>Obviously, you come from a big musical family your dad being who he is. He's your writing partner.</strong></span></span></p> <p><span><span>Thomas: Yeah </span></span></p> <p><span><span><strong>He's opening your shows now.</strong></span></span></p> <p><span><span>Thomas: Yeah!</span></span></p> <p><span><span><strong>Do you have a memory of the first time writing a song with your dad? I'm sure that you guys jammed as kids. I know you played drums in his shows but when you first sit down to actually write a song what was that like?</strong></span></span></p> <p><span><span>Thomas: There's a video of it actually. A home video, we shot on one of those 1990s camera. Um, me and dad sat down and wrote a song called ‘A piece of wood’ and it was about how a guitar is made.</span></span></p> <p><span><span><strong>Oh wow!</strong></span></span></p> <p><span><span>Thomas: And it is god-awful but that was the first song me and dad ever wrote.</span></span></p> <p><span><span><strong>I’ll be the judge of that! </strong></span></span><span><span><strong>When you say there’s a video, do you mean there's a VHS cassette or I can google that?</strong></span></span></p> <p><span><span>Thomas: You might be able to google it actually!</span></span></p> <p><span><span><strong>Yeah? Okay. There's my afternoon right there!</strong></span></span></p> <p><span><span>Thomas: Exactly um but no but that's that's where my love I feel like for songwriting began. Because when when you're that little you're just writing goofy songs about whatever.</span></span></p> <p><span><span><strong>Yeah!</strong></span></span></p> <p><span><span>Thomas: But growing up you start to learn how to craft a song and now me and Dad if mean that I've written I think four number ones together as a father and son and it's really really unique to get to work with your dad and it not be a a head-butting…</span></span></p> <p><span><span><strong>Well, yeah!</strong></span></span></p> <p><span><span>Thomas:<strong> … </strong>thing we're actually at great teammates and not only is a great great father but a great friend and a great co-writer so.</span></span></p> <p><span><span><strong>He must just be so proud of you man.</strong></span></span></p> <p><span><span>Thomas: He is!</span></span></p> <p><span><span><strong>He just must be glowing! </strong></span></span></p> <p><span><span>Thomas: He’s also just nervous. Like when we do award shows he’s just like please just do good like I don't know if I can handle it if something bad happens at this award show.</span></span></p> <p><span><span><strong>Yeah!</strong></span></span></p> <p><span><span>Thomas: And I’m like if you're nervous, you're going to make me that much more nervous. So…</span></span></p> <h2><span><span class="size-h2">His favorite song by his father</span></span></h2> <p><span><span><strong>Yeah, right! Out of all the songs that he's written, can't be one of yours, can't be one of his, what's your favorite song that he's written for somebody else?</strong></span></span></p> <p><span><span>Thomas: Um, there's two and both were recorded by Blake Shelton. ‘Honey Bee’. I don’t know if you’ve ever heard that song!</span></span></p> <p><span><span><strong>Oh, I love that song!</strong></span></span></p> <p><span><span>Thomas: It, it lyrically never going to change the world but it's, it is the epitome of just an amazing up-tempo country song to me and then another one he wrote for Blake Shelton called ‘I lived it’. It was Blake's like last single that he put out but when I first heard that song on the radio I didn't even know that dad wrote it I said I said that sounds like dad's life story in that song and when my dad really digs in and writes about his past it's just it's pretty dang pretty special. Yeah!</span></span></p> <p><span><span><strong>Amazing choice!</strong></span></span></p> <p><span><span>Thomas: Yeah!</span></span></p> <h2><span><span class="size-h2">Favorite up-and-coming artists</span></span></h2> <p><span><span><strong>And with the new generation of country who are the kind of up-and-coming artists that you love right now?</strong></span></span></p> <p><span><span>Thomas: I mean there's so many…</span></span></p> <p><span><span><strong>There's so many yeah!</strong></span></span></p> <p><span><span>Thomas: John Party is a good buddy of mine I've gotten to…</span></span></p> <p><span><span><strong>Who’s on the new album, right?  </strong></span></span></p> <p><span><span>Thomas: Yeah. I've got to become really good buddies with Luke Combs, who’s absolutely killing it. Devon Dawson. I don’t know if you know who Devon Dawson is. Danielle Bradbery, Maren Morris and um...</span></span></p> <p><span><span><strong>Man, Maren Morris…</strong></span></span></p> <p><span><span>Thomas: Maren is absolutely on a new level!</span></span></p> <p><span><span><strong>Unbelievable!</strong></span></span></p> <p><span><span>Thomas: A new level! Yeah!</span></span></p> <p><span><span><strong>Seriously unbelievable!</strong></span></span></p> <p><span><span>Thomas: Yeah, man. There's so many artists that I find… </span></span></p> <p><span><span><strong>You've worked with her a few times now. Right?</strong></span></span></p> <p><span><span>Thomas: Yeah, we collaborated on my last record and hopefully we had to do it again so.</span></span></p> <p><span><span><strong>Yeah! Man, Thomas I mean, again, I told you I'm not huge into country but I'm huge into you.</strong></span></span></p> <p><span><span>Thomas: I appreciate that!</span></span></p> <p><span><span><strong>I think you’ve got the correct attitude to music you're not sticking yourself in the old-school twang country box.</strong></span></span></p> <p><span><span>Thomas: Right!</span></span></p> <p><span><span><strong>You're doing whatever you feel like.</strong></span></span></p> <p><span><span>Thomas: Yeah.</span></span></p> <p><span><span><strong>And every time it's fantastic man!</strong></span></span></p> <p><span><span>Thomas: I appreciate you saying that. </span></span></p> <p><span><span><strong>I can't wait to hear even the next record however I’m sure you got a couple years in this one!</strong></span></span></p> <p><span><span>Thomas: Thank you so much.</span></span></p> <h2><span><span class="size-h2">Listen to Thomas Rhett on Stingray Music</span></span></h2> <p><span><span><strong>You can hear Thomas on Stingray Music’s <a href="https://music.stingray.com/en/CA/channels/008/hot-country" target="_blank">Hot Country</a>, and of course, the <a href="https://music.stingray.com/en/channels/VIB_N1121?utm_source=editorial&amp;utm_medium=socials&amp;utm_campaign=on-going" target="_blank">Bro-country </a>channel. 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After 12 years and 4 albums together, Marcus and Ben share their experience of what it's like to work as a band, how they get lost in their music, how they create memorable stadium experiences, and much more!</span></span></p> <p><span><span><strong>I'm Zack Monson and welcome back to a very special edition of Stingray PausePlay here in Montreal with world sensations Mumford &amp; Sons! </strong></span></span></p> <p><span><span><strong>Hi gentlemen!</strong></span></span></p> <p><span><span>Marcus: Hello Mate!</span></span></p> <p><span><span><strong>How are you doing?</strong> </span></span></p> <p><span><span>Ben: Great thanks! Yeah, nice introduction.</span></span></p> <p><span><span><strong>You guys look great! Considering the busy lives you have, you guys look happy and well rested and things are going up.</strong></span></span></p> <p><span><span>Ben: Yeah, we had a day off yesterday. Feeling pretty rested.</span></span></p> <h2><span><span><span>Curating their own Mumford &amp; Sons Stingray Channel </span></span></span></h2> <p><span><span><strong>So, I have to say a huge thank you to you guys for curating a Stingray Music channel with us. It's no longer on TV but you can definitely catch it on our mobile app and our Webplayer. So, what can people expect to hear from this channel? What kind of music did you guys kind of put into it? </strong></span></span></p> <p><span><span>Marcus: Typically, fairly eclectic when we put our heads together to try and curate um a sort of playlist. I mean at the moment were going through a big Billie Eilish phase as a band.</span></span></p> <p><span><span><strong>Amazing artist!</strong></span></span></p> <p><span><span>Marcus: Listening to a lot of Little Sims. Love Maggie Rogers.</span></span></p> <p><span><span><strong>Definitely Maggie Rogers in there yeah. She was on the album, right? She did…</strong></span></span></p> <p><span><span>Ben: She did some yeah.</span></span></p> <p><span><span><span>Marcus: Yeah, she did some babies</span></span></span></p> <p><span><span>Ben: We heard about her, um… we had some cross over with some of our team in the UK, and she came over and played a show in London and then hung out and had a drink afterwards and realized she’s just incredibly like engaging and warm and then we really bonded and spent a week collaborating and traveling together and now she’s just a really good friend of ours.</span></span></p> <p><span><span><strong>Best friends since. That's amazing!</strong></span></span></p> <h2><span><span><span class="size-h2">Their relationship after 12 years and 4 albums</span></span></span></h2> <p><span><span><strong>Um… You know you guys are twelve years in now. You're four albums deep. You're this you're the same guys in the band you know. You guys seem to get along so well. You guys seem to still find a moment to laugh and be happy in each other's company. Is there a trick to getting along for 12 years straight and not breaking up? </strong></span></span></p> <p><span><span>Marcus: We love, it's like a marriage you know. We, we talk a lot, we meet a lot, we make all the decisions together. There's a it's a real democracy which with four people can be complicated and boring but, it's sort of the least worst form of government. We make sure like, we yeah, we make sure we have fun as well. So, studio recently has been really fun, and we spent a lot of time in the studios that's good and important and then yeah, the gigs have been really fun. </span></span></p> <p><span><span><strong>Yeah!</strong></span></span></p> <p><span><span>Marcus: We have we've done some weird gigs recently you know. We like doing this like going to Senegal, popping up in West Africa and playing a show, which makes no sense really.</span></span></p> <p><span><span><strong>Just popping in there.</strong></span></span></p> <p><span><span>Marcus: We played at a pub down the road from the studio a couple weeks ago in front of like couple weeks ago in front of like a hundred people, fully acoustic. That was really fun! Yeah, we just try and keep it kind of fun.</span></span></p> <h2><span><span><span>Childhood memories</span></span></span></h2> <p><span><span><strong>Yeah. What's your first memory of each other?</strong></span></span></p> <p><span><span>Marcus: First like vivid memory I have of Ben was in a band practice. We are eight years </span></span><span><span>and he was the drummer and I wanted to be a drummer like Ben and so I had to go and practice.</span></span></p> <p><span><span><strong>Which you were for a while right? You were a drummer.</strong></span></span></p> <p><span><span>Marcus: Yeah.</span></span></p> <p><span><span><strong>Yeah, yeah.</strong></span></span></p> <p><span><span>Marcus: I still am. First and foremost, I'm a drummer. I'm not really a guitarist. I just play percussion on the guitar.</span></span></p> <p><span><span><strong>You also actually sing sometimes too.</strong></span></span></p> <p><span><span>Marcus: Agreed.</span></span></p> <p><span><span><strong>Also, yeah, in case you forgot that part as well. </strong></span></span></p> <p><span><span>Marcus: But yeah. So, we were eight when we met, and we were at school together till we were eighteen. Now we've been in the band together longer than we were at school together.</span></span></p> <p><span><span><strong>Wow, that's crazy how relationships can last so long, and you don’t hate each other completely. It's amazing! I have so few of those friends left!</strong></span></span></p> <p><span><span>Marcus: You sound like a s***t friend!</span></span></p> <p><span><span><strong>I’m an awful person! Okay? I’m a terrible terrible person.</strong></span></span></p> <h2>g<span><span><span>randson’s question</span></span></span></h2> <p><span><span><strong>We asked the last artist that we had in to ask you guys a question, and that artist is grandson and the question for you is:</strong></span></span></p> <p><strong>grandson: What's going on I’m grandson. My question for you is, in this era of oversaturated content seemingly flowing all day every day, why do you think that your voice is important to get heard now?</strong></p> <p><span><span>Ben: Um… certainly, probably look inward to make sure we're<strong> </strong>being as true to ourselves as possible<strong> w</strong>henever we're putting something out<strong> </strong>into the world and I think that the more<strong> </strong>noise that is out there, the harder that becomes because you get kind of distracted by lots of other people's realities and then you, the danger is<strong> </strong>that you acquiesce. Whereas actually you<strong> </strong>need to kind of, individuality has become<strong> </strong>more important than ever, so, the<strong> </strong>better we the better we achieve that, I<strong> </strong>guess be it the more people understand<strong> </strong>what we're trying to say because we're being bit more define, it better than I'm answering this question.</span></span></p> <p><span><span><strong>It was perfect.</strong></span></span></p> <p><span><span>Marcus: Thanks. </span></span></p> <h2><span><span><span>Delta album and experimenting with music</span></span></span></h2> <p><span><span><strong>The album is ‘Delta’. It's this, got this Mumford &amp; Sons heart to it still but you know this ethereal kind of backbone to it this electronic background almost, a spine so, how was the process so different this time from the last time? And with experimenting and so many different sounds and styles and textures of the instruments that you already used to it, must be so easy to get lost in the infinite ideas of what you can do. </strong></span></span></p> <p><span><span>Marcus: Yeah</span></span></p> <p><span><span><strong>How do you like what's the stopping point? What’s the line you don’t cross?</strong></span></span></p> <p><span><span>Marcus: No, you’re right. It’s really easy to get lost. Um…and I’m sure we did lots and that was quite fun as well getting lost but we put our faith in Paul Epworth who we rate as one, as one of the best producers in the world, and he's really become one of our best mates as well and, and we yeah we went in with him and we took our time with it. We decided we didn't want a quick album, we’d rather have a good album. We're really proud of it we we spent a lot of time on it and I like it the most out of everything we’ve ever done. </span></span></p> <p><span><span>But a lot of that was experimenting and trying different things, and working with modular since we've never done before or trying to distort and delay, and reverse banjos and chop them up in a way treating them like a sort of lead instrument on an EDM track or something and, and then going straight back to like playing around one microphone with four acoustic instruments. So, and everything in between really. So, I think we just enjoyed the fact that we were able to go into this studio called the church which is one of the best studios in the entire world and it's got everything's always plugged in so you can go and run over and try anything you like on any instrument which is dangerous because you can get lost but, I think we sort of relished the fact that this is our job like we get to be creative and make music and, and really not to be shy with that but to lean into it and and try and make the most of it and not take it for granted and we really enjoyed it can't wait to see a next one now.</span></span></p> <h2><span><span><span>Darkness Visible</span></span></span></h2> <p><span><span><strong>Yeah, I bet so what's that what's the kind of craziest thing you guys did on the album or the most far away from what people might expect from you?</strong></span></span></p> <p><span><span>Ben: Well, there's a song on the record called ‘Darkness Visible’ which was kind of an edited version of what was about a four-hour version of that moment in the studio which came about midnight on a Friday and we were just all playing together in a room on all sorts of instruments.</span></span></p> <p><span><span>Marcus: I was playing an orchestra on a keyboard. I think called a seaboard where you can do like quarter note.</span></span></p> <p><span><span><strong>Those seaboards are brilliant! That’s the one where you can kind of switch between notes and like a smooth, yeah, those things are amazing! </strong></span></span></p> <p><span><span>Ben: Yeah!</span></span></p> <p><span><span>Marcus: But yeah, that was fun. I was playing like 14 cellos on that thing.</span></span></p> <p><span><span><strong>That’s hard!</strong></span></span></p> <p><span><span>Ben: We were just making music and we were, feel, like, we're in lockstep and the tape was rolling and then we got to the end, and there was no apparent ending to what we were doing and we got the end and Paul was like, “Yeah, that should go on the album”. And then we obviously...</span></span></p> <p><span><span>Marcus: Which we all laughed about!</span></span></p> <p><span><span>Ben: From a song idea to a demo to the finished thing can be an insane journey sometimes.</span></span></p> <p><span><span><strong>Absolutely! It can be a very long grueling path, especially if you know I'm sure you guys like things to sound a certain way in your ear when you hear it in the end and going through all the band members, having them all like it, have the producer like it, have the label like it, have a, can be a tough journey but I think the album itself is, I think it's your best work I mean it's a beautiful beautiful beautiful album! </strong></span></span></p> <p><span><span><strong>I know that the show has gotten bigger, your crew has gotten bigger, the stadiums that you're playing have gotten bigger and that you guys are very into the crowd having an intimate experience with you, you know whether you're playing to four people or however many people is, how do you maintain that sense of intimacy and closeness in a stadium? </strong></span></span></p> <h2><span><span><span>Stadium experience </span></span></span></h2> <p><span><span>Marcus: We put a lot of thought into it and really prioritize intimate moments as well as the kind of big expansive, more kind of abandoning moments. This tour we’ve done in the round which has been really fun, we make sure we lowered the stage enough so that people from both sides could see each other.</span></span></p> <p><span><span><strong>Yeah, amazing!</strong></span></span></p> <p><span><span>Marcus: Which is really important to us. So, I suppose we sort of think of it from the point of view as the person, of the person watching from the nosebleeds and think about their experience and then if you can kind of sing to them and get them engaged you can get people on the floor easier you know.</span></span></p> <p><span><span><strong>What an incredibly thoughtful way to go about that! I genuinely mean that. </strong></span></span></p> <p><span><span>Marcus: Oh, it’s also kind of customer service like you know we want people to have a good experience or ultimately you want them to come back!</span></span></p> <p><span><span><strong>Absolutely!</strong></span></span></p> <p><span><span>Marcus: So, you got to think of everyone in the room rather than just the front row who…</span></span></p> <p><span><span><strong>Yeah, but I think you know full well that a lot of artists they're going there and doing their show and if they can hear me in the back, they can hear me in the back, if they can't hear me the back, they can’t hear me in the back. I think it's a special feeling to care about them that much! </strong></span></span></p> <p><span><span>Ben: People have different prerogatives don’t they. I don’t think there’s anything wrong necessarily if the artist chooses not to prioritize that. </span></span></p> <p><span><span><strong>Absolutely!</strong></span></span></p> <p><span><span>Ben: For us, that communal experience although, might to your point seem like an obvious thing that you would put higher up the ticket doesn't have to be higher up the agenda and think for us it always has been. So, just to be able to share in that moment with people and also give that moment over as much as possible, almost like giving the songs over as much as possible and we're all in it together is, goes way back to the very beginning days of the band. That's what we wanted it to feel like.</span></span></p> <h2><span><span><span>Hopeless Wanderer music video</span></span></span></h2> <p><span><span><strong>You guys have some great music videos some are kind of mini movies, some are just you guys playing in front of you know some people in the street, do you have a favorite video? I can think of at least one you should probably love a lot!</strong></span></span></p> <p><span><span>Ben: Hopeless wanderer? </span></span></p> <p><span><span><strong>I would say that!</strong></span></span></p> <p><span><span>Marcus: Yeah that was good!</span></span></p> <p><span><span><strong>Okay, so for that one right, A-list stars in the comedy world playing you guys. Did you guys get to pick who played who? Did they pick? How did that come about? Were you happy with the choices? </strong></span></span></p> <p><span><span>Marcus: Sam Jones. Sam Jones who directed it kind of got that crew together. We made a short list of people wanted and it included those guys and um we we went when went to the shoot I didn’t, and we just had the best day ever. Had so much fun! Just laughed. It was that period where we're quite enjoying laughing ourselves don't join anymore. But, sending out the view of our own band in the public world.</span></span></p> <p><span><span><strong>Yeah.</strong></span></span></p> <p><span><span>Marcus: And that one means, it means that we find it quite troubling to play the song live now we have those guys in our heads like gyrating with banjos.</span></span></p> <p><span><span><strong>You guys don't feel the need to kiss each other on stage during?</strong></span></span></p> <p><span><span>Marcus: And making out yeah!</span></span></p> <p><span><span>Ben: Exactly.</span></span></p> <h2><span><span><span>Getting picketed for their music video</span></span></span></h2> <p><span><span>Marcus: And we got picketed by those guys, what then, what are they called?</span></span></p> <p><span><span>Ben: Westboro</span></span></p> <p><span><span>Marcus: Yeah, is it Westboro?</span></span></p> <p><span><span><strong>Westboro Baptist Church?</strong></span></span></p> <p><span><span>Ben: Yeah, they picketed that video yeah.</span></span></p> <p><span><span><strong>Really?</strong></span></span></p> <p><span><span>Marcus: That video, yeah.</span></span></p> <p><span><span><strong>Oh, because there was making out of two guys involved?</strong></span></span></p> <p><span><span>Marcus: Yeah, which I think is quite a badge of honor.</span></span></p> <p><span><span><strong>I think so, yeah! It means you're probably doing something right! If their picketing you, you're probably a great person so, good on you for getting picketed guys! </strong></span></span></p> <p><span><span><strong>I think guys are phenomenal I can't wait for the next album I know that you guys have a whole bunch of songs that kind of didn't make the cut this time around. I can't wait to see where the sound goes, where you guys come next and we're just really proud of you guys! We’ll continue to play you guys all the time. Thank you guys so so much. </strong></span></span></p> <p><span><span>Marcus: Thanks man!</span></span></p> <p><span><span>Ben: Thank you. 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The sixteen-year-old artist got personal with Zac about being homeschooled, her style, working with her brother, her new music, and much more!</span></span></p> <h2>Billie Eilish's broken ankle</h2> <p><span><span><strong>I'm Zack Monson, welcome back to a very special edition of Stingray PausePlay, here at Osheaga 2018 with someone I don’t even know if I have to introduce. Sixteen-year-old I want to say pop but it’s not even pop. It’s some kind of musical sensation, Billy Eilish.</strong> </span></span></p> <p><span><span><strong>Hi, Billie! How are you?</strong></span></span></p> <p><span><span>Billie: Not good no!</span></span></p> <p><span><span><strong>I'm so sorry to hear about your foot. Your ankle. What happened? Tell me</strong></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span>Billie: See, people keep asking me what happened and I just ... I just ... f**k so, basically...</span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><strong>If you need to make up a cool story, please. </strong></span></span></p> <p><span><span>Billie: Okay so I got my foot got run over by a car.</span></span></p> <p><span><span><strong>Oh my god. Who was driving?</strong></span></span></p> <p><span><span>Billie: Jaden Smith!</span></span></p> <p><span><span><strong>Jaden</strong>! </span></span></p> <p><span><span>Billie: Jaden is in trouble. Jaden rolled over my foot.</span></span></p> <p><span><span><strong>He's going to be an icon dying soon. That's pretty brutal!</strong></span></span></p> <p><span><span>Billie: No. Okay, he did not run over my foot, but he was involved not in this happening, but he was there. Basically, I played Lollapalooza two days ago and I went crazy on the stage as I do. I’m just jumping and moshing up by myself and s**t and I came off the stage, went downstairs, saw my people, and then I noticed my beanie had been stolen. I was pissed bro. I was f*****g mad. So mad! Oh my god! So I just started jumping around and I was yelling at everybody. I was like really really really mad. </span></span></p> <p><span><span><strong>Yeah!</strong></span></span></p> <p><span><span>Billie: I just jumped wrong and I landed wrong and then this happened. It was the stupidest thing I've ever done maybe.</span></span></p> <p><span><span><strong>I feel like that's not true. Personally, I feel like that's not a true statement.</strong></span></span></p> <p><span><span>Billie: You’re probably right.</span></span></p> <p><span><span><strong>That's the stupidest thing you've ever done? I don't believe that's true. I really truly don't. </strong></span></span></p> <p><span><span>Billie: No I think you're right. Then Jaden Smith came and visited me so we're good. We’re good.</span></span></p> <h2>Maturity and her music</h2> <p><span><span><strong>You have said one of the best things that I've ever heard anybody say and it's in reference to the kind of people that tell you how mature your sound is, or how your so… you said “I don't feel young because I'm the oldest that I've ever been.” So, what's your reaction? I assume people say that to you all the time. Oh, your sound is so mature, you're writing beyond your year, so what do you say that? What do you think about that?</strong></span></span></p> <p><span><span>Billie: F**k off. F***k off boy. I just don’t like. Like who cares?</span></span></p> <p><span><span><strong>Apparently, a lot of people</strong>.</span></span></p> <p><span><span>Billie: Apparently, yeah…</span></span></p> <p><span><span><strong>As long as you don’t then you’re good.</strong></span></span></p> <p><span><span>Billie: I mean I feel like I couldn't put that better do you know what I mean?</span></span></p> <p><span><span><strong>Absolutely! </strong></span></span></p> <p><span><span>Billie: Then I did.</span></span></p> <h2><span><span><span class="size-h2">Billie Eilish’s homeschooling experience</span></span></span></h2> <p><span><span><strong>Homeschooled. Do you know why you're homeschooled?</strong></span></span></p> <p><span><span>Billie: Because f**k the system</span></span></p> <p><span><span><strong>That's what I would've said too.</strong></span></span></p> <p><span><span>Billie: F**k school!</span></span></p> <p><span><span><strong><span>So being homeschooled with creative, open-minded parents, they had to be something special and I had the pleasure of hanging out with your mom there for about 15 minutes and she's an absolute delight. Your middle name being pirate, I mean it's not legally it's not legally pirate but pirate. Tell me the story of pirate.</span></strong></span></span></p> <p><span><span>Billie: I mean I wasn't born yet, so I don't know really what happened.</span></span></p> <p><span><span><strong>But Finneas yeah.</strong></span></span></p> <p><span><span>Billie: Basically…is that what it was? Oh yeah, he called me!</span></span></p> <p><span><span><strong>Do I know the story and you don’t know the story?</strong></span></span></p> <p><span><span>Billie: Yeah, explain the story!</span></span></p> <p><span><span><strong>So, when you were not born yet, your brother wanted to name you Pirate really really badly!</strong></span></span></p> <p><span><span>Billie: That's what it was?</span></span></p> <p><span><span><strong>That's what it was. Your parents were very close to actually naming you Pirate but I believe another family member said it wasn't a very good idea.</strong></span></span></p> <p><span><span>Billie: Oh yeah, my f*****ng uncle.</span></span></p> <p><span><span><strong>I don't know who it was… I don’t know.</strong></span></span></p> <p><span><span>Billie: Bro I was told. This is what I was told. </span></span></p> <p><span><span><strong>I don't know who it was… no.</strong></span></span></p> <p><span><span>Billie: It was my f*****ng uncle. No that’s who it was. I know it was my f*****ng uncle. He was like pirates are bad! Bro, if my name was pirate, that would be f*****ng sick!</span></span></p> <p><span><span><strong>You have the opportunity to change it.</strong></span></span></p> <p><span><span>Billie: My first name? I don’t really have the opportunity to change it to be honest with you…</span></span></p> <p><span><span><strong>You had an opportunity when you started being an artist to go by Pirate and you chose not to </strong></span></span></p> <p><span><span>Billie: That's true!</span></span></p> <p><span><span><strong>That was your call. What was one hundred percent your call.</strong></span></span></p> <p><span><span>Billie: But it's my middle name though so we can let it slide </span></span></p> <p><span><span><strong>I like it a lot! What did you not like about being homeschooled? Was there anything that you didn't like about it?</strong></span></span></p> <p><span><span>Billie: To be honest no. It was pretty fantastic to be honest with you. I feel like there was a point where I wanted to go to school but then that passed in like a minute because the only reason I wanted to go to school was to go to school. I didn't want to learn.</span></span></p> <p><span><span><strong>Yeah you just want to be in the environment and see what it was like and be around some people.</strong></span></span></p> <p><span><span>Billie: The main question you get as a home schooler is like how do you have friends? So I’m like bro…?</span></span></p> <p><span><span><strong>I will admit that’s a question I would think about too.</strong></span></span></p> <p><span><span>Billie: I get it. No, I mean I get it!</span></span></p> <p><span><span><strong>I had a hard time meeting people and I was in school.</strong></span></span></p> <p><span><span>Billie: Look there’s a spider on my leg!</span></span></p> <p><strong>Oh hey bro! Yeah there was one on that leg too.</strong></p> <p><span><span>Billie<span>: It’s a little spider!</span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><strong>Okay so please don’t put it in your mouth. That’s all I ask of you.</strong></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span>Billie<span>: Why not?</span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><strong>Pirate? I’d appreciate it. Please, please, please.</strong></span></span></span></p> <h2><span><span><span class="size-h2">From Target &amp; Macy's to Gucci &amp; Chanel</span></span></span></h2> <p><span><span><strong>Have you always had this sense of fashion and desire to dress the way you wanted?</strong></span></span></p> <p><span><span>Billie: Unfortunately, yeah.</span></span></p> <p><span><span><strong>What did you do before you could Gucci yourself out or Chanel yourself out?</strong></span></span></p> <p><span><span>Billie: You see, I can’t even. People give me this stuff. I didn’t buy anything I’m wearing.</span></span></p> <p><span><span><strong>I didn’t say you had to buy it, but you got it. It’s yours now. How did you express yourself in a fashion way before?</strong></span></span></p> <p><span><span>Billie: Um… I mean I did it the same way I dress myself now which is I just thrifted. I couldn't afford anything else. The most I could afford was Target and Macy'. So, I grew up thrifting and I mean I still. When I shop, because I don't ever shop, I'm not going out buying. All I do if I want to buy clothes, is go to any thrift store.</span></span></p> <h2><span><span><span class="size-h2">Lights’s Question</span></span></span></h2> <p><span><span><strong>Yeah that’s the way. </strong></span></span></p> <p><span><span><strong>So, we asked the last artist we had in to ask you a question. So, the artist is Lights, and the question for you is “Hey what's up I'm Lights. My question for you is, what is something you've always wanted to do but never done? What's holding you back?”</strong></span></span></p> <p><span><span>Billie: There's some dirty things that are coming to my mind.</span></span></p> <p><span><span><strong>Okay good. You’re sixteen Billy and your mom’s right there. Just for those of who can't see behind the camera, Billy's mom just walked a little bit closer and gave her a little bit of a stare down and just say you know.</strong></span></span></p> <p><span><span>Billie: Maybe…oh maybe get tattoos.</span></span></p> <p><span><span><strong>Oh yeah?</strong> <strong>What would you get? What would be your first tattoo? A pirate patch?</strong></span></span></p> <p><span><span>Billie: Well, no. I have a bunch of ideas, but I don't want to spoil them because I'm going to get them. I just haven't because of her. </span></span></p> <p><span><span><strong>I won’t let you spoil it. I’ll wait.</strong></span></span></p> <p><span><span>Billie: Yeah one day. </span></span></p> <h2><span><span><strong>You should see me in a crown</strong></span></span></h2> <p><span><span><strong>The single is ‘You should see me in a crown’. The song is a lot harder than a lot of your other stuff. You can kind of feel the touch that other people might have been involved in this song a bit.</strong></span></span></p> <p><span><span>Billie: Hell no!</span></span></p> <p><span><span><strong>Is it actually just one hundred percent the two of you that did this song? It feels like a departure a bit for you guys. </strong></span></span></p> <p><span><span>Billie: We put out the EP a year ago. What were you doing a year ago? Tell me right now.</span></span></p> <p><span><span><strong>Sleeping probably. Although, a year ago I was probably on this couch interviewing somebody else.</strong></span></span></p> <p><span><span>Billie: See, that’s crazy! Here’s the thing. Everybody changes no matter what you are so it's if somebody's like “oh my god she's changing for fame”, no b***h! I'm changing because I was fifteen a year ago and I’m sixteen now, and in a year, I’ll be seventeen. In a year I'll be 18. Do you know what I mean? The difference between a 15-year-old and an 18-year-old… that's insane. I never want to stay the same ever. Not ever! So, it's like you know do you have a goal? I'm like no f**k that! I don't want a goal because if I get that goal and I'm never going to do anything again.</span></span></p> <p><span><span><strong>You can have more than one goal actually. You’re totally allowed to do that.</strong></span></span></p> <p><span><span>Billie: I want to be able to change it. I don't want to be stuck on something. I'm changing all the time! My style is completely different than it was. It's going to keep getting different. I don't ever want to have a sound. I don't ever want to be in a genre. F**k that!</span></span></p> <h2><span><span>Party favor</span></span></h2> <p><span><span><strong>You don't have a sound. Your voice is your voice, and your voice stays pretty similar throughout the song, but you do not have any kind of sound whatsoever. I was going to mention, how do you even have a song that’s ‘You should see me in a crowd’ and ‘Party favor’? How is the same artist doing those songs? In the nicest way possible. ‘Party favor</strong></span>' </span><span><span><strong>sounds like it could be in a paper towel commercial. I meant that in the nicest way possible. ‘Party favor’ does not sound like any other song you've done, it's like ukulele and stuff. Listening to the song is one thing, and just reading the lyrics is almost better. I feel like if you released a spoken word version, that song would be great. So, tell me about writing that song. I just love it. I love what you say.</strong></span></span></p> <p><span><span>Billie: Thank you for asking. I mean if you haven't heard that song it's basically… first of all it's </span></span><span><span>breaking up with someone in a voice mail on their birthday. That's hard! That's f*****g hard!</span></span></p> <p><span><span><strong>It’s pretty brutal actually! To be totally honest with you.</strong></span></span></p> <p><span><span>Billie: Hey, it's so brutal! It's very brutal and I remember me and my brother we’re sitting on a picnic table in our yard. I had my ukulele, he had his guitar, and we were just writing. We were just coming up with random s**t. Honestly, I don’t even know how it started. I have a recording of us writing it actually. Basically, there's a moment where Phineas was like “Oh my god bro… what if we wrote about breaking up. What if the whole song was a voicemail? What if it started with a phone ring?” Then we were like it should be breaking up with someone on their birthday in a voicemail. We were both so pumped about it. </span></span></p> <p><span><span><strong>The one line “Oh by the way, Happy Birthday!” Oh my god…when you hear that for the first time, you’re like Billie you’re a genius!</strong></span></span></p> <p><span><span>Billie: Thank you!</span></span></p> <p><span><span><strong>I don’t like that word. I think it’s a stupid word, genius. You’ve got something about you dude. The way your brain works that I genuinely love.</strong></span></span></p> <p><span><span>Billie: I like this guy!</span></span></p> <p><span><span><strong>I think you’re really cool!</strong></span></span></p> <p><span><span>Billie: Thank you!</span></span></p> <h2><span class="size-h2"><span><span><span class="size-h2">WHEN WE ALL FALL ASLEEP, WHERE DO WE GO? </span></span></span></span></h2> <p><span><span><strong>New album. We have the one single. The Khalid single is not going be on the album we are told. What can we expect? Obviously, you say my songs are never the same, my style is always changing, so I feel like that’s a silly question to ask but, what might we be able to expect? </strong></span></span></p> <p><span><span>Billie: Just different s**t!</span></span></p> <p><span><span><strong>Is it just the two of you?</strong></span></span></p> <p><span><span>Billie: Just the two of us.</span></span></p> <p><span><span><strong>Are you okay with the idea of working with other people in the future without your brother? Or are you guys always going be a pair? Or could it go however see it?</strong></span></span></p> <p><span><span>Billie: I'm literally open to anything but why do something when this is working? I always have an open mind to stuff but what the f**k is the point? For the album, I think the main thing to expect, besides expecting the unexpected, is that we’re making, music that is going to be really fun to do live. Having gone on tour for the first time in the past year has taught me and my brother what is fun to perform live and what the audience has the most fun with, and what I can jump around to most. I can’t stand standing still. It’s so much fun to just jump around and mosh, and get the crowd to jump and stuff, and hit people in the face and stuff. It’ll just be stuff that will be fun to mosh too!</span></span></p> <p><span><span><strong>It’s soon right? It should theoretically be soon. Before 2019 soon?</strong></span></span></p> <p><span><span>Billie: I’d say beginning of 2019.</span></span></p> <p><span><span><strong>Thank you so much for taking the time to talk to me. I really appreciate it!</strong></span></span></p> <p><span><span>Billie: Thank you for having me here.</span></span></p> <h2><span><span><span class="size-h2">Listen to Billie Eilish on Stingray Music</span></span></span></h2> <p><span><span>You can hear Billie Eilish on Stingray Music’s<a href="https://music.stingray.com/en/CA/channels/045?utm_source=editorial&amp;utm_medium=blog&amp;utm_campaign=on-going" target="_blank"> Eclectic Electronic channel</a> and of course all of Stingray Music’s Vibes channels available now on our mobile app and Webplayer. </span></span></p> <p><strong>Stay on the pulse of the most recent news in music. 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How are you doing?</span></strong></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span>Lewis: I'm good. A bit tired, a bit sweaty. But, it's all usual.</span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><strong><span>That's pretty much my whole life, so I feel like we're going to click, I like it. First ever artist in global history to both announce and sell out an arena tour before the release of a debut album. It's a mouthful, but it's worth it.</span></strong></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span>Lewis: It is worth is, that's what I've always said to people. That's what I always say to people, "It's a mouthful, but it's worth it." No, it's pretty crazy. It's so weird that people would buy tickets off the back of, like, three songs. But, I'm glad they did. And maybe a faulty mover my parents house.</span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><strong><span>Is that something that I mean I wasn't gonna bring that up but I'm glad you did. Are you planning on doing that or is it just kind of good?</span></strong></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span>Lewis: It's quite nice... My mom washes my pants don't worry about it she does my boxers sand she's really having to put in some effort to get those stains over yeah... but I dunno I think for the time being it's quite nice when I go home to go home like when I grew up.</span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><strong><span>So, other than being the first person in global history to sell out these tours, before this happened, what do you think you may have been the first person in global history to ever do?</span></strong></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span>Lewis: Maybe one of the first people to pick up a bit of dog s**t on a stick and throw at people's houses.</span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span>That's what we used to do in my hometown.</span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><strong><span>That was just a Friday night?</span></strong></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span>Lewis: Well, it was just that we were bored, so we used to get sticks and put dog poo, pick up do poo and we used to sling 'em.</span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><strong><span>Give it a good fling?</span></strong></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span>Lewis: At each other, cars, houses.</span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><strong><span>At each other? Alright.</span></strong></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span>Lewis: Yeah, it was good fun.</span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><strong><span>And this was just before the tour started?</span></strong></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span>Lewis: Yeah. That was me in my twenties.</span></span></span></span></p> <h2><span><span><span><span>Lewis Capaldi's childhood memories &amp; idols</span></span></span></span></h2> <p><span><span><span><strong><span>Initiating the band to kind of welcome... This is what Lewis Capaldi is like. Perfect. Growing up in a house of six people, there must have been lots of music going around, your parents' music, your siblings' music. What did you love that was playing and what did you not like as much?</span></strong></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span>Lewis: My parents were not musical as such, but they loved music. They had Queen always on the go. My mom loved Queen, Genesis, Fleetwood Mac... My brother was into Slipknot, and bands like HIM. Remember HIM. And Avenged Sevenfold, which I've always loved. I was getting music from all angles, from such different genres. So, I didn't really not like anything. Do you know what I mean?</span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><strong><span>So, you've got like Queen on one side, and Slipknot on the other side, how did you fall into where you are at now?</span></strong></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span>Lewis: Bands like Green Day didn't seem that much of a jump from Slipknot, to me at the time. And then, My Chemical Romance and stuff. And then, it was quite a jump from there to indie music, like Oasis and bands like The Maccabees, The Kooks, and stuff like that, Arctic Monkeys. And then, that didn't seem like too far of a jump from people like Paolo Nutini, who's a Scottish singer, who's very similar. And then, I went back to that, and then I went, revisited The Beatles when I got older found people like Joe Cocker, and stuff. So, it just didn't seem too far of a jump each time. When I was listening to Slipknot it seemed like you would go, Slipknot... Green Day.</span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><strong><span>My Chemical Romance, Paolo Nutini... I get it, actually, now that you've guided me through that. It actually makes a hundred percent sense.</span></strong></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span>Lewis: Yeah, absolutely. And I think it was just connecting the dots, stuff like that.</span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><strong><span>And you kind of started writing music, really because you thought that was the only way to kind of be on stage and to be the singer. When was the first time that you wrote a song that you thought was good?</span></strong></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span>Lewis: When I was 11, I had six or seven songs that I thought were good. Obviously, looking back now, I realize they're f*****g terrible, and I was an idiot. But, I remember there was one called, The Show Must Go On, that was an 11 year old trying to comment on the financial crash. It was f*****g terrible.</span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><strong><span>Do you remember a line from that song?</span></strong></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span>Lewis: "The economy's going down the drain, and Robbie Williams is going insane."</span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span>Robbie Williams is the British singer who was really into UFOs. And I remember thinking, "Oh, he's losing his mind." And it was like..."There's greedy politicians..." </span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span>It was so embarrassing. But, the chorus in that song was...</span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span>♪ Oh no, got to get on with the show ♪</span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span>♪ So let's all keep our heads up high ♪</span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span>♪ And embrace it as we go ♪</span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span>♪ Oh no, got to get on with the show ♪</span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span>♪ ...The show must go on ♪</span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span>That's f*****g wank!</span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><strong><span>I feel like if you sold that to Mumford &amp; Sons, they could just take it to the top.</span></strong></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span>Lewis: I did love... I still do love Mumford &amp; Sons.</span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><strong><span>It kind of sounds like one of their jams</span></strong><span>.</span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span>Lewis: Hey, Marcus and the boys, get in touch!</span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><strong><span>I get ten percent, that's all I'm saying.</span></strong></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span>Lewis: Well, you came up with the idea.</span></span></span></span></p> <h2><span><span><span><span>Adventure Club's question</span></span></span></span></h2> <p><span><span><span><strong><span>I mean, I'm just saying... We asked the last artist that we in to ask you a question, and the question is... I'm really glad that I get to ask you this question.</span></strong></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><strong><span>Adventure Club: What's up, guys! This is Adventure Club. We have a very important question for you. Your mother or father, depending on the sex of your partner, switches bodies with your partner, and you have to have sex with one of them to switch them back. Do you have sex with your significant other in your parent's body, or your parent's body with your significant other's mind in it? What do you choose?</span></strong></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span>Lewis: Oh my goodness! F**k me! I suppose, my girlfriend?</span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><strong><span>Your girlfriend's what? Body?</span></strong></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span>Lewis: Yeah.</span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><strong><span>So, your mom's mind?</span></strong></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span>Lewis: Yeah. Um... Probably just both agree to get really drunk, and... This is making me feel sad, thinking about it. Is that the right answer?</span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><strong><span>There is no right answer to this question. There's no right answer.</span></strong></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span>Lewis: I suppose, my girlfriend. I mean, again, I don't have one.</span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><strong><span>Theoretically, yeah. It makes it easier.</span></strong></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span>Lewis: Thankfully... phew! Something I don't have to worry about at this point. I'll leave that up to one of</span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span>my brothers or something.</span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><strong><span>Great answer, Lewis. There was no right answer there.</span></strong></span></span></span></p> <h2><em><span><span><span><strong><span>Divinely Uninspired to a Hellish Extent</span></strong></span></span></span></em></h2> <p><span><span><span><strong><span>The album is <em>Divinely Uninspired to a Hellish Extent</em>. But, what's it called?</span></strong></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span>Lewis: Ahh. It's both of those things.</span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><strong><span>Yeah, both of those things. Creating an album can be such a tedious, long task. What was your favorite part about creating it, and what's your least favorite part about creating the album?</span></strong></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span>Lewis: Writing it, I think. The studio is boring as f**k, I hate it. Recording, I hate it. It was something I really struggled with. Because I never got into music to sit in a studio for f*****g hours on end. I got into music to play live. I must have sung 'Someone You Loved' about forty times. Just that line, "someone you loved". And then, we go, "The first take was the best, wasn't it?" And you go, "F*****g hell." Every single time.</span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span>So, I just found being in the studio was s****y, but writing it was exciting because it was like, "This is going to be my first album. And it's going to be my first tours I'll be playing live." So, yeah.</span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><strong><span>We got to hang out with your friend Sam Fender this summer. And Sam told me that one time, when he was really, really drunk, he ran up to the old house he used to live in as a kid, stole the light sabe off of the front porch and took it home, and he still has it. What is the stupidest thing you've done drunk?</span></strong></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span>Lewis: Oh, god... I went through a phase of spitting on things. Which was gross and so out of order.</span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><strong><span>What kind of things?</span></strong></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span>Lewis: Anything. I'd be indoors and I'd be spitting on stuff, in people's houses. It came to like... I got kicked out of someone's house once, and it was like I was almost going to get battered. Which would have been totally fine. It would have been the right thing to do, to beat me up.</span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span>I went through a phase of just spitting on things, which is funny to think about now. But, at the time, I was genuinely worried. I was like, "I can't drink anymore if I'm going to spit on everything I see."</span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><strong><span>Yeah, I would say that would be it. I would say it would be very hard to top that.</span></strong></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span>Lewis: Imagine me every weekend having to text a different person to apologize. "Sorry I was spitting on things, and your couch."</span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><strong><span>That urn, that cat...</span></strong></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span>Lewis: Yeah, that was pretty gross.</span></span></span></span></p> <h2><span><span><span><span>Lewis Capaldi, Justin Bieber and Nicki Minaj</span></span></span></span></h2> <p><span><span><span><strong><span>If you had to live the rest of your life in somebody else's music video, which video would it be?</span></strong></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span>Lewis: Beauty And A Beat, Justin Bieber.</span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><strong><span>Justin Bieber and Nicki Minaj?</span></strong></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span>Lewis: Yeah. It's great. Everyone's having a party...</span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><strong><span>Yeah but, Justin's there and Nicki's there...</span></strong></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span>Lewis: They're doing nothing. Let them do their thing. Let them hang out.</span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><strong><span>Okay. So, you're in the video and you just want nothing to do with the rest of the people in the video?</span></strong></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span>Lewis: Well, I'll just be there in the background. Everyone else is having a good... And Justin and Nicki are doing the main singing. And I'll just be in the back with a couple of cocktails.</span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><strong><span>The extras do look like they're having a good time.</span></strong></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span>Lewis: Yeah! Right! And I'd be there sipping on a strawberry daiquiri and watching Justin Bieber and Nicki Minaj perform. And I'm like, "This is great!"</span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><strong><span>I love it. I love it, man. It's such a treat to meet you, man. You're such an amazing writer and amazing performer. I'm gonna see the show tonight. I cannot wait. I'm glad that you stopped spitting on things and throwing poop on people and things.</span></strong></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span>Lewis: Me too.</span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><strong><span>Really, your life has gone from here to here, and I'm proud of you. I'm really, really proud of you.</span></strong></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span>Lewis: Thank you very much.</span></span></span></span></p> <h2><span><span><span><span>Listen to Lewis Capaldi on Stingray Music</span></span></span></span></h2> <p><span><span><span><span>You can hear Lewis Capaldi on Stingray Music's <a href="http://music.stingray.com/en/channels/007?utm_source=editorial&amp;utm_medium=blog&amp;utm_campaign=on-going" target="_blank">Hit List channel</a>, <a href="http://music.stingray.com/en/channels/003?utm_source=editorial&amp;utm_medium=blog&amp;utm_campaign=on-going" target="_blank">Adult Alternative channel</a>, and remixes on <a href="http://music.stingray.com/en/channels/006?utm_source=editorial&amp;utm_medium=blog&amp;utm_campaign=on-going" target="_blank">Dance Clubbin'</a>, <a href="http://music.stingray.com/en/channels/045?utm_source=editorial&amp;utm_medium=blog&amp;utm_campaign=on-going" target="_blank">Eclectic Electronic </a>and more!</span></span></span></span></p> <p><strong>Stay on the pulse of the most recent news in music. 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<span class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">Tue, 05/12/2020</span> <div class="field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field__item"><p lang="EN-US" xml:lang="EN-US">In this episode, PausePlay’s host Zac Monson chats with Half Moon Run’s Devon Portielje and Isaac Symonds. </p> <p lang="EN-US" xml:lang="EN-US"><strong>Welcome to a very special edition of Stingray PausePlay, here with Montreal's own, Half Moon Run. Hi, guys. Great to have you guys back. </strong></p> <p lang="EN-US" xml:lang="EN-US"><strong>Although I think last time we had a different combination of you guys on the show, so... Welcome back for the first time! </strong></p> <p lang="EN-US" xml:lang="EN-US">Devon: On behalf of Half Moon Run, thank you for having us again! </p> <p lang="EN-US" xml:lang="EN-US"><strong>The first time you guys played together I think was October in 2009. So you're really right up on your decade. You've been together for 10 years now. Happy aluminum anniversary, by the way! </strong></p> <p lang="EN-US" xml:lang="EN-US">Devon: Is that 10 year, aluminum? </p> <p lang="EN-US" xml:lang="EN-US"><strong>It's tin and aluminum, yeah. </strong></p> <p lang="EN-US" xml:lang="EN-US">Devon: Oh, those metals suck. </p> <h2 lang="EN-US" xml:lang="EN-US">Half Moon Run's terrifying experience</h2> <p lang="EN-US" xml:lang="EN-US"><strong>Do you guys have a, like, what's been the highlight of your last decade for you guys as a band? </strong></p> <p lang="EN-US" xml:lang="EN-US">Devon: Oh, that's big. </p> <p lang="EN-US" xml:lang="EN-US">Isaac: For me, I'd say the playing with the Montreal Symphony Orchestra. That was crazy. </p> <p lang="EN-US" xml:lang="EN-US">Devon: Terrifying show. </p> <p lang="EN-US" xml:lang="EN-US"><strong>Why so terrifying? </strong></p> <p lang="EN-US" xml:lang="EN-US">Devon: Well, the conductor keeps time in a way that, he moves his hands ahead of the beat, which I've never seen before. So I had to get Dylan to interpret his timing, and then give me private time. </p> <p lang="EN-US" xml:lang="EN-US"><strong>Because it's like the tip, right? It's the tip that's the tick? </strong></p> <p lang="EN-US" xml:lang="EN-US">Devon: Yeah. I never figured it out, so I was just like, "Do not watch that guy, bcause if I follow him, it's gonna be a disaster, so... He's a great conductor for other people, so I'm told. </p> <h2 lang="EN-US" xml:lang="EN-US">Badminton club &amp; Tony Hawk Pro Skater 2</h2> <p lang="EN-US" xml:lang="EN-US"><strong>What can you guys tell me about a badminton club? </strong></p> <p lang="EN-US" xml:lang="EN-US">Isaac: Oh, a badminton club. Uh... Well, actually, Devon started... invited me to play badminton, like, two or three years ago. And ever since then, just, like, took off. I do it as much as I possibly can. And Dev's technically the best. It's like, I've actually taken lessons in badminton. 'Cause I really want to be the best. But, like, Dev just comes in after so long of not playing and just, like, kicks my ass. </p> <p lang="EN-US" xml:lang="EN-US">Devon: It's all in your mind, it's all psychology! </p> <p lang="EN-US" xml:lang="EN-US">We had kind of a league in the music industry, and we had all these people. At one point we had 12 people a week coming out. And everyone's out of shape. No offense, guys. [laughter] And I was keeping stats. And rates, plus and minus. </p> <p lang="EN-US" xml:lang="EN-US"><strong>So who took the whole thing home? </strong></p> <p lang="EN-US" xml:lang="EN-US">Devon: Oh, it was my buddy Jared. 99.7% win rate. </p> <p lang="EN-US" xml:lang="EN-US">Isaac: Yeah. Although, he only came a couple, like, 5 times. But still, he's the best. He doesn't need the stats to tell that. </p> <p lang="EN-US" xml:lang="EN-US"><strong>And I hear you're a serious skateboarder. </strong></p> <p lang="EN-US" xml:lang="EN-US">Isaac: Yeah, yeah. Well, I started skateboarding when I was 7, maybe? When my dad lived in California, and then it's just like a dream come true, just when we tour anywhere, usually the States is the best, then just try to go to a skate park in every town. Just get exercise and peep the scene. </p> <p lang="EN-US" xml:lang="EN-US">Devon: We were living the teenage dream for awhile. There was one tour where we were able to bring our bikes, and every day in the States, we would just bike to the skate park, whether it was across town or next door. It's like my teenage dream. We visited every skate park in big city America. </p> <p lang="EN-US" xml:lang="EN-US">Isaac: Having played Tony Hawk Pro Skater 2, a lot of those skate parks are there, you know?  </p> <p lang="EN-US" xml:lang="EN-US"><strong>That's about... that's as far as I got in my skateboarding career, was that game. I've never even stepped foot on an actual board, but that game killed it. I think I learned so many new songs from that soundtrack too. </strong></p> <p lang="EN-US" xml:lang="EN-US">Isaac: That was a huge soundtrack. </p> <p lang="EN-US" xml:lang="EN-US"><strong>Yeah, for sure. </strong></p> <h2 lang="EN-US" xml:lang="EN-US">The Chainsmokers' question</h2> <p lang="EN-US" xml:lang="EN-US"><strong>So we asked the last artist that we had in to ask you guys a question. The artist is The Chainsmokers, and the question for you is... </strong></p> <p lang="EN-US" xml:lang="EN-US"><strong>The Chainsmokers: Hey everybody, we're the Chainsmokers, and our question for you is... Would you rather lose the ability to lie, or believe everything you're told? </strong></p> <p lang="EN-US" xml:lang="EN-US">Devon: Both are actually kind of good ways to live. If I lost the ability to lie, I think that would be ideal. If I believed everything everyone told me, I would be very susceptible to being taken advantage of, which would be a bad trait in this industry, so I would take the former. Difficult moments ahead, but ultimately, the truth would reveal itself, and you would live really ideally. Maybe I should just do that. </p> <p lang="EN-US" xml:lang="EN-US">Isaac:  "You're gonna be star!" </p> <p lang="EN-US" xml:lang="EN-US">Devon: "I am a star? Thank you!" </p> <h2 lang="EN-US" xml:lang="EN-US"><strong><em>A Blemish in the Great Light</em></strong></h2> <p lang="EN-US" xml:lang="EN-US"><strong>The album is <em>A Blemish in the Great Light</em>, and I've always been such a fan of you guys, but really after this record, I'm a real fan. There was something magical, magical, magical about this record. There's, you know, CSNY, Kings of Convenience, some Beatles kinda stuff. I know there's some definite "Eleanor Rigby" little melody lines in a couple of those songs. [singing melody] You know? What's your favourite moment from kind of creating this whole project? </strong></p> <p lang="EN-US" xml:lang="EN-US">Isaac: I'd say mine is probably "Black Diamond," and it's the moment in the jam space while it's happening and it was like Devon just started playing this guitar riff and then we all sort of just chimed in and the instruments we chose first were the ones that were final ones. You know, that's always refreshing. And we all just started playing and then the song just came together in a couple days. </p> <p lang="EN-US" xml:lang="EN-US">Devon: Yeah, which is very fast for us. </p> <p lang="EN-US" xml:lang="EN-US"><strong>The last couple records, it's like when you listen to them, when I used to sit down with my headphones and listen to those albums, everything felt very close to my ear. Like, very close to my head. This album is not that way. There's like a spatial quality and a distance, almost, with this record. Was that something you guys kinda thought about in terms of production value? 'Cause it's really, it's like an open, more airy spatial record and it was one of the things that really stuck out to me. </strong></p> <p lang="EN-US" xml:lang="EN-US">Devon: We tried to bring it forward. Like, the presence of it, bring it forward. I felt like the other ones are a little [muffled sound]. And so I wanted to bring it up, bring it present and be more, a little more punchy. And so... </p> <p lang="EN-US" xml:lang="EN-US">Isaac: Yeah, that's almost the opposite what you just described. </p> <p lang="EN-US" xml:lang="EN-US">[laughter] </p> <p lang="EN-US" xml:lang="EN-US">Devon: I think it's in the same... I think it's in the same thing, yeah. </p> <p lang="EN-US" xml:lang="EN-US">Isaac: There is, like, a 3D element to the sonic field, for sure. </p> <p lang="EN-US" xml:lang="EN-US"><strong>That, to me, is even better-said. There was a 2-dimensional kind of quality, not in terms of the creativity, but sound-wise, this one is definitely 3D, almost 4D, I'll even give you that 4th D in there. Beautiful, the sound quality is really amazing. [laughter] </strong></p> <p lang="EN-US" xml:lang="EN-US"><strong>So, what is the biggest difference for you guys? In terms of this record compared to your last records. </strong></p> <p lang="EN-US" xml:lang="EN-US">Devon: Well, there's that, there's the production value. Boy, we went through a lot of songs to get to, to land of these. I don't even know how many there are, ten or eleven on this. And I think we have, like, 40 starter ideas that didn't make it. And so there was a lot of writing before we decided on these. And then we went in the studio with 20. Then cut it down to 11. </p> <p lang="EN-US" xml:lang="EN-US"><strong>"Favourite Boy" is such a great track. Such a great single. Tell me about the story. Where did the story come from? Because it seems like such a simple story, but it feels so powerful. You can feel exactly kind of what's happening. So tell me where this idea came from. </strong></p> <p lang="EN-US" xml:lang="EN-US">Devon: It started with me and Conner in the living room at his house and we just kind of... It started as an addendum to another idea, which then we chopped off the original idea and then we had these, basically, 8 chords, which almost is the whole song. And then the band, the other guys put a nice beat on it. And then I kinda wanted to have, like, an attitude in the lyrics, more than just kinda like... [whining vocals] I wanted it to be more... more of a story, more story-telling vibes. I think that you have to bend, to make a good story, you have to bend some rules. But it's still emotionally truthful, while perhaps being intellectually not entirely true. So there's, yeah, the emotion is true. </p> <p lang="EN-US" xml:lang="EN-US"><strong>I think a lot of songs are probably like that. </strong></p> <p lang="EN-US" xml:lang="EN-US">Devon: All these perfect events that rhyme all the time! [laughter] That's just too dead-on. </p> <p lang="EN-US" xml:lang="EN-US"><strong>We need to find that guy. There's gotta be one guy out there whose life is a perfect song... </strong></p> <p lang="EN-US" xml:lang="EN-US">Devon: Elton John. But he doesn't even write his lyrics. It's Bernie Taupin. </p> <h2 lang="EN-US" xml:lang="EN-US">Half Moon Run's tattoos!</h2> <p lang="EN-US" xml:lang="EN-US"><strong>As you guys kind of get more well-known and travel the world, your fan-base obviously grows. What is the weirdest or most fun fan experience that you guys have had? </strong></p> <p lang="EN-US" xml:lang="EN-US">Devon: There's a lot of tattoos coming around. </p> <p lang="EN-US" xml:lang="EN-US">Isaac: Yeah, I was just gonna say that one. </p> <p lang="EN-US" xml:lang="EN-US"><strong>And are we talking lyrics or y'all faces? </strong></p> <p lang="EN-US" xml:lang="EN-US">Devon: Not faces. I haven't seen a face yet. But there's been the moons... </p> <p lang="EN-US" xml:lang="EN-US">Isaac: There's been one in Burlington a couple years ago, and I had ages ago, like I signed my autograph on this girl's arm and she got it tattooed. </p> <p lang="EN-US" xml:lang="EN-US"><strong>She kept it!? </strong></p> <p lang="EN-US" xml:lang="EN-US">Isaac: Yeah. </p> <p lang="EN-US" xml:lang="EN-US"><strong>That's love, man. </strong></p> <p lang="EN-US" xml:lang="EN-US">Isaac: Yeah, that's true love. </p> <p lang="EN-US" xml:lang="EN-US">Devon: There was a young woman in Germany that I had to write out these words again and again. She was like, "No no no, more like this, more like this." And I was writing it out for a long time. And then she got that tattooed as well. </p> <p lang="EN-US" xml:lang="EN-US"><strong>Sorry, so she didn't like your handwriting? </strong></p> <p lang="EN-US" xml:lang="EN-US">Devon: Yeah, so I had to write it like 20 or 30 times until I got the one that was the tattoo. </p> <p lang="EN-US" xml:lang="EN-US">Isaac: We were hanging out with fans, I forget where this was, in Europe somewhere, but, like, you ended up getting a tattoo on your neck? </p> <p lang="EN-US" xml:lang="EN-US">Devon: Well, it was in Norway. They do things really high-quality in Norway, so their temporary tattoos aren't so temporary. And I was trying to impress this girl and got this... this big, like, two sailor girls with this big ship's wheel, like, right there. And, you know, she laughed and whatever. I don't think she was impressed. Anyways, next day, I stayed up all night, and then I had to walk, like, straight into the cab to the airport to the next show. And then, you know, backstage at the festival, trying to just get it off and it's just not even... It's just getting redder. It's not going away at all. So I had to go onstage with this giant neck tattoo. </p> <p lang="EN-US" xml:lang="EN-US">And from a distance, it looks legit. </p> <p lang="EN-US" xml:lang="EN-US">And it looks really red. </p> <p lang="EN-US" xml:lang="EN-US">Isaac: Like, no tattoos on the arms, but the neck? </p> <p lang="EN-US" xml:lang="EN-US"><strong>Straight to the throat! If you guys had to live inside somebody else's music video for the rest of your life, what music video would you live inside?</strong> </p> <p lang="EN-US" xml:lang="EN-US">Devon: Bonnie Tyler, "Total Eclipse From The Heart." 'Cause it's just an endless array of surprises, and actually, you got football, you got karate, you got dancing. It's like an activity center. </p> <p lang="EN-US" xml:lang="EN-US">Um, I hope they have food. I think they have, like, a Last Supper. They must have a Last Supper spread. </p> <p lang="EN-US" xml:lang="EN-US"><strong>There's gotta be a snack there. A cheese plate of some kind. </strong></p> <p lang="EN-US" xml:lang="EN-US">[laughter] </p> <p lang="EN-US" xml:lang="EN-US">Isaac: I think mine would probably be, ah, back when I used to watch music videos all the time, probably Alexisonfire, "Pulmonary Archery." It was just like a nice house. I could live in that house. It looked pretty cozy. There's like a jam space, obviously. The camera just goes into the house and then they're just freaking out, jamming there. </p> <p lang="EN-US" xml:lang="EN-US"><strong>That's one of the more realistic life plan answers we've had to that question. [laughter] I actually like it. I kinda wanna go hang out with you in your life, yeah. </strong></p> <p lang="EN-US" xml:lang="EN-US"><strong>Guys, I'm so happy I got to sit with you guys and get to know you a bit better and really and truly, I'll tell you a thousand more times, the new album is really magical. </strong></p> <p lang="EN-US" xml:lang="EN-US"><strong>I'm so excited for people to hear it. And you guys are great. I can't wait to see you guys do it in the next five years, another decade together. I don't know what 20 years is, but it's gotta be better than aluminum. </strong><strong>So, whatever it is, I'll get you that. </strong></p> <h2 lang="EN-US" xml:lang="EN-US"><strong>Listen to Half Moon Run on Stingray Music</strong></h2> <p lang="EN-US" xml:lang="EN-US">You can hear Half Moon Run on Stingray Music's <a href="http://music.stingray.com/en/channels/002?utm_source=editorial&amp;utm_medium=blog&amp;utm_campaign=on-going" target="_blank">Rock Alternative</a> channel, <a href="http://music.stingray.com/en/channels/065?utm_source=editorial&amp;utm_medium=blog&amp;utm_campaign=on-going" target="_blank">Canadian Indie</a> channel, <a href="http://music.stingray.com/en/channels/060?utm_source=editorial&amp;utm_medium=blog&amp;utm_campaign=on-going" target="_blank">Le Top Détente</a> and many more channels! </p> <p><strong>Stay on the pulse of the most recent news in music. 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