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Jimmy Rankin – Interview

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‘Forget About The World’ is Jimmy Rankin’s fourth solo album that was released  April 2011. I got a chance to talk with Jimmy about the record, his future plans and the East Coast.

 

 

 

 

 

 

1. What inspires you to write music?

I always keep my mind, my ears and my eyes open around me to find inspiration. Whether it is a story, a song title, or a melody. I always keep a journal on me to write down ideas.

 

2. Early in 2011, you released your fourth solo album. Can you tell me a bit about the album.

It is very singer-songwriter. So, it goes from stuff that is very produced like ‘Here In My Heart’, which was my first single on the radio. To ‘Colorado Dave’ which is just me and an acoustic guitar playing a six minute story ballad.

 

3. Do you have a favourite song on the album?

I actually like them all.  When I make an album I strive to not have any songs that are just fillers. But, I’ll say the title track, ‘Forget About The World’, I love singing it.

 

4. What are your plans for the rest of 2012?

I am working on a Christmas project that is going to be out in the fall. Then I’ll be doing a Christmas tour across the country.

 

5. How excited were you to be at the East Coast Music Awards this year?

Very excited. It’s really nice to bump into people in the industry that you work with. Also, there was really great music that happened all weekend. The East Coast is just rich with music. It always has been and I think it always will be. There is no stopping this region!

 

By : Alyssa Gallant
Photo by : Alyssa Gallant

THE SCENE, PEI

                                                              


PS I Love You – Interview

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PS I Love You is an up and coming duo from Kingston, ON consisting of Paul Saulnier’s vocals, guitar playing, and bass rhythms with Benjamin Nelson’s drum beats. They are currently on a North American tour and will be playing at Hunter’s Ale House PEI on May 30. I got a chance to talk to Paul on the phone last week and he had the following to say.

 

 

1. What are the differences between your latest album “Death Dreams” and your breakout album “The Muster Station”?

Everything is almost the same but our new songs are a little bit longer and grander. There’s a lot more self-indulgence and extravagance in this new ensemble. The feeling is a little bit different too. On our first album all the songs are really anxious and urgent and now we’re more anxious and patient. It’s a different mood for us and that makes the music different.

2. We first heard Benjamin’s vocals on your latest single “Don’t Go.” How has his singing contributed to the band?

He’s a really good singer and we thought it would be a good idea to have him sing back up on a couple tunes. They sound good and hopefully we’ll have him sing more in the future. Actually, he’s a better singer than I am.

3. What’s the difference between your Canadian tours and your international ones?

Canada’s a lot more comfortable. The drives are longer but we know people in almost every city which is nice. In America or Europe, it’s scarier because we don’t know what to expect. We’ve been lucky because we’ve always had nice crowds who really dig us. So, it has to do with our comfort level and Canada is easier and America is more of a challenge, but it’s a good challenge.

4. What’s your favourite part of the recording process?

When we record the songs live it’s just the guitar and drums and then I add extra guitars, keyboards, and vocals. My favourite part is when I have this idea for what I want the song to sound like and then I pick what I like the most. But when it all comes together what it actually ends up sounding like is something different from what I was originally picturing in my mind. It’s really exciting because you think you’re making something but you’re actually making something different and it takes on a life of its own in a way.

5. How has your raising popularity affected your personal life?

Not very much. It hasn’t changed my relationships with my friends or anything. We try not to let it go to our heads. It’s a big deal but at the same time it’s not a big deal and we’re just going to keep going on.

6. If you could play on stage with anyone, living or dead, who would it be?

Gee, that’s a tough one. Well, my favourite Canadian band is “Swan Lake” and I’d like to play with them. It has Daniel Bejar from “Destroyer” and Carey Mercer and Spencer Krug from “Frog Eyes.”  Their music is really powerful and epic so I feel like I would fit in well there. Those guys are modern day Canadian heroes in my eyes.

7. What can we expect from you in the future?

A lot more songs about love and shitty problems. We’re going to play a lot more shows. People say bands evolve as they keep making albums so we’re going to keep trying to do that.

By : Tamara Gravelle

THE SCENE, PEI


Nitty Gritty Dirt Band – Interview

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Nitty Gritty Dirt Band is an American country-folk-rock band that was founded in California in 1966. Bob Carpenter, Jimmy Fadden, Jeff Hanna and John McEuen are the current members. They are currently on a Canada and US Tour. Nitty Gritty Dirt Band will be performing at the Confederation Centre in Charlottetown on May 23. I got a chance to talk with Bob and here is what he has got to say. 

 


1. Your Canada and US Tour takes off today. What is your favourite and least favourite thing about touring?

My favourite thing is playing the music for two hours, it’s absolutely the best.. The worst thing about touring is sitting in an airport and finding out that your flight has been cancelled.

2. You guys released an EP at the end of last year, can you tell me more about it?

The latest thing we put out towards the end of last year was a little EP. It has six cuts on it and it was recorded live as we were on tour during the summer. Hopefully it is the first of a couple that we are going to put together from our live recordings.

 

3. You also are a song-writer. Where do you find inspirations for songs?

It comes a few different places. Sometimes you get a picture in your head of situations that you can describe and draw a conclusion from. I co-write a lot so, I get together with people and we would kick around ideas until we come up with something that we both can agree we like. Somethings get finished quick and somethings will sit there for a while and get finished later and somethings don’t ever get finished.

 

4. You guys started playing in 1966. Do you have any advice for musicians who are just starting out today?

The first advice I would give is to play music. If you love it so much, you don’t have a choice, you have to do it. If you are playing for the wrong reasons you are going to be disappointed and not going to be successful. If you do it to make money or to become a star, it’s not going to work. It’s a job. It requires a lot of sacrifice and a lot of hard work. My second advice is to buy books, read books, read articles and know the business. You need to know how to market yourself the right way. If you are with a company you need to know what you are signing. The business part is almost as important as the music part.

 

5. Social media seems to be everywhere around us today. Does social media play any roles in your life?

We have a myspace and Facebook page. We have a website where people can go and buy any of our 33 or 34 albums, and look at our tour dates. We haven’t really changed our life much but the good thing about it is that it helps us keep in touch with our fans.

 

6. If you could play one song with anyone, who would it be? 

Hey Jude with Paul Mccartney.

 

7. Where do you see yourself in three years?

We hope we are still healthy and still being able to play. We hope we can still be out doing what we love to do.

 

8. Vinyl or Digital downloads?

When I am home and have the time I love to take out a vinyl record and play it. But, if I am on a beach, I love to take out my iPod. Steaming is the future. I believe in two years everything will be streamed. You will have access to anything right in your pocket. You could listen to any music that was ever recorded in the world.

 

9. If you could travel to any place in the world, where would it be?

We haven’t played in Australia yet. We would love to go there someday.

 

By : Alyssa Gallant

THE SCENE, PEI


Nail Live special guests Wizards of Kaos & Category VI

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Who: Nail, Wizards of KAOS,Category VI
Where: The Rock House
When: Saturday June 2, 10pm

Advance tickets http://stjohnsscene.diyobo.com/events/nail-live-saint-johns-nl-canada
$15.00 advance, $20.00 at the door
Special promotion: Show your Mile One June 2rd stub and pay advance price at the door.
 

 

 

Nail:

After their departure from multi platinum recording artists Helix, “C” and “Rhino” unite to bring the world the dynamic metal sound of NAIL..Its classic power metal with very tight grooves and some of the most impressive guitar work around.

Wizards Of Kaos:

On the heels of their new self titled release on Diminished 5th Records.   The Wizards return home to hammer out their newest material for new and old fans.

Think: The Sword, Priestess, Corrosion Of Conformity and Kyuss

“there is one new band whose hard-rocking metal groove rose above… That band is Wizards of Kaos”
-Metal-Rules.com

Category VI:

One of the hardest working metal bands in town Category VI have been tearing it up down town in the last year.    With new drummer Jason Williams this melodic metal band has never sounded better.

For more information please visit: https://www.facebook.com/events/173613639424005/

SCENE PICK OF THE WEEK!


Nail Live special guests Wizards of Kaos & Category VI

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Who: Nail, Wizards of KAOS,Category VI
Where: The Rock House
When: Saturday June 2, 10pm

Advance tickets http://stjohnsscene.diyobo.com/events/nail-live-saint-johns-nl-canada
$15.00 advance, $20.00 at the door
Special promotion: Show your Mile One June 2rd stub and pay advance price at the door.
 

 

 

Nail:

After their departure from multi platinum recording artists Helix, “C” and “Rhino” unite to bring the world the dynamic metal sound of NAIL..Its classic power metal with very tight grooves and some of the most impressive guitar work around.

Wizards Of Kaos:

On the heels of their new self titled release on Diminished 5th Records.   The Wizards return home to hammer out their newest material for new and old fans.

Think: The Sword, Priestess, Corrosion Of Conformity and Kyuss

“there is one new band whose hard-rocking metal groove rose above… That band is Wizards of Kaos”
-Metal-Rules.com

Category VI:

One of the hardest working metal bands in town Category VI have been tearing it up down town in the last year.    With new drummer Jason Williams this melodic metal band has never sounded better.

For more information please visit: https://www.facebook.com/events/173613639424005/

SCENE PICK OF THE WEEK!


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