I didn’t think twice when I was asked to cover the Edmonton Folk Festival earlier this month. Although this wasn’t my first time in Edmonton – I had spent a summer there a year ago working – it was my first experience with the festival itself and I would certainly return given the chance. For a four-day event run entirely by volunteers and drawing nearly 2,500 people, I was amazed at how smoothly everything went as well as the kindness of the people there. It was one of the most enjoyable music festivals I’ve ever attended.
Thanks to Kendra Hart for shooting and editing, Jordan Delic for producing and Jocelynn Rennie for her coordinating expertise and being a great impromptu sound person.
I covered Warped Tour when it passed through Toronto last month for AUX. Although many of the bands/artists performing are not what I’d normally listen to, it was still interesting to meet and chat with them as well as those who travel with the tour as vendors like Jac Vanek or non-profit movements such as To Write Love on Her Arms.
Thanks to Clem Lush and Brendon Timmings for shooting and coordinating the interviews.
Every now and then I come up with a top 10 list and this one containing the best songs used in beer commercials might be my favorite thus far. I screened at least 40 or so ads and felt these 10 were worthy enough to be included. View and countdown on Spinner.
Scottish band Glasvegas has just put out a new album called Euphoric Heartbreak and I interviewed them when they stopped in Toronto during their North American tour in support of it. Guitarist Rab Allen is by far the tallest Scottish person I’ve met and along with bassist Paul Donoghue, the band was a pleasure to chat with.
Thanks to Rick Thompson for shooting and Tristan Moran for editing the final piece.
Arctic Monkeys have been a bit creative with the songs they take the stage to so when I interviewed them for AUX Weekly, I requested a top five list of their all-time favorite tracks to walk-out to. The songs they named off were a bit surprising, but hilarious. Just think of waiting for the Monkeys to come out and hearing “Bump N’ Grind”. View the full list on AUX.
This was my second time interviewing Magneta Lane (the last time was about a year ago while I was still an intern at AUX) in which they revealed details of an new EP of songs they recorded in Spanish. They also told me details regarding their forthcoming album they are currently working on with some members of Finger Eleven. Read the full piece on Spinner.
To learn more about the band or for the latest updates, visit their official website. You can also follow them on Twitter.
I interviewed Israeli singer-songwriter Yael Naim while she was here in Toronto a little while ago promoting her latest album She Was a Boy. She spoke to me about her beginnings in music and growing up in Israel where she felt a little closed off from the world. Naim also commented on the Macbook Air commercial from a few years ago that essentially kick-started her career. Read the full piece on Spinner.
The National Parks Project is a great hybrid between the music we love and the places we so rarely get to see. For this piece I interviewed several directors, producers and a musician who were all directly involved. For more information about the project, visit the official website.
Much thanks to Kendra Hart for shooting and editing this.
UK band Foals’ latest album, their second, is called Total Life Forever and was released in May of 2010. In this interview members Yannis Philippakis and Edwin Congreave talk about the making of Total Life Forever and how they’ll be heading into the studio after their current tour to start work on a new record.
I did a print piece not long ago about Black Lips detailing how to use a human skull as a reverberation chamber. This video is from the same interview and is equally entertaining. Be sure to check out the band’s upcoming album Arabia Mountain when it comes out on June 7 via Vice.
Thanks to Rick Thompson for shooting and Michelle Lottamoza for editing this piece.