HEY EVERYONE THIS IS OUR LAST ARTIST SPOTLIGHT BECAUSE THE FESTIVAL IS NOW!
See you out there this week ~~
Common Holly – Montreal, QC
What was your favourite show you’ve ever played?
When it comes to music, Montreal is stacked. So many bands of all styles come out of this city, both in english and in french. Some of them are made up of people that have never played music before in their lives but want to be in a band, others are full of jazz masters’ students– and then they share bills together in underground venues. While it’s competitive in some ways, more than anything I think Montreal allows the freedom for a recreational music culture– the rent is cheap, the community is strong, and people from all over North America come here ready to be inspired.
What city/venue/festival would you most like to play?
Definitely invisible. I’ve always wanted to be invisible! Not for snooping though, just because I think it would be so lovely to do a bunch of normal things while being naked and dancing and doing whatever I like.
What are you listening to right now?
Who are your biggest influences?
Rudimental, Daft Punk, Caribou, Flume.
Who are some of your favourite artists at the moment?
Sampha, Seinabo Sey, Laura Mvula, Rudimental.
What is your favourite thing about your city?
People & food.
What are you most excited for at CMW this year?
All the showcase artists from all around the world.
What are your top 3 favourite snacks?
What has been your favourite show you’ve played so far?
Pat- For me it was the release show for our new EP ‘Cue’, which was a little less than a month ago. Very positive vibes all throughout the evening, and I think everyone enjoyed themselves! We also organized the night, which to a certain extent was stressful, but also ensured we had everything set up the way we like it. It was also the last show we played, so maybe I’m still feeling the euphoria or something.
Daniel- I’d agree with Pat, the ‘Cue’ release was an amazing time. Putting that much work into an event and having a room full of people show up to support you is an amazing and validating feeling. Last summer’s sets at Field trip and Hillside stick out in my head as well. Being able to watch lots of amazing music in the after glow of our sets was great. I remember watching Charlotte sing an Amy Winehouse song backed by BBNG at Field Trip and feeling so grateful to be part of such an amazing music community.
What is the best and worst thing about being a band in Toronto?
Pat- I have no real qualms with being a band in Toronto at the moment, apart from maybe the rising costs of living. There’s a ton of inspiring music and art around the city, so it feels like a natural place to call home. Some of the more recent venue closures have been a bummer, but it really does seem like the community is trying to band together and figure out new and interesting alternative spaces for shows and events. I can’t see us relocating any time soon 🙂
Daniel- Toronto is truly an amazing city and I often have to remind myself how lucky we are to live here while so many other Canadian bands travel long distances back and forth endlessly for gigs. My cynical side can sometime can sometimes find me a bit dismayed by the social hierarchies that exist in any big city creative communities, however I am often reminded that there are so many people amazing people with a deep love for good art here. There seems to have been a recent shift towards to audiences appreciating music with a strong focus on musicianship and songwriting, which is a really good sign.
Who are some of your favourite local artists?
Pat- So many to choose from! Really into Bernice, MorMor, Casey MQ, Ciel, MoneyPhone, Charlotte Day Wilson, Adrian Underhill, Dan Only and the boy Young Clancy! That list could be much longer.
Daniel- As Pat said there are so many, and he named many of my picks. We’re all huge fans of Blunt Chunks, who sang on and was an integral part of ‘Cue’. Hannah Bussiere’s project Luna Li is amazing and she is off the charts talented. I’ve been liking Matty Tavares’ solo stuff, Dan Edmonds is a truly amazing and inspiring musician and songwriter. I also had the chance to hear some early mixes of the new BART stuff and am very excited for the city to hear what they’ve been cooking up.
Name a song you wish you’d written.
Pat- ‘Just as Long as We’re Together’ by Prince. This song always puts me in a good mood, and writing a love song that includes the lyric “I’ll bring the music, baby, you bring the wine” is a pretty hilarious sentiment coming from Prince.
Daniel- This answer would probably change on a monthly basis for me, last month it would have been ‘Essa Mulher’ by Joyce Moreno but this month probably ‘Still Crazy After All These Years’ by the boy Paul Simon.
If you could be any marine animal, what would you be?
Pat- The World’s largest squid
Daniel- Hydrothermal worm maybe, very sturdy little things you know?
Look Vibrant – Montreal, QC
What was the first album you bonded over as a band?
What is your favourite thing about your city?
I think we’re all pretty grateful for the affordable housing in Montreal compared to most other North American metropolitan cities. Considering that Montreal has so much to offer and such an incredible arts and culture scene, it doesn’t really make sense how affordable it is to live in.
What song can’t you skip if it comes on?
‘Iris Kyle’ by Erica Eso.
What mythical creature do you most identify with?
The hippocampus (fish-tailed goat) is interesting. I feel like I navigate life similarly to a hippocampus. Slowly slithering up a mountain, gnawing on tin cans.
What are you most looking forward to at CMW this year?