While I was on the European Tour in November, I stopped in at RadioWeser.TV in Delmenhorst, Germany to record this live version of “Break My Soul.” It was VERY early in the morning, so you might hear some morning voice peeking through!
Thanks to Mark Sender and the rest of RadioWeser.TV for the interview and live performances.
So this past September, I pulled off something crazy. I recorded a full length album at Dining Room Studios in Thunder Bay in less than 2 weeks, between two big tours (one of Eastern Canada, the other of Western Canada/US). Not only was I performing for the bulk of the time, I also had some gigs during that 2 week stint, on top of planning a surprise birthday party for Shannon’s 30th! It was intense to say the least. Thank goodness Ben Leggett was at the helm.
Shannon and I both had cameras and phones running from time to time, so here are some videos showing the ‘making of’ of the new album, titled Complexity in Simplicity.
*Note, the songs you hear in the videos are my demo versions from the summer. The finished songs are still being mixed – you’ll hear them soon enough!
Brief update from the road – I’m touring all over the US at the moment, playing some neat intimate shows, festivals, and much more! If you haven’t caught me on this leg of the tour, there’s more coming up, just check out the Tour page. But in the meantime, please check out this cover of Pink Floyd’s “Welcome to the Machine” that I did at The Study this past September. Thanks to The Walleye for capturing it on video!
Many, many months ago, myself and Rob Benvegnu were assembled to collaborate on music for a series of commercials for Thunder Bay Tourism. Having always been an advocate for my hometown, I was honoured, and excited to work on a pretty big project with someone I hadn’t worked with in years. Rob and I used to play in a band together in 2003, but haven’t really worked on anything since. He was busy with his dance group CoNcEpTs while I ventured into the world of the one-man-band. He’s been producing lots lately though, winning an Aboriginal People’s Choice Award for Shy-Anne Hovorka’s album ‘Pseudo’ as well selling beats as his alter-ego, RaWb EaTs. Working with him on the music was a lot of fun, and we went through many different versions before settling on the one you hear there. We experimented with different sounds and styles, but I think you’ll agree that the finished product flows along quite nicely just as it is!
We teamed up with Dave Angell from Dining Room Studios to first record the music for the 3 spots, as well as the whole gang from Imaginarium Studios who then synced it to their finished video. The whole production was coordinated by Generator, with Robin Moss (a British songsmith himself) writing the script. There are more credits on each of the videos if you click through to YouTube, but give them a watch, who knows what people and places you’ll recognize! Here they are, broken up into the 3 main tourist seasons: Summer, Fall and Winter.
Feel free to leave a comment on the actual video pages or down below!