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Month: January 2013

Shivering Songs Special – Interview with Mo Kenney

The 3rd annual Shivering Songs festival starts this Friday in Fredericton, NB. The lineup is full of great music and talks from national and local musicians, authors and Architects. Yes, Architects.

Yesterday I posted an interview with Jon Samuel. Read it here.

I am pumped to be attending the Songwriter’s Circle on Saturday afternoon. I saw Mo Kenney open for Joel Plaskett a few weeks ago at the Imperial and the show was incredible. Mo’s songs are so great.

Enjoy!

Hi Mo, Tell me about yourself and what you do!

Hi! I am a singer, guitarist and songwriter currently residing in Waverley, NS. I’ve been writing songs for over 5 years now and playing guitar for about 11 years!

Where does your song writing inspiration come from? What do you typically write most about?

My inspiration can come from anywhere I find. Sometimes I’m not even sure what a song is about until a few days after I’ve written it. I guess I typically write about my relationships with other people, not necessarily romantic relationships.

When writing, do the lyrics come first, or the music?

Most of the time I will have a guitar part written first and then add lyrics to that. I find it a lot easier to come up with lyrics when I have music and a melody. I have written lyrics first before though.

Shivering Songs has become an amazing high five in the height of winter. Coming up on it’s third B-Day, tell me a few reasons why you’re stoked to be playing…

I’m super excited to play Shivering Songs. I’ve heard a lot of great things about it and I was looking at the amazing line up of artists the other day. I’m looking forward to playing and also really looking forward to seeing some great acts while I’m there! Also very excited to be opening for Sarah Harmer, I’m a big fan.

Most of my new music comes from recommendations from musicians. They understand what good music should sound like. With that in mind *insert winking*, what were your three favourite records of 2012?

I get a lot of great new music recommendations from other musicians too! It’s tough to narrow it down to my three favourite records, but here’s a few of em:
Sun Kil Moon – Among The Leaves
Daniel Rossen – Silent Hour/ Golden Mile EP
Beach House – Bloom

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Mo is playing Saturday afternoon at the Songwriter’s Circle at the Wilmot Church with John Leroux, Rose Cousins and Owen Steel.




See you tomorrow!

XO,

B

 

Shivering Songs Special – Interview with Jon Samuel

The 3rd annual Shivering Songs festival starts this Friday in Fredericton, NB. The lineup is full of great music and talks from national and local musicians, authors and Architects. Yes, Architects.

I am pumped to be attending a couple of shows this weekend – You can find the full schedule here.

Every day this week I’ll be cross-posting a quick interview with some of my favourite acts playing the festival this weekend. You can see them a bit earlier in the day on my blog at barbbarbbarb.com

Enjoy!

Hi Jon, Tell me about yourself and what you do!

My name is Jon Samuel. I’m a songwriter from Halifax or more specifically from Dartmouth Nova Scotia. It’s a town some people called the Darkside and which I call Dtown. Over the years I’ve written songs for bands but more recently in a solo format for a record I released called First Transmission. The show on the 25th at the Capitol will the first time I’ve ventured to Fredericton to play on my own. I’m excited to play songs off my new record as well as test out some new things I’ve been working on.

Where does your song writing inspiration come from? What do you typically write most about?

Lyrically I take inspiration from news stories, movies and books. It can be as simple as hearing a turn of phrase that I think sounds good to the ear or conjures up an interesting imagine. Once that happens I find that idea takes me down a somewhat linear path. You are able to see where I’ve started and where I end up.

When writing, do the lyrics come first, or the music?

There is no one set in stone process. Sometimes it starts with an instrument, usually a guitar and I work out an arrangement there. Lately I’ve found sitting down with my computer and working on lyrics and a vocal melody simultaneously has been a great way to go about writing. That process focuses on the vocal which I think can be important for a solo venture.

Shivering Songs has become an amazing “high five” in the height of winter. Coming up on it’s third B-Day, tell me a few reasons why you’re stoked to be playing…

This really is a beginning for me. Working on a set list and executing it live is what gets me excited. Being able to to play at a new festival gives me a chance to see how an enthusiastic audience responds to the songs.

Most of my new music comes from recommendations from musicians. They understand what good music should sound like. With that in mind *insert winking*, what were your three favourite records of 2012?

The Dirty Projectors released one of my favourite albums in a long time called Swing Lo Magellan. It’s a great mix of Hi/Lo Fi recording and serious and playful performance. Fiona Apple’s The Idler Wheel Is Wiser is so damn good. It’s a self produced and minimal and it’s all the songs need. I was very into Lil Wayne’s Dedication 4 mix tape which would find me at odds with a lot of music critics but hey no worries.

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Jon is playing Friday night at 10:30 at the Capital Bar with Heavy Meadows and Folly & the Hunter.

Stay up to date leading up to the festival:



See you tomorrow!

XO, B