Each week Penguin & Rhino features an artist who’s caught our attention. They could be in theatre, film, music or visual art. The point is we think they’re kick ass and you should know who they are.
Who’s on your team? (crew, bandmates, family, etc)
My bandmates have changed over the years depending on where I’m located. My brother was my first bandmate actually. He played all the guitars on my first album and produced alongside me. My professional team has changed too. This happens often in the industry. The music industry really teaches a fierce lesson of independence. It also encourages great camaraderie. The artists I have met over the years have become some of my best friends.
5 things you can’t live without?
Headphones, sparkling water, Sigur Ros, lipstick, my family…not in that order
What’s the best show you’ve seen recently? (music, stage or otherwise)
I saw Toronto songwriter Jadea Kelly perform the other night and was very moved. She just started a new album so I’m excited to hear the result.
What are your plans for 2015?
I’m finishing up a new album so I’ll be showcasing that before I release it later in the year. I’m also moving to LA for a couple months in April.
Most memorable moment of your career thus far?
The first time Grey’s Anatomy used my music was pretty exciting. Every time my music has been used in film and TV has been incredibly rewarding and memorable.
What would you be doing if you weren’t doing this?
I’d probably be doing some kind of work with teenagers, either teaching or counselling in some capacity. I’ve always loved being involved in social programs for youth.
What advice do you have for people who want to get to where you are?
There are no shortcuts – you have to put the time in. It takes people years to see the fruits of their labour. So many of my friends who are just starting to do well have been at it for almost 10 years. To think it’s going to happen overnight is a recipe for disappointment. Play as often as you can, network as often as you can, write every day.
Industry shout out – who does it go to?
My producer Tino Zolfo who I’ve just spent the last five months in studio with.