Devon Richardson, Tom Ionescu, and Zach Sutton are the bass, guitarist and drummer for the Toronto band, Jane’s Party. The band have released their new album, Casual Island. It is available EVERYWHERE! The band performs this Saturday April 6th, at The Horseshoe Tavern.
Tom Stephen was the drummer and manager of the Jeff Healey band. He has released a book called, “Best Seat in the House: My Life in the Jeff Healey Band’’. We discuss Tom’s early life performing in Toronto clubs and meeting Jeff, and performing frequently at Grossman’s Tavern. We talk about the early days of touring Canada, making their way into the States, signing a major record deal and touring the world. We also discuss his foray into film with the band in the movie, Road House.
Sean MacLean is the singer, songwriter and instrumentalist in the band, Waves That Stray. We discuss how Sean arrived which the bands current sound, and how it materialized into a band. We talk about Sean’s upbringing and his first musical encounters through mix tapes and first band in elementary school. Waves that Stray are performing this upcoming Saturday March 23rd in Toronto. For info to the show, send them a DM on instagram and they will let you know the details.
Chrissy Pearson is a Music Therapist, and Regan Harney works for the Trust Fund in fundraising, events, and awareness. We discuss what music therapy is, and how it is beneficial to all sorts of patients. We talk about how Chrissy got into the field and where her path has taken her. We talk to Regan about how the fund began, and the future aspirations of the group. The 6th Annual Music March for Music Therapy takes place on Sunday, March 31, 2019 at noon, starting at The Music Therapy Centre (1175 Bloor St. W).
Shawn William Clarke is a folk singer and songwriter residing in Toronto. This podcast was recorded live in my apartment as an event put on with Artery. Artery.is are a group to put together artists and people who would like to put on shows in their homes. It is a wonderful initiative, and it was an excellent event. This podcast was recorded with the help of Kristian Noel Pedersen.
Sean William Clarke
For the 50th episode I do a solo podcast. I talk about my recent music video release by my band, Good Luck Shop called Evolve. I do a deep dive into my start in music and how I got to where I am today, and why I started this podcast. I am excited to reach the milestone of 50 episodes, and it was great to talk about my story. I hope you enjoy an episode unique to its own.
Joel Chico is an actor, musician and songwriter from Toronto currently living in Vancouver. We discuss with Joel his creative pursuits that began at a young age playing in garage bands, and moving to more psychedelic music as Cosmic Star Child. We talk about his pursuits in theatre and acting, and how he continually produces music which has threaded his artistic life together.
Paul Greenberg is a realtor and partner with MVMNT Group, and formerly bass player with Teeter and Fiction City. We discuss Paul’s transition from musician to realtor and the skills that he learned and carried into a new profession. We talk about Paul’s first foray into music, and how he was able to work a room or situation into the best case scenario. Paul is a consummate professional, and is a great example of what hard work can bring.
Matthew Winkler is a Toronto singer, songwriter and multi instrumentalist. We breakdown his new album, The California King going through each song, while also discussing the span of his musical career. Matthew’s new album, as well as The Boy in Blue, Songs of Hope and various singles can be streamed and purchased on Spotify, iTunes and Bandcamp.
Mike Tompa is a producer, songwriter, engineer and multi-instrumentalist currently based in Toronto. We discuss the current tour that he’s on with Silverstein, and the surreal notion being on stage with a band you’ve enjoyed as a fan. We talk about Mike’s upbringing in music, and sureness to what he wanted to do. Mike includes one of the most memorable stories thus far on this podcast, going to England on whim to work at his favourite studio, without knowing exactly where it was.
Michael Novalski is a songwriter, musician, recording engineer formerly of the band Too Young To Go Steady. He is also the booker of Toronto music venue, Junction City Music Hall. Mike and I talk about recording music, analog vs digital and Mike’s foray into composition using the computer. We discuss songwriting formula over originality, and the feelings of both being late comers to feeling like songwriters. Mike chats about his former band, upcoming song placements in Kim’s Convenience, and his new placement of booking a premier venue in Toronto’s Junction neighbourhood.
Kristian and I do an Album Breakdown, where we discuss his album, A Kristian Kinda Christmas X. Kristian has recorded a Christmas album for the past 10 years, and we go through each song on his current release. We talk about how he got into doing this annual project and why his continues to do it each year.
Download and Purchase the album here: https://tinyurl.com/ya6sj5dg
Chris Evans is a songwriter, producer guitarist and bass player and music podcaster residing in Toronto. He is the owner of music label Cosmic Resonance, which release works from artists Hemingway, Korea Town Acid and Raf Reza, and releases music as Strange Robotix. We talk about Chris’ upbringing moving from Toronto to the small town of Port Perry, where he began to play music. We discuss the Humber College Jazz program, and moving beyond the genre to experimental and ironic projects such as metal band Poisonous Glass. We discuss Chris’ future with music and the curation of like minded artists through his label and how he plans to move it forward.
TWNRVA (pronounced “Twin Rova”) is a pop duo from Toronto. Devin Moody and Andrew Falcao started with pop punk band, July and have branched out on their own with a 90’s pop sound with an edge. We discuss the duo’s directional switch, the changes in the musical landscape and how to fit in as a live band in today’s settings. We talk about the range of sounds and the way the group splits up the songwriting process, and being true to you early inspirations, even if there weren’t always the coolest.
Chiara Young is a Toronto Pop artist, songwriter and instrumentalist. She has recently released singles, “Fallout” and “Not For You”. We discuss Chiara’s foray into music at a young age and how her family and community embraced her early success. We talk about making the switch from side stage to front and centre, and persevering to always put quality first.
Cosmo Ferraro is a guitar player in Toronto band, Ferraro as well as manager and booker of the Cameron House. We talk about Cosmo’s early foray into music, playing with friends and starting to learn alongside them. As his two brothers also got interested in music, they formed a band and became staples of the Toronto music scene. As mother, uncle and their friend created The Cameron House in 1981, and Cosmo took over the bar at age 22, and keeps its status as a landmark music venue in Toronto intact.
Melissa Murphy is a singer-songwriter and musician residing in Toronto. We discuss Melissa’s upbringing in Newfoundland singing, and coming to Toronto to attend Humber College. We discuss her musical projects including Flatrock. We talk about our show we’re performing together Nov 8th at the Cameron House, and the business that Melissa started helping young artists with singing and songwriting lessons.
Jimmy Rankin is a Canadian country and folk artist. A member of The Rankin Family with brothers and sisters, Jimmy rose to national fame and in the early 2000’s began his solo career. We talk about Jimmy’s new album, Moving East and discuss his relocation from Nashville back to Eastern Canada. We discuss growing up in a large music family and how they took their local roots and music of Cape Breton and brought it successfully to the national stage. We talk about working with producer Joel Plaskett, and the fun working on a record in today’s digital word.
Nathan Ali is a Hip Hop artist currently residing in Toronto, originally from London Ont. We discuss Nathan’s new release “I Wanna Know”, and his refocusing towards a new sound. We talk about Nathan’s original foray into music where he made a name for himself with quick writing work and confidence, which landed him a song in a commercial. We also go into the dark side of the music business, how to avoid being taken advantage of and staying true to your voice.
Darren Mcgill is a recording engineer currently working out of Union Sound Company in Toronto. His recent credits include work with Monowhales, Ivan Angelo, Nate Douglas, The Dirty Nil, Pup and Donovan Woods. We talk about how Darren got involved with audio engineering and the decisions that lead him to Fanshawe College. We discuss how Darren continued to take opportunities and turn them into employment, but not at the risk of loosing site of his pursuit to always working on great albums.
James Harding is singer and songwriter currently residing in Toronto. He is the frontman and primary songwriter for the band Villainest, who play electro rock music midi programmed with a Sega Genesis machine with live instrumentation on top of it. We discuss how James arrived at this musical decision, his early musical upbringing, and how he found his new footing playing music in a new country.
Gina Kennedy and Devon Richard are the bass player, guitar player and songwriters in their band, Altered by Mom. We discuss how they met and how they started playing music together. We talk about how there music lives differ from their personal relationship and how they individually developed into the artists they are today.
Adam Bertucci, 3Stripe is a music producer and manager at Cugini Recordings and New Toronto Grunge. He has with artists such as, Dallas Rodin, 5Star, Cindé, and Veronica. We discuss his trip to LA he is preparing for, and how he got into producing band. We talk about the evolution of the role of a producer and the benefits of working everyday and creating quality work.
Isaiah Gibbons is a session drummer, and songwriter based in Mississauga, On. He has released the funk album, Live Life this year as well as multiple singles featuring artists, Gabriela Rodgers, Gud Cyrus, Olivia Moore, Michael Morales and more. Isaiah is also currently playing with R&B singer Anders, as well as his own band Moonhead, who are featured in the revamped version of Rockey Horror Picture Show featuring Lou Adler. We discuss his musical upbringing, his decision to focus on music at an early age and how to establish balance in a music based life.
Jenna Strautman is a singer, songwriter and bass player currently residing in Toronto. Jenna has just announced a new project, TanBlonde. They will be playing their debut show, Sept 7th at Lee’s Palace. Jenna is originally from Canmore Alberta, and we talk about her decision to come to Toronto with her then band, Dreadful Starlings 8 years ago. Once departing from them, she started Rotary Dial, alongside friends and a community based around the venue Not My Dog in Parkdale.
Rob Webster is a singer songwriter and guitar player. He has recently released an EP under the band name, Station 4. Taking the opportunity to do something new and wanting to venture away from the traditional way of unveiling a record, Rob is filming five different performances in different unique venues. He will be releasing them together in the fall of this year.
Danny Reiner is a manager with Chris Smith Management. He works and has worked with Tyler Shaw, Ryland James, Alessia Cara, Nelly Furtado, Fefe Dobson, JoJo and more. We discuss Danny’s early beginnings starting out going door to door as 17 year old, landing an internship, and being thrown into the fire working with world class artists on the biggest stages. We talk about the new releases from Tyler Shaw and Ryland James, which he has helped developed for the last two years and advice for young managers getting started.
Colin Weeks is a singer songwriter based out of Montreal. Originally from the suburbs of Vancouver, we talk about Colins early upbringing and being the “music guy” in his high school. With Colin’s move to Montreal, took his “life of the party” attitude to his most recent release, Magic and made beautiful feel good music, that’s not too serious though incredibly infectious.
Alex St. Kitts is a bass player, singer and songwriter. He has recently released “Projector III”, the third instalment of his Projector Series. When he became interested in playing bass, Alex’s father, musician George St. Kitts gave him a bass and an instructional book, and he hasn’t looked back since. Alex has performed bass with an A-list of musicians including, Francesco Yates, Ed Sheeran, K-OS, SATE, and J.P. Saxe.
Yitzy is a singer songwriter and guitar player based out of Montreal. He recently released his EP “Island Time”, and has toured throughout Ontario promoting it. We discuss Yitzi’s upbringing in Baltimore Maryland, and his move to Vancouver during his formative years. We talk pedals, tones, and the unique character that each player brings to their instrument. Yitzi is a great musician, and we talk about what brought him to playing music and where he plans to take it.
Jenesia is a pop duo comprised of Jenesia Dawn and Alexander David from Western Canada. We discuss how they met, and the duality of their relationship as musical partners, and as husband and wife. We talk about their new single Mexico, and their EP release Catch-22 which is out now; what it means to them and how they they creatively put it together. We discuss the music scene in Western Canada and the duo newly experiencing music in Toronto.
Arthur Lee is the lead singer and songwriter of the band, After The Mountain. We discuss the groups two new singles, including “Ariana”, which was released last week. We talk about finding the right group and different ways to start a musical project. How development comes through trial and error, and the magical feeling of finding a group that best suits and supports the music you make together.
Matt Fudge is a musician, songwriter, producer and music plugin creator. I met Matt and he produced my own album for my project, Good Luck Shop. He has recently returned from an 8 months stay in Berlin, working with Native Instruments. He has developed music software plugins for Native instruments, Wave Alchemy, Get Good Drums and Sample Magic to name a few. He was nominated this year at the 2018 Sync Awards for his cowriting with Grand Analog for his work on the song, Quiet Life.
Sate is a singer-songwriter and performer. We discuss her upcoming album, The Fool which will be released this year, including what goes into an album, the pursuit of finding your voice, and the ongoing journey of being an artist. We talk about growing up in a musical family and the finding your individuality. We discuss her recent sold-out performances with the Coal Mine Theatre presentation of Rumours by Fleetwood Mac and the award won at the first “Hackathon” at Canadian Music Week.
Kavi Guppta is a singer songwriter, drummer, writer and public speaker. I grew up with Kavi, and with him on drums we began our musical journey at the same time. He has since returned to the kit as part of the Australian group, Ricky Dean and the Dream Machine. We discuss early influences, and his pursuit of many facets, including his first writing job on Ed the Sock’s night party, and starting a blog which lead him to writing for Forbes Magazine years later. We talk about being yourself and doing right by you, regardless of whatever everyone else is doing. It will lead you on your own path, that can be an incredible journey you could have never imagined.
Ricky Dean and the Dream Machine: https://tinyurl.com/yae8px73
Episode 20 of All About The Song Podcast is with Tal Vaisman, a songwriter, producer and guitar player in the Ascot Royals. Tal grew up in Israel, and moved to Vancouver with a hard rock band, who then moved to Toronto. After the band broke, Tal threw himself into engineering school at Metalworks institute, and developed his skills as a producer. During his time there, Tal met members of what would become the band he would join, Ascot Royals. Tal works as a music producer and songwriter, and develops young artists and others alike.
Peter Serrado is a singer songwriter working on his debut album. We talk about his feeling at an early age that he may be good at music, and his start competing in The Long and McQuade Singing Contest with John Santos, which he won. He took the confidence earned by the win to continue his pursuit of music as a career, performing in Toronto and heading to Lisbon, Portugal and appearing in the finals of Festival da Canção this year.
Anne Douris is a singwriter songwriter and performs under the moniker, Bossie. Bossie is set to release their debut album, “Not Pictured” on April 27th and will be performing live at The Baby G in Toronto on May 5th in support of it. We discuss finding your way in a social media world, developing your artistry as a solo act, and the wonderful feeling of working with a band that supports your music.
Mookie Morris is a singer-songwriter and guitar player. Mookie started playing music at the age of 12, and has played in many bands before being featured on Canadian Idol and becoming a nationally recognized artist. We talk about Mookie’s wild foray into live shows, his early teenage bands, and reaching his early dreams by being signed to Sony Music at 18, and the aftermath of being on the other side. We talk about his solo project, to being in a democratic band where he slipped into the back from centre stage and his now re-emergence as a front person. With Owen Norquay on Bass, and Luis Figueroa on Drums, The Mooks are releasing new singles every two weeks with “Going Steady and “It’s Not Easy” so far released.
Hill Kourkoutis is a songwriter, producer, multi instrumentalist and film maker. She has performed alongside, Serena Ryder, The Weeknd, Martha and the Muffins, Tara Slone and more. We talk about Hill’s early roots playing music in Toronto while in high school, and how it has lead her to her work as an in demand producer, working out of her studio called, The Lair. We discuss early songwriting, following your passions, and waiting for the creative muse to take you on your next journey. Hill was recently part of CTV’s The Launch as a member of the house band.
Sean Ward is a professional youtuber, rapper, cartoonist and MC. We talk about his beginnings selling comic books on the Toronto streets, to now having an office overlooking the spot he sold his first comic. His highly successful Youtube page, The Sean Ward Show (Superhero fan parody series) has crossed the 1 million subscriber-ship mark, and is also about to hit 1 billion views. Sean is an old friend and big time mentor, though we detoured away from music for the majority of the podcast, Sean has an album, “I want to get to you personally”, which will be released in the upcoming months.
Shaina Silver-Baird is a singer, songwriter, and actor who is currently performing musically as Ghost Caravan. We talk about developing in the arts through school and early performance, taking a passion to post secondary, and putting out your work. How small efforts every day lead to bigger things, and how you never know who could be listening to your music, and what that can lead to.
Ruslan Nebesov is a violin player, who performs with the group Jumple, as well as performing in the subway with the TTC. We go through five of Ruslan’s favourite songs, discuss them and then Ruslan performs them for us. In the podcast intro, we are joined by Mike Sleath, who is currently performing drums with Shawn Mendes. We touch base with Mike and discuss what he’s been up to since we last spoke to him on Episode 5.
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Branko Scekic is an MC, entertainer, freestyle rapper, and former bass player with Dinosaur Bones and Makeshift Heroes. We discuss the benefits of being in a group, finding your true community, and the responsibility of making sure everyone is having a great time.
Shawn William Clarke is an indie folk singer-songwriter. We discuss the development of songwriting and keeping it a vocation, rather than it feeling like an occupation. We discuss Shawn’s introduction to music through woodwind instruments, going to post secondary for music, and finding your voice and sense of community.
Holly Dodson is a singer, songwriter, producer, and musician with Parallels. We discuss how she secretly wrote her first songs, and the development of the creative process from the first album to her third, Metropolis. We talk about the magic of the studio and how to navigate being a “buzz band” early on into your musical career.
Carlo Cruz is a musician and DJ, and one of my oldest friends. We discuss the transition from music performance and writing to becoming a DJ. The tools that transfer over, the skills and the development and honing your craft. We discuss touring with metal/hardcore band A Distance From, collaboration and the constant strive for perfection.
Ace Piva is a Tour Manager and an Addictions Councillor. He has started an organization called Over the Bridge, which is a nonprofit offering awareness of mental health and addiction education, and support resources within the music industry. He is currently conducting a survey through McMaster University on Post Performance Mood Disorder.
Kristian and I do an Album Breakdown, where we discuss his album, A Kristian Kinda Christmas Part 9. Kristian has recorded a Christmas album for the past 9 years, and we go through each song on his current release. We talk about how he got into doing this annual project and why his continues to do it each year.
Download and Purchase the album here
Sally Shear and Zach Zanardo are members of the band, Monowhales. We discuss them meeting in school, their collaborative songwriting nature, how they began and how success has given them the attitude that anything and everything is actually possible.
Mike Sleath is a drummer who currently is performing with Shawn Mendes. Mike and I have been friends since kindergarten, and we go through his career of grinding it out at all costs, and how his work ethic has taken him to performing on the biggest stages in the world.
Alex Pulec is a songwriter and musician and plays in the band, The Nursery out of Toronto. The bands new album, "Life After Wartime" can be found on iTunes, Spotify and Google Play.