Another Interview with Slim Cessna !!

I’m not sure if you remember but we did an interview at Mitzi’s Sister before your show in Toronto way back in November of 2010 before the new record Unentitled came out. So yeah, hello again! Let’s talk about Unentitled! 
SLIM: of course I remember you. How are you?

Another Jon Snodgrass interview!

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I did a quick email interview with you back in May of this year, so hi again! I have a few more questions for you.
JS: I remember you. I like you. Shoot.

Tell me about the Xtra Mile High Club, VOL.3 – Yanks vs. Limeys album that was released recently! How did you get on it?
JS: I did a record with Frank Turner at my house one day last year. Those guys pressed it on vinyl for us. They’re good people over there.
It’s a real bummer about that fire. I just found out that we have 40 of those records left. I’m getting those shipped to Berlin for the Scorpios tour. We lost 100 in the London fire last month. Sad.

Will you be releasing more any time soon, either as Drag the River or solo?
JS: Well, the “tri-state” record came out on Paper & Plastic back in May (i think). Now after this DTR tour I go to Europe with “Scropios” (Me, Joey Cape, Tony Sly & Brian Wahlstrom). We have a new record too.
I have the Euro version of the P&P record out on Hometown Caravan. It’s “Five State Record” and has twice as many songs. Make sense? And P&P will get another 7in soon. A few songs from the Euro version and a few more. I think we’re finally pressing the record with Frank on cd too.

Do you have any solid plans to work with Chris Wollard, Addison Burns, Brandon Carlisle or Stephen Egerton again after the Tri-State Record ?
JS: I just did a new song with Stephen last week. A song for Vinnie (Paper & Plastic) and Matt Anderson’s new comic book. Brandon and I get together soon. His band Teenage Bottlerocket has been busy. As for the buddies in FLA? Yeah, someday for sure. I love those guys.

Drag The River seem to have multiple releases each year, be it live albums or 7”s... where the heck do you find time to produce all of this while also doing your own solo thing and touring for both?
JS: I guess I don’t. Still need to mix a live record from Little Rock and track the new record. Whoops!

How do you have so many cool friends!?
JS: I dunno. You are right. All cool dudes, they are.

When you’re recording with these friends is liquor usually a part of the process?
JS: Ummm. Sometimes I guess, but not really. I do have drinks at a show.
I drink in the studio once some actual work has gotten done. Sometimes it starts going better or worse. It depends.

How has the whole ‘pay what you can’ method worked for you?
JS: It’s working fine. At some point it’ll go to a set price. I think I have a good idea for that. For example, one of our records cost $17 to make so, yeah. That’ll be considered in pricing. Some cost more, some took longer, some are better, some are further in the black etc. I dunno. I hate talking about money.
The Scorpios record is sold that way too until Oct. 14th. Here

You seem to do more press etc up here in Canada than you do in the States, why is that!?
JS: I like you guys more. Nah, kidding. I do like you guys though. We do everything ourselves. We have more help up there. That’s all.

Thanks so much, see you at your upcoming Toronto gig!
JS: Oh no. Thank you, miss. See ya soon.

Interview with mother fucking TONY SLY from No Use For A Name!!!!!!!

Yeee that's right bitches, I had the pleasure of sitting down with Tony Sly before his Bovine show yesterday and asking him a few questions. Cheeck it!

Interview with Abigail Lapell!!!

i like how close you are to your fans, updating the news in your website about what you're up to, offering them to email you if they'd like you to play their town/city.. how do you find time to do all this!? ... or is it really an intern ;) shh ?
No interns, though the position is currently open -- serious inquiries only! In the meantime I pretty much do everything myself, so yeah, I guess that comes across in the ways you describe. Obviously there are pros and cons to that -- but as far as being "close" to my audience, that's a nice way to think about it, because I feel like I depend on (and benefit from) people's help and support in such a really direct way. I've also known so many hard-working musicians, and honestly, I don't know how anyone finds the time. But they do. Probably some people just never sleep?

are you a naturally open and outgoing person or was it something that came with the job per se?
I think I'm pretty awkward actually... but some people find that endearing.

do you find it unnerving at all to have people following your every move and every word?
Yes! (You mean on stage, right?)

how did you get started here in toronto?
Well I'm from Toronto originally, but I lived in Montreal until a couple of years ago, and I used to play there pretty regularly. I moved back to Ontario for grad school but eventually decided I didn't want to be an academic. At that point I hadn't been playing shows for a while, and I really started to miss it, and just started going out to see music more again and discovering lots of amazing musicians here, some of whom I began collaborating or playing shows with. So one thing led to another, and now I have a brand new record.

who and what inspires you to create this kind of music?
My songs are pretty emotional. I have a lot of feelings! That's usually my impetus to make music, and I'm most inspired musically by people who are emotionally intense or raw and powerful, though without necessarily being "loud."

do you have any vocal training?
Not really, I just sang in choirs as a kid. I'd love to do more of that now, in fact, and have thought about pursuing more formal music training in general, as someone who's mainly self-taught. Maybe one of these days it will happen.

how did you discover you could sing?
I don't know, but I wanted to sing and write songs for as long as I can remember.

when did you first pick up an instrument and start writing songs? what made you try?
I just always sang and wrote songs... I can't really imagine not doing it. Today my six-year-old niece was singing me a couple of ditties she's written and it warmed my heart! They were pretty good, too. Anyway, that's what I was like non-stop. When I was maybe twelve I found a guitar in my basement, and at first I just "invented" my own random chords to sing along with. It took a long, long time to get even halfway decent that way, but I didn't care about mastering the instrument. All I wanted to do was sing and write tunes. It's really a compulsive behaviour that I don't feel I have that much control over.

i've read a lot of cat power comparisons, is that somebody who has influenced you?
For sure, I actually heard of Cat Power for the first time as a teenager because people kept telling me my voice sounded like hers. (Which at the time it did, probably a lot more, because I was so shy and quiet!) Her earlier albums just blew my mind, partly because I hadn't been exposed to a lot of lower-fi, intimate recordings like that, and her songs are so intuitive, so simple and effective and a little weird. Also it was the first time a female singer-songwriter had really moved me, actually, which made it easier to relate to in a way.

who else do you listen to?
Of late I have been listening to a lot of lady singers like tUnE-yArDs and Sharon Van Etten and Sandy Denny and Alela Diane and Gillian Welch.

who in the industry do you absolutely hate right now?
No time for hate. Do I have to hate someone? Anyone who is a jerk.

you have a very tight tour schedule, how do you manage!? are you the type of person who thrives on it?
I don't know about "thrive", but I like playing shows and traveling around, and I usually feel lucky to be doing it.

how do you keep yourself occupied/stay sane on the road?
Reading and writing! I'm not normally a journal-er but I'll often do a lot of that on tour, when time can be so boring and intense all at once.

are you a toronto-for-life kinda gal?
Undecided. I'm a Toronto-for-the-foreseeable-future gal.

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