Amanda Tulk

profiler, interviewer, biographer among other things

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Jake Murray of The Midnight Sons (Canada)

Who are you guys? Where are you from?

Stephen Rozz is our main man, vocals and guitars, Jake Murray  (me) plays lead and back up vocals.
We're both from Niagara Falls , we met when we were 15, I ended up teaching Stephen how to play guitar , but we never really had a serious project together. Until late 2016 when Stephen who was living in BC at the time , paid a visit home and we discussed the possibility of us starting a project if he should move back , ultimately he did and I'd like to think a big part of that was to form this band.

Where does your sound/vibe come from?

We both come from somewhat unusual musical  backgrounds so the sound is different that's for sure . I think the fact I'm playing electric guitar with a million effects over the acoustic Steph plays ,gives an overall atmospheric sound , we enjoy things sounding fuller than they should sound for a duo, we play with dynamics of soft and loud to get there, We're also really trying to book more original music gigs as that's where we shine best .

When you get on stage where does the fantastic energy come from?

We're both hungry for audiences , we truly love playing live , we put as much effort into a show where three people might be sitting at the bar ignoring us, as we would for a packed house. We also like to compensate for lack of drummer . It's a blessing and curse being a duo , opens up a ton of gigs that wouldn't take on full bands , but also shuts us out of bigger venues and festivals where a full band would have an advantage over us. We do have a bass player who's kinda on hiatus until we find the right drummer. So for anyone reading this we're looking! Haha.

What is your creative process like?

Well, it's tricky we're both very opinionated. So there's a lot of debate about things , and I say debate not argue, we're both perfectionists so we really discuss everything down to the last note , whether it's covers or originals. We try to play covers that will suit our duo sound and then usually some twisting around to make "our" version of a song. But we're really focusing on writing currently we've pretty much got our covers in the bag.

Albums? Singles? What do you have our and what is  in store for the future?

You can check out our first Original single on our soundcloud "Running for your Life". It's arranged in a full band with our bass player Trent Beecroft. Right now we're sitting on a ton of recordings but the plan is to have an ep out in April if not sooner. We're also working out the details of a small tour of Ontario this summer in addition to the gigs that keep piling up. 2018 has already started out great for the band and it's our hope that momentum keeps up.

Anything you want to add? Shout outs or show dates?

We're going to be playing a set at a charity event at Sessions on the River on February 17th 2018 along with a ton of other amazing local acts , shout out to our friends Eklektik for getting us on the roster. Were still booking for the summer and spring , you can catch us on the Hard Rock Cafe patio quite a bit during the summer and we just confirmed a gig at Kelsey's for April 1st, 11-130 There's so many more dates in the works but we're waiting for date confirmation etc, we are all over our social media game and you can find all the info as it comes in there.
We really wanna thanks the folks for helping us out and hope to see a great turnout at the Bull Market this Friday February 2nd!

Thanks kindly,
Jake & Stephen

Interview with David Hegarty ( (england) 

Listening to your music I am curious to know who and or what inspires you?

Life inspires me, I’ve had quite an eventful life so I felt I had a lot of stories to tell, wh in my life or through the eyes of people close to me.ich I suppose is why I started writing songs. All my songs are true stories, all about things/people/times

When did you know music was it for You? Where were you in life when you decided this is what I want to Do?

I’ve always loved music from as far back as I can remember, I learnt to play the guitar when I was I’d say 13/14, played for a few years then gave it up for about 10 years. I wrote a few songs but never really even considered anybody would take them seriously or like them. My friend convinced me to play a gig at a charity event he had organised about 5 years ago and the songs went down quite well. That’s probably when I thought maybe it was something I could have a go at.

What is your process when it comes to writing/creating/releasing music?

I very rarely get a chance to sit down and write songs, I pretty much do it in my head throughout the day while I’m doing other stuff haha

What's coming up for you in the future?

We’ve just released our debut album so we are doing the official album launch party 27/01/18. We were hoping to get another video or 2 completed for songs from the album, then We are going to start recording for the 2nd album on 03/02/18, we’ve got gigs coming up too.


Interview with Nolan Randall from Plaid on Flannel ( (canada)

I would like start with the question when did you know music was it for You?

I was 14 years old on a class trip to Niagara Falls when I listened to Nirvana's Nevermind over and over again on a CD player while on a bus. I memorized every nuance and every lyric and discovered it was something I wanted to do. I got heavily into grunge music that year and took up guitar.

In the music you create is grunge the biggest influence? Or is there other genres that you have discovered and loved as much as grunge?

Grunge was the influence that sparked my interests. But then my interests moved into other territories. From the Beatles to Queens Of The Stone Age. The spirit of rock and roll is what has always turned me on the most. And it's always been the kind of music I've continued to cherish and aspire to make. Of course the rock and roll spectrum comes from a wide variety of genres. Genres like Blues, Funk, Folk, Metal, Alternative, Indie Rock, and so on. I love them all.

What was your first experience on stage?

When I was in grade 3, I performed "Hot Crossed Buns" in a school talent show on the recorder. And I messed up the ending. The song is only 3 or 4 notes! But my first real guitar performance wasn't until I was 16. It was in a high school talent show this time. Playing "Another Brick Pt. 2" by Pink Floyd with my first band. We were a 3-piece called Herbal Essences. Wild Wes on drums and Jeremy on bass who is still a good friend of mine. He now plays in a kick-ass metal band called Mokomokai and they're touring western Canada right now. I've seen them at least a dozen times. They're fantastic!

You seem to have a passion for doing it all. Writing playing producing recording. Do you enjoy all aspects of the production?

I love the creative process step by step. There are several stages to my approach. And a lot of it is trail and error. The songs I write are usually heavily edited and tweaked throughout my productions. Trying to give the songs an identity and for them to make sense to me as an avid music observer and listener. I'm a fan 1st and a creator 2nd. I want to create music I would appreciate as a fan. What would my favourite band sound like? I strive for that every time. It is not easy. And I don't always hit the nail on the head every time. It's not like the 60 songs I've recorded are all #1 hits. But I do think all of them are good to some degree. It's crazy because I don't remember some of the songs I did years ago and wonder if I even wrote them. There's some songs I need to bring back. The creative process has always been what keeps me sane and I'm focused on getting better every time. And it's been a rewarding 6 years creatively. Playing live is something I want to do more of and get better at. I only play about a dozen shows a year at the moment. I'm planning to play a lot more electric shows when I assemble my new Plaid On Flannel band. And work out the loads of material I have ready to go. The goal is to have a better balance of writing/recording to live performances. With playing live as more of a priority.

Your music has a great vibe. You mention being between line ups. Do you think this plays a role in each different vibe that is achieved in each album?

Thanks for appreciating Plaid On Flannel's vibe. Life is always changing. So what I try to do is adapt to whatever situation I may find myself in. I'm not just talking about music. Evolving as a person is what sets the tone for the evolution of the music I create. Every album I've made has been different. Because they've come out in different parts of my life. I've lived in 4 or 5 different places since starting Plaid On Flannel back in 2011. And every record I've made has it's own sound. Especially since I've improved as a writer, singer, and producer. When I got the band together in 2014, I started writing stuff that would tailor the other musician's strengths. This helped me get to know how our sound works. "Get On!" was a song I originally recorded in 2015 and knew it would work well with the band I had together. And they made it sound even better than I expected it to. I'm carefully putting together a new band that's capable of playing in a lot of styles and vibes. And I expect more evolution from Plaid On Flannel.

What can we expect to see from you in the future?

The future is bright and I'm excited for it. And the most exciting part will always be the music. There's also no business like show business. Of course, I'm in a crossroads right now. Remember I said life is always changing? But I'm at the point in my life where I know what I want. So establishing the new band is going to take some work and patience. I'm in the process of recording my 4th solo album which I've been working on for the better part of 2 years. It will be called "Independency" under the name Plaid On Randall. It should be out by the end of the winter. The LP will have 18 songs.

Is there anything or anyone you would like to add or mention? 

II would like to give a shout out to Les, Minas, & Jen for helping Plaid On Flannel and making my songs sound amazing. While also helping me get better at what I do. I can't believe I'm lead singer now. I never took our partnership for granted. Rising Above [EP] and Get On! [EP] were huge achievements and my band from that period will always hold a special place in my heart.

Stereo Sunrise (Canada)

Who are you?

At our core, we love to play music.  Tommy and Arih are in their twenties.  Justin is in his thirties.  Piero, we don't even know how old he might be.  We come from different backgrounds, Tommy's from Barrie, Arih from Guelph, Justin was born in Holland, really only Piero is a Niagara purebred.  The age thing and the background thing bring a lot of different influences into our music.  One band we call all agree on as a major influence is Blind Melon.

How did Stereo Sunrise come to be?

Piero put an ad in the classifieds looking for a singer.  Justin answered it.  They started jamming and a few weeks later, Justin ran into Arih at a bookstore.  He asked him what books he was buying and when Arih opened the bag, on top was a book on 'How to Play the Bass'.  Justin asked, “Do you know how to play the bass?” and Arih said “Not yet.”  Luckily, Arih's a fast learner.  Piero worked with Tommy and it didn't take much arm twisting to get him to a jam.   After a couple jams, we had already written three or four songs and it was clear that we had some mojo.  Everything clicked into gear and Stereo Sunrise was born.

I know there has been some recording happening recently can we expect to see a new album soon?

Of course. We never stop writing. We have been in the studio for quite a while on this last project. In spring 2016 we will be releasing a 4 song EP, still untitled as we pen these answers.  We will be releasing it digitally, on CD, and as a 12" vinyl split with our friends in Knife the Wolf through Orange Couch Records.  Each band will have 4 tracks on one side of the album.

I’ve seen you on stage. There seems to be some kind of magic you bring with you to the stage when you start to play, a natural attitude towards your love of music if you will, can you elaborate on how you feel when you are on stage?

Being on stage is like the rush you feel coasting downhill on a bicycle with no helmet on.  It's great.  We practice a lot and when we play a show we can really let the music take over.  It becomes pure play and feel.   

What was it like to record with Siegfried Meier?

Siegfried Meier is a true pro. We’ve worked together on two projects. The first project was our live off the floor EP, Somebody Someday.  He has a magical thing going with Beach Road Studios, the space is unbelievable, the sound is great, and the most amazing part is the speed at which he works right in front of you.  As you record you are getting immediate play back, and he’s mixing and fixing. He's honest and he’ll tell you straight up if it’s shit and then he’ll say “Alright, now do it again!”  He pushes you to get your best take and he's got a great ear for harmony.

Do you have the same natural attitude towards recording as you do on stage?

?We ramp up the practicing when we're going to record.  Preproduction is so important.  You need to know your part inside and out before you hit that red button, because you don't want to waste anyone's time.  When we do get to lay down tracks, it's a similar feeling to playing live, but without the energy of the audience.  Instead of the audience, you are relying on the energy of your bandmates and the producer.   

Last question, how would you feel about being the first band on board for the next Niagara Volume of Sofa City Sounds?

Pretty stoked to be honest. We played at the launch party of Volume 1 and the atmosphere was just amazing. It's the best feeling to see so many supporters and musicians coming together to celebrate the local music scene. Thank you for bringing it to life and sharing our stories with the world!

Interview With Jared Robinson (canada)

I had the pleasure of interviewing the multi-talented Jared Robinson.                                                                                                       

Very interesting guy. Producer, photographer, designer, recording artist, he is a man consistently evolving in the musical world and there is what he will turn into next. I highly recommend checking him out.

Who are you?

Jared Robinson. I own and operate a recording studio that offers audio production, photography, album design, licensed music, video work, and more.

When do you feel you became established in the entertainment industry?

I don't know that I've ever put too much thought into it? I know at some point I'd have to start doing more of what I wanted to do in an industry that would have me. I suppose if I AM established, it's only because I was fortunate enough to continue doing what I've always wanted to do: To help artists. To keep learning. To keep playing. To keep evolving. I've been fortunate to have so many good people encourage me and the work I've done over the years. 

So you're a record producer, photographer, designer, recording artist as well as own your own studio, That is quite the resume,do you have a specific way of balancing? What do you have the most fun doing and feel the most comfortable?

Comfortable? Fun? I've really enjoyed writing orchestral scores for three commercials this week. I can see it being something I strive to do more of. The second I finished that gig, I resumed mixing a metal project that I produced last week. This job requires me to wear a lot of hats, and I'm often wearing more than one at a time. One week might be mostly design, and the next will be working on production. I believe that continuity between the songs we write and the visual concepts we present should coincide with one another. If I HAD to choose my strong-suite, I'd say it's bringing those two artistic elements together. 

How was it the word “pretty” became the description for your background and harmonies?

Ha ha.. I guess we’re switching gears to talk about the “artist Jared Robinson”. Well.. I suppose I never carried the typical rock vocal style, and I was always okay with that. When I toured with a band, I strived to provide vocals that worked alongside the lead vocalist. Not vocals that fought against. I suppose I’ve always been a fan of “prettier” sounding vocals in many of the influences I’ve had over the years. My own pet-projects such as “LunarTheory” certainly reflect that.

What has Jared the Designer been up to and what can we expect to see out of him in the future?

As I’m almost always designing the projects that I am recording at the same time we’re finishing the audio production. I always have something on the go. I recently finished production on a hip-hop record (Ursa Maja) and designed a cover around the same time I began the next band’s recording. I now have two singer/songwriters and a metal band working to get something going. I expect designing covers for each of them will follow suit.

What are some of the music styles you enjoy working with the most?

Aside from my own work as an artist, I’ve had the pleasure of working with many independent artists from every genre over the years. Some artists that have been working on their craft for a lifetime and others that have just started finding their voice. Some of the greatest achievements I’ve made have been helping new artists get a foothold in this changing industry. Heck, we’ve even landed several music award nominations. I’ve been thrilled to do what I enjoy doing, while helping others do the same. I’m looking forward to what the next chapter will bring.                                                                                              

Stay Away From The Mouth of Jag Tanna (canada)

I Have Something to Tell You…

Stay away from the open mouth of Jag Tanna!

I had the honour and pleasure of chatting with Jag Tanna of I Mother Earth and many things came up. Playing, touring, and of course, what’s new with I Mother Earth.

Let’s start with the most basic question…Why guitar?

I grew up with music always in the house, with my dad being a working musician as well. I actually started on the drums when I was about 12, but once I moved on to high school, along with my skills on a ukelele (thank you grade 7!) my father handed me a guitar. Chris was already starting on the drums so let the games begin! I had a real knack for it and things kept developing without too much effort. Thats the key! I learned everything my father played which was a relentless amount of fifties and sixties music, and didn't even engage with anything 'current' musically in school... I think this is where a lot of my rhythm chops come from actually, as well as a deep respect for music and it's roots. Chris and I can still lay down a mean polka! Yes, it’s been a blessing and a curse working with my brother, as we can't really escape from each other musically, but we still work and fight well together. The beauty of it is that when the fight is over, it’s over and we go back to playing. We have always been the songwriters in the band and it's never personal... we just butt heads 'professionally', not like when we were kids!

And now that we have covered the basics…
What has driven you to this moment?                                                                              From the nights of sleeping on a park bench in Toronto to being in one of the biggest Canadian Rock bands. What is it that drove you?

Honestly I have no idea. Drive is either inside of you, or it isn't. I moved to Toronto right after high school and just knew I wanted to play, even though I had no idea how to make it a bigger part of my life. I feel very lucky to be creative musically, as it helped me escape working all day in crappy factories with shitty bosses, (and 2 hrs on the smelliest of routes on Toronto Transit!) The goal has always been to have fun while playing and never have it become work, when it does, you will always have problems. When we first started we had no idea what the business was about, or even that it was a business. Total naiveté. As things started happening, it was this weird roller coaster, trying to live, trying to be creative, and learning to swim with the sharks. We have taken more lumps than most, and looking back, I admit to at one time craving complete and total revenge on those that hurt us, but sitting here today, I’m very happy with the way things have turned out. I actually thank those people, as it has shaped who I am now, and the lessons learned in turn help me to help others. I can't move forward in any aspect of my life carrying such negativity in front of me, it has to be WAY behind. Good vibes attract good vibes, I believe this more than anything. I’m happy we got through everything and came out as good people, still feeling good about ourselves, and still enjoying what we are meant to do... make music. The reunion came about really naturally, as we all felt the benefit of the lessons learned. Actually, first time I spoke to Brian again after the hiatus was on Skype, and I was kind of nervous! It was kind of like speaking and
learning about him for the first time, but with an understanding that we have this crazy bond, and have been connected for so long. And his beard frightened me.

You said back in 2011 you were no longer doing albums, only singles if the fans demand it. Does this still hold true?

For sure. We’re not into making albums as a business concept at this time. When you record an album, it’s almost like you are in lock down for 6-7 months at a time, who's got time for that? Life is happening and I don't want to miss it! I want music to enhance my life, not handcuff it. Recording and releasing singles, psychologically works way better for us... Well for me actually. It's too much responsibility. I wish more bands would do this too as I really believe you can hear or feel the moment when they became disconnected with their album. It totally allows us to be more creative with our songs, with no rules as to length, style, meaning etc. and have a ton of fun doing it as well. It’s much more fun to work song to song, keep the energy really positive and develop new business concepts as we need. It also lets us engage with our fans with a renewed energy and focus and build something special.

What’s the most interesting venue you have ever played?

I don’t know if I can choose just one. All of Europe to start. Europe was crazy, just incredible. Favorite place to play, hands down. We did play this mountain in Newfoundland once, and it was absolutely freezing. We were on playing on this of a mountain seeing icebergs everywhere. Moist was on after us and I remember seeing David Usher singing oh so sweetly to a bunch of frozen people and my brother stripped down to nothing but his boots and walked up and put his arm around him. He was horrified. Then Chris did this huge stage dive naked into the crowd and they parted like the Red Sea! Orange snake and eggs everywhere! He ended up in the frozen mud. I can also remember this festival in Arizona with 40k people all walking around eating giant turkey legs. My guitar tech comes backstage after line check totally covered in gravy. dejected that he had been pelted by a turkey leg. "Who does this??" He needed a hug....

Did it surprise you how well We Got the Love did?

100% yes. I was totally shocked, we all were. When we put together the reunion shows in Toronto, we couldn’t believe the first one sold out... and then another. We just couldn’t believe the feedback and the excitement. We were proud of the song and so were the fans, and then hearing them singing the words after only 2-3 days of it being out was incredible. It is always our goal to keep moving forward and never take a step back and if it did feel like that, that would have been it. Game over. The support from the fans was so incredible, everyone around us in the industry was baffled. We didn't do press, didn't do much promotion and didn't allow press passes to the show. We had around 20-30 different publications at the show asking for photo passes but we said no to all except one indie guy who I doubt even worked for anybody. We figured, if we already sold out the shows, what do we need 'press' or some bullshit review for? The radio stations even contacted us and asked if we could settle the fans down with the requests, and it's happening again with the new release (the Devil's Engine). They did mention though how polite the fans were, adding after they would play the request the fans would call back and say
thank you. We wrote a good song and wanted to share it, and I have actually encouraged people in the past to steal our songs as long as they in turn share it and recruit more potential fans!

You have a crazy loyal fan base; the IMEnation. It’s almost like a religion, what’s that about?

I have to say we are really proud of the fans we have. They’re genuine and come from all walks of life, and all ages. Everyone is completely different from the next, but at the end of the day we all speak the same strange language, with this cool understanding between the band and the fans. The fan base we have gives me confidence we’re on the right track and because of them, I never get nervous before a show. They are with us! We try to stay close to our fans and have no buffers between us and them, and unlike most bands, we really try to know them and learn what we can about their lives. It's been that way throughout our career.

What is I Mother Earth really about?

Nothing. We are a band. A bunch of guys just making music. What are we supposed to be? We are what we are. I prefer to leave the interpretation of who we are to the fans, and we will always be what they perceive us to be. We can't change that. There is a certain comfort knowing them how we do, and we we actually understand what we mean to them individually in some ways, and they know what they mean to us. It's important to give the fans something with actual substance to hang on to... Belief is everything.

What’s new in store for I Mother Earth in 2015?

We’re hoping to get coast to coast this year. If the song does well, we’ll be in for a good enough year that will allow us to travel. We do everything on our own so we need these little successes and victories to fuel us. We’d like to do more of our extremely long electric and acoustic shows for sure. We’re just trying to get everything to come together. We would love to do what the major label acts get the opportunity to do, but we have to work ten times as hard to make it so. We want to do it all but we try to keep reasonable expectations and keep the dreams attainable, knowing what we are up against.

Interview with BCA from ThIs Is the Silence (canada)

When did you know music was it for you? That moment where you went "I want to do that"

I think when I saw my songwriting capabilities I knew I was a force to be wreckoned with. I figured if my music can make me feel so invigorated and such a broad spectrum of emotions other people could enjoy that as well! I always knew it would sell and that I had something special because the subject matter is super relatable and accessible. Truthfully when I made a cross-Canada move around four years ago I didn't think I'd ever be a working musician, then in meeting our frontman and with how quickly we began to rise once we started doing shows... it became a surreal reality! I had NO idea my offer to lend a hand to Alex's project would result in this. A couple iconic moments that solidified things in my mind were when we played a show early on and the fans rushed the stage and knocked us over. I've requested barriers since then. People still come over them though! That is really crazy to see, people getting so riled up from our songs and our frontmans banter that they just lose control! Haha, Losing Control is actually the title of one of our most popular songs, the video should be out soon, check it out!

Tell me about the band. What are you guys up to at the moment?

Anything you want us to know about? Well we have been on a very intense climb in this band, things are happening so fast! We have done a few self-funded mini tours and played in some amazing places across Canada and we just got back from shooting two music videos in Vancouver through Eastowest Productions which was the experience of a lifetime! We are really keen on working with some other rising Canadian bands right now like The Wild (if you guys haven't checked them out they're incredible! Their stage presence is next level, they are super tight!). This has all really started to happen only ten months ago when we played our first festival gig and started traveling for shows. It's shocking to realize that it hasn't even been a year yet! We've been getting a lot of offers for outdoor festivals this summer coming which of course will help with exposure for us and we have just been pulled in so many directions with a mixture of fan demand and people hunting us down. I feel like we are constantly getting the rug pulled out from under us so to speak with more gigs, more travel, its making our heads spin. It's so great to have our band and its core message be in demand. We've just re-recorded a few songs off the original demo plus some new material so we are looking forward to our first official album release as This Is The Silence. Myself and Alex were also featured on the debut electronic album 'Distance' by LEVEL which dropped in May of last year, that was a great time! He also did a great remix of our song I Used To Love You which rocks. I'm currently sitting on a huge songbook of new material now while the band makes the move to Edmonton. The scene is bigger there than where we currently live. I am dying to start jamming on these new songs in preparation for our summer shows. We are constantly writing so we have so much in store for you guys coming in 2018

Touring? Love it or hate it? Will there be one in the near future?

HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA. Well, I am the only female in a band with three men. I have different needs and demands. I have to cut my stage prep time down so they aren't nagging at my heels but what can you do? We try to compromise. I have a different schedule because of things like that so I have to find my own ways to the field/show if I don't have a dressing room at the venue. It is a little isolating sometimes. We are navigating a very new path right now so our first tour was all surprises and hardship but will always remain on the list of best experiences of my life. Challenging to the core, but the best nonetheless. To know that we self-funded and managed to travel across Canada and play in our situation was just... It makes me feel really strong looking back on it. We didn't have a bassist early on so I was covering the bass lines on my guitar at the time. It was rough. It's such a relief to hire Frankie after we returned home! Somehow Zoltan, Alex and I made it, though. Zoltan had just became a member like six weeks before we were supposed to go across the country on the seat of the demo that Alex had previously created. I can't believe he trusted us and came with us! That's part of why we get along so well, we all blindly have been believing in this music, we can't stop now! I was told by a fan "You're paying your dues! “ which is so true. There has been so much done in the name of this music! While it's happening though it seems like hell a lot of the time (when you're rotting away on a train going through Manitoba with no shower or bed) and it is extremely difficult and spiritually, mentally and emotionally INTENSE. Diamonds are forged in pressure and heat so I try to call on that thought when I am really in mental crisis. I love the guys, they are amazing. They are so different and such multi faceted people. I really love them. We make incredible music together. The best thing about touring is definitely when you see everyone come together in the name of music and the collective goal. It's been touching to have people cook for us and give us something as simple as a night of free beer at a pub just because we have mutual friends. It makes me have faith in humanity again. There are always people willing to sacrifice to see the dream become a reality and that's really something. I'm looking forward to what happens next. It will be a lot easier once we are more established.

Coming from the tiny town of King's Point Newfoundland, what was the main musical influence there?

Well, my dad raised me on vinyl. Classic rock, metal, blues and hippie jams. Every weekend in the mornings he would be listening to his tunes. So I believe it was written in stone from the beginning for me to be a musician ! Newfies are actually really into classic rock and we had a rock band in highschool as well, it was very enriching. I was also given classical piano and voice lessons for pretty much my entire childhood it would seem, but looking back maybe only regularly up until I gave up piano and picked up the guitar very soon after at 14. I was lucky that my family had a good ear and it just came naturally to me. I think also being a girl and proving people (including myself) wrong was really a driving factor for me too. I think the togetherness of the Newfoundland culture, the traditions like mummering (kind of a Halloween on Christmas where you sing and play music and people have to guess who is dressed in disguise), making our own instruments and also being isolated in small communities with lack of entertainment really brought people together over music. Newfies also have their own folk music and its all-around very rich for creativity there. A lot of people love folk and country out there so there is a bit of a mix of influence. When your life consists of bonfires you get lots of exposure to sing-alongs.