EXCLUSIVE Interview with: Yves and the Talent


NEW LEASE MUSIC caught up with frontman of YVES AND THE TALENT Yves Gravel, whose single ‘Montreal’ was named Song of the Week in January by the blog. If you don’t know this Canadian band, I HIGHLY recommend you check out their discography –  these guys sure know how to put the rock and roll into folk music…

NLM: Hey, thank you for taking part in an interview with NEW LEASE MUSIC.

YG: All the pleasure is mine. We need more blogs like this!

NLM: So what have you been up to on the music circuit?

YG: In recent months, I had the opportunity to play live on the radio which was a great experience. We had a couple shows here in Calgary which were instrumental in establishing our new sound; A departure from all acoustic to electric (with drums).

NLM: Your single’ Montreal’ was named Song of the Week by NEW LEASE MUSIC. What was the public reception of the single?

YG: It’s certainly one of people’s favourite being that it is very high-energy and backed up by an incredible performance from our fiddler Niki Romeril. I have since introduced a French part to the chorus and working with a rapper to mix things up. Stay tune for the next remix!

NLM: What was your inspiration for writing ‘Montreal’?

YG: It is definitely an ode to Montreal; a source of inspiration which I re-discovered 20 years after leaving the city. It’s falling in love all over again with this muse, leaving the listener wondering if certain lines are about the city or lovers. A mystery I intend to keep alive😉

NLM: So how would you describe your sound to potential fans?

YG:There is certainly some folk influences in the sound but not so much in my writing. It has been described as Edgy-Folk but Indie could also be a label. I’d rather say it’s very “Yves”!

NLM: If you had to collaborate with ONE mainstream artist, who would it be?

As a lifelong Leonard Cohen fan it would have to be him on a personal level. But sound wise I would have to say Arcade Fire because of their broad range of styles including an electronic angle.

NLM: If you had three wishes to change the music industry today, what would they be?

YG: Make tickets more affordable to live events, more emphasis on lyrics (rather than catchy hooks) and open music lover’s mind to more “unknown” artists.

NLM: So what are your plans for this year?

YG: We’re currently shopping for a producer to get into the studios in 2019! And in the immediate future, we will be performing live with the whole band on the University of Calgary radio station this fall while promoting our next show. As for myself, more writing.

NLM: How can potential fans make contact with you?

YG: My website is currently under construction (yvesandthetalent.com) so Instagram @YvesAndTheTalent.

NLM: Finally, if music didn’t exist, what profession would you do?

YG: Novelist or Sommelier. Although those are 2 things that are fun to do simultaneously; Drinking good wine while writing!

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Song of the Day: Murphy’s Law – Chersea

On surface, CHERSEA‘s debut single, Murphy’s Law’ may be full of pop blissfulness, but don’t get caught up in the hypnotic arrangements: scratch that surface a little deeper and you’re presented with a rather powerful message that make us step back for a minute and reevaluate our thoughts…

The Canadian singer/songwriter aims to serve as the voice of victim liberation. Through the three-minute production, she also urges us to reach out and try to understand those who have experienced similar traumas, in order to restore faith and provide a fresh perspective in the system of victim support.

CHERSEA is set to release her debut LP on Fierce Panda Panada later in 2018…but for now, listen to ‘Murphy’s Law’.​

Song of the Day: Alright – Ragers

RAGERS enters NEW LEASE MUSIC’s song of the day hotspot for the first time with single ‘ Alright’.

Capturing an uplifting combo of electronic-esque beats and hip-hop, the almost five-minute summer cruiser addresses that although losing a love interest can make you feel lost, things will work out ‘Alright’ in the end.

Since 2013 RAGERS have caught the attention from both hip hop and pop tastemakers and maintain their growing stardom ever since. The Montreal rap quartet are now getting geared up for the release of their album,  ‘Raw Footage’ in June.

Definitely a cracker…get your listening gear around ‘Alright’.

Song of the Day: Gwen Stefani – Alex Bent + The Emptiness

ALEX BENT + THE EMPTINESS takes control of today’s hotspot with a stunningly echoic guitar-led single, which somehow takes inspiration from No Doubt singer, Gwen Stefani.

Featuring guest vocals from Jack Larsen (Kevin Abstract collaborator), the Connor Barkhouse/ Riley Deacon/Alex Bent-produced slammer is all about starting all over again and embracing new beginnings.

‘Gwen Stefani’ is the third single from the EP ‘Vanilla Blue’, which is out tomorrow. With a full-length album to follow in 2019, ‘Vanilla Blue’ gives insight into my Alex’s new musical direction…so make sure you look out for the EP tomorrow!

For now, kick back to ‘Gwen Stefani’…

 

Interview with Gena Perala

Almost three years after being interviewed by NEW LEASE MUSIC, it’s an absolute pleasure to have Canadian singer/songwriter GENA PERALA back in the interview seat to discuss her new musical direction through her latest single, ‘Good Girl’, named Song of the Month in March.

NLM: Hey Gena, welcome back to NEW LEASE MUSIC! How’s life treating you?

GP: Hi! Thank you so much for having me back. Life is busy. I’m still in the studio recording my latest album. I just finished shooting a video for a new single that is about to come out. I have a live studio video I’m about to release and a few live shows coming up as well.

NLM: You released your single ‘Good Girl’ plus visuals in February. What was the
public reception of both productions?

GP: The public reception has been pretty mixed. Both praise and rejection. It is a down-tempo minimal track especially for a first single so I understand, but I do have a longer term plan and I think Good Girl will make more sense in the context of the whole album.

NLM: The video for the single looks great! How was the filming process?

GP: This was the first time I’ve worked with professional dancers so that was really exciting and basically a dream come true. As for the water scenes, they were interesting to shoot. I’m an independent artist so it’s not like I have a budget. Myself and the DOP (Director of Photography) shot in my parent’s carport in December, it was snowing. We filled an industrial sized kiddie pool with lukewarm water, from my parent’s washing machine and shot until we were too cold to shoot any more. I’m really happy with the way it turned out so totally worth it. It’s always extremely satisfying to take visions in my head and make them realities.

NLM: What was your inspiration for writing ‘Good Girl’?

GP: I was inspired by a friend of mine who was stuck in a bad situation.

NLM: ‘Good Girl’ marks the change of your musical style. What’s the reason behind
the change?

GP: I would say it’s less of a change in musical style and more of an expansion. I’ll always play acoustic guitar and piano but it’s nice to incorporate some synth sounds and drum machines. I’m in the process of sorting out my live shows with these additional sounds which I think will really add to the performances but again it’s more of an addition than a change. I’ll still always be a singer songwriter at my core.

NLM: So how would you describe your new-found sound to potential fans?

GP: The Good Girl EP is a downtempo minimal synth sound.

NLM: You will be releasing your EP later this year. What kind of themes/stories can
we expect from this project?

GP: The EP is three songs and moves from powerlessness (Good Girl) to uncertainty in the second song and perseverance in the third song.

NLM: Besides the release of your EP, what are your plans for the rest of 2018?

GP: The EP is part of a larger concept album I’m rolling out so still busy in the studio as well as playing live. I’m working on adding the electronic element to my live shows as well. I’m also interested in working with another female vocalist. Basically, lots of new music.

NLM: Finally, how can potential fans make contact with you?

GP: I love hearing from fans and other musicians and people in general!
You can find or follow me here:

WEBSITE: http://genaperala.com /
YOUTUBE: https://www.youtube.c om/user/genaperala
FACEBOOK: https://www. facebook.co m/GenaPeralaMusic
INSTAGRAM: https://www.instagr am.com/genaperala/
TWITTER: https://twitter.com/g enaperala
SOUNDCLOUD: https://soundcloud .com/genaperala
BANDCAMP: https://genaperala.b andcamp.com/
ITUNES: https://itunes.apple. com/ca/artist/gena-perala/ 285037338
SPOTIFY: https://open.spotify. com/artist/49SGUG6CqLLqOSOYeMz unF
GOOGLE PLAY: https://play.google.com/ store/music/artist/Gena_ Perala?id= Asf2yhy4mwmbutvd6oumdl5ka6e