One of the great things about living in/being from Halifax is that the local talent, as a general rule, is quite friendly and accessible. I wanted to start hearing from some artists about how they started and what makes them tick, so as the first installment in my “Q&A” section, I reached out to the guys of Southern Shores – Ben and Jamie. Both originally from Halifax, the two are now in Toronto creating music that will transport listeners to a tropical seaside within the first few notes. I DARE you to listen to “Take Me Anywhere” and be in a bad mood. You can’t. It’s impossible. You may however crave a margarita and a dip in some turquoise waters.
After hearing the music, you may also want to know more about its creators. So here are some questions (from me) and some answers, straight from Ben of Southern Shores.
Haliphonia: So how did you come up with the name “Southern Shores”?
Ben: The name came to me one day and for once Jamie didn’t shoot it down:)
When did you start playing together?
We started making music together in late 2009.
What was the first song you learned to play?
Grande Comore was the first song we ever finished and the first one we transferred to the live setting.
What’s the song-writing process like for your band?
Extended jams and experimentation, then refinement.
What 3 words would you use to describe your musical style?
warm, energetic, interesting
What’s your favourite place to perform in Atlantic Canada?
What’s your best memory from any of the shows you’ve put on so far?
Playing at G Lounge and having drunken audience members consistently climbing on stage, unplugging equipment and being hit by guitars.
What was your most nerve-wracking performance?
Our first, by a long shot. It was terrifying.
What’s your favourite album?
Talk Talk – Spirit of Eden
What is your most valued possession?
Jamie’s macbook with all of our music
Do you have any hidden talents?
Jamie’s a fantastic cook and I’m quite a strong Bejewelled player.
If you could live anywhere in the world (other than the East Coast) where would it be?
Probably Berlin because we loved it so much the last time we were there.
What’s your favourite pre-show meal?
Nothing, we’re usually too hyped up and nervous to eat.
What’s the best show you’ve ever been to?
Fennesz at Berghain in Berlin
facebook or twitter?
coke or pepsi?
If you could be on any reality tv show, what would it be?
Love and Hip Hop
What are you most excited for in 2012?
Releasing our record!
Huge thanks to Southern Shores for taking the time to answer my questions! Keep an eye out for their new album, and in the meantime get your hands (and your ears) on The Atlantic EP.