Something – #3

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“We might not look at the lives we are leading and let our journey pass us by.”

– from the song ‘Wasted Days’ by Artificial Lift.

I called Trent, the primary songwriter of Artificial Lift, a few days prior to their cd release show to ask him what makes it beautiful to live. Our conversation wove its way through music, life experience, and segued into the mysteries of the universe. His explanation centralized around the theme of simply living your days and letting the wonder of life ACTUALLY happen to you.

“It’s tough to live a fruitful life out of your basement. I mean with technology and all these new ways of experiencing the world without leaving your home… I’m not really down with that. I’m more about getting out on the road and experiencing things first hand.”

I first met the boys in Artificial Lift through Cole, my dear friend and bass player. He arranged a show in Lloydminster when we were on our way through to Edmonton for a ‘Rock 4 Santa’ charity gig. They hosted and promoted a very successful show and treated us like family – since then our friendship continues to grow and we consistently work together on putting on shows together whenever we possibly can.

They invited us to play their release show for the album “Wasted Days,” this April 18th. I should also mention we are bringing them down to Saskatoon to celebrate our release show on May 15th as well!

I learned that Trent and I had a lot of similarities in lifestyle, beliefs, and backgrounds; we both came into music later in life and live day to day as a matter of principle. Therefore in the interest of going outside and letting life happen to me, I will summarize our digression with a quote from one of my favourite songs.

“Live your life, before you die” – Otis Taylor

– Alex

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Something – #2

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“The best and truest artists that I have had in here know why they are here… They have to be.”

Intense.

When I asked Jared what made it beautiful to live he immediately explained how forging dreams into art pieces was paramount. The multi award winning musical producer, graphic designer, and recording artist has built a life and career around the concept of helping fellow musicians. He feels that his role is an absolute privilege because he sees artists in their most brave and vulnerable state; he engineers and creates the medium in which an artist’s expressions will be recorded and potentially published.

I met Jared through a recommendation to his Moose Jaw based studio – Nebulus Entertainment. Bastard Poetry worked with Jared exclusively recording our first album ‘Whole’ and he was a co-producer/mixing engineer on our latest project ‘Something that makes it beautiful to live.’ Over the course of the last couple years we have become friends through working on multiple projects together; he has been a brilliant mentor to me in every aspect of my music career. Whether I have a question about graphic design, vocal techniques, or just want to have a rambling discourse about the digital direction the industry is taking he has always been there armed to the teeth with knowledge and experience.trailer movie J. Cole: 4 Your Eyez Only 2017

The studio is very aptly named – the term nebulous can be described as lacking definite form or limits, which I find has a lot of striking parallels to the art being captured within its walls. Jared also spoke towards the concept of perspective and how it changes the way you end up feeling about life. He went on to elaborate how he learns from his artists all the time: he is amazed how an artist’s unique and expressive visions often open up whole new avenues of thought to explore. He emphasizes that these frequent changes of perspective truly enhance the beauty of life, because you are constantly experiencing it in different ways.

Our conversations resonated with me because Jared was always willing to listen to my ideas and to share his perspective with me as long as I’ve know him personally and professionally. I really do believe we are beings with limitless potential and as an artist, being able to authentically capture your perspective and share it is a beautiful thing.

– Alex

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Something – #1

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“The best song I have ever heard is when my daughter calls me Dad.”

Those are some pretty overwhelming words coming from Taron, an avid promoter and music connoisseur. When I asked him what made it beautiful for him to live, music was the honourable mention. Every time she says ‘Dad’ it gives him the feeling of hearing his new favourite song or seeing his favourite band take the stage for the first time. He went on to explain how the idea of sharing was so amazing – sharing his passions with his daughter, promoting local Saskatchewan talent, and even transferring ideas during workshop seminars.

I met Taron via Twitter, a social media medium in which he excels and uses his time to educate others about. We had both seen each other’s names cropping up in our feeds for some time when he reached out and introduced himself. This action in itself was a lesson to me because it demonstrated the amazing opportunity that social media provides us with. I feel we take that potential for granted on a daily basis; we have the means to start a conversation with a stranger anywhere in the world. I am thankful we connected because Taron has proved to be a vast source of musical wisdom, a great conversationalist, not to mention a premier song recommender.

Talking to Taron about music is not a specific conversation by any means. Not cornered by any genre, he simply seeks good music to listen to and share. One way that Taron shares his finds really stuck with me; the “Baby Etta Bathtime Mix.” Taron curates (and publishes) diverse list of songs that include local Saskatchewan artists, classic country, polka, punk rock, and whatever else he wants to share with his daughter at bath time. I have an immense respect for the way Taron lives out his belief; the time and effort he takes to share his love with his daughter proves it.Detective Conan: Crimson Love Letter streaming

My conversations with Taron have reinforced humble and attractive concepts about the beauty of life to me – sharing, family, and music. It also strengthened my desire to become a parent one day… The love we feel for our families and friends is a beautiful thing; we should strive to immerse ourselves in it.Review Android Smartphone

– Alex

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