Capturing our attention with one of our favorite records of the year so far, is Bravestation; a tribal-pop band that harkens back to acts like the talking heads and peter gabriel. Their sound, however hard to pinpoint, has definitely had an impact. They've accomplished a lot in the past year and we caught up with guitar player Derek Wilson to ask him about the Canadian music scene, touring, and what's next for the band.
The Peel: For those who don't know, you're a Canadian band based in Toronto. I didn't grow up too much farther away, being from Buffalo, NY. I feel like the music landscape for us was similar, I found myself often trying to pick up 102.1 The Edge on my car stereo to find something half-way decent to listen to, though you probably had a trove of local bands to check out.
How has the scene in Toronto shaped the way the band sounds?
Moving here definitely exposed us to a diverse and vibrant music scene that we’ve been able to experience first hand. That includes bands we’ve seen live, people we’ve met and the fervor in the online music community that surrounds us. It’s certainly influenced our eclectic taste.
How has being in Toronto, rather than a smaller city, benefited the band?
It’s been crucial for us in having access to all aspects of the music industry. We’ve recorded albums at local studios, hooked-up with our live sound engineer, attracted attention from local music publications and landed a booking agent. Toronto is a touring destination for almost every band in the world, so having the opportunity to play in good sounding venues in front of large music-centric audiences with bands like Tanlines, Yacht, Imagine Dragons, Young Empires, Nightbox, 2:54 etc. has really helped to keep us excited about making music. There are very few cities in Canada where you can do all of the above.
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