Hi Steve, welcome to VENTS!
Can you tell us more about your latest single “No Time Like Now”?
I’m so excited to get this song out there. It’s about seizing the moment. I really felt like I wanted to push the parameters of anything I had done previously with this record, and at the end of recording all the songs, this one in particular just jumped out at me. It has a lot of energy and excitement.
Did any event In particular inspire you to write this song?
I don’t think it was any one particular event, but rather more of a state of mind and feeling that it’s time to make something happen. I feel all artists should push themselves creatively, and that’s what we’ve done with this record.
Any plans to release a video for the single?
Yes! We’ve been talking to directors and plan on shooting a video early January. I’m really excited about the ideas that have been put out. Right now we are fine-tuning the specifics but plan on releasing early 2017.
What inspired you to name the album after this track in particular?
This track turned out to be so exciting, and the sentiment carries through the rest of the record. I think it’s important to name a record something that applies to the recording in its entirety… No Time Like Now!
Can you tell us a little bit more about the recording and writing process for this record?
I wanted to challenge myself and push the boundaries of what people expect from me, and I went to my producer Rob Szabo with the idea of making a different sounding record — something that still is true to the music I love, but not something I’ve ever done before. We opted to spend more time writing than we ever had before, and spend more emphasis on time. So we decided to record drums in larger room studios, and spend time on tailoring guitar tones and feel in smaller spaces so we could take our time and focus. I’m thrilled with the results.
What drew you into blues music?
The emotion and passion of the music. I found blues by listening to classic rock bands, then snuck into a Blues club in Kitchener Ontario and witnessed Mel Brown and some of the best blues musicians I’ve ever heard. I realized all these classic rock bands were basically Blues bands expanding their version of their influences. I hear blues in every style of music. I feel that the blues sound is the foundation of so many styles of modern music. As far as what draws me in? I couldn’t help it — it’s so raw and passionate, it speaks for itself.
What aspects of the genre did you get to explore on this record?
I didn’t put any boundaries on the kind of record I wanted to make. It’s me. Anything I write, play or perform is steeped in blues — I think any musical genre is always being redefined, as long as people feel emotion and honesty from the music, that’s the most important thing.
You brought some musicians to back you up on this album. Did you handpick them based on a particular element or how did they come on board?
I’ve worked with all these musicians in the past, in the studio and on the road for years. Sometimes they know what I’m looking for before I even have to say anything. In studio or on the road these guys bring it, every night.
Any plans to hit the road?
Absolutely! I can’t wait to play these songs live…a Canadian tour and International dates will be announced early 2017.
What is happening next in Strongman’s world?
Lots of very exciting stuff — new record coming, so that means lots of touring, followed by more touring, so I’ll be coming soon to a city near you!
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