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INTERVIEW: Canshaker Pi

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Hi guys, welcome to VENTS! How have you been?

Heya! We’ve been great, thanks!

Can you talk to us more about your latest single “What You’re Trying To Say”?

It’s one of the songs that has been around for a really long time, one of the first songs we started playing when we just started out and we stil haven’t gotten tired of it. So that’s a good thing! It’s one of the more laid back songs of the record, with a very rock ending. It’s one of my personal favorites.

Did any event in particular inspired you to write this song?

Not really, the lyrics are about not knowing where to go. And that’s something that happens all the time.

How was the film experience?

It was great! We’d had the idea for the video for a long time already but didn’t really know how to realize it. Then we sat down with director Karsten de Vreugd and he really got what we were trying to make of the video and did an absolutely great job.

The single comes off your new album For Ed – what’s the story behind the title?

The name of the album is actually just Canshaker Pi. We released an EP earlier in 2016 and that’s called For Ed. Ed being Ed Stafford and our absolute hero. He’s a survival guru and just an allround great guy.

How was the recording and writing process?

Really naturally. A lot of the songs had already been around for two years before we recorded them, and other ones we just really put together right before the actual recording. We were trying to capture our live approach at that certain moment and it turned out to be something we’re all really proud of.

What was it like to work with Stephen Malkmus and how did that relationship develop?

At first we were of course absolutely terrified that Stephen Malkmus would produce our album, but after a couple of hours in the studio everything was pretty normal and laid back. He’s a lovely guy with a lot of patience and great ideas.

How much did he influence the album?

Well he really listened to what we were trying to make of the songs and the record as a whole and helped us to do exactly that. The biggest change was his idea to slow down a song of the record called The Naked Flower of The Wiz, the song started out as a real straight forward poprock song and then turned into this sweet and slow lullaby kind of song. That’s another example of him just trying to help us get the best out of our songs and our sound.

What role did Holland play on the record?

That’s hard to say because we all live there. If we would have lived in Peru it would be a different record of course, but to pinpoint Holland’s influence on the record… I wouldn’t know. The weather’s not that great so we recorded everything inside. That’s probably the biggest influence!

Where did you find the inspiration for the songs and lyrics?

In about everything we listen to our see around us that we like or that moves us in some way. Inspiration doesn’t really come from one specific source, or not in our case I guess.

Any plans to hit the road?

Yes sir! We love playing live and have been doing a lot of shows in Holland lately. We plan on doing some UK shows pretty soon too, so keep an eye out on our Facebook!

What else is happening next in Canshaker Pi’s world?

We’ll keep playing live in and around Holland and the UK and we’re working on our second record.

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About RJ Frometa

Head Honcho, Editor in Chief and writer here on VENTS. I don't like walking on the beach, but I love playing the guitar and geeking out about music. I am also a movie maniac and 6 hours sleeper.

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