Can you talk to us more about your latest single “Atlantic Ocean”?
Sure thing. Have you ever felt like the person sitting beside you would rather be sitting anywhere else? Talking to anyone else? Maybe you’re even dating or relatives with this person. Have you ever connected with someone across the country, or across the world that somehow makes you feel understood? This song speaks to those things.
Did any event in particular inspire you to write this song?
Not necessarily an incident or a relationship, but the idea of distance haunted me for a while. The way we communicate changes so fast. I know I’ve have to try to make sense of emotions in my life that didn’t make sense before. How can I like this girl so much after just one day? How come I feel comfortable about things even though they live 12 hours away? Why is it hard some days to connect with my neighbors who live literally feet from me? Distance is a funny thing. I’m sure I’ll be writing more distance songs.
How was the film experience?
Oh, it was just me walking around Europe with a selfie stick and a camera looking like a pure tourist. It was more fun than I could have imagined. I got some intense photos during the days, but I have a fascination with video. The song gives a real time glimpse into what a musician sees on the road. That’s the power of DIY videos. I love it.
How was the recording and writing process?
I worked with Brad Prosko from B-rad studios back home. He’s a pro. He makes you feel at home to try and capture exactly the emotion that you’re hoping to. Everyone who was involved with the album I would consider family to me so it made the recording process extra special. I was lucky.
What role does Canada plays in your music?
I’m still learning those lessons I think. Actually, after I came home from England last time, I think I had a new perspective of Canada and Saskatchewan. The accents were fuller. The values were easily describable. The differences made me once again realize what I love and can’t stand about our gigantic country. I’ve been learning from talented songwriters back home the value of capturing the stories and hearts of other Canadians. It’s way more important to represent Saskatchewan and Canadian stories to me than it is to tell everyone else what I think is important.
How’s your new album coming along?
It’s in the early stages right now. I’ve been diving into the writing process again and seeing what comes out. The only thing I can say is that the songs are different. I play one or two new songs on the road these days and I certainly can tell the difference. That’s the forgotten power of an album. My favourite artists have recorded songs and the way it was written tells me which album it was on.
Any tentative release date or title in mind?
Yes and no. We have a date in mind and goals set for it, but no rush. Every day is productive though. We already have plans for multiple different projects so we will see how it all gets laid out. I imagine the next thing released won’t be a full album. Way more intimate and raw.
Any plans to hit the road?
Absolutely. With all the international travelling and touring I’ve done in the last year, I’ve been ignoring Canada a little bit. So, between all of that. There are going to be all sorts of tour dates coming.
What else is happening next in the Poor Nameless Boy’s world?
I got new t-shirts. I got to write with other international artists lately for their projects. I’ve been trying to eat more vegetables lately. I’ve reduced my daily coffee intake to a more “non-ridiculous” amount. Long story short, I’m happy to be busy and happy to not have that busyness drain me. Some days are long and hard, but usually I wake up refreshed and ready to go. New songs. More countries. New touring buddies. It’s a life.