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INTERVIEW: Sule

How would you classify your music? 

It could be classified as Americana with Blues and Jazz inflections. Certainly, these traditional sounds have inspired Sule when writing these songs, but he’s no traditionalist. There are healthy doses of Rock, Soul, Folk and other popular styles added like spice to the mix.

Who are some of your top 5 musical influences? 

Jimi Hendrix and Prince come to mind first. Neil Young/CSNY, BB King and the sound of 70s Rock round off the top 5.

What do you want fans to take from your music? 

Music can be a great healer. It’s very powerful to speak to people’s lived experiences, to be honest, and open about human emotion. It can be therapeutic for both the writer and listener. Although the music deals with matters of real life, there are messages of hope, and hopefully, people come away feeling better then they did before.

How’s the music scene in your locale? 

There have been so many drastic changes in the music scene over the years. It’s hard to keep up. But from all indications, my local scene here suffers, and benefits from the same social/economic forces working in other jurisdictions. Live music is not what it used to be. That’s not to say that it’s all doom and gloom, but the days when you could keep a seven-piece band working consistently are long gone. The mid-sized venues that would hire bands began closing down a few years back leaving Montreal with a bit of a vacuum for this type of live show. Business people and entrepreneurs from smaller towns around Montreal began opening up venues, and Montreal’s smaller venues, like the Irish pubs, picked up the slack. This forced musicians to figure out how to offer solid entertainment in a smaller package. Now, Montreal is slowly gaining some great new spots to hear live music. We hope the trend continues.

What is the best concert you have been to? What do you like most about playing live?

The very first concert I attended was The Police, Synchronicity Tour. Stevie Ray Vaughn, Peter Tosh, and The Talking Heads were all opening acts. I was in Rock’n’Roll heaven. Playing live is about connecting, really connecting on a deeper level. When you know you’ve made that connection with your audience there’s no better feeling.

Is there a song on your latest CD release here that stands out as your personal favorite, and why?  

These songs are like my children. I want to say I love them each in their own way. But truthfully, there are two standouts for me. “All I Need Is You” as a concise country waltz is one of them. It’s one of the only songs in ¾, it’s short and to the point with a compelling melody and a meaningful message, and I’m kind of proud of the fiddle parts, (my latest instrument). Then there’s “The Outlaw”, with its Western film score sound over an urban beat, it also conveys an important and timely message.

How have you evolved as an artist over the last year? 

The past year has had me working hard in the studio honing my producer skills and practicing the ancient art of waiting. Producing often requires a lot of discovery and integrating new information into your workflow, and can seem somewhat dry. But what it brings to the creative process is unparalleled. New ways to do things often lead to new ideas, new sounds and it’s downright refreshing. The ancient art of waiting is about learning not to succumb to that sense of urgency and allowing things to happen in the time they need to take. When you’re aiming for the best results this is an important element to the “do-things-right-or-don’t-do-them-at-all” school of thought.

If you could meet, play a gig, co-write a song, have dinner, have a drink with any band or artist (dead or alive) who would it be? 

I’d have to say, Prince. His artistry and musicianship have always been a kind of guide.We also happen to share some of the same perspectives on things in general.

 What’s next for you? 

I’ll be keeping busy. As a songwriter and a producer, there are projects with other artists in the works. I really enjoy the behind the scenes work as much as all the rest and these collaborations can be ultimately inspiring.

As for me, I want to follow up the album with a sophomore release sooner rather than later. I’m getting the sense from fans that there’s a real need for what I’m doing and I want to satisfy that demand. Planning for the next album has already begun and I’m writing new music for the vault all the time.

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