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INTERVIEW: Mercy Flight

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

Great, thanks!

Can you talk to us more about your latest single “Entropy”?

“Entropy” is about the importance of human connection in a disintegrating world. Technologies designed to bring us together are tearing us apart and destroying our physical realities. The song is a reminder to connect with fellow humans and seize the moment.

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

“Entropy” was a collaboration with my sister, Sarah. She helped me with the lyrics that is. The song is inspired by W.B.Yeats and his symbol, the gyre: “Turning and turning in the widening gyre. The falcon cannot hear the falconer; Things fall apart; the centre cannot hold; Mere anarchy is loosed upon the world, The blood-dimmed tide is loosed, and everywhere.” – The Second Coming

Any plans to release a video for the single?

Working on it!

How was the recording and writing process?

Both writing and recording were great fun. I live with my sister, so it was easy to collaborate with her on the lyrics. In terms of recording, I am lucky to be able to play with a bunch of seasoned pros and record in a great recording venue: Revolution Recording. This was my 3rd record with Tom (McKay) producing and my 2nd with Vic (Florencia) mixing. Both of them did a great job.

What role does Toronto play in your writing?

It’s a huge influence. There is tons of talent in Toronto. There is a strong and supportive community as well. For example, I am surrounded by talented musicians at my weekly music nights: the open mic (Freefall Sundays at the Supermarket) and the Indie Night (at the Piston). Both places have become a hub for emerging talent and veteran performers alike. Attending these weekly events in Toronto, rubs off on me; it tells my brain that performing music is something good to do.

How do you guys get to balance all your influences together?

There are a lot of different influences but I think we also have a lot in common. At the end of the day, we all love music that makes us feel something and we aim to make that kind of music ourselves, music that makes you feel.

After so long on the scene – how would you say you have evolved since?

I’ve gone through a lot of different phases: blues, new wave, reggae, rock. Funny, I grew up on classical and jazz. So many different genres and collaborations have taught me different ways of expressing myself musically and emotionally. I heard once that all Canadian music is folk music. And I believe in the power of a good song. Some of my favourite art cross-genre.

Do you tend to take a different approach when you are collaborating with someone else rather than on your own?

Not really. I haven’t collaborated very much musically, just with the lyrics. So my approach is basically the same: explore new ideas and serve the song.

Does the new single mean we can expect new material – how’s that coming along?

We actually just released a 10 song album. It’s called Humanizer and it’s similar to the single sonically and thematically.

Any plans to hit the road?

We are hoping to visit some neighbouring cities soon: Montreal and NYC for example. We are also playing up north near Collingwood in few weeks at a private event called Mad River Rocks.

What else is happening next in Mercy Flight’s world?

Life is good but there’s work to do, writing and playing, supporting the new album, working on a video and maybe some out of town dates. If all goes well, we might get on some playlists and / or get our music into some film or TV spots? Hopefully the hard work will pay off. Onward and forward!

Listen to the engrossing ‘Entropy’ here: https://soundcloud.com/mercyflight/entropy

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