Great thank you. Getting the snow starting in Montreal so preparing for the cold.
Can you talk to us more about your latest single “Hard Labor”?
It’s my life. It’s literally everything I say in it. It’s for my dead generations. From my grandmother building the bombs and bullets in Peterborough in the war or those in my family that fought. It’s my friends in factories giving their all to provide. It’s my mother, RIP who was a psych ward nurse for years. It’s my friends on the grind. It’s my friends who’ve passed on. It’s the construction guys with whom I’ve sweat and bled with. It’s everything that’s work and hustle. It’s the music. It’s never quitting. It’s Hard Labor. We the people shit. Those who refuse to stay down and be broken. Broke not broken. Full of hope.
Did any event in particular inspire you to write this song?
I was doing a big demolition job and had a guy keep telling me to take my time and create more work time. That isn’t me. The boss saw that and as I said in my press release, that was the day I said I’m gonna write an album and call it “Labor.”
My boss said “Hard Labor!”
And the idea was placed in that moment to start the project.
Any plans to release a video for the single?
I’m absolutely working on a visual concept for Hard Labor. I’m gearing more towards a video for all the songs and thinking live and more broadway with the strong visuals I see and feel. I want to represent the concept more in a whole but there’s definitely something coming. I’m a graduate of Communications and I’m reaching to my school Concordia University in Montreal to hopefully involve some fresh pioneers on this venture.
Why are you naming the EP after this song in particular?
Again it comes down to the theme. The song Hard Labor came naturally but there’s more to say with it so I thought it best to keep that as the working consciousness of everything we are trying to say in this project and build the house frame by frame through our releases and title.
How was the recording and writing process?
Seemless! Rench is a trail blazer with Gangstagrass. My time in Brooklyn and even back home has been led by the inspiration invoked by the hard work of Rench. I have had ideas and everything just synced in feeling with a man who lives and breathes the feeling. I’ve been blessed to have such an amazing producer and co writer who seems to feel the the things I feel and has already mapped out a path before I had lyrics. The lyrics came easy with inspiration as such.
How did you go on blending and balancing your individual styles?
Country and hip hop are on the same tempo. Blues, bluegrass and rap are all in the same restaurant and eating the same meals in the need for genre specifics but no one seems to be asking who’s liking the dish. The barriers of the industry don’t translate into what’s already advanced in the population I don’t feel so it’s a matter of time it happens naturally. That’s what it was for us.
What role does Montreal play in your music?
I hitchhiked here at 16. There was an acid jazz movement being run by cats from all over the States and all styles were blending into jams. We all wanted to play. The English community in Montreal is marginalized between separation issues and language. Music bridges everything. We have been playing together forever. From Bran Van to Arcade Fire, the genre specifics haven’t mattered. This is Leonard Cohens city for poets. A city of punk, jazz and poetry and chefs and tough cookies. You better want what you order or be careful what you wish for because Montreal isn’t like any city in the world. It takes a lot but gives it all in an explosion of passion and tastes.
What aspect of life in general did you get to explore on this record?
Again, it’s all about the work we all put in. No quit. It’s a voice of the worker, the hustler, the artist, the bar owner, the dealer, the buyer, the business and the struggle. It opened up everything for those here and gone who worked to give the dream or make it. I’m proud of this. It bridged Brooklyn to Montreal and in turn, me to you and your audience. It’s the next level of construction of consciousness that was needed to tell this story.
Where else did you find the inspiration for the songs and lyrics?
That’s been life. I’ve been through hell as a child. I don’t want to give any power to the bad in this but any and all reasons why anyone could create exist in this from beatings to rape to death to life and everything in between. I’ve been with the warriors and lost many good people and struggle to keep the narrative alive and feelings relative. My life and all with whom I’ve shared it are an inspiration and the reason I’m doing what I do. I’m upright amongst the living so I have to carry the torch and matter and let the voices be heard.
Any plans to hit the road?
Absolutely. This is the foundation and continuation of Bran Van and just the tip of the iceberg! There’s a lot coming.
What else is happening next in Liquid Ltd’s world?
Definitely a few more singles and videos coming.
Also, I just finished a role in a movie with Jennifer Landon. Her dad was in my favourite tv shows as a kid. I’m working on scoring for film and tv and keeping up with the Kardashians! That’s a work in and of itself!