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INTERVIEW: Earl Pereira of The Steadies

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

Hey thanks for having me! I’ve been great, and busy on tour in support of our new single. We’ve sold-out every show so far, which has been amazing considering we’re still in COVID world!

Can you talk to us more about your latest single “Light Me Up”?

Well. the song is the first official release by our new label Bristol Records/Copperline and it features Sanjay Seran aka SNJÜ, who is the lead singer of worldbeat-electronica group Delhi2Dublin. We’re old friends and both our bands toured together before the pandemic. We planned to collaborate on a track. And ‘Light Me Up’ is what came of it.

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

Yes, mostly dealing with all of the negativity of the world’s situations like the pandemic, as well as other protests, and such. I definitely wanted to write a song that had a positive and uplifting theme without sounding preachy lyrically. So I took the route of writing about surrounding yourself with those who bring out the light within you, and in essence ridding yourself of those who do the opposite. We only have one life, so why not try to make it a happy one, right?

Any plans to release any sort of video for the track?

Absolutely! We were being keeners and ended up making multiple videos for the single. One is an official music video we filmed while on our 17-date Summer Tour this past August, and it’s out on YouTube. Another, we filmed ourselves performing a live and acoustic version of the song for the fans to enjoy hearing in a different setting. We’ll be releasing very soon.

How was the recording and writing process?

Both processes were rather challenging yet interesting as we all had to really rely on the use of modern technology.

I started writing it in the summer of 2020, I made some beats in my studio in Saskatoon and sent a rough demo to Sanjay who lives on Vancouver Island. So we did some Zoom sessions and went back and forth until we had a solid arrangement. The label loved that demo so much they planned for it to be the first single which we ended up releasing a year later.

Recording it was even trickier because 2 of our bandmates live in different provinces and we were in full lockdown at that point in Winter/Spring 2021. Once restrictions allowed for us to have outside visitors in your homes, our drummer Kurtis Schultz drove to us and we recorded all of the drums in one day. Meanwhile our guitarist Jesse Clark in Victoria tracked all of his parts in his studio and sent the files. Myself and guitarist Chris Valleau, who was my roommate, did all of our parts together. We had the song mixed and mastered and into our label’s hands by July!
 
What role does Saskatoon play in your music?

Saskatoon is basically the home of The Steadies headquarters, which is in my house – haha! I have a full on multi-track recording studio and rehearsal space called Dr.Juicebox, named after our late-great founding member Justin ‘Juice’ Lee. The city has an amazing live music scene and community, which we feel a big part of. A lot of big bands have come from around there, like The Northern Pikes, Sheepdogs, Dead South, and of course my former band Wide Mouth Mason.

Would you call this new project a departure or more of a continuation of your previous musical journey?

I would say this single and the EP that we are a currently creating is a continuation and evolution of our musical journey. I love collabing with other artists of various styles because it always adds something fresh and new to our sound. Plus it’s really fun.

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

You betcha! The single is going to be part of a new EP that will be released next year. We just finished recording the rest of the tracks and we plan to have them mixed, mastered and submitted to the label by mid November.

Any tentative release date or title in mind?

Yes, it will be in the first quarter of 2022 as the first of 3 EPs which will make up a 15 song full-length album called ‘Triquetra’.

What else is happening next in Earl Pereira’s world?

I’ll be busy mainly working on new Steadies music over the winter, but I also produce music for other artists when I’m not on the road. My other side gig is being a mentor for Sask Music for emerging artists, where I get to coach and help improve their live performance abilities. Lastly, I’m working with our manager on booking an EP release tour which will include Mexico, an Eastern Canada tour, and our 2nd tour of Europe.

“Light Me Up” Music Video

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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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