Well, it looks like we brought some Toronto weather back to the west coast! All this snow is quite a challange for our Vancouver Island community! While shovelling the studio parking lot is great exercies we wouldn’t mind staying inside and listening to a great album from start to finish instead!
We had such a busy schedule in Toronto that we’ve decided to split our interview update between a few posts. Today we’re going to fill you in on our time with Blue Rodeo drummer Glenn Milchem and World Music purveyor Amara Kanté.
We had an awesome time hanging out with Blue Rodeo drummer Glenn Milchem at Baldwin Street Sound in Toronto.
We talked about Glenn’s life and his career, and how be became the drummer he is today. Glenn is known as a loud drummer and he touched on how he turned things down, volume wise, when he started with Blue Rodeo. We also talked about the grunge explosion of the early 90’s and how that was an interesting period for himself and his band.
Glenn shared what making a record with Blue Rodeo is like and how the group recorded their acoustic album with a mobile recording truck at bandmate Greg Keelor’s house. Of the 30 songs the group demoed 20 made the cut and made it onto their Acoustic Album.
Amara Kanté is a multi-insturmental percussionist and purveyor of world music. His talent in the realm of percussion is remarkable. He performed wtih his Djembe as well as his Krin for our crew, and he shared explinations for the rhythms he played.
Amara is an esteemed musician and teacher, and he is also the co-founder KOURABA. KOURABA is a not-for-profit orginization whos mission is to promote world music and dance. He is also responsible for Kouraba Music Festival, an annual fesitval held in Toronto that showcases masters of world music from around the globe.
To end things on a warm note, we have some of our studio crew in California attending the NAMM Show! If you’re at the show we would love to connect, just send us a note!