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True Love Is…

A favourite question in our interviews with answers cut straight from the heart. 

Dolores O’Riordan- True love fills you with calm. Not doubts, deception and heartbreak – nor is it that fatal kind of love I sing about in ‘Linger’ because love does not hurt you.

Eddie Vedder- True love has got no ceiling.

Bruce Springsteen- Music. It centres me, gives me a sense of purpose, a sense of identity. Whenever I come home from playing I feel whole. 

Adam Cohen-  A state, a place, a noun a verb, the most beautiful word that you ever heard- A line from Hallelujah, Jesus and Buddha, love is a faded sign that you don’t see sometimes. 

Hozier-  Something tangible & real – to love someone as a human being

MAY- I believe that true love is honest, unwavering and immortal.

Marcus Foster- True Love is… Hard to find.

Caitlin Crosby- SERVICE. Selfless. Sacrifice

Brandon Malone- Loving someone right where their at, while inspiring one another to be more.

Ben Rothbard- Empowering the one you love.

Rayland Baxter- – True Love is… true Love is… a couple walking around their neighborhood after dinner hoLding hands and wanting nothing but each other… true Love is a huge fight… true Love is what the worLd and all her inhabitants are born with… its a feeLing that i cant expLain… its the most speciaL type of excitement.

Nicholas & the Pessimistics- When you would rather have a bad day with someone over a good day without them.

JP Maurice- For Lovers

Yamir- Understanding, trust, valuing one another, and passion.

Mick Evans- Anything you can’t give up.

Andrew Maxwell Morris- Knowing that you are safe and with someone who completes you in every way. Like a blanket but a very comfy one!

Dave Cheetham- Something everyone one deserves and no one should have to settle for less.

Devin Cuddy- Hard to find, but out there, its a journey not a destination.

Zane Carney- A choice that has become fearlessly unconditional.

Matt Costa- A bottle of Brandy and a good guitar.

Lenka- It’s everywhere. Just let it in.

Francesca Tamellini- Painful

David Newberry- Irresistable

Blue Sky Miners- A myth. Love is all around.

Poor Remy- “True love” now that we’re reading it seems kind of redundant. When you find truth, you find love. I think thats true with anything. Thats why love is so powerful, cause its true. 

Augustines- There are many kinds of love. A mother’s, a friends’, a lover, a wife’s, a brother’s.  True love?  Probably being connected with the life you are living, the actual life.  Not the life that is purchased or justified from the outside.

Griffin House- I honestly do not know.  That’s not a sexy answer, I know.  But it’s honest.  I should go look up “love” in the dictionary. That in and of it’s self would be an act of love, to me. Trying to find a proper definition is a great place to begin. I do know this.  I think I have had a bit of an incorrect definition of true love for most of my life. I think we look to other people to fill a big void in ourselves and we think that if we meet “the one” that we’ll feel happy forever and life will be wonderful.  But I don’t think that’s love, I think that is using another person to make yourself feel good.  The closest thing I could maybe venture to say is that true love is unconditional.

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Rayland Baxter- Nashville

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We first saw Rayland Baxter when he opened for Shakey Graves in Vancouver last year where he set the room on fire with a heartfelt passion and sincerity that resonated through his set. Doing what he loves and always searching for more as he digs deep down to find life’s answers in his music. Rayland Baxter offers his latest album Imaginary Man that will touch you in all the right places and keep you coming back for more. – Fresh Independence

R A Y L A N D  B A X T E R 

Home is where your story begins, please tell us a little about yours.

– i have no home actuaLLy… i have aLL of my beLongings in a storage unit… aLthough nashviLLe is home aLways… it’s a very speciaL place and i have many great friends here that are doing great things with their Lives… it’s pleasant to be surrounded by the amazing creation that is happening in nashviLLe… it’s unLike any pLace in the worLd.

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How did music find you and begin to grow within?

– i moved to israeL when i was 25 and Lived there for a few months… during my first trip out there i started writing songs and since then i have become slightLy obsessed with it aLL. i have returned to israeL a few times since then because one of my mentors Lives there. i have aLot to learn from him so i go back whenever i can to visit.

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Shanee Pink- Los Angeles

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Shanee Pink

 I never ever ever buy fashion magazines. They tend to be about seasonal fashion trends that convince you to buy things you don’t need that will go “out of fashion” by the next issue you purchase.

Where are you writing this right now? 

My home in LA

Home is where your story begins, can you tell us a bit about yours?

My home is a cozy place with an inspiring view. I moved back to LA from NY two years ago because I needed to be closer to nature. What I love about living in California is that I’m just 30 min away from the ocean or the mountains and feel like that refreshes me and keeps me connected to earth.

How did Music find you? 

My brothers always played music in the house I grew up in. I was their number one groupie and I learned what I know about making music from being in their company and the company of other musicians from a young age. I wanted to sing and play like they did and eventually I turned from an observer to a participant.5. Your latest EP release: ‘Spreading In The Light’ would you share a story behind one of the songs? I wrote the song ‘Man to Man’ while on a visit to Israel. I was getting ready to play a show in Tel Aviv when I heard a story on the news about some extreme religious people harassing other religious people for not being as devout as they were. I just thought at that moment that the world had gone mad and that people forgot the most basic human decency of being kind and tolerant towards one another. The song wrote itself after that.6. Fashion. An intricate part to the musician lifestyle.

Where do you find inspiration for your outfits on the road? 

I find inspiration from people on the street and from films of previous decades. I never ever ever buy fashion magazines. They tend to be about seasonal fashion trends that convince you to buy things you don’t need that will go “out of fashion” by the next issue you purchase. I dress up to my mood on that specific day and encourage women to figure out their own style through self expression. 

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Shout-out to your top three Bands/ Artists to watch out for?

I’m in love with ‘Sylvan Esso’ at the moment. Also ‘Ramona Lisa’ has been playing on repeat in my car. And ‘Henry Wolfe’ is amazing too. All of these people are true artists who are bringing something new to our listening pleasure.

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Justin James – Vancouver, B.C. / Cabarete, Dominican Republic

By Kim Laureen 

The best part of what we do is stumbling upon genuine people making real music. Vancouver native Justin James is a refreshing soul taking his one shot at life and making it count. Justin spends half the year touring and the other half finding inspiration in the surf, and creating beautiful music from the majestic view of the Dominican Republic. He has found his missing piece in that paradise he calls home.

1. Home is where your story begins please tell us about where you come from.

Canada! My home and native land. I was born in beautiful Vancouver on the Pacific Ocean and it was an incredible place to grow up. If you have never been to Vancouver it’s a must. One of the most beautiful cities in the world. And no we don’t live in igloos. 

2. How would you best describe your musical style?

My style is based on my island lifestyle. I moved to the tropics at 16 and fell in love with the carefree way of life. I write most of my music sitting on a beach so if I can drift someone away from the hustle and bustle of city life and transport them to an island for a few minutes…then I’ll be a happy camper.

3. We know you love windsurfing… tell us how it feels to you.

Fresh Independence! I fly over water. Any stress just disappears when I hit the ocean. I am very blessed to live in one of the worlds best water-sports destinations. Cabarete D.R. We have world class surfing, kiteboarding and windsurfing and I do them all. I have my gear set up ready to go. Yesterday I actually canceled a meeting when the wind picked up to a solid 25 knots. Priorities! Here is a video of me wind surfing in my back yard!

4. Where do your songs come from? Ideas/Experiences/Emotions Tell us how your creations take form.

The music comes from just playing and playing and letting a groovy chord progression pop up. Then most of the time the first few lyrics just flow and that’s enough to give direction. Inspiration doesn’t last for hours, it’s a flash and then it comes down to sanding the corners and polishing it . Then you need to play it live and sometimes I’m still tweaking it right up to the moment I’m about to record it! 

5. Can you share with us about your encounter with the tiger shark: the event that you say changed your life… what happened on that day and where did that journey take you?

Well to answer this question we would need a novel…but let’s say “everything happens for a reason”. I was a professional windsurfer and music was a hobby and today I’m a professional musician and windsurfing is my hobby. I can’t express how that day changed me. I don’t even think it dawned on me till years later. One thing I know for sure is that life can be cut short. The best way to realize that you better do what you love is to realize how short life is! 250 stitches…lost 1/2 my blood…1 year to walk again. How can I not chase my dream?

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 Ana Gabriel Photography

6. How has your music evolved over the last decade?

I think if you work on your craft it just gets better. That is the hope anyway. I used to think I needed some crazy cool chords to impress but really all you need is a great chord progression, a great melody, great lyrics and a great delivery. That’s a lot of greats…but it beats crazy cool any day ;) a jj album cover

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7. Which is your favourite song on your latest album ‘Islands’, and please tell us the meaning behind it.

My new album is “Islands”, which was released on August 13, 2013. One of my favourite songs is “Boy Overboard.” It’s about being overboard in love with all the terms of the song based around sailing and the ocean. “If you and I are ships out on the ocean, I will look for you on my Horizons.” It is not your typical radio song but it is one of my favourites. 

8. What do you like to do on a lazy Sunday?

Is it football season? If not…hit the beach…go surf, bbq, play some music w/ some friends. Nothing crazy.

a custom painted Taylor Guitar

9. While on the road aside from communication, what is the one thing you can not live without?

My guitar.

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