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DAVID NEWBERRY – TORONTO

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The roots of music run deeply and Canada has David Newberry sowing a trail of his own. Songs breathing life, weaved from his own journey in uncharted territory. Always a pleasure to be invited into the heart and soul of someone’s deepest thoughts beating in living colour. Replacement Things available now.

– Fresh Independence

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

I just relocated from Vancouver to Toronto. Currently I live in a house with seven other musicians in the Little Italy neighbourhood of Toronto. I have heard it said that there are no musicians remaining in Canada who have not stayed or lived here at some point. I am lucky enough to cohabitate with a few of my favourite musicians, including Rachael Cardiello, James Burrows, and Jaron Freeman Fox. It’s funny because it feels completely normal to me, but whenever I’m explaining day-to-day life in the house to non musicians, they always get a mildly concerned look on their face and try to end the conversation as fast as possible. One day last week there was three amplified, full-band rehearsals happening at once. I cannot recall a single moment since moving in in March in which there was not

How did music find you?

Violently. In 2001 I was living out my life plan of becoming a carpenter when I injured my hand very, very badly on a table saw. It required a few surgeries, and a lot of physical therapy. It was my physiotherapist who suggested that if I dusted off my old guitar and played it more, I could get better faster. And I haven’t looked back. I played mostly in punk bands at the start, but a few years later I snuck into a folk festival in my home town and saw David Francey play. It blew me apart, and really changed my relationship with music. I don’t know if people would call what I do “folk music” anymore, but it was that moment that taught me that whatever style of music you play, it has to start with great songs.

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Tell us about Replacement Things and how it came to life…

People tell me its different from my previous records, which I suppose is true, and I think that’s because of the process. It’s the first record I’ve made in a real studio (instead of a barn or a farmhouse or a basement). It’s the first where the band on the record was the band I was using at the time. It’s the first to not be built around acoustic instruments. It’s basically the first time I’ve ever had a plan. The sound of my previous records was always defined by whatever was happening around me at the time – which I loved – but as my luck has improved and I’ve been able to throw a bit more time and money at these things, I had the chance to be a lot more calculated about this one.

It’s also more personal. I’ve always made very outward-looking records, and maintained a pretty serious embargo on putting too much of myself in the songs. I never thought that was my role. I have always considered my job to be holding up a mirror to the world outside, and that’s still there, but I made myself turn the mirror around a bit on this one.

Your favorite lyrics on the album and the story behind them…

Oh man. I don’t know.

“The brick was barely through the glass / The water takes what’s made of sand” from “We Were Honest Once” is a contender.

The song is about taking a big leap that you’re really confident in, and but learning very quickly that it has consequences. If there’s a unifying theme on the record, it’s consequence. Sometimes you throw a brick at a window before you realize that it’s gonna go right through the glass, and sometimes you build the perfect sandcastle before you properly understand how the tide works.

When not making music what might we find you doing…

Mostly I watch baseball and live music. When I say “mostly” I mean “exclusively.” I usually forget to eat as a result.

Shout out to your favorite band or artist at the moment.

Brandon Flowers from the Killers’ new album “Desired Effect” was my album of the summer. It’s like he remade the “Dirty Dancing” soundtrack from start to finish but changed all the words. I have learned to love cheese. The song “Between Me And You” is immaculate. I have always argued that pop music could be smart, and this record proved it to me.

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Something fans would be surprised to learn about David Newberry…

I have a masters degree in political theory. Or whatever.

The greatest book ever written is…

Green Grass, Running Water, by Thomas King.

True love is…

Irresistible.

What can we look forward to with David Newberry over the coming year…

Work. And great outfits. Hopefully a really sharp haircut, but it’s hard to find the right barber on the road. I’ll be swinging through Western Canada in September, and travelling through Ontario and Quebec in October/November. I have a few EPs in the works that I may try and sneak out there. There are a lot of things in the works right now, but they’re all at that pesky “I can’t tell you about it right now” stage.

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Jesse Kinch – Long Island NY

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” Jim Morrison returns but with all the character he was lacking in his haze. Far beyond his 20 years Jesse Kinch a real ‘thinker’ shows his generation the best of the old and the new. Watch him go… ”  – Fresh Independence

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

I consider myself really fortunate…I grew up in a very loving, musical, and free spirited household. I never felt any pressure to be something I wasn’t. It was always what I wanted to be that mattered and I’m always grateful for that. My parents were always very supportive of my musical dreams. I have to say that my fondest memories in my home are the ones that involve music. There was always music playing every single day…everything from 60’s to 90’s rock…and other than rock, there were many other kinds of music being played like soft ballads from Sarah Brightman or Andrea Bocelli. When I was a child, I always remember waking up to music and closing my eyes to music…I was introduced to one great song after another. I also recall watching a lot of concerts on T.V. with my family. A few I can think of off the top of my head are Stevie Nicks live at red rocks, Yanni, Jimi at Monterey, Fleetwood Mac’s “The Dance”, and Rage against the Machine live in Mexico City. Those were my favorites! Growing up in my home was the reason I was exposed to so many different artists at such a young age. When I think about it, the word “home” is very special to me. I don’t feel that it has just one superficial meaning. It is where I heard my first song, played my first note, sang my first song, wrote my first song, and most importantly, it was a place I always felt most secure and creative.

How do you best describe your musical style?

I feel that many things coincide with each other to make up my musical style. Every song I’ve ever loved, every lyric and voice that has touched my soul, every experience that sits in my memory… I think that all subconsciously comes out of me when I perform and write. It all makes up who I am. When I perform, I put absolutely all my energy into my vocal and playing. I always found myself attracted to the singers who would belt out a song with every ounce of passion they have in their soul. Every song I sing on stage seems to stir up certain emotions and feelings that I never express or show in person…so I let it all out right there in that moment…and naturally just lose myself in the music. Even when I record, I make sure I put that same passion and energy into the song just as I do on stage. When it comes to my songs…I feel my style is something melodic, driving, and kind of dark…I think in general that’s the type of music I’ve always listened to. Dynamically, I think a lot of my songs start off softer, then gradually build into something heavier…I can also completely transition from singing something driving and intense to singing a soft ballad. I absolutely love ballads…Since I was little I could listen to something so soft and beautiful and then put on a rock song. I think it is so important to have a ballad or two in the mix of an album or a show…It adds to the dynamics and… really….I would feel one dimensional without listening or singing ballads.

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 Tell us a little about how the song writing process works for you.

I’ll sit in my sanctuary…my music room…alone…free…just me and my guitar…strum a few open chords and I’ll hum a melody. If that melody catches my ear, it’s a song. Usually after that, I start to sing syllables, then syllables turn into words, which turns into a lyric that makes sense and means something to me. For some reason music and melody always come first, but I always feel that if you come up with something really melodic, you need a strong lyric to compliment the music and melody. It’s the icing on the cake, you know? Sure…the boxer by Simon and Garfunkel has a nice melody and guitar pick, but what would it be without “I am just a poor boy though my story’s seldom told…I have squandered my resistance for a pocket full of mumbles such are promises”. Also like I said before…I feel that everything I listen to subconsciously comes out of me when I write. Usually the night before I come up with something, I listen to a lot of my favorite records. As a writer, listening to music and lyrics is some of the best inspiration I can have.

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