MONTREAL THREE PIECE ‘RAVEEN’ CHAT WITH ME ABOUT THEIR RECENT RELEASED DEBUT LP AND UPCOMING LIVE DATES!

What  are your names?

Eric, Stokely and Peter

 

 

What is your genre of music?

We’re still taking suggestions on that

 

How did you come up with the bands name?

Long story but it’s a couple steps removed from being named after the great Reveen the impossibilist.

 

 

Give us a little bio about you as a band and individuals.

Sure. We’re a three-piece from Montreal trying to fill a void between the seemingly divided worlds of live acoustic performance and in-the-box, digital music. As individuals, we come from the worlds of electroacoustics, electronic music and jazz and combine to find a space for the popular music that’s influenced us since our earliest days as musicians.

 

 

Are you a signed?

Yes. This record will be put out with So Sorry Records, a cast of incredibly kind and hard-working individuals in Ottawa.

 

 

Your Debut LP is set to release on 28th July, tell us more about it?

It’s our first studio record so we did our best to take full advantage of the studio as an instrument – we recorded choirs and string sections of friends and composed specifically for a bigger sound while reducing our pallette to more acoustic sounds. We started by making bedroom pop/electronic tracks that spoke to the things we were feeling at the time as much as these new songs represent where we’re at today.

 

 

What message are you trying to tell your fans?

There is divine in the small, there is joy in not knowing and there is pain in love.

 

 

Describe each track in two words.

Always – Lush, short

What You’re Looking For – Kendrick / Cat Stevens

Crimson – Climate change!

400 Years – Lovesick Ocean

Future Tense – Sexy, sad

To The Bone – Lush, sad

Almost Nothing – Meditative, catchy

How Does It Feel – Heavy, heavier

Begin – Sparse -> Lush

 

 

What was the writing process like?

A lot of these songs came about in pieces during the two years we spent playing shows as a three piece before we starting working on the record. Most of the arrangement and development happened within the last year, and a lot of progress was made on them out at James Benjamin’s cabin near Magog last summer. By the time we came into the studio we had 16 songs ready and narrowed it down to 10-11 before settling on the 9 you can hear on the record. Thematically, a lot of the songs deal with loss but also just trying to relate a lot of the ups and downs of being a musician to more universal struggles in the world.

 

 

What was the recording process like?

We spent 10 days tracking at Breakglass Studios here in Mile End. It was warm and intimate in the middle of fall and fueled by some great espresso. We used nearly instrument in the main room and tried every technique we could.

 

 

You collaborated with many vocalist on the LP, how was that for you as band of three?

It was fantastic. We’re not trained choir directors so it was definitely new territory but many of them were our friends who are very talented so it wasn’t hard once we got rolling.

 

 

Do you have any gigs or festivals coming up?

Sure thing. Here’s a snapshot of our tour dates right now:

7/28 Montréal, QC La Sala Rossa w/ Slight + Pony Girl + Gayance + Anabasine

7/29 Ottawa, ON Pressed w/ mal/aime + Jasper + Sara-Danielle

8/4 Kitchener, ON Trinity United Church w/ Jojo Worthington + Blankets

8/5 Guelph, ON DSTRCT w/ Jojo Worthington + Tokyo Air Show

8/9 Hamilton, ON Casbah w/ Jojo Worthington + Emma VanDyk

8/10 Windsor, ON Phog Lounge w/ Jojo Worthington + Tigerwing

8/11 Toronto, ON the Rivoli w/ Kira May + Jojo Worthington

8/13 Quebec City, QC le Cercle w/ Renard Blanc + L’Octopus + Sara-Danielle

8/23 Saint John Five&Dime w/ Year of Glad + Pallice + Jamie Comeau

8/25 Halifax, NS Timber Lounge w/ Year of Glad + Pallice

8/26 Fredericton, NB Capitol Complex w/ Year of Glad + Property//

8/28 Charlottetown, PEI Baba’s w/ Year of Glad + Pallice

 

 

What made you go in to music?

Initially, I just liked the idea of learning guitar because it seemed cool when I was 7. Once I learned guitar, I’d say writing music started with heartbreak around 12 years old.

 

 

Do you play any instruments?

Vocals, Keys, Drums, Bass, Guitar and probably some others. Yeah!

 

 

Who are your influences?

David Lynch, David Byrne and David Price.

 

How do you get inspiration to write songs?

By going out into nature and observing beauty or by having an argument.

 

 

Where do you see yourself now in 5 Years?

Making records with bigger budgets and world-class producers and starting to help other bands with production and mixing work.

 

 

When you’re not doing music, what do you do?

For the most part we hang out with friends here in the Mile End. Peter plays drums in the theater circuit here in Montreal!

 

 

If you could collaborate with one UK Artist or band who would it be and why?

Burial or easyFun. Can’t pick between them, though, too hard.

 

 

if you could collaborate with one US artist or band who would it be?

Nicolas Jaar

 

 

 

What was the song you listened to most that influenced you to go more in to the music scene?

Jeff Buckley’s “Last Goodbye”

 

 

What’s the best advice you have ever been given?

“The mind is its own place, and in itself can make a heaven of hell, a hell of heaven.”

 

 

What advice would you give to aspiring musicians not about the industry and  just as an artist?

Meditate daily and practice things no one else practices.

 

 

What quote or saying do you always stick by?

“To bring the divine to others through sound”

 

 

When you are at a gig, what are 5 things you cannot forget?

The laptop, the drums, the mic, the interface and the keyboards.

 

 

Do you have social media accounts so your fans can follow you?

Yeah! Facebook and Instagram are best – we’re just barely too old to have gotten swept up by the twitter wave:

https://www.facebook.com/thatssoraveen/

https://www.instagram.com/raveenofficial/

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