What are your names?
We’re Navigate the Sky: Brendan, Shane and Josh. Thank you for having us, MusicOTFuture!
How did you come up with the band’s name?
Brendan: Four or five years ago, we had a list of 20 or so band names for this project, and ‘Navigate the Sky’ seemed to resonate well with our personality and overall message, so we’ve stuck with it ever since.
What is your genre of music?
Josh: We’re a nice blend of indie and pop.
What got you into music?
Brendan: I’d say it was pretty natural for all of us, we all started playing instruments and going to shows at a young age. I was never any good at sports, so that kind of helped guide my decision.
Are you signed?
Shane: Not at the moment, we’re independent.
You released your new single ‘Something Different’, tell us more about the single.
Josh: Collaboration lead us down a fun new path to self-production, “Something Different” was our first attempt together.
What is the meaning behind the single?
Brendan: This song came at a time I personally never thought I’d meet somebody new and immediately deeply connect with them. And then it happened. I wanted to capture and hold onto that initial feeling.
Describe the track in two words.
Brendan: ‘Something Different’ actually works well. The process really was something different for us. A pleasant departure from the usual.
What was the writing process like?
Brendan: The writing process was actually very quick, the song was written in a few days. I wrote all the lyrics of the first verse and chorus over a loop I found and sent it over to Shane. The actual structure and layers were the hardest part to dissect.
What was the recording process like?
Josh: We individually have our own home studios, which makes it really easy to bounce ideas off each other. When we had a solid foundation, we got together to sculpt the structure and textures. It definitely took a few sessions to get it right.
Who did you work with on the single?
Shane: Once we finished producing, we sent it off to mixing engineer/producer Gabe Gallucci, who took it to the next level.
Stream it here
You are also set to release a lyric video for the track, what can we expect from it.
Brendan: Matt Fletcher at Little Giant, a design studio in Hamilton, created our artwork for the song, and wanted to bring the piece to life with slight animation.
Will we see an EP or album and if so what can we expect?
Josh: Definitely in the future. We released 6 singles in the last year, which technically compiled to an EP but, we’d love to put out a body of work at once.
Do you have any shows coming up?
Brendan: Yes! January 18th (tomorrow), we’re throwing a single release party for “Something Different” at Rivoli in downtown Toronto. 9PM-2AM. You can still purchase your tickets and RSVP at https://bit.ly/NTSEventPage
For our friends outside Toronto, more dates will be added later in 2020.
What else can we expect in 2020?
Josh: Honestly, just more of us in general. More music, content and shows. Really want to focus on telling our story this year.
Do you have any collaborations coming up with any upcoming artists?
Shane: Nothing planned yet, but definitely has been discussed and we’re super open to collaboration.
Who are your influences?
Brendan: I think we’re inspired by a lot of different artists and visuals. But, recently, I’ve been influenced by the band Fun. They’re so creative in their approach to writing songs and I really admire that in a band.
Where do you see yourself in 5 Years?
Shane: I see us touring on an international level, producing and collaborating with different artists. It’s going to take a lot of work, but all of us have big goals for this band.
What was the song you listened to most that influenced you to go more into the music scene?
Brendan: For me, it was getting immersed into the local scene that did it. Hometown bands like The Reason, Arkells, Attack in Black, etc. have all been a huge influence on me.
What’s the best advice you have ever been given?
Brendan: So many things. But, Drake recently gave some advice to emerging artists in an interview that stuck with me. He said “be present in the moment that you blow up, because you’ll spend your whole career trying to get that moment back”.
What advice would you give to aspiring musicians not about the industry and just as an artist?
Josh: Try not to focus on what other artists are accomplishing, as hard as it is. Stay in your own path. It’s really true what they say, “comparison is the thief of joy”
What quote or saying do you always stick by?
Brendan: “Feel the fear and do it anyway” is a quote I’ve recently started living by. Love it.
Where in your hometown is a must go to visit?
Brendan: I’m from Hamilton, so if you’re in Hamilton, you’ve gotta visit an Augusta Street bar, and while you’re at it, head down the street to HAMBRGR. One of the best burgers you’ll find.
When you are at a gig, what are the 5 things you cannot forget?
Josh: Patch cables are a must, you don’t want to rely on the venue. Drums and sampler is an obvious one. Extra socks are arguably the most forgotten items when packing. Snacks. Must bring snacks.