A five piece from Halifax, Nova Scotia, Wintersleep are made up of Loel Campbell - drums, Paul Murphy - guitar/vocals, Mike Bigelow - bass, Tim D'Eon - guitar/keys, and Jon Samuel - keys/guitar/vocals. Meshing the heavy with the light to find the right amount of each colliding together, Wintersleep's music can start off in one direction, while smoothly leading up to another by the end of it. This mixture forms their sound to balance out what doesn't go missing within their music. Here, Paul delves into Wintersleep's core for a bit of insight.
1. How do you feel/think being from Halifax differs or compares in terms of the setting and interaction with other bands, than say more mainstream or popular Canadian cities such as Montreal , Toronto or Vancouver ? Or do you think there even is a difference music wise?
Halifax has a bit more of an insular music community than those other cities I think.. Kinda keeping to itself a bit but I think not necessarily in a bad way.. I think it is a good city to develop in as a band/human... People care about local things generally whether it is local food or stores or bands or local art, etc.,, I think the music scene is a bit closer knit because of that general mentality. A hard part about it is that it is kinda isolated from the bigger touring circuit [ Toronto , US ] so Halifax bands don't tour as much as they probably should or would if they lived in a city like Montreal or Toronto or Vancouver .. It's that damn 12 hours between here and Montreal !! Rrrg.. :)
2. Obviously you know/are aware you won the Juno for new group of the year - how was that and did it change anything for the better or worse?
I think it has only done good things.. A nice way to get acknowledged..
3. Who are some influences for the band?
I think we are really influenced by our friends and families and great bands [from Halifax and beyond:)], good books.. Nice landscape.. Touring..
4. How is the songwriting process like for you guys?
We all write parts and bring them to the jam space where they either become something great or get chewed up and left for dead, a pulpy and indistinguishable mess.
5. Do you find it difficult to adjust to life on the road and touring and then getting off tour and heading back home?
It is actually quite difficult to find a balance depending on the length of tour. I think the hardest thing is not really having a home base.. I don't really feel like there is a place I actually call home. Enter the violins upon sad bastard staring into his laptop at 7:38 am just yearning for a home:)
6. How do you describe your music to someone who doesn't know or hasn't heard it?
It's just delicious. Like the best apple you've ever eaten.
7. Where do you find out about new music/bands?
Mike Bigelow tells me about every band I'll ever wanna hear. My brother Mike is also a good source.. Loel..
8. What are some bands you are currently listening to? El Perro Del Mar, Handsome Furs, Dog Day, John Lennon Plastic Yoko
Some old favourites/favourite records?
Love Tara Eric's Trip, Green Mind Dinosaur Jr.. Buddy Holly Greatest Hits, Johnny Cash,, Hank Williams, also greatest hits.. Neil Young Harvest. Sonic Youth Washing Machine
Anything you're looking forward to being released?
Last cd/vinyl/digital purchased?
Damien Jurado Caught in the Trees, White Birch Come up for Air
Last movie you saw & show you went to?
That Benjamin Button movie