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Interview with Sinematic
What got you into music, and if you had not gotten into music what would you be doing today?
I was put into piano lessons at a young age and discovered composers such as Mozart and Beethoven. With learning about them I wanted to create music for movies but also had this rock and metal influences from my siblings growing up. If I wasn’t into music, I’d probably be a painter cause even today I love to paint, draw or maybe write a book.
What do you like to do when you are not playing music and how does that influence your creativity?
I like to watch films and get inspired sometimes with the music or message within the story. Sometimes even a simple script line can inspire a song for me or a sound. I also love to paint, I draw and sketch. I have an artwork profile on Instagram called Thethespianartist.
How long have you been making music?
I have been making my own music since I was 14. I liked writing poetry at that age and one time my brother was playing his electric guitar and came up with a melody for a poem I wrote. He then suggested that I should try to sing along to it, and I did. I wasn’t very good, but he made it fun and wanted to turn my other poems into songs. I still have that very first recording!!
Where are you based and how did that influence your music?
I base myself out of Mistissini, Quebec because I was traditionally adopted when I was a baby cause my biological parents couldn’t take care of me. I had to learn a lot growing up without any guidance, had to basically learn everything myself. With that I channeled those feelings of not knowing the world, to finding out the world and then creating my own world into music.
Tell me about your most memorable shows, if you haven’t played live what is your vision for a live show?
I’ve recently played a few shows in my community and have been memorable to me because it’s rare for me to have a spot but I would love to play in places like Rock Am Ring or some venue with a larger crowd.
What is your favorite venue to play at, and do you have any places you want to play that you have not already?
I have not gotten my chance yet to play at a venue but I would love to tour and have shows in places like Paris, UK, Germany, and Japan. I would love to see more of the world than just here in Canada.
If you could play any show with any lineup, who would be on the ticket?
I would love to open up shows for Motionless In White, Evanescence, Within Temptation, Three Days Grace or Linkin Park. All of which are inspirational artist to me and have been an influence to me since I was a teenager. I grew up listening to them a lot and still to this day I support them. Even though we now live in a digital world, I still line up to buy their albums/vinyls.
What is some advice that you would give to someone who is just getting into making music and some advice that you would give to your younger self?
I was told I wasn’t good enough a lot growing up, my music sucked, who’s going to listen to it, no one will care but that didn’t make me want to give up on myself. I just worked harder and harder and practiced and practiced because I believed that I could, and I really wanted to prove them wrong. Don’t give up just because someone tells you it’s not what they’ll like, if you believe in your art and love what you create, someone out there will too.
Of your songs which one means the most to you and why?
There’s this one song from the album, The Dark Circus called “Indigenous” means a lot to me because it was inspired by the founding of the first 215 Indigenous children that were dug up from Kamloops in British Columbia. I never get political with music because to me it’s the one place I pour my heart, mind and soul into whenever I’m going through emotions I can’t explain. But that moment we all learned about them, as an Indigenous person myself, I had to speak about it as if I was one of the lost children who never made it home. Buried in a place no one knew until 30-50 years later. It’s a personal song but yet a voice to teach others that Indigenous people still exist.
Which songs are your favorite to play and which get requested the most?
“Indigenous” is one of my favourites I love to sing live. I also love singing “Burn Forever,” “Friend To Your Face” and “Happier Without You”. I haven’t gotten a chance to perform the other songs but I’m practicing more to give them a chance to have a spotlight of their own.
What is your creative process, and what inspires you to write your music?
Inspiration can come from anything for me, the sound of rain, a way someone speaks or even personal experiences when I didn’t get the help I needed and I want to give myself advice on how to handle it. I always start at the piano and play around until a sound fits my emotion. Lyrics for me always comes second because I need to find a complete structure of a song with feeling before I can say anything. I can create a song and finish in 5 hours or 5 years. There’s this one song on my last album that is 11 years old. I can’t create music just to create it, they all have to come from a certain place.
Do you have messages that you like to get across in your music, if so please tell me about them?
I love to create music that is universal and open to interpretation. Each song has a story of their own to me but I love it more when it means something else to listeners. I like to diverge into different directions and emotions. Have different themes of light and dark, life and death, and love and loss. It’s why I named my band Sinematic cause it’s theatrical and dramatic and sounds like it could be in movies. I love my music to take you on a haunting trance that can either mend your heart or drown you in the melody surrounding it. Take you on a darkened journey and show you that you can summon a light inside yourself to survive.
What are your plans for the future, and do you have anything that you want to spotlight that is coming up?
I just released a new single “War With Myself” in April and dedicated that to Mental Health Awareness Month (May). I do have more new songs coming out this year and will be dropping them here and there giving them a moment of their own before I release a new album, which I am still working on. I can’t wait to share more new songs because I feel this new album will be the best one yet from Sinematic.
How can your fans best keep up to date with you, any socials you want people to check out?
Fans and listeners could follow Sinematic on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter or YouTube. I tend to post stuff there a lot regarding music and news about Sinematic. I also have a few song covers on there they might like that’s not available elsewhere. The music is on all major music platforms (Spotify, iTunes etc.) and can just search and I think it should appear, I hope!!