Southern Shores Talk "Loja"
Southern Shores Talk "Loja"
- Genre : Electronic
- Type : Interviews
- Author : Super Admin
- Date : Mon, 29 Aug 2016
Ben Dalton and Jamie Townsend are collectively known as Southern Shores. The duo rose to notoriety with their sweeping New World and Atlantic EPs. As eager as fans were for new material from the duo it appeared if the artists weren't in a hurry to produce anything less than excellence. However, finally, after taking four years to themselves, Toronto's summer heroes return with Loja, their debut full length studio album.
Loja is a reflection on travel and its ability to unlock a larger worldview. The sounds found here on the album add smart sediments to the body of slowly expanding work that exemplifies an approach to craft rarely seen in genre.
ARTISTdirect caught up with Ben and Jamie to discuss the new album, the advice and influences that have carried them this far, and just what they hope for the future.
Where in the world are you right now?
We are on my apartment balcony by the lakeshore in Toronto. It's about 40 degrees Celsius.
Who in the band has the best dance moves?
We are maritime boys so we're both incredible dancers tbh, I'll give myself (Ben) the edge for stamina.
Tell us about your new project: Who did you work with? Where was it recorded? What's it about? Is there candy?
Our new record is called Loja and will be released on September 2. We worked with no one but ourselves and an infinite roster of samples pulled from obscure vinyl and corners of the Internet. It's about hope and renewal. We feel really good about it, it's ear candy of the most delicious flavors.
How do you describe your music to new friends?
Joyous exotic pop with a healthy dose of melancholy!
Other than Southern Shores, what should your hometown be known for?
A thriving arts and music scene, incredibly nice people and endless swimming options.
Please look around you right now and please describe the first item or person you see that's significant to you and your relationship with it/them.
Is water an item? Growing up by the ocean lends a real fondness for large bodies of water. Lake Ontario feels epic as an ocean, especially as you're flying over it towards parts unknown.[embed]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mSPAmfnFhhI[/embed]
What first inspired you to pursue music? If it was a musician or a specific piece of music, please tell us all about why you find it so inspirational...
I come from a family of musicians. Both my brothers and my father are drummers. I went the guitar route so I guess I'm the shame of the family. Jamie's been spinning records since his high school days. Music is a beautiful thing! If you're exposed to a ton of it at an early age then inspiration is always nearby'
What's the best advice anyone has given you about pursuing a life in music?
'Remember your firsts!â€�
Not including your current crew, who (alive or dead) would you love to have in your van for an all day drive from gig to gig?
I think Terrence Malick would be a good candidate. I'm sure by hour five he would at least open up enough to start detailing the fauna and flora of the passing countryside.
What song best sums up your life right now?
I think it would have to be 'Winter Sunset Sky' from Mark Barrott's Sketches from an Island 2. Pure Tropical Ambience for really hot summer nights.
What is the best reaction to your music you have experienced so far?
General enthusiasm from people over the age of 50.
Take a moment to dream - Where do hope to be a year from now?
Genoa, playing a show outdoors by the ocean. Do they do outdoor shows in Genoa?
What's your next step towards that dream?
Going on Tour!
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