March 29 2012 – Slacker Canadian Music Week (CMW) 2012 happened in Toronto from March 21st to the 25th. CMW is a music festival, conference, exhibition, and even a film festival all rolled into one. It is also billed as “Canada’s Largest Music Festival” and aims to bring exposure to Canadian music of all genres and in general to support the Canadian music industry. Over 900 artists from 40 countries in 60 venues converge for 5 nights in Toronto and this puts us on the map in terms of large artistic and creative gatherings. Having just come back from the fabled South By Southwest (SXSW) in Austin, we are very pleased that Toronto will host CMW and we are certain that CMW will grow in both number of attendees and stature in the music industry (much like Toronto’s International Film Festival has). You can read a recap of some of the festival’s highlights here for March 21st, here for March 22nd, here for the 23rd, here for March 24th, and also recommendations for the whole festival here.
Looking to make a serious statement in the Toronto Music scene this 2011, Last Bullet have just recently released their first official studio album self-titled the “Last Bullet EP” and have already booked a solid line up of exciting and beneficial performances leading into the summer.
Last Bullet’s sound is a unique mix of both newer and classic hard rock, fusing the timeless, blues-influenced, energy-driven creativity of the 70’s and 80’s with the newest and highest quality methods of recording and production. They are directly influenced by bands like Guns N’ Roses, AC/DC, Motley Crue, Aerosmith and Led Zeppelin.
Bryan Fontez – Vocals
We found you as we were searching through the mountain of artists being featured at the 2012 Canada Music Week. How important is CMW for bands fighting to get noticed and the exposure you can gain from it?
Not sure if you read the recent interview with Dave Grohl on Billboard, but the interview title was “Why Rock Will Never Die & Why 2011 Was His Best Year Ever”. So tell us your thoughts – Why do you believe rock will never die?
Last Bullet: Music is in a constant state of confusion, it’s always cycling and changing and morphing, but no matter what changes it incurs, the two sides locked in an eternal debate will always be organic vs electronic. If you look carefully, that battle has been going on for decades. The Beatles, The Doors, Black Sabbath, Led Zeppellin and so on, all began to fade slightly in the popular music market, which is when disco, funk, soul and R n B started to make a big splash, which led to synthesizers and loop machines used by artists like, Michael Jackson, Madonna, Depeche Mode, etc. Then bands like Aerosmith, The Cult, Guns N’ Roses and others took back the spotlight, with many to follow such as Nirvana, Soundgarden, Pearl Jam and more. The industry then reverted again to electronics when Hip-hop, house and pop music made a HUGE comeback with artists like the Backstreet Boys, Spice Girls, Britney Spears, Biggie, 2pac and P. Diddy, giving birth to future artists like Eminem, Tiesto, Lady Gaga, Deadmau5 as well as new forms of music like Dubstep, Electro and fusions between the two including hip hop and pop.
With that said we feel like Rock is now set and primed to make it’s biggest comeback yet and we’re hoping to be at the forefront of that change. Rock will never die, because it’s about so much more than just music, it means more to people than just shows, bands and albums, it’s cultural and historical, it’s in the very fabric of who we are. Rock will never die, because people will always need it and be able to relate to it.
Why will 2012 be your best year ever?
Last Bullet: We’ve just had our first single “Girl’s Gone Wild” put on full rotation with one of the biggest FM rock stations in all of Canada, 100.3 The Bear in Edmonton. And now we’re focusing heavily on recording our next album, with new music that we’ve never been more excited about. We have a music video planned for our next single and then a huge tour to back the album in late summer/fall. So quite simply the answer would be… YES.
Imagine each of you were the guitarist/drummer/bassist/vocalist in another band. Would that band be: Led Zeppelin, Pink Floyd, Black Sabbath or Nickelback and why?
Last Bullet: Well if I could actually BE one of the people in any band it would be Chris Cornell in Soundgarden, I’d kill to have his voice. But if it were just me in one of those bands… I dunno, I’d either wanna be the drummer for Black Sabbath or the Vocalist for Guns N’ Roses. I can’t guess for the rest of the guys but that’s my answer.
What is the future of the music industry? With the concept of the album and physical CD’s facing extinction, how will we be consuming music in 10 years? Are the economics feasible for emerging artists?
Last Bullet: That’s extremely tough to say. The industry is definitely changing both for better and worse. While on one hand you have many more ways of reaching the public via social networking and the internet, you also have a lot more competition than there used to be. There’s a serious increase in bands and artists trying to make it which is putting a strain on the amount of solid contracts or even fans willing to fork over their money and follow an artist. With that said you have to be on top of your game in this industry, constantly pushing and working to improve and move forward in all areas. Otherwise the moment you choose to be lazy, mediocre or simply fail, ten other bands and artists will be waiting to fill the void and take your spot.
The search was long and tedious, but after going through a handful of singers over a period of about 9 months, they got a call from myself, Bryan Fontez. After showing up with my own lyrics written for the song “Can’t Move On”, I sang, we clicked, we all happened to be the same age, with the same interests and backgrounds… And the rest is history.
Where can people get your music/CD, is it being sold anywhere?
Last Bullet: It most definitely is! You can purchase our EP digitally off of our website www.lastbulletmusic.com , on iTunes or a physical copy either at a show or from CDBaby.com
At the end of 2011 we did our picks for top 10 albums of 2011. What albums did we miss on our list, or how would your top 10 list differ from ours?
Last Bullet: The list you have isn’t bad but you’re missing three huge albums that I would have included…
Last Bullet: Nothing in particular, just want everyone to know that if you come to one of our shows and you’re not entertained, we’ll refund your money, buy you a beer and I’ll let you punch me square in the face. We play a very bluesy, heavy, high energy style of sexy Rock N’ Roll, so if you dig that kind of vibe we’ll get a long just fine. See you at the show.