Conveyor – NXNE 2012 Emerging Artist Spotlight

Conveyor play NXNE 2012

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May 30 2012 – For the 18th straight year, North By Northeast (NXNE) is happening in Toronto from June 11th to the 17th 2012. NXNE is a music festival, conference, and even a film festival all rolled into one. NXNE is the most anticipated summer music event in Canada and aims to bring exposure to Canadian music of all genres and in general to support the Canadian music industry.  Over 650 bands and 40 films converge for 7 days in Toronto and put us on the map in terms of large artistic and creative gatherings. Modeled after the fabled South By Southwest (SXSW) in Austin, we are very pleased that Toronto is hosting NXNE and we are certain that NXNE will grow in both number of attendees and stature in the music industry (much like Toronto’s International Film Festival has). SXSW is plagued by over-commercialization and unless you’re deeply embedded in the industry you can forget about watching the big names. NXNE will also feature large free performances at Yonge-Dundas Square for four nights with the Flaming Lips being the main attraction on June 16.

After we weeded through all the bands bios found here and listened to their music, we were still left with a long list of bands that we were interested in finding out more about. We approached some of our favourite bands to request interviews for our Emerging Artist Spotlight series. Today we set our focus on a band from New York named Conveyor. All bands we talked to are asked similar questions to each other so we can get to know them better. The description on Conveyor’s NXNE bio description reads:

Brooklyn-based nerd-pop project playing “acid-soaked pop unafraid to beam with simultaneous acceptance of life/death realities with a polyrhythmic, pulsing backdrop” a la Grandaddy.

Here is what they had to say to us:
  • Hey Conveyor thanks for taking the time out to talk to us. Let’s start off with the obligatory introductions. Who’s in the band and what instrument does everyone rock?
Conveyor: There are four of us in the band, T.J. Michael, Evan and Alan, and we all play an assortment of instruments.
  • How about the history of the band, when did you get started and how did it happen?
Conveyor: We got started when our record label decided to pull the four of us out of the sludge of homeless, directionless NY musicians. They gave us haircuts and new instruments and made a spiffy album for us, and now we get to go around and play it.
  • Who are some of your musical influences?
Conveyor: “Kill Me and Fly” by Ashanti Bros. Band, late 70’s proto-industrial, “Fleetwood Mac,” says Alan, 2001: A Space Odyssey, the soundtrack to 2001: A Space Odyssey, 50’s prom.

  • We found you as we were searching through the mountain of artists being featured at the 2012 NXNE. Why should a music fan come and see your show instead of all the other choices available to them?
Conveyor: Trick question; no fan of music should come to our show.  Fans of human beings and an Earthly existence and being alive and drinking water will have a GREAT time at our NXNE show.  It helps if you’ve ever been to a jai alai fronton, and if that doesn’t win you over, take a look at the four models we hired to pose as us on stage in the following photo:

  • What is your favorite single line of lyrics the band has written and why?
Conveyor: “re: your woe”

  • Hmm…. That one is over my head ;-)  but tell us what does the rest of 2012 and 2013 hold for you?
Conveyor: We’re embarking on a massive tour of the Northern Americas, including but not limited to Florida.  We’ll be announcing tour dates in the coming weeks and promoting our record pretty hard all summer.  2013 is a prime number, which means that whatever happens in that year will be certainly near and dear to our hearts.

  • Imagine that you were asked to be the opener for any band’s world tour (both current and historical). Which band and tour would be your dream opening gig.
Conveyor: Thomas Edison’s “Wax n Facts” tour of 1877.


  • 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?
Conveyor: The knowledge of the future of the music industry is reserved for people who are not us; most likely people will continually beam music into other peoples’ brains by opening their mouths, emitting sonic impulses, banging on things.
  • Where can people get your music/CD, is it being sold anywhere?
Conveyor: Our music is always streamable on  You can also preorder our album on CD and LP from  It’s also hand-deliverable to the lower 48 states via self-addressed stamped envelope (SASE) and airfare for four.
  • At the end of 2011 we did our picks for top 10 albums of 2011. What album do you think we should include in our top 10 albums of 2012 article?
Conveyor: Conveyor – Conveyor

Conveyor album art
  •  Any closing remarks for our readers?
Conveyor: Everything in moderation, including moderation.
Thanks so much to Conveyor. We hope that you can see them live as they clearly are a bunch of fun dudes. They are playing June 16th at 10pm at the C’est What for NXNE. The band’s website is here and as you would expect they are on Twitter and Facebook. In the meantime check out their YouTube video below. 

Interview by: Terry Makedon and Steve Mallinson

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