March 10 2013 – Canadian Music Week 2013 is almost here and we can’t wait for hundreds of bands to invade the bars and clubs of our fair city as part of the festival’s Canadian Music Fest program. Admittedly the names are slightly confusing but Canadian Music Week is the master name of the festival that is composed of a film program (Canadian Music Week Film Fest), a comedy program (Canadian International Comedy Fest), a conference, awards shows, a trade show and a kick ass music festival called Canadian Music Fest that runs between March 19-24 2013.
Breaching Vista from Kitchener, Ontario (Alternative,Pop,Rock)
Floor Thirteen from Winnipeg, Manitoba (Alternative,Rock)
Grain from Edmonton, Alberta (Blues,Classic Rock,Rock)
In My Coma from Toronto, Ontario (Alternative,Progressive,Rock )
Last Bullet from Toronto, Ontario (Classic Rock,Rock)
Matt Groopie and The Bandits from Thornhill, Ontario (Blues, Classic Rock, Psychedelic Rock )
One Bad Son from Vancouver, B.C. (Rock)
Louder Than Love from Vancouver, B.C. (Rock)
TimeGiant from Toronto, Ontario (Rock)
Our wrap up article from 2012 is here and we are excited to be back in 2013 and to add even more bands to our Emerging Artist Spotlight Series. Today we focus on a band from Thessaloniki, Greece (Ed. Note – My place of birth and I even spent 3 years going to High School there! woo hoo – Terry) and their CMF profile reads:
My Excuse is an alternative modern rock band from Europe, formed by their frontman Steven Triant.
In 2010 they released the single “Is it Over Now”, produced by Grammy award winner Ronald Saint Germain (RHCP, Tool, Soundgarden, U2, Creed, 311), which saw huge success in Europe and established them as one of the most successful English speaking bands.
July 2012 and My Excuse have returned from their first U.S. tour. While in New York, they completed a series of live performances and recorded their second album. They successfully performed in a number of historic venues, including the Stars & Stripes Festival in Lake Michigan.
On July 11, 2012 My Excuse released their first international single on itunes, “Silent Revolution”. The track is part of their new album, which has been recorded while on their U.S. tour and produced by Ron Saint Germain.
Hey My Excuse, 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?
My Excuse:Thank you too! The band members are: Steven -vocals, acoustic and electric guitars, Markus- electric guitar, Baha-drums, Teo-bass, Tasos-keys
My Excuse: Because of our completely diverse background it’s hard to pinpoint specific influences. I am the songwriter and I have been exposed to American pop culture throughout my life so even though my main influences are artists like Pearl Jam and the whole 90’s scene, I can’t ignore the influence of Tom Petty, Bruce Springsteen, Michael Jackson but also the 80’s glam rock era. But the rest of the band is compiled of a funk/jazz keyboard player, a blues guitarist, a bass player that ranges from Brit pop, electronica and band like Tool, and a drummer that has played everything from metal to Greek traditional middle eastern music. Add to that the fact that for years we have covered rock, house and hip hop music, it’s hard to say what it is that gives us our sound.
Congratulations on being selected to play at Canadian Music Festival, what does the opportunity mean to you?
When and where is your CMF gig? And more importantly, why should a music fan come and see your show instead of all the other choices available to them at that time?
How important is the performer/audience connection? Can you rock a show as hard for 10 people as if you could playing an 80,000 person festival?
Where can people get your music/CD, is it being sold anywhere?
My Excuse: Right now they can get it at our shows and pretty soon they will be able to get it everywhere!
At the end of 2012 we published our picks for top 10 albums of 2012. Lists like those are always a reflection of personal tastes so if you were making the list what are some albums you would you have had on it?
My Excuse: I guess we would have to choose “The 2nd Law” by Muse. There are a great number of albums on our top 10, but our music tastes vary from classic rock to pop (Michael Jackson) and dance music. This is one album that we would agree on!
Any closing remarks for our readers?
My Excuse: Thank you and we hope to see you at CMF!
Thanks so much to MY EXCUSE. We hope that you can see them live. They have 2 gigs in Toronto as follows:
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