• Static In The Stars – Emerging Artist Spotlight CMW 2013 Edition

    Static In The Stars
    March 14 2013Canadian 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. 

    In 2012, T-Mak World initiated extensive coverage of Canadian Music Fest and we saw a total of 34 bands/artists and interviewed the following 10 bands as part of our Emerging Artist Spotlight series
    Beta from Puebla, Mexico (Alternative,Grunge,Rock)
    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 Vancouver, Canada and their CMF profile reads: 
    It’s been a crazy year for Static in the Stars. They started off by being chosen as one of the winners of the prestigious Fox Seeds contest put on by 99.3 The Fox in Vancouver. Since then their single “WE ARE” produced by Tommy Mac (Hedley) has received over 270 reported spins on Canadian Radio, the video has been added to rotation on Much Music/MuchLOUD, and it was shortlisted from over 2,800 submissions to be one of 6 options to be the new entrance song for the Vancouver Canucks. In addition they secured a number of high profile opening slots including Steel Panther, I Mother Earth, The Rival Sons and Monster Truck. 
    Here is what they had to say to us: 
    1. Hey Static in the Stars, 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? 
    STATIC IN THE STARS: The lineup consists of Jordan Carriere on Vocals, Cam Thomas on Guitar, Jacob Lutje on Bass, Trent Otter on Drums and Joey Levesque on Keyboards. This interview is being conducted with Jordan the singer. 
    2. How about the history of the band, when did you get started and how did it happen? 
    STATIC IN THE STARS: We started around 2008 in Calgary, and then moved to Vancouver in late 2009. While still in Calgary we were finalists in the Fuel 90.3 radio contest and received $25k, which we used to make our first EP with Tommy Mac from Hedley producing. Along the way we played Virgin Fest, Boonstock, CMW, Indie Week, NXNE, toured Canada, then recorded and released another EP and went through a couple of lineup changes. We have been building momentum over the past few years brick by brick through dogged determination. 

    We’ve picked up a bunch of momentum this past year when we were picked as one of the 3 winners of 99.3 CFOX FOX SEEDS contest. Since then our music video for WE ARE was added to Much Music / Much Loud, we’ve gotten to play the Commodore Ballroom a number of times with I Mother Earth, Monster Truck, Steel Panther, and received over 270 (reported) spins on radio. Another cool thing was our song WE ARE was chosen from over 2,800 submissions to be shortlisted to possibly be the Vancouver Canucks new opening song along with Nickelback, Guns and Roses, Japandroids, Volbeat and DJ Meg. The Japandroids won it, which is well deserved, but it was an honor to be included in that company. 
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    3. Who are some of your musical influences? 
    STATIC IN THE STARS: We draw inspiration from a number of places and genres, but if you are looking for a basis of comparison for our sound, I would say it’s kind of a bastard love child of U2, 30 Seconds to Mars and Foo Fighters perhaps? We’ve added an electronic element as well in the new songs, and it has brought a really cool element to the older songs as well. 

    4. Congratulations on being selected to play at Canadian Music Festival, what does the opportunity mean to you? 
    STATIC IN THE STARS: It’s a great opportunity to play the Canadian Music Festival. We’ve played it before a couple of times and each time it just gets better and better. It’s one of our favorite times of the year, cause you have so many amazing musicians all playing and it’s super fun and a great way to meet new bands and industry people. And we always love coming to Toronto, we’ve met such amazing people there that have been amazing to us! 
    5. 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? 
    STATIC IN THE STARS: We have two showcases, Friday, March 22 – Cherry Cola’s Rock N’ Rolla Cabaret at 1:00 AM and Sunday, March 24 – The Horseshoe Tavern at 11PM. 
    You should come see us because it’s guaranteed to be high energy, sweaty, fun, anthem rock. We are known to throw a pretty good party, so if you like to party, come hang with us. 
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    6. What’s it like being on stage? Do you get nervous or are you thriving on the adrenaline (or somewhere in between)? 

    STATIC IN THE STARS: Being on stage is the greatest feeling in the world, but it is nerve wrecking at times. For me the five minutes before going on stage I get super nervous, but once you hit the stage the adrenaline takes over and you lose yourself in the moment. 
    7. What does 2013 hold for you? 
    STATIC IN THE STARS: After CMW we return to Vancouver for a couple of big shows, including the World Ski and Snowboard Festival in April. We have two new songs recorded that we are planning on releasing soon, along with a number of new songs that we will be looking at recording throughout the year. We are also planning on trying to hit the west coast of the US for a tour in late summer early spring, we had dates in the US in January that we had to postpone, so looking to get down there this year. 

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    8. 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. 

    STATIC IN THE STARS: Speaking just for me personally, it would be U2, 30 Seconds to Mars, Foo Fighters, Bon Jovi or the Killers. If you ask the rest of the guys, you would get hugely varying results! 
    9. 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? 
    STATIC IN THE STARS: I’m a huge believer in putting on your best performance regardless of the amount of people or the vibe. It’s obviously much easier to put on a great show when the place is packed and everyone is totally into the show, but everyone has shows where there might be no one there, or the crowd might not be into you, or you might not be playing as well as you want, and that’s when it’s your job to put everything aside and put on the best performance you can and win them over. I personally think I’m playing a stadium regardless of the size of venue and crowd. The connection between the audience and performer is what separates a good show from a great show. 
    10. Where can people get your music/CD, is it being sold anywhere? 
    STATIC IN THE STARS: You can buy it on Itunes, or through our website www.staticinthestars.com or on our Bandcamp page. 
    11. 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? 
    STATIC IN THE STARS: Here are a collection of releases that different members of the band submitted in a very unscientific and random text message poll haha, some of our favorite albums of 2012 – Fun – Some Nights, Ed Sheeran – +, Deftones – Koi No Yokan, Hot Water Music – Exister, Title Fight – Floral Green, Aesop Rock – Skeleton, Imagine Dragons – Night Vision, Mumford and Sons – Babel, Atlas Genius – through the Glass 
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    12. Any closing remarks for our readers? 

    STATIC IN THE STARS: Thank you for featuring us and to your readers, come check us out either online or at one of our showcases, we guarantee an awesome time! 
    Thanks so much to STATIC IN THE STARS:. We hope that you can see them live. They are playing 

    Friday, March 22 – Cherry Cola’s Rock N’ Rolla Cabaret – 1:00 AM 

    Sunday, March 24 – The Horseshoe Tavern – 11PM 
    Other Upcoming Shows: 
    Saturday April 13 – Joes Apartment (Vancouver) w/The Grand, October Sky, Latenight Automatic 
    Tuesday April 16th – World Ski Snowboard Festival – Whistler, BC 
    Thursday May 16th – with BC/DC @ The Venue
    The band’s website is www.staticinthestars.com and as you would expect they are on www.twitter.com/staticstars and www.facebook.com/staticinthestars. In the meantime check out their video below from YouTube. 


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