Pique: When did you first get to the Sea to Sky region, and
what brought you here?
then Canadian boyfriend, now hubby, got a job on Whistler Mountain.
Pique: I understand you have quite a background in theatre
and dance. How did that lead into a musical career?
I come from a
musical family. We were always involved in children’s choirs and theatre
groups. Upon graduating from high school I began to work professionally in
dance and musical theatre, then one day I decided I needed to travel. So, with
my guitar strapped to my back, I ventured off on a five-year exploration. It
was during this time that I began to write my own music — something I had
never thought I could do.
Pique: How do you describe your sound?
like a cross between the French/Scando electro sound and a catchy, quirky, but
Pique: So, your sound has evolved from “young acoustic
folk/pop” to more of an electro pop sound. How did that happen?
After years of
trying to form a reliable band, I endeavoured to take matters into my own
hands. Hence, I now do all my composing on two music programs, Cubase and
Reason. Reason is basically a bunch of synthesizers and sequencers and enables
you to emulate almost any instrument you could dream of… all by playing it on
your keyboard. Add a few drum beats and the “folk” sound had evaporated… But
not into thin air; it does still raise its head.
Pique: You used to only use guitar along with your voice,
correct? Now, what instruments have you incorporated into your music?
Correct. Now I
use whichever seems to come first in the writing process — often a
synthesizer riff or drum sequence. My voice is still my main instrument, but
now my instrumental options are limitless. Having said that, live performance
is different. I can usually switch between my computer, keyboard, guitar,
trumpet and vocals. Preferably, I would have a keyboard player and live drummer
on stage with me. This adds to the energy and fluidity of the show and allows
me to perform rather than be three places at one time.
Pique: When you aren’t on stage, where can people find you
just hanging out?
In the little
room in my house, composing or editing — or being Ms. Administrator.
Seriously, it seems any spare minute these days I am in this room… Oh, the
Pique: You’re quite the traveller, as well. How do your
travels inspire or influence your musical endeavours?
I used to be.
(How did you know that?) These feet haven’t strayed far from Canadian or
Australian soils lately. Travel can really put your life into perspective. It
also makes you realize just how much of a world is out there. Writing with my
guitar lends itself to story telling and experiences, which most of them came
when I was traveling. Now it helps me to write what I feel like at that time.
Although this style of music isn’t huge in North America, or even Australia,
through travel I know North America isn’t the be all and end all of the music
Pique: Over the years, you’ve had the chance to open for
some pretty major performers (particularly well-known in Australia) like the
John Butler Trio and Xavier Rudd. What were those experiences like?
It’s always great
to have a seasoned audience who are there to hear a particular style of music
(especially if your sound is in a similar genre, as it was then). The exposure
is fantastic, and the experience inspiring. These
boys are such hard working musicians, they truly
show you how it is done.
Pique: You also had a chance to perform at Pemberton
Festival. What was it like to play such a huge event?
Fantastic. It was
one of the first times I had my whole electronic gig dialed, so it was
nerve-wracking, but phenomenal. I had a guy I work with, who is a keyboard
player, perform with me and the response was so positive!
Pique: Hit shuffle on your iPod — what are the first
three songs you come across?
“Head over Heals”
– Tears for Fears, “Beat it” – Michael Jackson, “Bongo Bong”
– Manu Chau. (Dang, I was worried there, but that was pretty good!).
Pique: What’s your favourite song to perform?
“S.O.S.” Not my
favorite song, but it seems to be nearly everyone else’s. Audience response is
everything for a live performance. My favorite is an a cappella number I wrote
called “Drowning.” It’s just me and my voice, so it really has to speak for
Pique: What’s your favourite local venue, and why?
GLC. They seem to
get great music, it is a smaller venue and has great sound. Also it is also
nice to be up above the ground rather than below. Fresh air is a nice feature.
Pique: What’s been the most memorable performance of your
Bugok Hawaii. Memorable in so many ways… Most not for print.
Pique: What musician (alive or dead) would you like to jam
It would be a
toss up between the boys from Groove Armada and Royksopp. All four are talented
instrumentalist and fantastic composers.
Pique: Any big projects, or upcoming performances, on the
Some in the
pipeline but nothing finalized as yet.
Pique: Anything else you’d like to add?