Many Questions with
from Bourbon House
When did you decide that a career in music was for you?
I'd say after Bourbon House released our first EP in 2017. Up until then, writing and recording our own music was something we just wanted to accomplish. We didn't really understand the business at that point or have any indication that we could actually do this as a career, but that changed immediately after the first release.
Who are your musical inspirations and why?
The band is pretty heavily influenced by that 70s hard blues rock sound as a whole. I think what's most inspiring about those classic bands like Led Zeppelin and Deep Purple is their intention to write great songs with great riffs and great drum fills and vocal intensity. If we can create songs that are timeless, regardless of inserting ourselves into any particular genre or theme or category, we are happy. Personally, anyone with a big voice has inspired me. Chris Cornell, Robert Plant, Etta James, Janis Joplin, Terry Reid. The list goes on.
Can you tell me 3 things about yourself that people might not already know?
I'm Canadian. I think a lot of people know that by now.
I'm only 5'1. Photos are deceiving. I can't tell you how many times someone sees us live for the first time and is shocked at how short I am.
I'm a published author. Yup, I wrote a psycho thriller called "Apostle" that was published by an independent publishing company back in 2014 and another novella called "Set in the Woods" in 2016. That's back before the band when I thought being an author was my thing. Back when I thought people still read books.
What song of yours best describes you and why?
"Music in Your Bones" probably describes me the best. We write about anything and everything, really. But this song is the first song we released that made me feel like we actually have something. The calling to do this as a career came from the success of that song. It's really about the musical passion and ability already existing inside of you and just waiting for you to realize it's there and release it.
What has been the best gig you have done to date and why?
That's a tough one. We had some great gigs lined up for 2020 and the year started off great for us when we opened for Crobot in our home state and then travelled to Nashville to open for Jasmine Cain. Both were incredible and the crowds were awesome. For obvious reasons, we had to cancel the majority of our shows for the rest of the year, but we're looking forward to finding some new favorites this year.
If you could perform a gig at any venue where would it be and why?
Can we go back in time and perform at Woodstock? What a lineup that was.
What has been your best achievement to date and what would you like to achieve in the future?
In the past three years we've been a band, we've released two albums and three singles with another album on the way. I'd say that's our biggest achievement. We already have studio time booked for the end of this year to write and record even more. We hope to make a ton of music for years and years to come.
Tell me a story from backstage or after a gig?
This story is from "backstage" of the shooting of our "Too High to Care" music video. We were shooting a sequence in a rundown ghost town in Wisconsin in the parking lot of an abandoned building. There was a small cooler outside and I believe it was our bassist Johnny that opened it up and found a garbage bag. We ignored it for a while and began filming but we checked the bag out of curiosity before we left and found it was filled with bones. We were all convinced enough it might be human bones that we called it in. Turns out it was chicken bones. Massive chicken bones.
What do you like best about being a musician and why?
Live shows, hands down. When you're performing your own music and seeing a crowd of people responding to it, there is no better feeling.
If you were not in the job you are now what would you be doing?
I honestly can't think of what I'd be doing. I don't think there is anything else.
What has been the best gig you have been too as a fan and can you tell us about it?
I was fortunate enough to see Chris Cornell solo on his "Higher Truth" tour. Even before I realized it would be the last time I'd get to see him live, it was one of the best shows I'd ever been too. It was raw and intimate and authentic. His voice was so clear and beautiful, it felt like he was singing to every individual in the crowd personally.
What would your ideal festival line up be and why?
Can I just say Woodstock again? No but seriously, if we're talking about current bands, I'd put Rival Sons, Goodbye June, Dorothy, The Pretty Reckless and Blues Pills in the festival lineup. Bourbon House as the openers, of course.
What would you say is the best piece of advice you have ever been given?
To keep going. Our fan base grows pretty drastically with every release and all we have to do is keep going.
What things make you happy and what things annoy you?
The communication from our fans. When someone new finds us and tells us we're now their favorite band, that makes me happy. Trolls annoy me.
What things do you like to do when you are away from music?
I like being outside. Camping, hiking, traveling for leisure. I'm also very into yoga.
Do you think social media and the internet are a good thing in the music industry?
Absolutely. I've found many artists I like who don't get the attention they deserve on the radio through social media. Live shows aren't really what they used to be so discovering a new band you like that way is a little harder to come by.
How important do you think you look and image is when it comes to being in the music industry?
In rock music, I don't think it's very important. Rock music fans respond to the music first. If they don't like the music, they don't care if you're a supermodel. They're not buying it.
Can you tell us about any tattoos you have and the significance of them to you?
I have several. Three of them I share with my sister and one with my cousin so they are all significant to me because we're very close. I also have a "No one sings like you anymore" tribute tattoo to Chris Cornell.
If you run the country for a day what would you change about it and why?
That's a tough one. Honestly, one day is not enough time and also I would never, ever take on that task.
What would your ideal day consist of?
Traveling somewhere I've never been to, learning their history and culture, eating all of their food, and finishing the night on stage.
What has been your experience during the Covid 19 situations.Can you tell us how this has affected you personally,how it has affected you professionally and maybe a story from this time or a message for people out there?
Other than having shows cancelled, we were able to do everything we wanted to. We had already planned to release music, and we did. We had already planned to release music videos, and we did. We had already planned to write and record, and we did. Message? Don't let anything hold you back. Do what you can with the circumstances you've been given.
If you could say one thing to your fans what would it be and why?
Thank you and we love you! Because we're nothing without you.
How would you answer the question Who are Bourbon House and what are the differences between you as a music artist and you away from music ?
Bourbon House is a rock and roll family. We work hard while we're having fun. As individuals, we're just a bunch of weirdos.
What was the first record or song you purchased and why?
I remember as a kid getting excited for the new Much Music Dance Mix of the year, which is embarrassing now. I think the first CD I ever purchased on my own, thanks to Christmas money, was Dance Mix '97. And why? Because when you're a kid, you listen to whatever everyone else is listening to.
What would say to someone thinking about becoming a musician and getting into the music industry?
Do it, but realize first that it's not all fun. It's not just putting a band together and playing out live in your hometown. It takes a lot of hard work and dedication if you want it as a career.
If you could collaborate with any other band/singer or musician who would you choose and why?
I think Jack White would be interesting to work with. His musical taste and talents are the most diverse I've ever seen.
If you could have written one song from history which would it have been and why?
Stairway to Heaven. I mean... what a beautiful masterpiece.
What things make you uncomfortable?
Not much, to be honest. I've gotten over being uncomfortable at this point. I used to be nervous for live shows and interviews, but I'm beyond that now.
If you wrote a book about yourself what would it have in it?
Probably just a bunch of dad jokes with the occasional inspirational message in it. Really though, I hope to have so many traveling and performing experiences under my belt that it would be filled with those stories.
What has the rest of the year got in store for you?
We will be off on our first tour this Spring! When we return from that, we'll be releasing another single and a music video, followed by a full album release in the summer. After that, we will be back in the recording studio in the fall and back on tour at the end of the year. Lots of stuff.