Q&A with Carmanah – 2018 Café Artist


Q. Tell us about your band. Can you describe your overall sound?

A. We call our sound West Coast Soul. It a big mixture of rock, soul, folk and our love for the west coast of Canada, with female lead vocals supported by male harmonies.


Q. What’s been your most memorable gig so far in your career?

A. Our most memorable gig to date was playing the headline slot for Victoria’s Canada Day celebration this past summer. We performed in front of a warm and excited audience of about 30,000 folks. We packed the hour-long set with our favourite songs and rocked out with our hometown crowd.


Q. Who are your artistic inspirations?

To name a few, The Chambers Brothers, Roy Orbison, kd Lang, Timber Timbre, Bahamas, Dusty Springfield, Daniel Romano and Fleetwood Mac.


Q. What’s your favourite sync moment of all time (in any piece of media)?

A. The Forest Gump soundtrack is my favourite movie soundtrack of all. The best sync compilation is when the film follows Forrest through three years of running non-stop and plays through an incredible series of powerful music: Running on Empty (Jackson Browne), It Keeps You Runnin (Doobie Brothers), I’ve got to Use My Imagination (Gladys Knight & The Pips), Go Your Own Way (Fleetwood Mac), On the Road Again (Willie Nelson), and Against the Wind (Bob Seger and the Silver Bullet Band).


Q. What’s the funniest moment you’ve experienced either on tour, in the studio or just as a band?

A. One time in the middle of our set in Fernie, BC, the town’s power went down and everything went pitch-dark. Only the continued sound of the drums could be heard so we all grabbed a few of the extra drumsticks and proceeded to finish our set with a 30 minute four-person drum solo. The audience kept dancing and celebrating in the dark. The power never came back on that evening and we had to finally complete the set when the bouncers started corralling people out the door.


Q. Have you had any sync placements before? And if so, do you have a favourite?

A. Our song Never Going Back was placed in the show Lost Girl a few years ago. It was super cool seeing a group of friends dining and sharing a moment with our tune playing in the background.


Q. What existing piece of media (film, TV show, ad / trailer, video game) would you like to see your music used in?

A. We would love to see our music featured in a film or TV show that displays powerful and emotional cinematography with a thought-provoking storyline. This could be a documentary-type film like Beasts of the Southern Wild or a storyline like Broadchurch.