Shannon Venasse Interview – Phillip Hong – SRN Mediaworks – 18 March, 2009
I must admit: Sometimes the pace of life tends to make me forget about what life should be about. In these days of gloom and doom, combined with the inability to slow down or turn back time, I tend to listen to music for a bit of comfort.
For those in need of a bit of calm, the meaningful sounds of Shannon Venasse will at least help you put life in perspective. It takes a lot of effort to write a song that does more than aesthetically please and that’s the product of this indie artist.
If you’re interested, her CD titled “The Lion’s Share” can be purchased from her official website.
PHIL: What, whom, and how were you influenced into becoming a singer songwriter?
SHANNON: I would say my mom Helen, was my first musical influence. She didn’t sing or play an instrument but she absolutely loved music. There was always music playing in our house. My mother like most people from her generation loved Elvis and ABBA but she’d also listen to stuff from tons of newer artists as well. I’d say she taught me to appreciate music of all kinds. I didn’t start playing the guitar until I was a bit older. I always wanted to learn an instrument so when I moved to Toronto and had some friends who played I decided to learn. I was always under the impression that it would be too hard but I picked it up fairly quickly.
PHIL: What inspired you to write “Days Roll By”?
SHANNON: The inspiration for my songs generally comes from various different emotions or situations I’m in. I think the main message I was trying to convey with that song was how we all let things slip away from us. Nothing lasts forever and some of us forget about that simple fact of life. We let the days roll on and on without thinking of the consequences. If you want something or you want a relationship to last you have to work hard to make it happen. Otherwise, it’ll just pass you by.
PHIL: Toronto Experimental Artists describes you having a “K.D. Lang-ish dreamy romanticism”. What’s your favourite K.D. Lang song, if you have one?
Check out the rest of the interview at TEA on 148.ca
TEA Volume 11 compilation artist and urban music band water on mars (WOM) was formed in Quebec City in the fall of 2003. DJ Claude Rajotte makes a great review of the album on CBC radio. “How refreshing ! Someone capable of evoking the myth of Faust through references to Robert Johnson, while spicing it all with Pink Floyd 21st century style and bits of Holger Czukay, certainly deserves our attention !” WOM is all about postrock and ambient sound, with a clear genius for a concise, discrete, and efficient adaptation of some of the best pages of psychedelic garage rock. TEA just loves this fresh ambient sound! See videos on myspace.
The information below is regarding two of WOM releases…Mannah is WOM’s first record. Recorded in a church on analog equipment, Mannah is the result of hundreds of hours of subsequent digital editing and mixing. The purpose was to blend the warm vintage tones of yesterday’s recording techniques with the precision of modern day computerized editing.
Delta is an 11-track electro-rock seague that revisits the faustian myth as lived by Robert Johnson. Delta blends 78 RPM samples, sixties psychedelic guitars, seventies analog keyboards, in a mix and rhythm inspired by techno. A deft use of buried tracks, tape effects and micro-electronics makes for many years of intrigued listening. Delta has obtained great critical success. The track “Gizeh” hits number one on Bandeapart.fm’s interactive charts, and number 5 on the Baromètre charts (Quebec indy radio network). Gizeh is chosen on the compilation CD of DJ Marco G. The track ‘ole man’ was selected on the yearly compilation CD ‘Québec Émergent 2007’ as well as on the TEA South Compilation Volume 11.
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TEA South have started up a new Radio Show called the TEA Hour. The new show will feature TEA compilation artists with fun and querky TEA staff hosts. The shows will then be syndicated out to many radio stations in Canada, USA and internationally. The TEA Volume 13 radio show is currently airing on the SRN Mediaworks Network, SRN One and Indietalent. The syndication of the TEA Hour is currently in progress and will air on many stations in the near future.
TEA Compilation Submissions
Artists only pay $275.00 if asked or accepted onto a TEA Compilation CD. There is no charge for submissions, and participants retain all rights and royalties to their music. We are currently looking for and accepting submissions from songwriters interested in appearing on our TEA Volume 14 compilation CD. This opportunity is open to songwriters of all age groups and music genres. Criteria for reviewing your song material is 1) composition 2) melody 3) lyrics 4) originality 5) production. All artists chosen for our TEA South record label are selected from TEA Compilation artists based on success at radio, film, live performance and self promotion. If you have received our invitation email please follow the step by step directions outlined on the reserve and confirm page. If you are submitting your music for consideration please send your music on CD to TEA South or a link to musical material via email. We will get back to you as soon as we receive and review material sent.
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