T-minus 1 day until the music starts at Northside, and we’re ready to go. Last week we caught up with Step Rockets, one of the awesome bands playing at our Brooklyn Bowl event happening on Saturday, and today we’re talking with Canon Logic. The Brooklyn-based alt-rock quintet released their new album WYLD earlier this year, and you may have heard their music in shows like CSI: New York and The Lying Game. We were lucky enough to talk to Canon Logic’s Tim Kiely before things get crazy, to find out what their early years were like and what they’ve learned as an independent band…
What were the early years like? What kinds of obstacles did you face, and are they still present?
One of the most difficult parts of the early days was trying to figure out what we were representing. We all had different backgrounds and musical influences, and I think it took a couple years to figure out who were were as a group. However, I think the years of shaping and molding have helped us in the present. Not only did it force us to come together and build a tight bond, but it also taught us how to adapt. Monotony is not a threat because we’ve forced ourselves to change so much over time. Change is now a part of the group. It is what we chase, and it renews our love for songwriting and recording.
What are the top 3 tips you’d give an independent artist looking to grow his/her career?
1. Write. Write on good days, write on bad days; write when you feel inspired, write when you don’t. You’ll build up an arsenal of songs, and the process will become second nature.
2. Listen. Go out of your way to discover new influences. Big fan of Warren Zevon? Then find out who influenced Zevon. It’s easy to find these answers with all of the interviews and podcasts floating around (Desert Island Discs is one of my favorites). Also, find some other people to play with, and find out what they’re listening to—they will inject you with new ideas and creativity. My bandmates and I share new music with each other all the time, and it always feeds the fire.
3. Create. Writing and recording is a big part of the job, but your creativity can expand as far as you let it. If you have a camera, go out and shoot a video. You don’t need a big budget—we shot our first promo video for WYLD with napkins. The more you’re able to create, the thicker the world of your music will become. Get help from your friends, or reach out to a local photographer you’re into. Lots of ways to handle it.
How is TuneCore part of your team?
TuneCore makes life easier for musicians. It has allowed us to spread our music without having to lose any control or have to deal with anyone dictating our moves.
How do you get the most out of a music festival?
Connect with the bands you’re playing with, the manager of the venue, the people putting on your show. We all depend on one another to keep things alive, so be vocal, and get out there. Check out other acts during the week, shoot the sh*t with them after a show…you never know where things will lead.