Red Revel – Gastown Man [Interview]

Describe your sound in 3 words

Funk jazz and disco

Tell us a few things about your new song “Gastown Man”. What is the main idea behind it?

“Gastown Man”, inspired by My and Jon’s time spent in Vancouver. Initially, the subject of the song was sparked by a confrontation with a man on the street asking for cigarettes; he was walking a menacing looking pitbull with a spiked silver collar, and was drinking a beer at 9:30 or so in the morning. It was raining and he wore a silver Addidas tracksuit and wore the hood over his head. The interaction later became the idea for a more embellished and dramatised depiction of that character- the “Gastown Man”; one who struts along the sidewalk with a noticeable gait of swagger and confidence, wearing a cheap fur coat and smoking an even cheaper cigar hanging from dime-silver grilled teeth and a walking cane; he’s the Gastown Man.

What first got you into music?

Short answer… all of our parents. Our mums and dads have influenced us greatly with their variety of musical tastes. We owe everything to them for creating interest in learning music from such a young age.

What do you enjoy most? Writing music or performing your music live?

If you asked us this question a year ago, we would’ve definitely said performing live. We love playing high energy shows and putting smiles on people’s faces. We love seeing people dance at our gigs.

However, since our last recording project, we feel that we now have a better understanding of getting the sound we want in the studio. Our most recent time in the studio was definitely one that we enjoyed a lot, and we’re really excited to get back in there with our new project.

You could say we still prefer playing live, but we still really enjoy working on our music in the studio.

What would you change in the music industry?

I think we would like to see a change in how much artist get paid for their music streams. The way the industry is changing means that most musicians are selling less records and being streamed more on platforms. We’d like to see them be fairly compensated for the work they put into.

When the owner of Spotify is valued at more than Sir Paul McCartney you know something isn’t right.

In which state of mind do you imagine people might listen to your music?

I suppose in a free and honest state of mind? Haha, this is a difficult question to answer because we think our music means different things to different people.

We had conversations with fans who enjoy listening to our music whilst painting, exercising, drinking, road tripping, having sex etc…

What is the best concert you have ever been to?

Haha, this answer will change every time you ask us we’ve been very blessed to have seen lots of talented musicians

Thank you!

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