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Colyn Cameron and Aiden Brant-Briscall sit down to discuss Wake Owl, a left of center folk rock outfit hailing from Vancouver British Columbia. If our conversations spark your interest be sure to check out the full session Wake Owl turned in at our Sofar Sounds Sessions Shoot.


kind of where a lot of my first musical interests began, was in hip hop, I guess.
And then I kind of took up an interest in creating hip hop music for quite a while before I learned the guitar.
So it was a part of my life creatively for a time, but it was just a different phase than what I'm doing now.
I wasn't ever taking the other stuff seriously, and I only kind of really, when I learned guitar and started writing songs, that began a process that led me to where I am today, and it just naturally became something I focused on and started sharing more with people in the world, so yeah.
I got myself worst To recommend first Colyn just kind of out of the blue when he was recording the EP.
He asked me if I wanted to play a little bit of violin on it, and we hadn't really played much music before that, but we knew each other and we knew that we both played music.
And from that point on we just enjoyed playing music together and started playing small shows in Vancouver, and the guys we're playing with now are sort of more recent additions to the band, and the band has gone through lots of different formations in the past year, which has been challenging for sure, but ultimately rewarding in terms of having perspective on the kind of music we wanna be making and the people we wanna be making it with.
out in January, and it's really good to have it out finally.
It's beena bit of a long time coming for it, as it was released independently, and written and recorded kind of about a year and a half ago.
So it's good to have it just out so we can actually start kind of growing from it, you know what I mean? So, yeah, the EP is kind of, it was just a thing at the time.
It was a time when I was trying to find some music independence away from different projects I was working with, and also having some things happen in my life at the time that just kind of spurred me on to write those songs that are on the EP.
And they just kind of made sense fitting together, and seemed liked something I wanted to do for myself, mainly.
Since then it kind of grew and turned into more of a band thing.
I don't feel like I'm falling I'm up against the sky Let's grab the heart of the world And turn into the light EP, it was mainly just something I wanted to share with the general kind of community I had in Vancouver, and just kind of, yeah, it was just one of the first times that I really felt ready to share music, and I felt something in the songs that told me, or just it felt like the right time to share the songs.
But since then I think it's just grown into a process of us discovering, the way we're playing live shows now, every night we're thinking of what we wanna be bringing to people.
point for me, is just that I want people to come away from the shows with something that they weren't expecting, more than anything.
And also, that maybe we were able to play exactly what they needed to hear, even if they didn't know it.
In this next record, making a full-length record is probably the most exciting thing on the table for us right now.
We'll be going into the studio pretty soon, and that's something we're really looking forward to.
creatively about a year and a half old, so I'm quite ready to start working on recording new music.
I'm up against the sky Let's grab the heart of the world And turn into the light I don't feel like I'm falling I'm up against the sky And turn into the light

Artist Bio

Singer/songwriter Colyn Cameron of Wake Owl has been immersed in the world of music for the past ten years. Now based in Vancouver, BC and Portland, OR, Colyn was originally born and raised in Southern California. "In the beginning I was mostly into rhyme stuff/hip hop," Colyn notes, "I wrote rap basically. I used to go around the school ground rapping my verses to whoever would listen. Then about seven years ago I picked up a guitar and taught myself basic stuff and immediately began writing songs."

After graduation Colyn trained in organic agriculture at Emerson College in England, worked on different farms throughout the UK, Germany, Chile and Canada, and traveled the world. Colyn found his journeys to be a catalyst for writing songs. "My writing process is always changing. I usually find the most inspiration after these long periods of not having too much of my own space, touring or traveling. A lot just tends to pour out rather quickly," he reflects.

Upon returning to Vancouver, Colyn spent some time playing in bands before deciding to record the songs he had written after his journey, and thus began the Wild Country EP. "With this EP I was really focused on just creating recordings I could be proud of and felt connected to as a group of songs. I wanted to capture and represent, in all its instrumentation and arrangement, what those songs mean to me," says Colyn. The result is a five-song EP that harvests raw, honest emotion through Colyn's words and melodies.



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