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Talk about Nick Everett

“When I recorded rocky top, that’s how I like to record. I spent about three weeks holed up in my bedroom, screaming, singing, smashing things, crying, sleeping in my recording mess, and then waking up and starting again”.

Interview by Layne Greene

A few months ago a small community church hosted a concert. While there weren’t very many people there, it turned out to be one of the best live performances I’ve ever seen. Nick Everett played sometimes with ferocity, sometimes with passion, and sometimes with care. He would swap out his guitar for a strum stick, an instrument I’ve never seen someone play seriously before.

What is happening right now musically in your life? Are you playing lots?

Currently, I’m writing and getting a band together – four piece rockfish outfit. I work most of the time to pay for life. I’m not performing much right now, having burnt myself out with five tours last winter and spring.

In October, I have a set at Gobblefest on the 8th, one with Bruce Peninsula on the 9th, and the King’s College Orchestra on the 17th… they’ll be playing ‘rocky top’. Excited.

You have so much energy in your live show, was this something you’ve always done, or did it take time?

Honestly, I don’t think about how I perform the songs. I just try to get into them as much as possible and forget the rest. All I do is focus and move my fingers.

The song “Where are you?” would you mind telling me what it’s about?

It’s about wanting something – a person, an ideal, a feeling – that you just can’t find. It’s addressing something lacking that I try to fill with something external.

When you do recordings do you try and replicate your live sound?

Not at all. The first EP I released in January (old adventure/love songs) was a quick recording done in about 10 hours with the help of a couple friends, Ely Rosenblum and Scott Biggar. I just had time to play the songs through a couple of times and hope they came out sounding alright.

When I recorded rocky top, that’s how I like to record. I spent about three weeks holed up in my bedroom, screaming, singing, smashing things, crying, sleeping in my recording mess, and then waking up and starting again. When I needed a break, I’d go for a walk to collect trash and then keep going.

That’s a lot of unnecessary information. What I should say is that the recording process and a performance are very different mediums and I approach them very differently – I try to serve both on their own terms.

Do you prefer to play for small crowds?

Absolutely.

Where can people buy your music?

www.nickeverett.bandcamp.com, or at a show, naturally.

Message to listeners?

Stop and listen to traffic more often.

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