Hello! Welcome to another interview, this time with Terra Lightfoot! We reviewed her latest single ‘All Alone’ at the tail end of 2016 and enjoyed her use of fuzzy power chords and sprinkled melodies to produce a great track. In this interview we talk about Terra’s latest album Every Time My Mind Runs Wild, plans for 2017 and how the music scene is in Canada. Enjoy!
Hey Terra, how’s it going? I’m great. I have a coffee on my desk and I’m staring out the window at some really cute birds in my backyard. How are you? (EDITOR NOTE: I am good thank you.)
How was NYE for you? New Year’s Eve was pretty rejuvenating. I was determined to stay home by myself and watch a movie, but somehow ended up a friend’s place in Hamilton for homemade pizza. Then some friends of mine decided to head into Toronto for a party, and I went with them on a whim. In a twisted turn of events, my ride back to Hamilton ended up leaving without me, so a good friend with a beautiful studio in Toronto let me crash there. The space houses a Steinway grand piano, so I spent the rest of the evening playing piano and writing a song by myself. It was sort of like staying in and watching a movie, but the movie was my life, and there were more fancy pianos. It was great.
Your new LP ‘Every Time My Mind Runs Wild’ has been out for a little while now. How has the response been for it, and are you happy with how it turned out? The response to this album has been incredible. It has allowed me to travel all over the world to places I’ve never dreamed of going. I still get messages from people who are picking it up for the first time, and I’m so grateful that people are into it. When we made the record, we had no expectations of how things would go. I’d say this has all been best-case scenario in my eyes.
Have you set any goals for 2017? What would you hope to achieve by the end of this year? I like to set lofty goals because sometimes they come true. Someone once said, “I am a great believer in luck: I find the harder I work, the more I have of it.” So my goal for 2017 is to work hard. That means playing shows, writing songs, travelling. I can’t get enough of any of that stuff. I’m also looking forward to debuting some new songs and working with my band to create a live show we’re all proud of. There are some hints of pretty crazy things that might happen but none have fully materialized yet so I can’t talk about them. But I know this is going to be a great year. I hope everyone else is on the same page.
You’re signed to Sonic Unyon Records, which we knew through industrialists WTCHS. What’s it like being attached to such an eclectic roster of artists? Does it showcase the amount of variety present in Canada’s music scene? I love those WTCHS boys. I drove them around for a weekend of shows because nobody in the band had a license. They called me “Auntie Terra” and it was a pretty wonderful weekend. I think Sonic Unyon has always gotten behind what they think is good music. So to me, I’m flattered to be on the same label that has housed WTCHS, Wintersleep, Frank Black or Sianspheric. Those bands are amazing and I feel I’m in really good company there. There’s a lot of variety in the Canadian music scene, sure. But it’s not just Sonic Unyon that’s giving us Hamiltonians some clout, there are a lot of musicians making a name for us in the scene — Jessy Lanza, Arkells, Dirty Nil, Monster Truck, Junior Boys, Diana Panton, Steve Strongman, Elliott Brood, Harrison Kennedy, The Trews. I think the Hamilton scene is great.
What’s next for Terra Lightfoot? New singles, touring etc…Yeah! Lots of stuff is coming up. Touring in the UK, Europe, USA and here at home in Canada…. I’m also working on new tunes, working with a new bass player, and hopefully will kick out a couple of fun music videos soon! And of course I’m hoping to play in more cities with mountains. There’s nothing I love more than a mountain hike before a show.
Finally, I’ve been struggling recently to come up with something good to put on the bio of SG’s Twitter page. Would you be able to help us out at all? “We’re so cute, we like tapes.”