In The Know...10 Questions With Jon And Roy

>> Saturday, 17 April 2010

After launching their sophomore release, Homes, in front of 772 people in their native Victoria, laid back folk pair Jon and Roy are hitting the road for a tour of Western Canada. And this brief trek of the West includes a stop at its gateway: the duo is at the Folk Exchange on April 24th. Plus, they'll be at Folk Fest this year!

Homes is the twosome’s follow-up to the acclaimed, Another Noon, an album chock full of breezy, island grooves. The relaxing rhythms and delicate harmonies of Another Noon were so well-received that Jon and Roy were invited to sing the national anthem at a Vancouver Canucks game. Their music was prominently featured on commercials and earned them heavy rotation on college radio.

Homes continues in the vein of Another Noon – it is mellow, accessible fare, music that instantly evokes a warm, beachside feeling. If you’re interested in winning a copy of Homes, I’ve got one for giveaway. To enter, fire me off an email (address on the side) by Friday @ noon with “Jon and Roy CD Giveaway” in the subject line and your full name in the body of the email. I’ll draw the winner randomly and contact him/her shortly thereafter.

I had the pleasure of asking Jon and Roy 10 questions, a grueling interrogation that uncovered, amongst many things, the duo’s most memorable concert to date; some albums that changed their lives; and one film they can watch over and over.

(In case you’re wondering why I only asked 10 questions this time, the answer is simple and embarrassing: I only sent them 10. Counting. Not my forte.)

1. Where are you right now?
Jon: In James Bay, Victoria, drinking coffee.
Roy: At my desk at home still in my work clothes. (I’m a cook at an all day breakfast joint)

Let’s talk music…
2. What’s one piece of equipment absolutely essential to your live show? 
Jon: Usually instruments are a good thing to have.   A guitar pick is a good place to start, I usually don't have one.
Roy: Brushes, tamborines, sticks, shakers, beer...pick one?  If I had to perform a show on one instrument it would be either a conga or an upright organ.

3. What was the most memorable concert of your musical career so far? 
Jon: Playing the Commodore in Vancouver was memorable -- it’s one of those places you dream of playing, especially when you are doing gigs in bars with drunk people telling you to play 'Freebird.'
Roy: Playing the first holiday show at Alix Gooden Hall to 810 people was pretty memorable.  Mostly cause I almost **** my pants.

4. What are some albums that completely changed your life?
Jon: Nirvana/Nevermind, Tool/Undertow, N.W.A./Straight Outta Compton,  Sublime/40 oz To Freedom, Elliott Smith/ Self-titled, Bob Marley/Legend.
Roy: The Doors, Harry Belafonte on vinyl (not sure which album) and Cachaito (self-titled Cuban bassist).

5. Of the albums you own, which has the best cover art? 

Jon: Definitely our most recent (props to Evan Pine our designer).
Roy: Ween - Chocolate and Cheese.

And some hodgepodge…
6. What book(s) are you currently reading?
Jon: Mother Night by Kurt Vonnegut.  It’s good.  Also Kafka on the Shore by Haruki Murakami.
Roy: A Brief History of Everything by Ken Wilber and Kitchen Confidential by Anthony Bourdain (second time through).

7. What’s one film you watch over and over again?

Jon: Nacho Libre.
Roy: The Big Lebowski, Three Amigos, Nacho Libre.

8. What is your current ringtone?
Jon: Lo-Fi casio classical gangster rap, circa 96.
Roy: Some sweet random LG tune.

9. Stephen Colbert or Jon Stewart?
Jon: Colbert, I suppose.

10. And finally, a certified toughie…who is your favourite Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle (Leonardo, Donatello, Michelangelo, or Raphael)? 
Jon: That is a tough one, I used to like different turtles at different times. I remember liking Michelangelo the most though.
Roy: Not sure, how ‘bout SPLINTER!


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