Sometimes music can be very difficult to describe; sometimes genres don’t quite captivate the sounds of certain acts; sometimes musicians implement so many influences into their act that it becomes a fascinating fusion of orchestrated sounds. Sometimes genres such as Jazz-fusion or progressive fail to hold on to all the influences that are emitted in your speakers or on the stage. Good Nature is an example of this sort of idea. This band is all about sound, atmosphere, structure of music, and hella tight vibes. I can definitely recall having 80s flashbacks (even though I was never alive in the 80s) while watching them play, for it is their groove that gets the show going. But, it is time for Good Nature to talk about themselves.
Q: How did you guys start playing as Good Nature? Tell us some of Good Nature's history.
A: Before Good Nature, Roney, Aaron, and our friend Taylor Knight played as an improv-jam band. It was during a show that the group was introduced to both Elli and Fred. Elli came to jam on bass soon after. A few shows later, Taylor decided to pursue travels in Nepal, so Elli took over on drums. Through MacEwan’s Music program the group met Ian, and became even closer to Fred. Both joined the group, on bass and saxophone respectively, adding their layers to the atmosphere of sound. Once this lineup began jamming and collaborating ideas, we discovered ourselves and were thrilled with the material we were creating. We had to make it official.
Q: What would you say Good Nature sounds like? What is the band influenced by?
A: Since all of us come from very different musical backgrounds, we like to experiment with all kinds of genres. We take inspiration from funk, jazz, alternative, and progressive rock, but it’s difficult to really identify us with just one sound. We have songs with influences ranging from reggae/ska, to hip-hop, or to ambient music as well. As we’ve been playing together we’ve focused more towards collective songwriting since we like to work off of each other’s ideas to create unique sounds.
Q: What are you aiming to do with your music? What do you have to offer to your audience?
A: As a band our aim is to write songs that have an emotional effect on our audience. Art is all about the thoughts and feelings it inspires in those who experience it, and we aspire to do just that with our music. Our songs come from our introspection and our life experiences of trying to find our way in today’s world. We hope to put on an entertaining performance for everyone as well, because we just really enjoy playing music.
Q: What can you tell us about Edmonton's music scene?
A: Edmonton is a great city for start-up acts. The underground music scene is booming with many talented artists creating new sounds, and a dedicated crowd of supporters always looking for new groups to follow. There are a number of young promoters with ties to the many local venues in town meaning there are lots of shows, and opportunities to play. Edmonton’s jazz scene has a bright future ahead of it as well. Thanks to the senior talent that chooses to stay and be active in Edmonton and support young musicians through MacEwan University and the Yardbird Suite, there’s only going to be more and more talented musicians coming out of Edmonton.
Q: What can you tell us about your experiences of playing in town and out of town?
A: We’ve been lucky enough to play everything from jazz gigs in local cafés, to fundraiser galas, to louder gigs in bars and house parties. Our wide range of styles allows us to tailor our sets to the event and the crowd. We’re always looking for new opportunities to play and show new people our music. We’ve often discussed organizing a road-trip tour of Alberta or Western Canada, but we have yet to play outside the city.
Q: What about recording experience? What do you have going on in terms of releases?
A: We have a selection of home-recorded demos and one professionally recorded single, our song “The Wheel”. We submitted this single to CBC’s Rock Your Campus contest for student acts across Canada and made top 100. Everything we record is available to download on our social media (Facebook, Bandcamp, Soundcloud). We are currently in the process of professionally recording our debut EP, so there will be lots of information and announcements coming soon.
Q: How are things looking for Good Nature in the future?
A: We’re very excited to hit the studio, and release the material that we’ve been working on over the past year. Having an EP recorded will be incredibly helpful in promoting ourselves and securing bigger opportunities in the future like out of town gigs and eventually a tour. We’ll continue playing shows and writing lots of new music in the time to come, so stay tuned!
And with all of that said, Good Nature will post their upcoming shows and releases on their Facebook. So, look them up on Facebook and Bandcamp, they are definitely a show worth watching.