Q: When and why did you start playing music? Particularly, how did you start playing as Wares?
A: Music has been in my life as long as I remember. From piano and choir lessons at age 6, to playing in bands and getting involved in local scenes in my teen years, it was always the dominating passion in my life, and there was never a time where I didn't take it seriously. I started playing under Wares under more for practical reasons- I wanted to show my work to the world, and wanted to perform under a moniker to afford myself a bit of flexibility. More often than not Wares shows are just myself and a guitar, but with a name there's room as many or as little people on stage as I deem necessary. Having a distinction between my work and onstage persona and who I am in day to day life is important as well.
Q: What would you say Wares sounds like? What is it influenced by?
A: The sound of Wares has really changed from when I first got the idea in my head to start releasing music. I grew up listening to a lot of folk and 60's pop, so I suppose that's the foundation for a lot of what I do. To be frank, the local music community has really proved to be an amazing source of inspiration, whether it's any of the Old Ugly artists, or my friends in the experimental and punk scenes. At it's heart, Wares is all about contrast, the bedrock being traditional narrative based songcraft, with elements of punk or even ambient music thrown into suit what I'm trying to say.
Q: What are you aiming to do with your music? What do you have to offer to your audience?
A: Music has tremendous power as a social institution, it's so important for fostering a sense of community. Above anything else that has to do with Wares, the main thing I try to achieve is a direct personal connection with my audience. When I go on stage, it's with the single minded intent to deliver everything I have, through my voice and guitar and my body, to the people listening.
Q: What has your experience playing music been like in Edmonton?
A: Edmonton has a very tight-knit community, musically. It's very welcoming once you're involved, but at times it can be very insular. That being said, I truly believe there are some incredible things happening in our city, and it's been a privilege to grow up here and experience it all first hand. There's no place like Wunderbar!
Q: What about recording experience? What do you have going on in terms of releases?
A: Right now I'm promoting a small collection of songs I put out in May called 'City Kids'. I recorded it in January with my pal Blair Drover (Audio/Rocketry, Desiderata, Stepmothers) and I'm currently planning a tour in October to spread the word. I'm very grateful that it's had such a warm reception! As of right now I have no immediate plans to record anything, though I'd like to begin thinking about a full length towards the end of next year.
Q: How are things looking like for Wares in the future?
A: I hope to spend much of next year on the road, finances permitting, honing my show and polishing up my material. It's important to keep revising, seeing what works and what doesn’t. The plan for the immediate future is to be a better me, write better songs, and come up with some killer stage moves.
Wares will be performing at Cha Island in October 9th for its tour kickoff. This show will be all-ages and the price is by donation. Currently, Wares is hoping to get some financial support from this upcoming show, so any support is appreciated. Follow Wares on Facebook and keep an eye on bandcamp for any new releases or shows coming up!