By: Emily Thomson
Canadian Beats is all about Canadian music, who are some of your favorite Canadian bands/artists?
QR: Bobby Wills, Great Big Sea, Deric Ruttan, Matt Mays, Chad Brownlee ,The Heartbroken, Sam Roberts, Matt Good
If you could put together a tour with any Canadian bands/artist including yourself, who would headline and who would the openers be?
QR: Myself, Bobby Wills, Jake Matthews
What made you decide that music is what you wanted to do?
QR: I was born into a huge family of Newfoundland musicians, so music chose me !!
At what age did you start with music?
QR: 3 years old
What was the first song you remember learning to sing or play on an instrument?
QR: First learned “Sonny’s Dream” by Ron Hynes when I was 3 years old. My mom would sit me in front of her record player and I would sing it over and over.
What was the writing process like for your single, “Rest for My Body”?
QR: Friends of mine, Jason Howard and Doug Forshey wrote the song. But when I first heard it in 2009, I fell in love with it and just knew it was going to be my first single.
Which of your songs gets the best reaction when played live?
QR: “Beautiful Crazy Life”
At a young age you taught yourself hot to play guitar, any tips or advice for someone who wants to learn how to play guitar?
QR: Follow your passion, listen to your heart. If you want to play guitar you will.
If you were given the chance to play a show anywhere in the world, where would you want to play it?
QR: A sold out show at Mile 1 stadium in St. John’s
What’s your favorite song right now?
QR: That’s easy! My new single “Closer” that hits the radio and iTunes Oct 7.
If you were given the chance to collaborate with any band/artist, who would you want to work with?
QR: Bruce Springsteen
How would you describe your music to someone who hasn’t heard it?
QR: New Country rock infused with east coast passion
What song do to suggest someone who hasn’t heard your music should listen to?
QR: “Beautiful Crazy Life”
These next few questions will help your fans get to know you better, what is your favourite food?
QR: Homemade Italian spaghetti
Do you have a favourite childhood memory?
QR: Vacation with Mom and Dad at Disney World in 1988.
If you had to listen to one album for a year, which album would you listen to?
QR: “Born in the USA” Bruce Springsteen
What is your favourite color?
QR: Red or Black, but my wife tells me black is not a color.
What song describes you best?
QR: “No Surrender” Bruce Springsteen
Do you have any hidden talents?
QR: Actually I don’t . I share all my talents with the world.
And lastly, is there anything you’d like to say to your fans?
QR: When you dream, dream BIG. After all, it is your dream !!
Thanks for taking the time to do this interview!