Interview – Lovecoast

By: Remington Fioraso

Lovecoast is an indie pop band from Vancouver, BC. Formed in 2013, Lovecoast is composed of Danielle Sweeney, Scott Verbeek, Jesse McNeill and Andrew Fraser. The band will be releasing their debut EP, Chasing Tides, on November 4, 2014.

How did you guys meet?

Scott and I (Danielle) were born and raised in Squamish so we have known each other since elementary school. Jesse and Andrew attended Vancouver Island University’s Jazz program at the same time as me, they were two of my favourite players at school so I couldn’t wait to start up a project with them.

Who are your influences when writing?

We all bring our own influence into the group, which really helps us have diverse ideas when we get to writing. As a band we are influenced by artists like Lake Street Dive, Hey Ocean!, Ella Fitzgerald, Otis Redding, Snarky Puppy and Vulfpeck.

How was the recording experience for Chasing Tides?

We had an amazing experience recording at Monarch Studios. Our producer/engineer Tom Dobrzasnki brought all the elements we needed to make something we are so proud of. He made the whole experience so effortless, we couldn’t have asked for anything better.

Are there any particular songs that you are most excited for fans to hear?

We are excited for all of them! This is our Debut EP so we are just stoked to get our music out there. Out of all the songs off the EP “Help You” is the most outside of our box. We brought in cello player Michelle Faehrmann and added lots of synth, keys and harmonies. We are excited to evolve as a band and continue to surprise people with what we are capable of.

How was the experience of crowd-sourcing for the EP?

Crowd funding can be tough, but we are so lucky to have such supportive people surrounding us that it worked well. It was awesome to get people stoked on our project before it had even begun. The support we received makes the Chasing Tides EP so special to us because we literally couldn’t have done it without those who helped us out financially; we owe this whole experience to them.

You will be heading out on Western Canadian tour beginning on November 7 in Vancouver. How would you describe your live performances?

It’s a real treat to get to travel for the love of music so we make sure that every time we get on stage no one can sit still. It’s a sweaty dance party!

Are there plans for an Eastern Canadian Tour?

Yes! I can’t say much about when but within the next year we are planning to head out East.

In traditional Canadian Beats fashion, here are some questions to help fans get to know you a bit more:

Who are your favourite Canadian artists?

Joni Mitchell, Neil Young, Oscar Peterson…there’s honestly way too many to count!

What are your guilty pleasures?

The Soft Serve on BC Ferries and Justin Timberlake

What was the last album you purchased?

Danielle: Voyager – Jenny Lewis
Andrew: Bone Machine – Tom Waits
Scott: And The You Shoot Your Cousin – The Roots
Jesse: A Night in Tunisia – Art Blakey and the Jazz Messengers

What is your favourite thing to do in Vancouver on a rainy day?

Play music of course!

Is there anything else you would like to add to your fans?

Just our eternal gratitude for their love and support! Thanks for shaking your booties at our shows and listening to our stuff! Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter and Instagram at: @lovecoastmusic to follow our tour of Western Canada.

Hi Everyone! My name is Remington Fioraso. I am a graduate of the University of the Fraser Valley’s Bachelor of Arts program in Sociology, Anthropology, and Media and Communication Studies. Within my program, I focused on social media, learning about contemporary and classical sociological theory (Including Marx, Foucault, Bourdieu, and Durkheim), and communicating effectively in various modes and for different audiences (including oral communication, business communication, academic writing, entertainment media, and presentations utilizing visual media). Within my program, the question arose for many courses, “What is the relevance in the real world?” Stepping (temporarily) away from being in university, I gained an interest in Latin American development, social movements, and business. Sooner than later, I will be applying for post-grad programs to dive further into LA development and social movements to gain a theory-background in addition to a personal perspective onto the topics. In my free time, I love to travel, consume media, eat, listen to music, and write. Listening to music and writing led to my interest in working with Canadian Beats! I have been a part of the team since April 2014. A few of my personal highlights of interviews include ones with some of my favourite artists – Sumo Cyco, Madeline Merlo, and High Valley. Be sure to connect with me on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram!
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