Interview – The Naysayers

By: Remington Fioraso

The Naysayers are a four-pieced rock group from Dawson City, Yukon. The band is comprised of Drea Nasager, Jonathan Howe, Dan DeGroot, and Matt Sarty. On June 28, 2014, The Naysayers released their debut album, “Hope.” They will be heading on tour to Eastern Canada from September 12th to October 29th. To learn more about this northern based band, keep on reading and check out them out on their social media pages!

How did you guys meet?

The sub-arctic black-hole of winter in small-town Yukon sucked us together fairly quickly. We found a confluence in our lifestyles, interests, and general misanthropy, and spent months in the the bar together out of sheer necessity.

Who are your influences?

Yoga, Marijuana, Large wrenches, and Asian cuisine

What, or whom, have been some of the inspirations when writing songs?

Drea: Anything and anyone who shapes me in any real significant way.

Jonathan: Also, our remote living conditions colour the mentality that permeates a lot of our music.

Matt: The way we have all come together from very diverse musical backgrounds and found a sound that suits all of those sensibilities while diverging from what we’re used.

How was the recording experience for “Hope?”

Frantic, intense, exhausting, inspiring and a good-time fun show. Jim Holland is the best.

For individuals who have yet to listen to your album, what song(s) do you recommend checking out to get a ‘taste’ of The Naysayers?

Can’t Love You Anymore

Where are you looking forward to going the most on your East Coast tour?

Drea: Matt’s mom’s room

Matt: St. John’s, NFLD. I’ve been there once, and it felt like a city version the the Yukon

Jonathan: Just visiting a lot of friends we know from the road and passing through Dawson.

What can fans expect to see from your performances?

Blood, sweat, skin, loud honest music from a bunch of people who truly want to be there.

In typical Canadian Beats fashion, some fun questions to help fans get to know you a bit more.

Bring it on!

Who are your favourite Canadian artists?

Drea: A Tribe Called Red, Timber Timbre, Joni Mitchell, The Superfriendz, Soda Pony

Jonathan: A.Y. Jackson, Daddy’s Hands

Matt: The Constantines, Jon Rae Fletcher, Rick Danko, The Luyas, Julie Doiron

Dan: Eric’s Trip, SNFU, KEN Mode

What are your guilty pleasures?

Drea: Swearing, smoking, etc

Jonathan: I am immune to guilt

Drea: It’s a wasted emotion I hear

Dan: Everything not listed above

Matt: Dan DeGroot

What are your favourite foods?

Drea: I’m a bit chafed that I even have to eat, but Sushi I guess. And Bannock.

Jonathan: Coffee & cigarettes

Matt: ‘Za

Dan: Healthy foods that are deep-fried

Who is your favourite superhero?

Drea: I don’t really like comics, but if I did it would be that new chick Equinox.

Jonathan: Danger Mouse

Matt: Captain Planet

Dan: The Tick

What is your favourite thing to do when you aren’t playing?

Drea: Baking, and hanging with my kid.

Jonathan: Testing new hair products

Matt: Surfing Kijiji for vintage gear.

Dan: Tinder

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

Don’t listen to the Naysayers….But please, please, please come to our shows. We love you.

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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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