By: Amanda Hather
In My Coma is an alternative rock group from Toronto, Ontario that includes Jasper James (vocals, guitar), LauraDoll (bass, vocals) and Mike (drums). Their debut album ‘Magnets & Miracles’ is available here on iTunes https://itunes.apple.com/ca/album/magnets-miracles/id459852735. Taking influence from bands such as Radiohead and Queens of the Stone Age and British bands of the 80’s, their sound appeals to a variety of people and I highly recommend checking out their album.
If you want to learn more about the band, be sure to check out their social media sites below and keep reading this interview we were lucky to have with them via email:
How did you come up with the name In My Coma?
IMC: We wanted a name that wouldn’t pigeon hole us into a specific genre. In My Coma leaves the door wide open for exploration. What do you think of when you think of a coma? Personally, my first thought is that something tragic happened, but then when I think further, I think of the limitlessness of the dream world. Dreams can be chaotic and nightmarish or they can be pleasantly tranquil. The name also lets us experiment aesthetically as well with our artwork and photography.
What made you want to pursue music in the first place?
IMC: I don’t know. My parents were very liberal growing up and when I was interested in something, they supported it and encouraged it. Everyone has a calling and music is mine.
What kinds of things inspire you to write new songs?
IMC: I’m inspired by anything really. I used to write songs about interesting fictional characters from movies and books. Other times, you get a creative fever (not only to play the cowbell) and want to tell a fictional story. Our song “Lost” is complete fiction about a child that finds out his imaginary friend is not real. You have to read between the lines, but that was the inspiration behind that song. Lately, I have been writing about people close to me. Some of it is positive and inspirational, but some of it is sad. We lose people we love, but we also see life blossom. It’s the way of the world.
If you could work with any band or artist, alive or dead, who would it be and why?
IMC: My answer to this question changes every time I answer it. My answer today is that I would love to work with Otis Redding. That man had a truly wonderful voice.
If you could tour with any band or artist, who would it be?
IMC: I won’t just throw out a band I love. This answer should make sense. I think we would be a good fit with a band like Muse who also has a combination of heavy and light songs.
If there was one thing that you could change about the music industry, what would it be and why?
IMC: I’m a firm believer that hard work gets rewarded. We’ve done well so far, but there’s a long road ahead. Sometimes, it’s frustrating because there are so many bands out there, not all of which will last very long, but due to the sheer quantity, hard-working and talented bands sometimes fall by the wayside.
A lot of bands and artists are connecting with fans through social media. Do you think this is an important tool for musicians?
IMC: This has been the most important tool for us. This is how we have gained our fanbase to date. We have fans internationally and this would not have been feasible in another musical world.
If someone hadn’t heard your music before, how would you describe it to them? What song would you suggest they listen to first?
IMC: In My Coma is a wall of sound three-piece that doesn’t sound like a three-piece. I’d recommend a new fan listen to a song like “Losing Sleep” to get a feel of who we are.
Out of all of your songs, which is your favourite to perform live?
IMC: I love performing “Crazy World.”
Have you had any crazy fan experiences yet?
IMC: A few… We were at a show while on tour and a female fan came up to me to ask if I wanted to spend some time with her and a friend. I can’t repeat exactly what she said, but I politely declined at which point she told me that if I had accepted her invite, she would have kicked my ass. It was very awkward and unusual for me. Mike and Laura had my back though if anything crazy were to go down.
Now a few fun questions:
What is the first song you remember listening to?
IMC: I don’t remember it, but there’s a video of me at age 3 singing Michael Jackson’s “Annie Are You OK?”
What was the first CD that you bought?
IMC: Weezer’s Blue Album.
If you could travel anywhere in the world, where would it be?
IMC: All across Europe, including Turkey, Cyprus, Greece, etc. That would be great fun!
What is your favourite childhood memory?
IMC: Playing soccer with friends in school. I didn’t have a care in the world and life was nothing but fun.
Favourite flavour of ice cream?
IMC: French Vanilla.
Favourite TV show/movie?
IMC: My current favourtie tv show is True Detective. I was a huge Breaking Bad fan just like everyone else on the planet. And for my movie, let’s say “Ravenous.” The soundtrack in that movie is incredible.
IMC: Call of the Wild by Jack London.
Do you prefer Twitter or Facebook?
IMC: Pass. 😉
Do you prefer dogs or cats?
IMC: Laura and I are dog people, but Mike is a crazy crazy cat person.
I’m a Toronto girl born and raised but have been living in Prince Edward Island and New Brunswick since 2010. Music and writing are my two passions, so what better place for me to be than a writer with Canadian Beats? I have been writing for the blog since May of 2013 and have had so many great experiences because of it. I listen to almost every kind of music but my favourites are pop rock, rock, indie, folk, and any other combinations of them. Concerts are definitely my favourite place to be, especially when you’re right against the barricade and can feel the energy from the band and the crowd, everyone singing the same lyrics and moving to the music. I also have a college degree in Business Administration and hope to one day be able to publish a novel.