Interview – These Raven Skies

By: Tara Thompson

These Raven Skies are a rock band from Calgary who just finished up working with Jeff Martin of The Tea Party. We had a chance to ask them a few questions about that experience and more.

You gave your demo to Jeff Martin’s opening act and it ended up in his hands. What was the feeling when you got that initial email from him?

I was ecstatic and nervous at the same time. The guys and I knew that the opportunity to work with Jeff Martin would be a career defining moment. That email kicked off song-writing sessions for what would ultimately become our debut album!

What was it like working with someone with that kind of background and knowledge in the music industry?

It was very insightful and extremely focused. We have tremendous respect for Jeff and his work with The Tea Party and various solo projects. We felt a little intimidated by his stature in the music industry at first, but those feelings were quickly set aside once we sat down to work. It was a fun collaboration!

What can fans expect from the new album?

Early reviews in the USA and Germany have compared the album to Led Zeppelin I which is a fair comparison stylistically. There’s something for everyone from metal to folk to blue and world music! If you’re familiar with the music of The Tea Party, Led Zeppelin and Soundgarden (Superunknown), you’ll get where we’re coming from.

What song from the album are you most proud of and why?

The Garden was a defining moment. It was the least developed of all the songs we took into our recording sessions and it came out with a level of layering / depth that was unexpected. The Garden has all of the album elements rolled into one song. The acoustic elements, hard rock and world music are all in there.

Do you have any future tour plans?

We’re appearing on the main stage of the Rockstar Energy Drink UPROAR Festival with Godsmack, Seether and Buckcherry in the USA this summer. We’ll be taking part of 25 of those dates, before heading back to Canada for some more touring. Stay tuned!

Who would you like to collaborate with in the future?

We’d like to work with Jeff Martin again without question. A guest appearance from Jimmy Page might be cool too?

Since we’re all about Canadian bands, who are your favorite bands/artists from Canada?

The Tea Party – they’re about to drop an AMAZING new album so make sure you check it out.

Our label mates on Blackstream Records represent some serious emerging Canadian talent. Old school I Mother Earth and pretty much anything The Trews release is cool too!

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