Interview – My Man

By: Remington Fioraso

My Man is an indie-rock band from Toronto, Ontario.  Their first release was “Foul Brood”, an EP in 2012.  In 2013, they released their second studio effort, “65 Songs.”  From the album comes My Man’s recently released music video for “Pittsburg, PA.” They are set to play Montreal’s Pouzza Festival on May 17 and Florida’s The Fest in October.   I had the chance to ask Rachael a few questions via an email interview, and now here it is!

How did My Man form?

MM: Jacob and I have been friends for years and grew up together in the Niagara music community. We had been talking about jamming for years, and when we finally did it was super fun. I lived in Toronto at the time, and he lived in Guelph. We decided to put out a demo, so we spent every single weekend of about 4 months hanging out at The Hive in Toronto and recording. We’ve had a bunch of lineup changes, but we couldn’t be happier with where we’re at right now.

Who are your influences musically?

MM: I think if you asked each of us who our influences were, you’d get totally different answers. I guess our primary influences are bands like Tigers Jaw, Lemuria, and Slingshot Dakota. I have been a fan of The Ergs! since high school, and having the opportunity to tour with Mikey Erg really influenced all of us, a lot, I’d say. Hearing his songs live every night for two weeks was probably the best thing to happen to us, as a band.

What does the typical My Man songwriting process look like?

MM: Jacob is an incredibly songwriter. For the demo and EP, we’ve put all our trust in him to do the majority of the songwriting.  But we’ve talked about everyone else taking a swing at it for the full length. We recently acquired a new jam space which will give us a lot more time to sit down and see if we can write collectively. I think that will be really cool.

I really enjoyed your video for “Pittsburgh, PA”, who came up with the concept for the video?

MM: Matt Landry, who directed it, is a long time friend. You can now see him starring in the new Subway MMVA commerical, which I think is super funny. He and his team, Marianna, Alanna, and Andra worked really hard on this video for months. I’ve loved just about everything Matt has ever done on stage, behind, and in front of a camera, so we gave him complete control. We’re all so, so happy with it. I think I cry every time I watch it.

What has been the reception for the “Pittsburgh, PA” video so far?

MM: Everyone seems to love it. I’ve listened to and played the song probably 1,000 or more times, but while watching the video for the first time, it felt like a completely different song to me. Even though it isn’t a new tune for anyone who is familiar with our music, I hope people experience what I did while watching it for the first time.

How was the filming experience for you?

MM: Unfortunately we weren’t there. Shots took place in Toronto, where Matt and I both live now, and Niagara, where Matt and I both grew up. I wish I could have been a part of it.

Being a Canadian group, how does it feel to play in the US?

MM: It’s always so incredible. We mostly played basements and DIY spaces on our last U.S. tour/ In those sort of environments, no matter who you are or what you sound like, if you’re from out of town, people are gonna be psyched and treat you really, really well. It’s a blast, it’s hard to explain. But we love it and wanna do it as much as possible.

On top of playing The Fest, what are you looking forward to doing in Florida?

MM: Eating at Lupita’s in West Palm Beach and hopefully getting to play Panama City. Florida is awesome. It’s such a big state, and I feel like we never have enough time there. I would love to spend 2 weeks just playing strictly in Florida sometime.

As Canadian Beats is all about Canadian artists, who are your favourites?

MM: I could list a million so instead I’ll just list one: The Weakerthans,

Now, some “fun” questions to help fans get to know you a bit more..

Favourite movie?

MM: Annie Hall.

Favourite foods?

MM: White bread? Anything that is absolutely going to ruin my body.

Favourite season?

MM: Spring. But real spring, not whatever this is.

Favourite venue to play at?

MM: In Toronto? On May 12th, we’ll be playing Toronto’s newest venue S.H.I.B.G.Bs <http://S.H.I.B.G.Bs>  and I have a feeling it’ll become a favourite.

Favourite song at the moment?

MM: I’ve recently revisited and been obsessed with Superchunk’s record No Pocky For Kitty. The whole record is just so good.

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

MM: Thank you for enduring my answers, I hope I’m not super boring! Come see us play and hang out with us sometime!

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