By: Jenna Melanson
Friday is the big day, the start of the Cavendish Beach Music Festival in PEI. We were fortunate enough to score a series of interviews with some of the Canadian talent, so now Canadian Beats presents our Countdown to Cavendish Beach Music Festival. So far in our countdown we have featured Livy Jeanne, Jason Benoit, The Bros Landreth and Jess Mosklauke.
Today, we are featuring La Crete, AB based country duo, High Valley. The duo is made up of brothers, Curtis & Brad Rempel, and have gained quite the following of fans through their time as a band. We were able to ask the guys a few questions, and now’s your chance to read what they had to say!
When did you decide you wanted to pursue music as a career path?
We had been doing music as a summer only gig for a few years and in January of 2007 when I (Curtis) was in 10th grade and Brad had been working as a car salesman for a number of years we deciding to attempt music full time. Brad quit his job and I took my schoolwork on the road and we did it! Never looked back!
Who have been your biggest musical influences throughout the years?
Probably Ricky Skaggs and Diamond Rio.
As a country artist, the Cavendish Beach Music Festival is a pretty big deal, how does it feel to play this festival?
Playing CBMF is unreal! We are so excited to be a part of one of the biggest country music celebrations in the world! Plus, PEI is just beautiful!
How would you explain one of your live shows to someone that has yet to see you in concert?
Our live show features a lot of bluegrass infused pop with a ton of Northern Canadian energy! If your lucky I may just balance a banjo on my face.
What’s your favourite song to perform live?
‘Make You Mine’! I just love the song. So energetic and rootsy!
There are a ton of great performers at this year’s Cavendish Beach Music Festival, are there any specific performances you are excited for?
I’m excited to see Keith Urban. I’ve always been a huge fan! He’s just crazy talented!
Are you performing at any other festivals throughout the summer?
We are performing at several throughout the summer including Boots and Hearts.
If you were asked to give a rising Country artist some advice, what would that advice be?
Only sing about what matters to you and do everything in your power to show your fans how much you love them!
One thing that is a major marketing innovation these days is social media, making it possible for artists to connect with their fans by a simple touch of the keyboard. Do you feel this is a vital tool that all artists should partake in?
Yes for sure! It’s such a great tool for connecting with your fans! Every artist should be engaged with their fans through multiple social networks.
What’s up next for you?
Most weekends this summer we are playing at festivals, fairs, and rodeos.
Is there anything you’d like to say to your fans?
Answer: Thanks so much for supporting our latest album “County Line” and requesting our songs at radio! Your support means the world to us!
I’m Jenna, and I am the founder and editor of Canadian Beats. I have had a strong love for Canadian music, which started many years ago. I have a passion for promoting these talented Canadian bands and artists, and that’s how Canadian Beats came to be. I am so proud of what it has become over the last few years, with many talented music lovers and writers coming together to spread the word of Canada’s music.