Interview – Jodi Pederson

By: Heather Young

Independent Canadian singer/song writer Jodi Pederson is preparing to release her new single “Wild”. Jodi was the winner of the 2010 We are Listening Song Writer award and has toured Canada and Australia. Jodi’s voice is incredible and really pulls you in. Here at Canadian Beats we were super excited when she took the time to chat with us. Check out what she had to say below.

What inspired you to get into music and turn it into a career? 

I have always been inspired by music. I caught the music bug at a young age, listening to my mom and dads record collection. I began writing lyrics at seventeen and soon began singing at open mics and family jams. I hadn’t really considered taking music to a professional level until I was discovered by the head of a publishing company in Toronto, while jamming with my family in a small town in Saskatchewan. After moving to Toronto to record the album I thought well, I guess I’d better do something with this. I’d always loved music and had a passion for it, but hadn’t been aware that it was something that I wanted to pursue until an amazing opportunity came from no where. I am incredibly grateful that I was discovered, as it has lead me down an amazing path as an aspiring artist, and made me realize just how much I love music.

Tell us about your writing process, where do you get your inspiration? 

I have no exact formula when it comes to songwriting. Most of the time it is an outlet for my emotions, and can happen at any given hour of the day. I find that the best songwriting comes from a place of complete vulnerability and raw emotion. if I am upset or feel strongly about something, I write it down and somehow it just spills into lyrics. Sometimes I go back and re-write things to make them more poetically fluent, or just work on the song structure or hook, but for the most part, it’s just a spilling of the guts.

You have toured Canada and Australia, what is your favourite and least favourite thing about touring? 

I love touring. I’m like a puppy in a car, holding my head out the window with an enormous grin on my face, hair flying in the wind. I also love pajamas, which is what I wear most of the time while in the car, so it’s really a place of comfort. Travelling to new places is exciting and terrifying. Having to be at a venue at a specific time in a town or city you’ve never been before can at times be a little stressful, but that my friends is part of the adventure! I’d have to say that my least favourite part about touring is the “Dutch Oven”. Having toured with a bunch of dudes, I have experienced a variety of smells. 60% of the time it works every time? No my friends. It kills me every time. I will always be baffled at the hilarity men find in torturing women with their passing of gas….

What do you think sets you apart from other female artists out there right now? 

I feel that I have created a very unique sound. This being the combination of my voice, production, songwriting and overall style. I always aspire to bring something new to the table.

You are getting set to release your new single “Wild”, what is next in the world of Jodi Pederson? 

My story is only beginning. For years I have worked on creating my new sound and style, and it is finally ready to be released. Following the release of my new single will be a music video (directed by Melanie Jones and Alex Cichon) and series live performances. I am working towards releasing a full album or EP summer 2016 as well as have some other exciting releases for 2016 with talented producer/DJ. There are many exciting opportunities on the horizon that I cannot wait to share! Much more music, music videos, blogs, v-logs, custom merch and live performances to come!

What advice would you give struggling artists out there wanting to make a career out of music? 

Find yourself a sugar Daddy Warbucks. Ha-ha! Just kidding, although that would help. But seriously, find yourself a community of artists to share the struggle with you, to lean on, to create with, and relate with. It’s an incredibly difficult road for those without the financial means and connections, so ground yourself with some good folks to keep you motivated and positive. If you really love it, don’t give up. Do it for the love music, not for the wealth that could come from it, because it’s pretty much like winning the lottery. You have to believe in yourself and be your biggest force. No one will do all of the work for you, so dust off your work overalls and be prepared to get your hands dirty. Educate yourself on as much as you can, and remember to make lists, set priorities, and take time for yourself.

Here at Canadian Beats we like to ask a few just for fun questions to help your fans get to know you better, ready!? 
If you weren’t doing music what would you be doing? 

My original plan before being discovered and thrown in to this beautiful fluke, wasn’t really set in stone. I have many loves, so I was considering becoming one of the following: nurse, children’s book writer, artist (painter), or work with autistic children. This may sound plain, but I am incredibly excited to be a wife and mother. I cannot wait to be a mom! However I will also keep music as my career throughout. Just like Queen Bey (Beyonce). What a woman. <heart>

Do you have any hidden talents? 

I have an odd talent/obsession with painting Bob Dylan. I don’t know why, but every time my brush touches the canvass it turns out as Bob. I love Bob.

If you could duet with any canadian artist or group who would it be and why? 

I have a million answers for this! At the moment, I am incredibly excited to work with Luca Fogale. He has one of the most beautiful voices I have ever heard. He is among my favourite male artist voices including Otis Redding and Jeff Buckley. I would have loved to duet with those guys, curse you 27 club! Here’s more on my list: Neil Young, Bed of Stars, Lights, Ark and Ocean, Bryan Adams, Mother Mother, Blue Rodeo, Sarah McLachlan, The Sheepdogs, Alexisonfire, Tegan and Sara, Metric, Sloan -their drummer is such a silver fox! — There are so many more, but that’s my list for now.

What would we find on your go to playlist? 

Lana Del Rey, Florence and the Machine, London Grammar, Otis Redding, Lights, Joni Mitchell, Vampire Weekend, Jeff Buckley, and The Black Keys.

What kinds of things would we find you doing on your days off? 

Days off? What are those?  Ha-ha! I love going on bike rides, impromptu road trips, watching live music, hanging out with my friends and having some of our classic dance parties -and yes, we do a lot of dress up parties. Why? Because we can! I have another side of me that loves alone time. I spend so much of my days working and communicating with people and social media that sometimes I like to make a cup of tea, curl up in my bed and see what’s on Netflix. P.S. My current bedroom is like a dungeon. So dark. It’s amazing. I love it. Yes, I am an odd ball. This is also time for me to work on some songwriting and other co-writing projects.

And last but not least, anything you would like to say to your fans? 

Honestly, I just cannot thank you guys enough. Your support and encouragement means the world to me. Sometimes I get messages from people I’ve never met before who listen to my music and just say the most beautiful things and it makes my day! Without you, I wouldn’t be able to pursue music, so thank you for all of the love. Never be afraid or shy to reach out to me -I love talking and hanging with you guys! You are the best. Love you long time!


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