Interview – CMAO New Faces Showcase West with Buck Twenty

Canadian Beats had the chance to interview the six artists performing at the CMAO New Faces Showcase West, on Saturday March 19, 2016. The event was held at The Bull & Barrel Urban Saloon in London, Ontario. This is the final part of a 6-part series, featuring each artist. All were asked the same set of questions. It is interesting to see the diversity in their answers.

Today we chat with Buck Twenty. Not only were they the only band on the bill, they were also the only males showcased. These men had great energy on stage and, you could tell, they were having a blasting being there.

Buck Twenty

Buck Twenty

Please tell us about yourself for anyone who hasn’t heard your music or know who you are.

We are Buck Twenty, a 3-piece Country band from Windsor, Ontario. We are a group that loves to perform and have a great time on stage. We take pride in our musical performances and love to showcase our harmonies whenever we can. We love to make music that is upbeat, fun and that has a “Summer not bummer” feel.

What do you feel sets your music apart from other artists in the same genre?

Something that we find that sets us apart from other groups would be our harmonies. We love to sing in harmony and we add 3-part harmonies whenever we can. We feel like it brings us closer together and it brings a much warmer/larger sound to our vocals when we sing.

Aidan Johnson-Bujold

Aidan Johnson-Bujold

Do you have any Canadian artists that you draw inspiration from when creating your music?

To pick one artist would be very difficult. There are so many great Canadian acts and bands that we really respect and that are truly amazing. We love music from Brett Kissel, High Valley, Dallas Smith and Jess Moskaluke, but there are so many more that we draw inspiration from when we are writing music.

What song, that you perform, best shows us who you are? Why?

We love playing “Here’s to The Night”. It’s got an upbeat, powerful feel that the crowd really gets into.

As a relatively new artist to the scene, what do you see as the future of Canadian Country Music?

We see Canadian country continuing to grow and become the biggest genre in Canada. The massive support of country fans is unparalleled in other genres in Canada.

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Brandon Lefrancois

What was it like to get the call from the CMAO to perform in London at the New Faces Showcase West?

We were very honoured to be asked to share the stage with so many notable acts. It’s nice to get the nod from the CMAO. We definitely agree it is a big step in the right direction.

What is ahead for you for the rest of 2016?

We have a new single being released very soon called “Here’s To The Night” so stay tuned for that. We will also be performing on CBC’s Easter Seals Telethon April 10th. We are very excited for what 2016 has in store for us.

When you are not performing, rehearsing or recording, what do you like to do for fun?

We each have our own interests, but for the most part when we like to do things we usually do them together. We hang out, have a few beers and just relax with friends. There is nothing nicer than a good time with your closest friends.

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Mike Ure

Some musicians name their instruments; please tell us what you play and if you have a special name for your instrument(s)? Is there a story behind the name?

The only person in the band that names his instruments is Aidan. He names all of his guitars. His Les Paul is Emma, after the beautiful Emma Watson. His Fender Telecaster is Charlize, because she is fiery and fierce and his acoustic is named Sonia.

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