Countdown to Mud City Meltdown – Interview with Foward Music Group

From July 25 to July 30, Mud City Meltdown takes place in Moncton, NB. The festival showcases some incredible local talent, as well as some national and international acts that are certain to please the crowds. We are happy to be working alongside MCMD to showcase some of the talented bands and artists that will be performing! First up, we had Moncton based The Galpines then indie folk group, Les Hay Babies, Nova Scotia’s Marc à Paul à JosThe Monoxides and Gold City Ashes. Today, we are focused on Forward Music Group! Enjoy!

First off, care to introduce yourself to the Canadian Beats readers?

Hi Canadian Beats readers! We are Forward Music Group, a management company and record label based in Halifax, celebrating 10 years supporting musicians in Eastern and Atlantic Canada.

Mud City Meltdown is back for its third year, how does it feel to be a part of this event?

We’re really happy to be part of this event, especially to present one of our FMG Revues celebrating our 10-year anniversary.

The lineup for Mud City Meltdown is loaded with so much Canadian talent, who are you most excited to check out at the festival?

I always love seeing Les Hôtesses d’Hilaire but their side group, The Squirts, might be who I’m most looking forward to seeing. They blew my mind when I saw them in Saint John for the first time a couple months ago.

For non-locals, Daniel Lanois should be interesting. Last time I saw him, in Montreal at L’Astral, he had Brian Blade on drums and basically performed an improvised dub set so I’m interested to see how his set has progressed.

Les Hay Babies are a favourite around the office, excited to see them live.

While you’re in Moncton, are there any “must see locations” that you hope to check out?

I grew up in Moncton and often get back there. Here’s my usual spots I hit up:

Calactus – Vegetarian food so good that you don’t even think about the fact it’s vegetarian
Taj Mahal – Best Indian food in the Maritimes

Parlee beach – 20mins from the city and a big lovely beach with warm waters and incredible sandbars

Spin-It has a pretty large selection of both new and used while also stocking a ton of vintage games, comics, movies, and basically any other collectable you’d want.

Are you performing at any other festivals this summer that you’d like to tell us about?

We also have a Forward Music Revue happening at the National Arts Centre in Ottawa in October and are planning a few other similar events throughout the fall. Details to come.

If someone has yet to see you live, how would you describe your live show?

We try to curate an interesting and relaxing environment.

When you head out on tour or in this case for festival season, what 3 things must you make sure you pack?

Aside from the necessities for a show, I always bring a refillable water bottle, swim trunks, and a camera.

Here at Canadian Beats, we’re all about Canadian talent, who are some of your favourite Canadian bands/artists?

Although we don’t like to play favourites, here’s some Canadian albums we’ve been really digging lately:

Jon McKiel – Memorial Ten Count
Not You – Misty
Bernice – Puff
You’ll Never Get To Heaven – Images
Leif Vollebekk – Twin Solitude

What’s up next for you?

Over the next few weeks we’re:
– releasing an EP of compositions for modern dance from NB-born, Toronto-based percussionist Greg Harrison through our sister label Backward Music
– prepping for the vinyl release of Gianna Lauren’s ‘M o v i n g P a r t s’
– presenting Jay Crocker’s BIBELOT sound-art installation at Charlottetown’s ‘Art In The Open’ event
– finishing work on JOYFULTALK European dates in September

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