Five Questions With Nightshifts

Nightshifts is a young, upcoming producer from Toronto. He has just released his second single, “Karma”, which you can hear below. Here are some thoughts that Andrew shared on the track,

“Karma was written two years ago, at a time when all my friends and I were very unsure and worried about our career paths and what we would do with our lives. I wrote the song to try and calm our nerves; to say it’s ok not to know, let’s just enjoy the ride. Karma was co-produced by Matthew Vlahovich of Young Empires, and mixed by Michael Kiere (Dirty Nil, Young Galaxy).”

Find out more about Nightshifts in our newest segment of Five Questions With.

Care to introduce yourself to our readers?

My name is Andrew Oliver, aka Nightshifts, from Toronto, Canada. I spend most of my nights recording guitars, synths, and drum machines in my bedroom. During the day, I play guitar for indie-folk band Wild Rivers. I like dogs, guacamole, and vinyl, in no particular order.

Tell us a bit about your music and writing style.

I tend to write love songs with pop melodies, psychedelic textures, and funky grooves. I usually write and record all the parts myself, which allows me to create little sonic universes. My lyrical content is generally inspired by my friends and relationships.

Do you have any upcoming shows? For someone who has yet to see you live, how would you explain your live performance?

No shows planned right now. I am touring heavily with Wild Rivers in the new year. Nightshifts will exist only online for the meantime. But when it happens, it will be an epic audiovisual experience. Many fog machines, that’s all I can say.

If you were asked to suggest only one of your songs for someone to hear, which would it be?

I would suggest my first release as Nightshifts, “All Along”. I wrote it the first week I moved into my place, before I had any furniture. I sat on the floor in my empty room and wrote/recorded the whole song in a couple days. It was probably the easiest song I’ve ever written, just came out of me without any thought.

Canadian Beats is all about Canadian music, so who are your current favourite Canadian bands/ artists?

We are so lucky to have so much good Canadian music right now. My top 3: Andy Shauf, Bahamas, Leif Vollebekk.

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