Countdown to 2018 ECMAs – Interview with Ian Janes

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ECMA 2018 takes place from May 2-6 in Halifax, NS. With so many talented East Coast artists up for awards, we knew we had to chat with some of them in anticipation of the big event! Every week from now until May 4, we will be chatting with a nominee. First, we spoke with the progressive metal band, Tactus and then Clare, Nova Scotia-born, Jacques Jacobus, Christian rock band, Rekoncyle, St. John’s based Earle and Coffin, Halifax based artist, Nicole Ariana, New Brunswick’s own, Tomato/Tomato, and last week, Nova Scotia’s Makayla Lynn.

Now, let’s focus on Dartmouth, Nova Scotia-based singer-songwriter, producer & musician, Ian Janes. Ian is nominated for Pop Recording of the Year at the 2018 ECMAs for Yes Man.

Take some time to check out the live acoustic video for his single, “Used” below, and find out more about this talented Nova Scotian artist in our interview.

First off, care to introduce yourself to our readers?

My name is Ian Janes. I’m a singer, songwriter, musician and producer originally from Hantsport (Annapolis Valley of Nova Scotia) now living in Dartmouth.

You are nominated for the East Coast Music Awards this year, what was your reaction when you found out you were nominated?

It’s always gratifying to be recognized by your own community for all of the work that goes into making a record and being an artist

Is this your first nomination?

No, it’s actually my 6th!

What are you most looking forward to at 2018 ECMAs in Halifax this May?

There’s always a great buzz in the host city that weekend. Looking forward to seeing old industry friends and meeting new folks from around the world to introduce to my music (and my city)

Do you have any memorable stories from previous ECMAs?

MANY! My first time participating was in 1999 in St Johns, NFLD. SUCH a great time!

Will you be performing anywhere that you can tell us about during the 2018 East Coast Music Awards, Festival & Conference?

Friday, May 4th-8: 00 pm Universal Music Canada Pop/Rock Stage @ The Marquee Ballroom

Saturday, May 5th-6: 00 pm Songbird North @ The Schooner Room-Casino NS

If someone has yet to catch you live, what can be expected from your live performance?

If it’s a band show; deep grooves with gritty guitar and soulful harmony vocals.

If it’s a solo show; insight into my writing process and collaborations, acoustic guitar and soulful vocals.

You are nominated up against many talented East Coast artists, who are you looking forward to checking out in Halifax?

Hmmmm. So many good options. Universal Soul, Catherine Maclellan, The Mike Bochoff band….I could go on

If you were asked to give an up-and-comer some advice, what would that advice be?

Go to the panels and listen to the speakers. Introduce yourself and ask questions. Then when you see them out that night they’ll remember you. Stay hydrated and don’t forget to eat.

Speaking of up-and-coming East Coast artists, we are always happy to find new artists to check out, can you recommend any up-and-comers for us to check out?

Hmmm…Between running my career and raising my young family I don’t go out as much as I’d like to. Can you ask me after the ECMAs?!

Now’s your chance to plug your new music, tours or anything else, what do you have going on this year?

I have some shows over the next few weekends before the ECMAs, going to Nashville to write in June, then out to BC for a few shows, festivals in the summer, then somewhere in there I have to find time to make a record to put out this fall (show details at

I’m also one of 9 national finalists in Sirius XM’s “Top of the Country” competition. The 3 regional finalists will be decided by online voting from May 17 to June 6. Keep your eyes open and give me vote if you don’t mind!

Last but not least, is there anything you’d like to say to your fans?

Thanks for your support over the past year or so! There’s more music than ever available to listen to and I appreciate the time you’ve given mine!

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