Ontario’s Ten Kills The Pack is the project from Sean Sroka. Having released his newest single, “When I Say You Are Killing Me” on January 25, we had to catch up with the artist for a segment of Five Questions With. Check out the single below, and if you like what you hear, stay tuned as he will be releasing his forthcoming album, Force Majeure on May 3, 2019!
Care to introduce yourself to our readers?
My name is Sean Sroka. I’m a song and poetry writer, living in Toronto. Walking with headphones when trying to finish an idea for a song is one of my favourite moments. I’m pretty aware and conscious of our environment, how we treat it and like to remind people about it. I like to cook. Also, love food. And I hate when people don’t signal before they actually turn or change lanes and just do it while they turn or change lanes.
Tell us a bit about your music and writing style.
The content of the music right now, I feel, embodies a place of honesty, social observation and self-reflection. The longing to feel satisfied and complete is definitely a theme while also nodding at how great moments leave us more quickly than we can acknowledge or appreciate them.
The feeling and tone definitely expresses a more sombre tone but always with those kinds of messages encompassed. I think there’s a bit of truth in it for everyone as I write with not only myself in mind but without thinking, the kind of ‘era of person’ that’s around me.
Do you have any upcoming shows? For someone who has yet to see you live, how would you explain your live performance?
The live performance kind of varies. I really like creating moments for each song and what it’s saying. And moments for the audience in a certain space. With that, some shows are just myself and the guitar, telling you stories, expressing these songs. And depending on the space, other shows will have myself alongside a baritone sax, violin, and trumpet that really animate some of these pieces.
If you were asked to suggest only one of your songs for someone to hear, which would it be?
I’d say the song ‘Barcelona’. It’s a very honest piece and one I didn’t think too hard about- so it feels natural somehow. The song was recorded with one mic in only one take and was intended as a demo. Something was captured with it where the guitar and vocal balance was in a great spot and the take isn’t exactly perfect, so it feels in the moment.
Hope you enjoy!
Canadian Beats is all about Canadian music, so who are your current favourite Canadian bands/ artists?
PUP, Hey Rosetta, Wintersleep, Hannah Georgas, The Elwins, and… Drake (I somehow listen to a lot of his earlier albums haha).
I’m Jenna, and I am the founder and editor of Canadian Beats. I have had a strong love for Canadian music, which started many years ago. I have a passion for promoting these talented Canadian bands and artists, and that’s how Canadian Beats came to be. I am so proud of what it has become over the last few years, with many talented music lovers and writers coming together to spread the word of Canada’s music.