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Lofiles is a music and mp3 blog contains a collection of songs I love. MP3s are for sampling purposes only. If you like the music as much as I do, please go out and buy the records! .If you have a complaint about the ownership of a track, please contact me directly and I will be happy to take it down ASAP.
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The Octoberman Lofiles interview

Q: When did you decide that you wanted to become a musician? What`s your musical background, training? Did you grow up in a musical home?

A:I began taking music seriously after starting a band in Vancouver called Kids These Days back in 2002. It was the first time I got the touring bug. My parents were never really musical but my older brother Mike made me want to learn the guitar. We’ve written a lot of songs together over the years…

Q: Did you quit your day job yet?

A:I quit one day job three years ago and now do a series of crappy dayjobs between tours.

Q: What are you first and foremost – a story teller, songwriter, musician, or all of the above?

A:When I’m writing a song, the words usually fit the music, not vice versa. And I can’t read or write music, so I guess that makes me a songwriter first and foremost…

Q: I see that you have a long list of collaborators, contributors, and west to east coast members working with you. How did you go about recording your last venture?

A:We recorded it in two different 3 day sessions. One of the sessions was in Ottawa and one was in Portland. Both were recorded 95% live off of the floor with my talented friends.

Q: What is the story behind the title of your last project ‘Fortresses’?

A:It’s the name of a song that didn’t make it on the album. That song is about the first time I stayed and played a few shows in various Dutch Squats. As an album title it kinda symbolizes how these songs helped keep me strong through a difficult period of my life.

Q: When and how did Octoberman come about? Is it something with the October man sequence?

A:It was the name of a song I wrote back in 1999 about a shady landlord I had who refused to turn the heat on in the winter or the air conditioning in the summer. I dubbed him Octoberman because that was the only time of year that my apartment was comfortable, temperature-wise.

Q: What is the story behind ‘Sugartune’, the Sloan cover, why is it not mastered? Are you planning to release this one? It’s one of our favorites.

A:We recorded it for a Sloan tribute album. We are planning to do a digital-only release of a covers ep. So far we have two songs done (Sloan and Bruce Springsteen).

Q: I saw a video of your performance on Toromag; I think you were playing ‘I Was Wrong’. What is the story behind this song?

A:It’s a very literal break-up song.

Q: I think one of my favorite songs of yours is ‘Run from Safety’. Does it have anything to do with your extensive traveling? The Hammond organ in the background and the faint female background vocal in the chorus, the pedal steel are all great.

A:It has less to do with traveling than it does with my decision to pursue music.

Q: I keep thinking about Joey Burns and Wilco when I hear your songs. Can you relate to them – you know, the musical direction, instrumentation, those wonderful trumpet parts, brushes, organ pads, and pedal steel.

A:I’ve been a Wilco fan since Being There. I haven’t listened to much Calexico but I’ve heard that comparison before.

Q: I believe Lary Crane and Dave Draves work on Fortresses with you.

A:Larry Crane was Elliott Smith’s close friend (he runs his estate) and he’s recorded with Stephen Malkmus, Cat Power, and Sleater Kinney. Dave is an awesome fellow with great ears. Both studios provided analog recording, which was a big part of the decision to record there.

Q: Who are your favorite artists and influences – the ones that you admire?

A:I admire Woody Guthrie. I’ve definitely been influenced by Dylan, Malkmus, Sparklehorse, Neil Young, and Lou Reed. I also really enjoy hip hop (DOOM, De La Soul) but it doesn’t really show in my own music!

Q: What are you listening to these days? Is it mainly folk, singer songwriter type material?

A:My favourite album from last year was by Bill Calahan, “Sometimes I Wish We Were An Eagle”. It gives me shivers.

Q: Did Jeffery Lee produce the artwork for your site?

A:Yes, he did. He’s a talented dude. He has a cool band called Hard Drugs.

Q: If you are passing by our somewhat Holy Land, we would love to see you play a gig here in Tel Aviv. If you’ve never been here, you`d be surprised – it is very different from what one would expect the Middle East to be.

A:I would be honoured. Thank you so much for the invite. I hope it happens one day.

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