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Sean Peori
An emotional, intense journey.
Phillip Hong
March 23, 2010
It's definitely a very special experience when one becomes a musician, and for Sean Peori, it is also an exciting journey that has taken him to quite a few places within this country, working with dedicated people who have been associated with big names such as Randy Bachman, Bob Dylan, and Blue Rodeo.
This is the sort of music that is built to be enjoyed by a wide audience, and it's due to a creativity that is the result of bearing one's soul - and this artist easily shows his identity through musical means.
With plenty of emotions and elements that easily reflect him, Sean makes his tracks an extension of who he is as a person, and this journey is quite pleasurable to hear as a result.
PHIL: You have had an interesting journey in regards to getting into music. What really sparked your interest in this field?
SEAN: Melody and groove, originally anyway. I can remember my parents playing bands like the Doors and The Beatles on vinyl. The way sounds and rhythm made me feel was incredible. Like a giant surge of energy and emotion. I would dance around the room singing along with the songs, it was like a release. Next, in adolescence, it was the attitude and style. It gave me someone to be, an identity. Standing behind the mic on stage with a guitar in hand felt like the right place to be. The audience was my muse and had the opportunity to affect how they felt and thought, I liked that.
Then it was songwriting. I absolutely fell in love with the creative process, the craft of song. It became a mission, a continuing mission, to create great original melodies, arrangements and grooves. My songs caught the attention of Tom Hooper (The Grapes Of Wrath) and Matt Johnson (54-40) when I began to perform on the West Coast.
Their guidance gave me the fuel I needed to keep working as a musician, even though it wasn't paying the bills. I recorded a CD with Tom which sparked the interest of Grammy award winning producer Malcolm Burn (Bob Dylan, Emmy Lou Harris). I ended up recording a new CD at Malcolm's home studio in Kingston, NY. This was great incentive to stay on the path of music.
PHIL: Your music has been described as "beautiful" and full of depth and colour. Would you say that your tracks paint a picture for curious minds?
SEAN: I have always loved music that affects me emotionally. Naturally this has led me to try and create music that takes the listener on a journey or stirs something inside of them. I do believe my music paints a picture for the listener.
PHIL: Tell me about your latest release, "Find Our Place". What should we expect in this vivid creation?
SEAN: You can expect a collection of intense heartfelt songs. I put a lot of my soul into my songwriting and I believe we have captured this on Find Our Place. The album was produced and engineered by Andy Bowmer (Randy Bachman, Harry Manx). Andy was emotionally invested in the project. He loved the songs and really wanted to capture the essence of each one. Also, the musicianship on this album is fantastic.
I had a wonderful collection of musicians and friends contribute to its creation. Caleb Miles on guitar Jon Hemmingway on keys Alex Porter on drums Heather Cameron on accordion and Chris Robison on Bass. The sessions were extremely creative and fun and this really shines through on the CD.
PHIL: You have been to many parts of the country throughout your career. Did all that travelling influence your music?
SEAN: I have been a working musician based in Ontario, British Columbia and Nova Scotia. All of these locations have had a profound affect on my songwriting. I write my songs from a very personal place and the stimuli of new surroundings always contributes to my music. Travelling allows so many fresh experiences into your life. Often these experiences become songs.
PHIL: If you weren't interested in music, what would you be doing instead?
SEAN: Addictions counseling or carpentry. I feel it is important and very rewarding to pass on insight and skills to others. Counseling would allow me to help others while being in an environment I find very interesting. Carpentry gives me an opportunity to be creative and see the results in a relatively short amount of time.
PHIL: Where was the wettest place you have ever performed in?
SEAN: I have been fortunate enough to have fairly decent weather during outdoor performances. Me and my team are still working out the logistics of the underwater show but should have the specs sometime in 2011.
Phillip Hong is a presenter on AMPM, combining some great indie music with quotes and interviews.
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