Just four weeks to go until Krank’d Up 2017, where Intervals, who are known for their collision of ferocious, technical brilliance and graceful landscapes will be setting foot for the first time on the South African stage. We chatted to Canadian guitar maestro Aaron Marshall about his band’s upcoming visit to our shores.
Hi Aaron, thanks for taking the time to chat to us
You’ve toured with Protest the Hero, who have graced our shores twice before. Have you checked in with them on what to expect from our crazy fans?
I have! The Protest boys are really good friends of mine. They have told me nothing but great things and that they thoroughly enjoyed their time over there!
There seem to be a lot of great artists coming out of Canada (except for that one *cough cough*) 😉 Is there something in the water that is giving the world such aural pleasure?
Canada has always had quality standards for music. There’s definitely a really strong internal market for music here, but it’s also not the easiest to break out of and rise beyond, so I think the really special ones garner that reputation for the music scene here.
I’m so hyped to come play for you guys! Never in a million years did I think making music with my guitar would bring me across the planet to experience your country and culture. I seriously can’t wait
How did the song writing process change when you switched to an instrumental band?
My first two releases were instrumental, prior to AVW, which is the only record in the catalogue with a vocalist. The answer is actually inverse, more so, in the sense that my song writing shifted a little while making AVW, but not my much. I’ve always composed in a way that leaves room for the hook, so in AVW’s case, it was more so about laying back and letting the vocal occupy that space, with the lead guitar as more of an interactive and supportive role. All good fun and I’m super proud of that record but my passion lies in what Intervals is built on and continues to push forward and explore, which is the music first and foremost.
How do you setup the instrument arrangement, and how does the band come together to create the sound when preparing for live performances?
I’ve always composed everything from the ground up. Compositions will begin with me working through all of the instrumentation in a given song, and it isn’t until after everything is recorded, that the live band comes together and works it all out for the live show.
You guys can expect a super fun, high energy performance! I truly feel like the music comes to life on the stage in a way that is unique to the record
Your music videos tend to bring through cuts from live performances, and lots of happy fans. What can the SA crowd expect from your performance here at Krank’d Up?
That’s the vibe! You guys can expect a super fun, high energy performance! I truly feel like the music comes to life on the stage in a way that is unique to the record.
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Are you active on any social platforms?
Intervals is pretty much born of the internet, haha! You can find me everywhere. Facebook, Instagram, Youtube, Twitter, etc…
Where can fans, new and old, get your albums?
Everywhere music is consumed! Bandcamp, iTunes, Apple Music, Spotify, and every other digital retailer. I also stock physicals through my online merch distribution platforms.
Lastly, please can you give a shout-out to your Saffa fans who are so excited about getting so see Intervals!
Absolutely! I’m so hyped to come play for you guys! Never in a million years did I think making music with my guitar would bring me across the planet to experience your country and culture. I seriously can’t wait. See you guys soon!
KRANK’D UP 2017
KRANK’D UP will be held at Sundowners, Alberton, on 30 September 2017.
Tickets are on sale nationwide through www.computicket.com, as well as at Computicket outlets and Checkers stores for at R500.