Alexander Scott: Infidel Interview #26


First off, just want to thank you for participating in this edition of Infidel Interviews. Could you start off by giving a little information about yourselves to the audience? Whatever you feel comfortable with, but name, age, and where you live would be pretty standard? Also what instruments you play / role you have in the band would also be good.

Thank you so much for taking the time to check out our work. We also really appreciate this chance to talk to you about our music. We are a two piece studio band based in Toronto, Canada. Our first album is under way and should be released by the end of 2016. With just the two of us, writing and recording has been really productive. Hard to say what the live set up will be… can’t wait for it though.

How long have you guys been recording for together as a troupe? Did you all know each other from before, meet each other in your local scene, or did you use online methods to connect?

We met and started a band together ten-ish years ago named Junction Box. It was great for a few years and when it ended, the last thing we wanted was to go on line and audition for bands. We started making stuff up in the afternoon about a year ago and quickly realized the two of us have great writing chemistry.

What would you say are your biggest influences when it comes to art and music? Are there any bands that you would say struck you with the chord that inspired you to peruse your current path of musical aspirations?

I think it’s fair to say we have a passionate love for all music. We have favourites, but feel that our music isn’t driven solely by what we like to listen to. We try to be creative and hope our sound is original enough to be considered unique. The foundation of what we do is rooted in our influences but they certainly don’t drive our process.

What would you say would be you short term, and long term, goals for the band? Obviously you have many, but outline or describe some of the one's most important or crucial to you right now as a band?

We really love what we are doing and want to share our music with everyone. We want to get to a point where we feel our music is connecting with people. We will complete three more songs and decide which ones will make the cut for our first album. We love playing live and can’t wait to see how the songs will sound in a band context.

Since you are are a musical collective, I wanna ask, how do you all manage to get together musically, and then continue to stay together on the same page? Has it been a journey of compromise or do you find that you work together fluidly? Would you say there has been any major obstacles working together?

We are insanely lucky. That is really the only way we can put it. Anyone who has ever worked with a group of musicians certainly knows how fragile a situation that can be. We work together very fluidly with a completely open discussion at all times as to what we want to do and then let it to go and see what happens. It’s a situation we had always hoped to be in. No drama.

Would you say that your choice to pursue music has changed your life since you started? Would you say that creativity has evolved you spiritually, emotionally, or logically?

We equate the choice to pursue music with becoming devoutly religious. So if music is our religion, creativity through music has made the world a much more comfortable place.How bout giving one strange or interesting insight about each member of the band to our audience?

Alexander Scott (1920–1989) was the Scottish poet, playwright and scholar born in Aberdeen. He wrote poetry in both Scots and Scottish English and well as plays, literary reviews and critical studies of literature. He was latterly a tutor and reader of Scottish literature at the University of Glasgow, where he was instrumental in the struggle to create the first