This week’s episodes from The Capital Project featured interviews and performances with Marian, Levi Rowan and Matt Comeau.
Spotlight Series – Marian
Marian is a Fredericton-based rock band fronted by musician and audio engineer Dylan Ward. The band consists of all but one member of David in the Dark, who together create the perfect foundation for Ward’s catchy songwriting. In this new addition to the Spotlight Series, we get to hear the band perform their song Same Town, and basically get schooled on infectious hooks and melody. There’s also an interview component where Ward describes his grandmother’s interest in his musical pursuits and the band’s connection to her. All around charming.
Personal History – Levi Rowan Pt. 2
In this, the second part of a two-part look at hip hop artist Levi Rowan, this video features interviews with Levi’s parents who explain their first impressions of Rowan’s growing interest in rap music and how they came to appreciate the genre through their son’s work. We also get to see Rowan recording vocal tracks in the back seat of his parent’s pickup truck and learn the backstory behind the cover art of his EP, Nude Beach.
Probably the biggest takeaway from this post is the interest and involvement Rowan’s parents have and share in supporting their son. Again, charming to the max.
Spotlight Series – Matt Comeau
Matt talks about his musical upbringing and how his parent’s love of music influenced him as a child growing up. A member of the Elsipogtog First Nation, Matt describes his songwriting as storytelling. “There’s a lot of bad that goes on in First Nations communities, but there’s a lot of beautiful things too,” he said. “I strive to try and share both.” This episode includes a great solo performance filmed on stage in UNB’s Memorial Hall.