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Mario's Interview of the Month with Emm Gryner
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Juno nominated Singer/Songwriter Emm Gryner will soon join Jann Arden on a cross-Canada tour which starts in Kelowna B.C. on January 8th and already includes four sold out nights at Toronto’s Massey hall. Her latest release is an excellent DVD entitled Videochrome which includes several videos, audio commentary from Emm, as well as a couple of really cool solo performances from her home studio. Having visited our Godin offices recently in search of a new guitar, we decided to ask Emm a couple of questions.

Your last CD Asianblue is very cool, the songs really go together and are unique at the same time. Thanks, we used a couple of different producers in different studios and worked hard at making the CD sound seamless.

Will your new album be recorded in the same way? I think every album is a reaction to the one before. Whatever you liked or didn’t like about the last record influences your new one. There will probably be more acoustic drums and less loops on the next one. I just try and write songs without ego, I get excited by lyrics and like to get my songs out there.

You wear a lot of different hats, songwriter, singer, producer and you also run your own label, Dead Daisy Records. What does a typical day consist of for you? Lots of phone calls. It gets a little crowded, running a label instead of writing songs, you definitely have to set aside time to write. You have to learn to listen to yourself so that when you do get a feel or idea for a song you can stop what you’re doing and write. I do get help with the day-to-day tasks involved with running a label. We have four girls who help a great deal.

What's your view on downloading music? Most of my fans who download my music end up buying a CD or coming to a show. A lot of people have found out about my music through downloads and the internet. I support it, even though it's made it difficult for major labels, who are the ones who traditionally have made the bulk of the money from record sales.

You’ve been playing a Seagull for quite sometime and recently have been using a Multiac. I think the Multiac sounds great, it really is the best of both acoustic and electric worlds. As for the Seagull, I bought it about seven years ago at a local shop, I remember trying a lot of guitars but kept going back to the Seagull. I still like the sound and haven’t found anything else I like as much.

What’s the thing you like most about being a fulltime musician? I think the luxury of being able to do what I want to do. If I have a show, I do it without worrying if I can take time off work or anything like that.

Any tips you’d like to offer to aspiring musicians trying to pursue music full-time? Put everything you have into it and try to sift out the useless criticism from people who actually care and have something valid to say. Move to a major city and play clubs a lot.

*Mario Biferali is a Product Specialist at Godin Guitars.




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