We spoke with Adam, creator of Venus Syndrome, about his entry into the CBC Spotlight contest this year and this thoughts on the contest.
Hammer Records: Is this the first time you’ve entered into the CBC Spotlight Contest?
entered my song 'Mistakes' from an independently released album called
'Songs From the Ending Road' in 2015. That was my first Searchlight
Hammer Records: Which of the prizes are you most excited about?
all of the prizes sound amazing - notably the support they would
provide to the winners' music careers and aspirations - I'd have to say
the commission of
a new song at the Banff Centre would have to the the highlight for me.
The creative process is something I really enjoy.
Hammer Records: How would you describe your music to a brand new listener?
music sounds a bit 'retro', sort of 70s-ish, perhaps due to my
preference for piano-based writing, which is still a bit unusual today.
I also have a pretty
organic sound inspired by straight use of the guitar/piano, bass/drums
mix, with occasional leads. Perhaps organic, retro indie pop/rock.
That's a mouthful, though. Needs tweaking.
Hammer Records: What made you pick the piece of music/video to enter?
wrote the song 'Closing That Prison Down' when the closure of the
maximum-security prison Kingston Penitentiary was announced. KP looms
large in Kingston's story,
and is a part of the town, like an elephant in our collective room. I
wrote it after taking one of the first rare tours a few years ago, and
it stuck with me.
Hammer Records: If you could send a message to the judges, what would it be?
hope you like songs that tell stories, and try to resonate with
communities by connecting people through shared stories. As a
songwriter, after having written
a rare song that I feel achieves this, I feel like I've written
something special that needs to be shared. I hope you agree!
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