Hailing from Delta BC, the Westwinds will be bringing their brand of Folk, roots and soul to the Roxy stage for the annual Roxy Launch Project. We had a quick chat with them about their upcoming performance.
Hammer Records: What made you enter the Roxy Launch Project?
Westwinds: We're poor kids with an expensive hobby. Not only will this competition be a great experience but a chance to record and produce a single of our own, which is not easily done in Vancouver by a bunch of twenty-somethings trying stay afloat...
Hammer Records: Which of the prizes are you most looking forward to?
Westwinds: Recording. Westwinds started out as a solo folk project by lead singer Gareth McDonnell, who released an EP last December. But since that short time ago, it has evolved into a soulful, energetic rock band with a new sound and look. It's really important to us to have our new material recorded so that we are properly represented in applying for shows, festivals, etc in the future.
Hammer Records: How are you going to get fans out to your show? Any special tactics?
Westwinds: Well were playing a few shows before the event, including one actually at The Roxy on June 25th. We hope to promote our showcase date of Aug.4th at these gigs as well as using our expertise on social media! But I'd like to get out on the streets to promote this one, it'll be really important to have a lot of support so I'm sure we'll get creative.
Hammer Records: Will you be doing anything special at the show?
Westwinds: We have some great new music we can't wait to share with everybody, we love giving away little homemade items with every merch purchase like baked goods and colouring pages, and we will be taking personalized Polaroid pictures with the band and our audience! There's some more things were thinking about up our sleeve as well.
Hammer Records: What do you think of battle of the band competitions around the city? Do they help build the scene?
Westwinds: As a new group in the Vancouver music scene, it's imperative to take advantage the opportunities our city provides. Especially with the amount of talent here. So these are one of the ways we can stick our heads out among the crowd and get noticed. I believe they do build the scene as every day more and more creative people are finding the means to express themselves through music, and inventing new genres and sounds we've never heard before. BOTB contests allow them the chance to showcase their talents and enlighten the crowd with their invention. All of this helps to make Vancouver's scene more built but with better diversity and range.
Hammer Records: What are some of your social media links? Where can people find your music?
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