What inspired you to first start making music? And how did you come to be in your current incarnation? Or if you prefer, a brief bio about you.
My close friend Nick had started a band two other people — he used a flying-v guitar and they wrote their own songs (this was in Grade 9), and they needed a singer. My friend Nick’s mom suggested I could be the singer, since at the time I was interested in becoming an actor, and that seemed somehow relevant to me being able to “perform onstage” as the singer.
That band didn’t last long but then Nick, myself and another guy moved on to form another band that was similar in listenability (low). We played a couple of shows. After that I was the singer in another band that was slightly better, and I became better as a “screamer”.
Around that time I started learning how to play guitar, and Nick and I also started making “electronic music” on the computer using Acid Pro. We made a bunch of “albums”, including album artwork, and sold CD-Rs at high school. We were “very cool” for a little while there, a lot of our friends wore pins advertising our project in that year’s yearbook photos.
During the summer after high school Nick helped me record some songs I had written and I put them on MySpace.
When I went to university I kept writing songs on guitar and recording them on a handheld recorder. A while later I learned how to use GarageBand, and started multi-tracking songs. I made many albums that way which I “released” by putting a Mediafire link on Facebook for friends.
I started a band called The Pop Winds in 2009 with my friends Kyle and Austin. We made three records and played a lot of shows in Canada. That project ended in 2011.
Majical Cloudz was originally the name for a recording project I had with Matthew E. Duffy. We made two albums together in that incarnation, and then in early 2012 I started playing showss with Matthew Otto under the name Majical Cloudz.
We released two albums and two EPs and toured many different places.
Provide us with some info about your latest release…
My latest release is called True Love, it’s out Oct. 11th and it’s released by me under the label name You Are Accepted.
Which ones would you consider your main influences both music-wise & non-music-wise?
Early on an influence my view of aesthetics was the artist Chris Burden, who was a performance artist and then moved into sculpture. His performance art is really amazing and I loved the simplicity of it, that was most inspiring to me.
Musically it’s very hard to say. I always appreciate music that sounds intimate — like Elliott Smith and Arthur Russell.
In what way does your sound differ from the rest genre-related artists/bands and why should we listen to your music? In other words, how would you describe your sound?
That’s a tough question! I try to make music that is emotionally potent and simple. I like things that are simple but very impactful, so I hope to make music like that as well.
Please name your 3 desert islands albums, movies & books…
How To Escape From a Desert Island Guide
Do you prefer studio or performing live and why?
Performing live is usually what’s on my mind when I’m writing music. I like writing music in the studio but connecting the music with people is the ultimate goal, whether it’s live or just people listening to it themselves.
Is there any funny-unique story you would like to share with us, always in relation to your music ‘career’?
I once managed to escape from a desert island using only three things: a book I had with me called How To Escape From a Desert Island Guide, another fictional book called Robinson Crusoe that was very helpful, and the film Castaway starring Tom Hanks, which gave me resolve.
Which track of your own would you point out as the most unique and why?
I think all my songs are unique, they’re all special in their own way!
Would you like to share with our readers your future plans?
I will be celebrating the release of True Love on Oct. 11th, and then I will be going on tour this November in the USA! You can find more info on all of that at devonwelsh.com!
Free question!!! (Ask yourself a question) you wish to answer and haven’t been given the opportunity…
The question you’ve surely been waiting for: how did I shave my face while stuck on the desert island?
I broke and sharpened the pieces of the Castaway DVD disc, and then carefully shaved (using sea foam as shaving cream).
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