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.
Back in 2013 when I was 19 I convinced my parents I had to move to Vancouver for animation school, but in reality I really came out here to start a band because I knew Vancouvers music scene was a lot bigger than Calgarys. So when I moved into a shared household and met Jamie, our drummer, I discovered that he moved to Vancouver to pursue music as well and we just basically clicked right off the bat.We then went to Long & Mcquade and bought a used drumset and never looked back.
Provide us with some info about your latest release…
Our new EP “Death Wish” is really some kind of unabashed love letter to the 90’s. For a lot of it we basically wanted to see what we could come up with if we tried writing songs that would be on the radio in the 90’s in our own style. We also tried to keep the records sound varied with different styles and influences, so there is a lot to explore on the 5 tracks we have on it. Over all we’re really stoked with how it turned out with Dave Genn doing a great job producing it, and Mike Frasers mixing polishing everything up. “She Said” is the first single from the EP!
Which ones would you consider your main influences both music-wise & non-music-wise?
Musical influences include bands like Nirvana, Smashing Pumpkins, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Green Day, Blink 182, The Strokes, Black Sabbath, The Beatles, Weezer, The Pixies, Mac Demarco.
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?
Our sound in the most bullshit-free way I could describe it is basically if you took 90’s alternative rock and mixed it in a melting pot with the garage rock revivalism of the 2000’s. We Like bands like The White Stripes and The Strokes but also love having a hard edge to our sound and basically want to sound like “Is This It” on steroids.
Please name your 3 desert islands albums, movies & books…
3 desert albums would be Aphex Twin’s Selected Ambient Works 85-92 because I can literally listen to it on repeat forever without getting sick of it, Beach Boys “Pet Sounds” because I need something to match the beachy vibe and maybe The Beatles 1962 – 1966 out of rock and roll formality.
Do you prefer studio or performing live and why?
I think being the kind of band that we are we don’t need a lot of studio tricks to get the job done and the pure adrenaline you get out of playing live shows is basically better feeling to me than any drug money can buy so I would have to go with preforming live.
Is there any funny-unique story you would like to share with us, always in relation to your music ‘career’?
I think one funny thing about The Jins is that even though we’re a band formed in Vancouver, all members of the band are from different parts of the world. Jamie is from North BC town Williams Lake, I’m from Calgary Alberta and Hudson is from Singapore!
Which track of your own would you point out as the most unique and why?
We have a track on the EP titled “Throw It Away” and I think its unlike anything we’ve ever done before. It’s very slowed down and has a very gothy vibe, I can’t wait to get it out there.
Would you like to share with our readers your future plans?
We are just stoked to get our EP released and get out on the road again to tour! Then after that its straight back into the studio to record our full length!
Free question!!! (Ask yourself a question) you wish to answer and haven’t been given the opportunity…
Photo credits: Carly Dame
Curated by: Christos Doukakis
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