Sunday, 12 July 2015

INTERVIEW: Autumn Hill Chat About Their New Album, Anchor, and Who's On Their Ipods Right Now!




We had the chance to catch up with Canadian country duo, Autumn Hill, ahead of their performance at the Cavendish Beach Music Festival this weekend. Mike Robins & Tareya Green talk about their new album, Anchor, summer festival season and who they're excited to see (Hint: Keith Urban!) and who's on their ipods right now.

SCG: Congratulations - you made history this week with Blame being the first Top 5 Canadian country single by a group since 2007 - that has got to feel good!!!

AH: There are no words to describe it. It’s absolutely incredible. We are so thankful to everyone who has talked about, played and shared our music. We have the absolute best fans, we can’t explain how much this means to us. Thank you so much!

SCG: How did the two of you get together and form Autumn Hill?

AH: We were both signed to the same record label for our own projects. The first time we met was for a writing session, and our song “Favourite Mistake” came out of it. Then it was a few months later that we were at the record label Christmas party, and we found a quiet spot where we started jamming our song. Before we knew it, the room had filled with people and that’s when we realized this was something special. The sound was just so much more powerful as a duo, we knew this was it.

SGC: You’ve just released your second album, Anchor, can you tell us a little bit about the sound of this and how it differs from your first release?

AH: This record is really exciting for us, it encompasses some great memories we have had over the last few years as well as everything we learned from touring and being on the road. The album is a huge evolution for our sound. We focused on making a record that would translate to the festival stage, making it very high energy. We also wrote about forty songs for this one and very quickly the best ones became apparent. We really love these songs. The album feels like it has a lot of our signature sound on it, as well as a lot of growth we are so excited to be able to share it now.

SGC: Did you find it much easier working on your second album in relation to your first? Like you’re old pros now?

AH: I don’t think it was easier just different, this time. We recorded it primarily in one shot down in Nashville, which was amazing. The album has so much new energy that it was really exciting to make. I think when you care about the music as much as we do, there is always a nervous energy. Really wanting to make the record the best it can be drives you. So there is always a little bit of pressure, but in a great way.

SGC: Summer festival season is coming up and you’ve got quite a busy tour schedule. Is there any show that you’re particularly looking forward to? Any artists you hope to catch this summer?

AH: We are so fortunate to be playing on some pretty amazing stages this summer!! I think it’s really gonna be a rocking festival season. One in particular is the Cavendish Beach Fest, where we are sharing the bill with one of my all time favourites, Keith Urban! That’s gonna be pretty incredible, can’t wait to see his show again. It is always incredible.

SGC: Speaking of other artists, what’s currently playing on your iPods? Who have you been listening to lately that you think people should check out? 

AH: I love Sam Hunt’s “Montevallo” and Brett Eldridge’s “Bring You Back”. There is really so much great music out there right now though, I’m also loving Brothers Osbourne and James Bay to name a few.

SGC: What would you say has been one of the coolest moments/highlights in your career that really made you realize you had chosen the right path for yourself? 

AH: There have been a few really crazy moments in the past little while, that we have been so lucky to have experienced. The moment we walked into Jann Arden’s house to shoot the music video for our duet “Karolina” we just started doing the “we’re not worthy” it from Wayne’s World. Getting to sing that song with Jann live on the CCMA’s was also such an incredible highlight for us, just a really special moment. She is such an amazing person and such an icon, that we still don’t believe it really happened. We just consider ourselves to be really lucky and we are so grateful to be making music.

SGC: Can you talk about a fan encounter that completely took you by surprise?


Tareya, AH: Seeing an anchor and the lyrics to “Anything At All” tattooed on a fan’s shoulder was overwhelming. After a show in Fredericton, NB he came up to meet us, showed us his tattoo and told us that our song “Anything at All” brought him back together with his girlfriend!

SGC: What was the last picture you took with your phone?

Tareya, AH: My two 5-month old puppies snuggling while they were sleeping. I rescued them while we were in Nashville recording our new album, “Anchor” through an amazing organization called Proverbs12:10 Animal Rescue.

#AdoptDontShop! :)

SGC: What is the best compliment you've ever received?

Tareya, AH: That they considered me to be “brave”. This means a lot to me because it took courage to say goodbye to family and friends and move across the country to chase this dream. In fact, I had written a quote on my mirror a month before I left Calgary that read, “Courage is not he absence of fear, but the mastery of it”.

SGC: What is the best and worst part of touring?

Tareya, AH: The best part of touring is seeing our music connect with the fans, meeting them after the show and hearing their stories about what our music means to them. The worst part is missing family back home.

SGC: Do you have any funny/horror stories from the road?

Tareya, AH: Probably turning around in the middle of our live set to see the entire band with their pants down.

SGC: What can people expect from you next?

Tareya, AH: We are excited to tour for this album this year! We have a lot of great festivals lined up the summer and a fall tour in the works.

SGC: And last but not least, is there a question that you have always wanted to be asked, maybe rehearsed your answer in the mirror, and no one has ever asked it? Here's your big chance!

Tareya, AH: After touring Canada a few times, my favourite restaurant in the country is Wilf & Ada’s in Ottawa, ON. Sit beside the giant picture of John Lennon and order the “Eggs In Purgatory” with a side of their homemade peanut butter. It will change your life.


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