Musician Melanie Peterson is splitting her recent time between preparing for her upcoming album release and work as an actress. Born in Saskatoon, she eventually moved to Toronto to pursue a career in acting.
Peterson’s new album “Anwhere From Here” is her second full-length release set to be released March 16 at the Piston on Bloor St. West. The album focuses on themes of love, with “hope” also resonating throughout.
The first track from the album, “Fallback Plan” will also see a video release version. The video is directed by Nathaniel Fox-Pappas.
Ahead of her album release, Peterson scheduled an online interview with byteclay.com.
Ryan Ayukawa: On Twitter it says you have a Beaches Mirror interview-story coming up soon. How was that interview?
Melanie Peterson: Really good. Joanna is also from Saskatchewan so we connected on a personal level too.
RA: There’s a thought that’s gone around that if you’re north of Bloor St. or east of Yonge St., folks are less inclined to go to live music. Is that feeling that way for the east end?
MP: I think there are less venues here in the east end but I find people are just as inclined to go hear live music as they are in the west. Though I do find east enders wont go to the west to hear music and west enders rarely come east to hear music. I have to go to them, which I gladly do.
RA: Getting right to the new album then – you’re producing albums at about every 3 years or close to it. Is productivity or songwriting the main factor for you in that time? Do things like recording time and finances affect how often you record?
MP: I find that things like financing affect the rate of my output. Once I have a label’s support I think I will be able to increase my output. I already have my third album written, the songwriting comes fast and easily for me as I generally sit down to write one hour a day. I love to be creative daily. It keeps me balanced.
RA: Aside from songwriting, are there other creative outputs you have?
MP: Yes, I do do acting. Lots of auditions, acting classes and bookings. I recently booked a role on Saving Hope and a Foodland commercial. It’s fun pretending to be someone else and getting paid to do so. It helps finance my music too.
RA: With the songwriting, there are some songwriters who write about fairly random things and others who are very focused on an idea or emotion. Where do you fall in that?
MP: I’m fairly focused on exploring various themes of love. Though from time to time I’ll write a song like “Home” about coming home from a ten day silent retreat. Or “A Path Laid Out Like Gold” about my music career thus far.
RA: Is there an emotion that you feel stands out in the new album?
MP: I’d say HOPE
RA: The album release is at the Piston. They have excellent sound (and BBQ brisket). What made you select them for the album release?
MP: I had my debut album launch there, and I was extremely impressed with the sound (and the brisket) so it wasn’t a difficult decision to go back and launch my sophomore album there too.
RA: Some of the people reading this hopefully already have heard your music. Some may not of heard Bri-Anne Swan, who is the special guest at the album release. Why do you think people will enjoy her music as well?
MP: Her songs have a very folksy feel, which most of my friends and fans like, and her voice is one of the best I’ve heard in Toronto. She’s a very talented songwriter too. I met her through Mitch Girio who produced her last couple of albums too. She also did the album art/photography for this album and my debut album.
RA: What’s next after the album release?
MP: An Ontario tour. We are booking dates now. Then I’ll be releasing a Christmas single end of November 2016 followed by the recording/releasing of my third full length album in 2017.
Melanie Peterson album release
“Anywhere From Here”
March 16, 2016
The Piston (937 Bloor St. West), Toronto
Melanie Peterson website.
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