NXNE is once again approaching. There are bands playing this festival and we asked a few of them a bunch of questions. One of the questions that always intrigues me is whether or not the members of a band have a day job. I have no idea. Anyways, I gathered a bunch of bands in a webex session and hammered out just exactly what they did.
Bone Donor (Thursday, 10 PM, Coalition): Day jobs, we are a tattoo artist, a bookworm, a decontaminatrix of surgical tools, and a witch.
Bone Donor is a Toronto based hard rock band, as you might imagine from their band name. No twee act is calling themselves Bone Donor.
Cauldron (Saturday, 8 pm, Opera House): Yes, two of us do gardening for rich people and one of us sells propane and propane accessories.
Cauldron is a Toronto based metal band, so Paul will probably be at that show.
DJ Brace (Saturday, 10 pm, Coalition): I do many types of work during the day. I have been a DJ/Scratch/Music Production Teacher since 2002. I also consult beginner DJs on equipment, often helping them source their first set up. I produce scratch choruses generally for rappers or instrumental electronic music projects, produce instrumentals for television, and remixes for other artists. I also do day time DJ gigs at corporate events. Started a partnership with Lilly, my cat, who always makes beats by walking on my gear, she kills it.
DJ Brace wins a lot of turntable competitions, that’s like Masterchef of DJing, so he’s probably pretty good.
The Big Lonely (Wednesday, 11 pm, Painted Lady): We do have day jobs. I (Jake) pitch tents at an event rental company. Ciaran sets up bouncy castles for kids, and ocassionally is the conductor of a children’s train. Cole is doing what he really loves to do at local craft brewery. Taylor is program director at a university radio station, and Andrew works in a restaurant.
Big Lonely are from Burlington. More importantly, I have it on good word they might set up a bouncy castle inside the Painted Lady for their showcase!
Featurette (Friday, 9pm, Painted Lady): Why yes! We do – we own a company called Black Apron Entertainment, which dually hosts our FEATURETTE interests as well as something called ‘Paint Nite’. It’s a pretty cool business – we teach people to paint in bars and restaurants across Toronto, while they drink and have a great time! It’s another performance gig really – performers to the end!!
Featurette’s set at the Painted Lady will also include painting (maybe not)
Lux Deluxe (Wednesday, 12am, Cameron House): Yes for the most part. we’ve got a couple guys working at the same grocery store (Stop & Shop shout out) our singer works at the gas station there and takes care of band business while he’s technically working at the gas station. Our drummer cleans windows. if you’ve got dirty windows, give him a call. He’s the best in the biz.
Disclosure: The drummer did not clean our windows as requested.
Beams (Friday, 1am, Cameron House): Let’s see… most of us do, all of us except for Keith, who plays hockey and DJ’s dance parties for a living, and Dave, who works part time while studying to be a space scientist. Heather works at a music store, I (Anna) work in guitar repairs, Craig works in sales for electrical solutions, Martin is a programmer and Mike does classroom tech support. We’d all rather be gigging.
Disclosure: Keith used to book us for party nights, so listen to their songs!
Shad (Sunday, 9pm, Yonge-Dundas Square): I’m the clean up guy, when other people make a mess, I come in and clean stuff up.**
** I made this up.
In Conclusion, people have day jobs. Music isn’t as glamorous as I thought.