The Canadian Music Week festival returns to Toronto for its 33rd year. For 10 days and in 60 plus venues, over 1,000 artists will perform. Single night event tickets are available as well as full 10-day wristbands.
Paperwhite are the dream-pop playing siblings Katie and Ben Marshall, based in Brooklyn, NY. In description they fill recordings and live performances with pop-hooks and shimmering synths. In conversation they inform people they work to set the mood in each song they write, writing from a place of emotion.
Ahead of their CMW showcase, Paperwhite scheduled an online interview with zoomdune.com.
Starting with Canadian Music Week — is this your first time up playing in Canada?
This is our first time playing in Canada as Paperwhite. Before Paperwhite, Ben played in a few bands that toured through Canada. This is our first CMW though!
Are you making any special preparations for your showcase? Any networking opportunities planned?
Unfortunately, we will only be there for 2 days but we have a stripped down show on thursday the 7th at The Drake One Fifty! We’re also hoping to take some meetings and connect with some of our supporters and friends in the area!
As far as your music goes, I often get to talk to artists about where there songs come from – stories, moments in time, random? Do the two of approach them differently from where they begin?
Our method of song writing often changes depending on who comes up with the idea. Ben’s main motivators are cool and interesting sounds. Ben is more of the producer, while I (Katie) come from a singer songwriter background. So, sometimes Ben will come up with a really exciting track or idea and we will go from there. If I have a song idea its one I’ve written or started to write on the piano. As far as the content of the song goes, I think we typically write from a place of emotion. The most important thing for us is to create a mood with our music. The lyrics tend to be the last part of the song and our main objective is for them to support the emotion we think the song portrays.
Are there any moods in your music that you feel absolutely have to been there? Any that you try to avoid?
Yeah, definitely. We really like writing about adventure, wanderlust, different worlds and of course, love. I think those topics attract certain moods… whether they’re upbeat or dreamy or both. Even when we’re writing from a darker place I think theres still a sense of hope. We try to avoid moods that are too dark or moods that are too bubbly. We want some kind of positive message to come out of the songs.
As large as Toronto is for a music market, New York is larger. How does the band fit in the music market there? (if that makes sense)
Yeah! We find the music scene here really inspiring! There are a bunch of bands here (especially in brooklyn) that are in a similar genre as ours. Its cool because we’re able to learn from the bands around us and support each other.
Last question then: what’s next for your after CMW 2015?
We’re gearing up to release new music and hopefully hop on some support tours! We’re anxious to put ourselves out there and share everything we’ve been working on all winter!!
Thursday, May 7
Drake One Fifty / 5:00 p.m.
Bier Markt – Esplanade / 10:00 p.m.