There’s a chemistry in diversity

By Michael Marshall

Everything we produce is about diversity, cultivating new combinations of melody and rhythm. Obviously, the music we encounter in our day-to-day lives is a huge aspect of this, and we’ve got the privilege of being in Canada where diversity is right on your doorstep. Toronto is great for that, with distinct cultural districts and celebrations in the city and wildly diverse music festivals that spring up every year.

Of course, you’ll be lucky to find Mongolian throat singing in our music but that doesn’t mean it hasn’t come up in the genesis of new songs. And that’s the point; sharing the best of art and culture is something we want to respect and celebrate, and it’s one of the best parts of being based where we are.

We’re by no means paragons of pluralism but a Dane, a Brit, a Canadian (via-elsewhere), and a Bolivian want to offer what we can.

Ultimately, we think it’s good for everyone. It keeps things fresh and leaves a lasting impression. I will forever remember sitting in a barn on Wolfe Island with a massive gamelan gong from Indonesia, an ape (sadly not a primate but an Italian microvan), and a whole crate of classic blues and jazz vinyl’s spinning in the sawdust.