Kingston Live, Episode 7: A Summary

By Tianna Edwards

Kingston Live is a monthly podcast that offers up behind-the-scenes insight into the Kingston music scene. If you’re looking to learn more about the city’s emerging artists and where to see them play live, you’ll find it here! If you’re a resident music lover or visitor looking for the inside scoop on Kingston’s local music scene, it’s a perfect fit for you, too.

Johnny and Riley kick off this week’s episode discussing their personal highlights from the YGK Beer Festival before moving into a conversation with local musicians Ben and Nadia of Deux Trois about their debut album, Health. Then Johnny and the show’s writer, Pete, learn about the logistics of running an instrumental lending library from the President of Joe’s M.I.L.L (Kingston’s Musical Instrument Lending Library).

The members of Deux Trois come from a mix of musical history in Kingston – from Nadia Pacey’s solo electronic project Konig to bands like Warmer, Carvings, and PS I Love You. Nadia and Ben of Deux Trois discuss the making of their debut album, Health. Nadia touches on how it was influenced from the bandmate’s different styles—post-punk, indie rock and punk – a mixture of what they all love. Nadia also talks about what it was like working with local producer, Matt Rogalski. Both Ben and Nadia discuss the concepts for their music videos and how the use of visual artistry in the music industry has changed due to accessibility of technology. And like many local artists on this podcast, Nadia praises Kingston for its unique music scene, she says, “Kingston sits in this perfect place between cities. You get this influence; like a cloud sitting over it. It’s a little bit grey. You feel like an outsider looking in, because you’re not in a large hub. But you’re not in a tiny town either.” They cap off their interview by premiering their new single, Good News, for your listening pleasure.

Mid-show, Johnny and Riley follow the tradition of listing every show worth attending in the Kingston area from now until the end of summer. Very key if you’re looking to fill the rest of your summer with the best memories!

Johnny takes on the second interview with the show’s writer and his brother, Pete. They two sit down with the President of Joe’s M.I.L.L (Kingston’s Musical Instrument Lending Library) Terry Schneider and Chris Morris Festival co-ordinator of Homegrown Live (which raises money for Joe’s M.I.L.L) . The lending library makes instruments accessible to all musicians. And it’s the first of its kind. They have more than 1100 items available from woodwind instruments, brass and percussion to guitars and keyboards. Terry and Chris share how Joe’s M.I.L.L began and discuss the logistics of offering such an incredible service to the community. They started with 450 loans a year 11 years ago and they now lend out 6000 times a year – pretty amazing! They also share how you can take out your very own instrument if you’re wanting to experiment.

Look out for new podcasts every month to stay up to date on the Kingston music scene! The Kingston Live podcast is syndicated to all major podcast platforms. Find them wherever you get your podcasts and make sure to subscribe: Soundcloud, Spotify, iTunes, TuneIn and Stitcher. You can also follow them on Instagram.

Missed episode 6? Catch the recap here.

Episode 6: A Summary