The boys from NapSky took time of their hectic summer schedules to talk what's good with their musical endeavours. Carson (NapSky's drummer) was up on a 30ft ladder during the phone conversation while Jordie was lounging poolside. This combination is yet another reflection of the ying-yang connection these friends constantly find themselves in.
How did Nap Sky come together? Was it a buildup of several musical interactions or one explosive collaboration that demanded the group be formed?
Jordie: "I guess you could say it was a combination of the two. The seeds of Napsky were planted one summer at a party when Carson sat down behind a drum kit and I sat down in front of a piano. We had a few hilarious alcohol fuelled jams in this fashion but the real musical explosion happened the next summer. I spent that following year away at school and getting into electronic music; when that met the drums we knew we had something worth exploring. I actually managed to switch schools two weeks before classes started to stay in Calgary to work on Napsky."
I can personally attest to the good vibes these boys present on stage. Their talents of synergizing electronic music with live instrumentals is phenomenal. Nothing is better than watching a group get jazzed on what they play, and they boys kill it. Carson takes on an inhumanly persona while rapidly drumming to the sheet music in his mind, and Jordie's constantly elevating his electronic compilations.
What direction do you anticipate electronic music is taking? Does this affect the type of music you're making?
"Electronic music performance to some extent, has gotten to a place where everything is pre-meditated and planned down to the second. A lot of the time this is the only practical way of performing. It's allowed for some amazing things to happen in the visual realm with 3D video mapping, lights and lasers. The experience can be extremely powerful. Someone who's a truly talented DJ is in a totally different ball game; it's an art in itself. Taking all the things that are awesome about purely electronic music - the soundscape, movement, energy, visuals - and integrating them back into something that looks like a traditional performance, is exactly what needs to happen for electronic music to reach the next level. This is already starting to be done effectively by guys like Badbadnotgood and Thundercat. We are definitely trying to push ourselves towards creating as much room for improvisation and live creation in our shows. When you spend hours perfecting something in the studio it can be really tempting to just save it all as audio and press play live. You have to consciously acknowledge that you probably won’t be perfect in a live performance, but at the same time that human error element can be exactly what allows a crowd to connect at a deeper level. This is a work in progress for us, mainly with all the electronic parts. The acoustic drums that Carson does are a massive part of the show right now but we want to keep going, add in keyboards and other improvisational elements. Get outside the comfort zone!"
Who do you guys think are the most under-appreciated musicians of your time?
"J Dilla, Madlib, Black Milk, and Tipper"
Which musicians/bands are on repeat on your Ipods right now?
Jordie - "Kyle Watson"
Carson - "Jaylib"
What did you do with the fruit in the picture off your website? After you were done with the photo...?
"Haha. We ate what didn’t get drummed to pulp or invaded by ants and spiders." The boys assured me that NapSky members are big advocates of being green and always have 'reduce, reuse, recycle' on their minds. If you want to see the picture I'm referencing, then check their website.
This Friday Aug.15th Napoleon Skywalker is performing at the National Music Centre in Calgary. Check yourselves before you wreck yourselves and get your tickets here. -Rachel
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