Bed of Stars is the original project of multi-instrumentalist Evan Konrad, from British Columbia, and is a contestant in this year's Peak Performance Project. Now a 3 piece act, Bed of Stars is known for the emotive, sensational quality their music has. Having worked with Juno-nominated produced Daniel Victor (with whom Konrad released his debut, I Fell In Love In The City), opened for acts like Walk Off the Earth and Phantogram, and worked with former Peak Performance Project winners Dear Rouge, Bed of Stars is geared up to be a top performer in this year's competition.
We caught up with Konrad before his Peak Performance Project showcase at Fortune SoundClub in Vancouver, BC. To read our review of the show click here.
G: How would you describe your sound to someone who’s never heard you?
EK: Bed of Stars has been compared to the likes of Coldplay, Muse, Rufus Wainwright, Jeff Buckley, etc. I like to think we sound more and more like ourselves though. We draw from a lot of larger stadium type acts and classic songwriting. Genre wise, I'd say Pop with sprinkles of Rock, Hip Hop, and Classical elements.
G: What was the biggest lesson or piece of advice you took from the PPP bootcamp?
EK: I felt for Bed of Stars, to my surprise, the general overwhelming consensus from the faculty and our peers, was that if we keep on our trajectory and continue to grow as rapidly as we are, some great things will be in store, and after having a moment to reflect, I couldn't agree more.
Everyone in our camp really feels that there is something really special happening right now, a new fresh energy, tons of confidence, and a lot of hard work, and this was really affirmed at bootcamp. I suppose to some up, the best piece of advice I got was "don't screw up." And some special things will be in store.
And the biggest lesson was, hard work and undying dedication absolutely does pay off, and the PPP has been tangible evidence of that.
It was a very humbling experience.
G: What are you most looking forward to with your showcase? What can the audience expect?
EK: We are looking forward to sharing a handful of brand new songs that no one has heard before, there's a lot of firsts on this night for us.
This version of Bed of Stars, which to me feels like and entirely new project, is brand new. I'm playing with James Ediger and Jeff Renz, and Jeff only played his first show with us at bootcamp. So there's a fair amount of nervous energy amongst the 3 of us.
I can say the audience can expect an experience, not just a live show. We have spent literally every waking hour for the past 2 months working on this show. My hope is that our efforts come across and the audience takes the show home with them.
G: What do you want listeners to get out of your music?
EK: This ties into what I said about our show and what's coming from our music. I want to offer an experience, something tangible, not just a few guys getting up on stage or a random collection of songs. We've been working very hard on creating this for our audience, our fans, and ourselves. I don't want to give too much away, but this year is a very small step toward something much larger, as the name Bed of Stars implies.
G: Do you have a piece of advice you got from Daniel Victor regarding music production that you’d like to share?
EK: One thing that Daniel and his engineer at the time, Larry Thompson, taught me was unless a delay is more of a textural, and specific effect on an instrument that can only be created VIA that pedal, always do it in the box, or externally. I find you will get a wider stereo spectrum, way more depth, and control of the sound.
This was one of many things. I'd like to think that over the years though, Daniel and I have become equals, and peers in this regard, not so much the student and the teacher anymore. We teach each other.
G: You’ve had a lot of amazing experiences so far as a musician, has there been a moment in your music career to date that really stands out as the defining moment where you thought, “I can do this. This is going to work.”?
EK: There have been a lot. So I'll give one example for you.
Spending the better part of last year with Dear Rouge on the road, they are such wonderful people and dedicated artists, they offered me experiences that I wouldn't have had yet with my own creative endeavours. They allowed me the opportunity to support them with my craft, and get better at it.
I got see a glimpse of the industry from another side. Opening for Phantogram, playing large festivals, etc. It gave me a realistic glimpse at what needs to go into a band or a project to turn it into something that will connect with as many people as possible. These experiences allow me to really apply these things to my current life and continues to inspire me daily.
G: What helps you get through creative blocks?
EK: I don't really believe in creative blocks, I haven't experienced one in a very very long time. When I was younger though, I found that if I was locked away from other people and experiences too long, I would lose things to draw from. I feel for me, it's key to keep living a life worth writing about, inspiration is everywhere. Also I found it helpful to surround myself with very likeminded, creative people, and I've made a conscious effort to do so. We drive each other and never allow ourselves to get stuck. You will never run dry if you have that.
G: Finally, can you tell us 5 things you can’t live without?
EK: On the road or just life in general?
Let's go with on the road, there may be some cross over.
Off the top of my head:
A Pillow, water, iPod, headphones, and decompression (privacy).
This makes me sound a lot more introverted than I am.
G: Thank you for your time, and good luck in the competition!