My Side of the Mountain

Kelowna, BC

This week we interviewed Kelowna band, My Side of the Mountain. This post-rock group met in college and has been playing around the Okanagan ever since.  We ask them about their individual musical histories, influences, favourite hangout spots in Kelowna, and more.

Website: https://mysideofthemountain.bandcamp.com/album/live


G: Where is the band from?

M: Kelowna, BC.

G: How did you all get started musically?

M: (Sean) I became interested in playing music in junior high when I started listening to bands like Alexisonfire and some older Atreyu. I was very intrigued by music like that. I always liked the bass guitar more than any instrument, mainly because of my dads obsession with bands like The Who, Red Hot Chilli Peppers and Jimi Hendrix. I loved the groovy bass that they would use. In grade 10 a close friend taught me a few guitar chords. We both went into a music theory class in grade 11 and slowly I became comfortable playing amateur guitar. Our drummer, Addison, and I had always known each other but didn't start playing music until he invited me to a metal core jam with his buds. I joined the group and we created a band called Strength in Numbers. Eventually I invited Reid to a jam. He was far more experienced and fluent in music than I was. Eventually our group became a threesome of just me, Addison and Reid, and I'd say some of their experience and skill rubbed off.

(Connor) Music was an interest of mine since I was around the age of 2. I had an obsession with wanting to play piano at that age so my parents put me in lessons by the time I was 4. I continued to take lessons and play piano while also picking up guitar, bass and drums throughout middle school. Eventually I decided I wanted to understand music better so I stopped taking piano lessons and started taking musical theory lessons and focusing on guitar. I had played with multiple bands through middle school but none of those seemed to work out at all until I joined My Side of the Mountain.

(Reid) I was always into music, but never anything serious until 7th grade when I saw some friends playing guitar and decided I wanted to play as well. I bought my first guitar and played it every day for years. Seriously, I played that thing non-stop. I joined a band in ninth grade that eventually failed before I put it down for a while. I started practicing again in the 11th grade, and then from there things just started to move forward. I jammed with a few other bands but none of them were really what I was into until I met up with Strength in Numbers, and from there everything sort of began.

We all met through the Audio Engineering and Music Production class of Okanagan College.

G: Who are your musical influences?

M: Red Hot Chili Peppers, Pink Floyd, Tool, Arcade Fire, Explosions in the Sky, Porcupine Tree, and more.

(Connor) I find I’m incredibly inspired, in terms of song writing, by Arcade Fire and We Are the City who are both Canadian.

G: What is the best experience or performance you’ve had as a band?

M: Playing the Okanagan College Show put on by the Audio Engineering class of 2014.

G: Where do you guys like to hangout in Kelowna?

M: We like the beaches of west Kelowna and local record shops.

G: If you could meet and interview any Canadian musician, alive or dead, who would it be?

M: (Connor) Win Butler of Arcade Fire. He is immensely interesting and probably the best song writer I’ve ever heard.

G: Do you have a band you’d like to give a shout-out to?

M: Shout out to Perspective Shakey Deal, Naked Ghosts, The Carbonis, and Gorax.

G: Thanks guys, we're looking forward to an album. In the meantime, if anyone wants to give these guys a listen check out the link below.