Gianna Lauren answers our Grayowl Questionnaire!

1) Where’d you get your name? Gianna Lauren is my name!

2) When did you start making music seriously? I started as a guitar player sixteen years ago and have experimented with a variety of instruments along the way. I performed in jazz bands and rock groups for a decade before focusing on the solo project. It’s been four years now and I’ve just released a sophomore album called Some Move Closer, Some Move On.

3) What are you listening to right now? My tastes vary. I try and keep up with Canadian music like Olenka & the Autumn Lovers, Jon McKiel, Jen Lane, Ron Leary, Richard Laviolette and the Oil Spills, Kathryn Calder, Siskiyou. I really enjoy string quartets and I’m particularly fond of Mendelsshon and Tchaikovsky. The new Ariel Pink is great, Laura Veirs is my absolute favourite, and I’m currently listening to a lot of Townes van Zandt (and yes, I know I’m far behind the rest of you).

4) What are some of your musical guilty pleasures? Ace of Base. No shame!

5) Describe your music in one sentence. Ambience for armchairs.

6) Where do you see yourself in six months? In six months it will be April 2011 and we will be finishing up a cross-Canada tour to extend the release of Some Move Closer, Some Move On (we are hoping a vinyl release will fit somewhere in there!) In the spring I will be busy opening a bicycle repair and maintenance workshop in a small town in New Brunswick and attempting to introduce vegan donuts to the food world (I used to run a vegan catering business).

7) What has been the highlight of your career so far? The highlight is hearing positive feedback from music-lovers and fellow musicians. I’ve always counted on friends and family for support, but when encouraging messages come from outside my immediate community, it shifts my perspective to imagine a bigger picture, and essentially imagine a career. Also, when artists and musicians I personally admire are saying good things about the music, it truly blows me away.
8) What is the most unusual compliment/insult you’ve received as a musician? When Field Assembly and I toured across Canada in June on VIA Rail, we performed for passengers on the train and played in a variety of venues off the train. We learned a lot of covers to appeal to the older crowds, and on the Winnipeg – Edmonton stretch I was told that I do a good impression of Elton John…..I couldn’t tell if it was a compliment or an insult.
9) If you could go on tour with any band, disbanded or together, who would you tour with? I’d love to tour with Daniel, Fred, and Julie. I like finding harmonies to fit in there and I think a little ukulele would be a nice touch alongside the two acoustic guitars. They also perform in really nice listening venues. If I could go back in time, I’d want to be in Carole King’s band on the Tapestry tour and play bass.
10) If you could be on the soundtrack for any TV show or movie, which one would you choose? Sadly I never really got excited about TV but recently my little brother got me hooked on this show called Entourage, which is not really my style but I’m still intrigued by it. I’m constantly impressed by the music on this program and I’d love to hear one of my tunes right at a cliffhanger ending.
11) What do you do for fun? Right now I’m producing a 60-minute audio documentary about midwifery in Nova Scotia, so I spend a lot of time editing audio on a computer. I’m also very involved with community radio and I host a weekly news and music show called Third Wave Radio. I host weekly bicycle repair and maintenance workshops which usually amount to additional projects. I go to a lot of shows, take bike rides, bake bread, and make cards to send in the mail.
12) If you weren’t doing music what would you do? I have a really busy schedule so I’m always trying make time for the things that I love, but if I had more room in my schedule I would learn German or take more bike trips. Maybe sleep more often.
13) What do you think will be a major trend in the near future? Computerized everything. A robot world.
14) What current trend do you think needs to stop? People who spend their whole entire day staring into their phone. People don’t even look up while they’re walking down the street.

15) What would you be doing if you weren’t doing this survey? Making dinner! But this is the last question so I’m going to go do that now. Thanks Grayowl!

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