FYIG Chats With Singer/Songwriter Skye Wallace

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Tell us a little bit about yourself.

I’m a singer-songwriter from Toronto, Canada who incorporates storytelling into a rock and roll format! 
 
How did you get your start in music?
 
I was originally trained vocally, but started writing music and learned guitar as a means of accompanying the songs I was writing. I started out very folky, but over the years kept adding more and more distortion. Now, it’s a full rock and roll band vibe and I feel like I’ve found my true voice in the music I’m making.
 
How would you describe your musical style?
 
It’s rock, but with shades of punk in the energy and folk in the lyricism. High energy, lots of emotion. 
 
What can you tell us about your latest single, “Body Lights The Way”?
 
This was off of my most recent self-titled record and was released with a music video all about curling, which was a goal of mine for some time.  The album and its songs were all inspired by the stories of women who inspired me, which was written during my time at two residencies in Western Newfoundland and Dawson City, Yukon. While in the Yukon, I learned of a story about a sex worker during the Dawson City Gold Rush. Her badass tale inspired me to take that fire, that empowerment, and put it into song.
 
The video for the song is centered around curling rink. What made you choose that setting for the song and how much fun was it to shoot that?
 
 
Curling has always been in my life. My grandfather was an icemaker, my parents had their wedding at the curling club, and I’ve been curling since I was about 7 or 8.  It was a goal of mine to marry my two worlds of music and curling and this was an awesome opportunity to do so. It was filmed half at the Dawson City Curling Club, and half at my home rink at the Whitby Curling Club. It was outrageously fun.
 
What can audiences expect from your full-length album if they haven’t heard it yet?
 
I’m so proud of this record. I can say that it has a lot of heart and a very big sound, expertly produced by Devon Lougheed. The guitars sound huge and there’s a rawness that I love.
 
What’s next for your career?
 
We had a very big year with this new record and I’ve just started demoing a new one!  We’ll be going into recording mode soon, followed by festivals this summer, and more touring in the fall. Lots more music is on the horizon and I’m very much looking forward to its release.
 
What advice would you have for aspiring singers/songwriters?
 
The biggest thing is to keep at it. To know that there will be (many) moments when you want to quit, but to be gentle with yourself during these times. It’s also helpful to know that every person pursuing this path goes through these moments. Self-doubt can be such a battle, but it’s worth persisting with creating your art!
 
What’s your life like outside of music?
 
I have a really lovely community of pals in Toronto that I am so in love with. Everyone is so kind and creative.  It’s been a very whirlwind many years of touring constantly and not having roots and trying to make ends meet, and it feels so good to have landed and to be able to truly soak up the feeling of being supported and enjoying life!
 
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