Sunday, March 12, 2017
Make History Talent Search - Ten Minute Detour
This indie garage band, Ten Minute Detour, are spreading their music across Canada! We had a quick chat with them about the Make History Talent Search.
Hammer Records: When you think of Jim Beam, what comes to mind? Any crazy Jim Beam stories?
Ten Minute Detour: I think bourbon, and I think Kentucky. As far as crazy stories with Jim Beam, I'm sure there are a bunch that I can't recall, which could be a good thing, or not. We drove down to Nashville to record our latest album with ex-Cage the Elephant guitarist, Lincoln Parish. I can vividly remember driving through Kentucky in October and admiring the trees and thinking how beautiful the landscape was, which led me to even include 'The Derby' in one of our new songs.
Hammer Records: What do you think of battle of the band competitions? Do they help or hinder the local music scene?
Ten Minute Detour: We like to not like them. I think most bands aren't too fond of them. They're all quite different but there's always a sense that politics are in play, which is a part of everyday life I guess. Some competitions focus on making money, which is bullshit, because the bands who work hard selling tickets and getting people in the door, often see little to nothing in return. It's just tough to say 'this band is better than that band', when there are so many kickass artists all working their asses off to make a splash. That said, often bands are looking for exposure, and these come down to that. Not who's the best, but who's going to play in front of a new crowd, who's going to get new listeners.
Hammer Records: What do you think makes the Calgary music scene different and stand out compared to the rest of Canada? When people think Calgary they think country.
Ten Minute Detour: Sure there's a lot of incredible folk and country artists, some of the best. What some people don't know is that there is this cool rocknroll, underground indie, beer-soaked punk scene that sees some awesome bands play on any given night. All it takes is one Wednesday night out at Broken City where you can find Rockin’ for dollars, a game show themed night, where up to 10 bands perform to spin a wheel of awesomeness, all for a $3 cover. The best part is, anyone can play!! It's a super tight knit community of musicians who are interested in supporting each other, and we've got some awesome festivals such as Sled Island, The Big Winter classic, among others, that see more eclectic Canadian bands. We also have the National Music Centre, which makes us the music capitol of Canada, no?
Hammer Records: If you could send a message to the judges, what would it be?
Ten Minute Detour: Pick an artist that is tenacious and relevant in today's music scene, determined to pursue their craft, will work towards a global reach and further promote the Canadian music scene. Choose the artist who is marketable, determined, and willing to make this their career.
To find out more about Ten Minute Detour go check out their Facebook page: