Print Edition: November 9, 2011
Teen Daze is a local chillwave artist who lives and breathes Fraser Valley air. Although his style is difficult to pin down, his music often incorporates electronic elements and is guided by strong pop sensibility. With a handful of albums and EPs under his belt, Teen Daze offers music fans an alternative to whatever pop sounds fill their iPods. He has performed shows across North America, recently at CMJ Music Marathon in New York City, and opened for TV on the Radio the last time they played in Vancouver. Check him out on Facebook, Bandcamp and at A Silent Planet.
How and when did you get started playing your own music?
I grew up in a musical house, so it’s hard to say. A very early age.
How would you describe your style?
Do you have any major musical inspirations?
The Final Fantasy X soundtrack.
How did the name ‘Teen Daze’ arise?
It arose when, like most things associated with the band, it was chanted by Sweet Dave, Body Gray and Darcy.
What’s your main motivation for writing songs?
Just trying to bring a little happiness into the world.
Do you perform often? Where do you enjoy performing the most?
I do, and San Francisco is my favourite place to play.
Between live shows and studio work, which do you tend to prefer?
They’re completely different experiences. I enjoy them both to a certain degree.
What are your current projects? (ie touring, recording, etc.)
I’m playing my last two shows of the year in Seattle and Vancouver. Other than that, I just bought Fallout 3, so I’ll be focusing on that for the next little while.
Who have you been listening to lately?
Balam Acab, Tycho, Jurgen Muller, Yuck, Atlas Sound, Youth Lagoon to name a few.
In your travels, do you have a significantly memorable moment that inspired your songwriting/musicality?
Spending seven weeks studying philosophy in the Swiss Alps.
What do you guys do in your spare time (ie when not playing)?
Troll West Abbotsford with Oh No! Yoko.
What’s the best post-gig food?
Nothing, I normally just go to bed.