Hamilton’s Laura Cole is a real deal singer, she has an incredible voice that sounds grand as soon as it exits her mouth and it doesn’t take any effects or technology to make her sound like a million bucks. A compromise free, colourfully blunt songwriter, Laura brings her edgy, soulful and distinctively bluesy musical vision to life with the help of her band. They answered our questions together and will be playing in Hamilton this Sunday.
Q – We are really excited to have you play Supercrawl this year. What is the first thing that pops into your mind when you hear the word “HAMILTON”?
A city filled with hardworking people and lots of talent. A place where Art and Music hold a sense of community.
Q – Who are you looking forward to seeing at Supercrawl? (bands, artists, etc)
We’re counting on Sharon Jones and The Dap Kings to be pretty unreal. We are mostly excited for our hometown to represent. Between Steve Strongman, Daniel Lanois, Terra Lightfoot, Tomi Swick and Monster Truck we have all the musical bases covered. Beauty, Blues and Edge.
Q – Supercrawl is an arts festival and besides the awesome music, the festival has all sorts of visual artists showing their work. Do you dabble in any other arts besides music?
Of course! As Hamiltonions, its in our blood! We love seeing what people come up with visually. Our favourite Hamilton visual artists include the works of Pam Sinclair and Gordy Bond; two different spectrums of style. Then of course when it comes to fashion, Laura loves the works of Blackbird and her favourite designer, Angela DeMontingy.
Q – How would you compare playing a regular show to playing at a festival?
Playing a regular show is usually something that is focused around music in its specifics. Rarely do people incorporate more than one medium of merchandise and its targeted at a specific age group depending on the venue. Festivals are community based. Festivals (Supercrawl especially) is an opportunity for performers, artists and artisans to come together and show everyone what this city holds.
Q – If you could put on your music festival what would be on your ‘must have’ list? (Alternately: If you have been involved in putting together your own festival – what did you have that you were proud of?)
A must have for our music festival would be a meet and greet between artists. Not just a backstage, but some sort of event where every act from the festival gets together and chats, jams, whatever they see fit. We love our hometown talent, but this would allow us to expand our connection level and broaden our horizons as artists.
Q – If you could do a band/musician swap with another band/musician for a day and get to play their music at a live show – who would that be?
We love our current band. Heck, on the day of Supercrawl we have our drummer flying in from out East, and our guitar player from out West. However, if perhaps we could go back in time.. Etta James would be an incredible band/singer swap for a day. Her band never skipped a beat and maaaan what a voice.
Q – In your opinion – what was the ‘summer jam’ of 2015?
Jump in the Line- Harry Belanfonte .. it may not have been released this year but what a classic!
Q – What’s the best thing you did all summer?
Crushed our first East Coast tour!
Q – Where do you draw your musical inspiration from?
Anything! Our experiences as a band, friends experiences.. sometimes we even draw inspiration on trying to inspire others.
Q – What is the last thing that crosses your mind before you get on stage?
“Hope the mic works!”
Q – What are you listening to lately? Can you recommend a track for us to check out?
Skeletons by Harvey Summers, featuring Laura Cole – We have been mainly focused on the record Chris Chiarcos and Laura Cole wrote and recorded with Harvey Summers in the UK. The Single is now out and and the full record is available for pre-orders and will be dropping in November!
Q – What do you have planned for the fall / winter, musically speaking?
This fall/ winter we are continuing to work on pre-pro for our second record. This one will be released under Laura Cole Band. As we did this interview as a band, we love that we have found our unit and are ecstatic to get going with these brand new tunes. Can’t wait to share them with you, Hamilton!