Folk Music for a New Generation: Canyon's Fresh Take on a Classic Genre

May 01, 2012 11:59 AM

Hailing from Westport, Connecticut; Canyon Sharits is a self-proclaimed "Song Peddler and Storyteller" who takes a confessional approach to all of her melodically distinctive Indie/Folk originals. Accompanied by long-time friend Andrew Maturana who provides percussion on cajon and haunting vocal harmonies, form a uniquely compelling duo that sources influence from the likes of Cat Stevens and Tracy Chapman. Their folk roots are undeniable and organic, even down to Canyon's namesake that comes from lyrics in the song "Thrasher" by Neil Young.

They are currently working on the full-length follow-up CD to the 2010
EP Aeroplanes & Astronauts.

Has music always been a big part of your life, or was it only recently that you discovered a passion for it and began to pursue it as a career?

Canyon: Music has always been a part of my life. I grew up listening to the radio a lot and loved going to the record store and picking out CD’s like every other kid. The first CD I ever remember buying on my own was probably the Evita soundtrack.

Andy: The first CD I owned was Green Day's Dookie.

What kind of music did you listen to growing up?

Andy: My parents listened to a lot of classical music, so growing up I listened to that. But I preferred classic and vintage rock. Bands like, Led Zeppelin, The Who, and The Beatles. And Recently I have been really into Skrillex and MGMT.

Canyon: My mom only listened to different variations of folk music; so I grew up with Cat Stevens, Joan Baez, Tracy Chapman, and Sarah McLachlan. I count Cat Stevens and Tracy Chapman as huge influences when it comes to my sound. It's funny because only recently did I discover all of the genres that I missed.  I can honestly say that I am just now discovering The Rolling Stones.

Have you guys been playing together long? How did you meet?

Canyon: It's a funny story actually. Andy is my best friend's boyfriend. We met about 5 years ago, but we were both doing our own thing musically. Then 3 years ago, I entered a contest to play at the Bamboozle Music Festival in NJ, but you had to be a band to enter. So I convinced Andy to learn all my songs and join me. We ended up being among the winners who played at the festival. And that's what started everything.

You have described the sound on your debut EP Aeroplanes + Astronauts as folksy. What do you like about that genre of music?

Canyon: We never made a conscious choice to have it sound that way, it sort of happened organically. I think my sound evolved out of what I was able to play…Very stripped down, acoustic guitar. I was playing on my own at the time and it was the only sound I could create. When I partnered up with Andy a couple years ago, he was able to introduce some great vocal harmonies and percussion to the mix.

Andy: The whole creative process is just such an evolution, so were constantly trying to figure it out ourselves. I wouldn't go as far as to say that we're creating a hybrid between two genres, but our sound is kind of a mix of Canyon's folk background with beats laid down behind it. So you get that element of Rock & Roll, but without distortion. It's definitely avant-garde.

Canyon: Yeah, our heads are still spinning.

What is your favorite part about doing this?

Andy: For me it's about playing, feeling hopeful and having a healthy sense of faith in what you're creating with someone. I've been playing music my whole life, but to feel so passionate about a project is everything you can hope for as an artist.

Canyon: I've come to enjoy the challenge of it all. I knew going into this that it was going to be hard, but it's been really rewarding to have had all these hurdles to get over and succeeded.

How long have you been working on the album and when do you expect it to come out?

Andy: We're in the midst of tracking everything and have been working on it for 3 months. We hope it will be done in 2 months, so by July. That's the goal.

Canyon: And we'll be debuting the new look for our website, www.hellomynameiscanyon.com then as well.

What kind of hurdles have you dealt with?

Canyon: The creative process is really weird, and intangible. When you're in the studio you have multiple minds and ideas all collaborating on a song. And sometimes, parts of the song just wont work; and they won’t work for hours, and you’re banging your head against the wall. And sometimes you just want to give up and go work at McDonald's. But then finally it clicks and you have an "ah ha!" moment, and it's exhilarating.

Any ideas for the album name yet?

Andy: We share a lot of laughs in the studio so I'm sure the name of the album will end up being something goofy, based on an inside joke.

 

By: Jessica Appelstein

related posts

Daphne Guinness: Fatal Flaw

Fashion icon, Daphne Guinness, has released her first music video, “Fatal Flaw.” The heiress croons on about love while flashes of color dance in and out of focus in a melodic trance.

June 28, 2013 2:06 PM  |  Music

Exclusive: Neon Trees

TWELV Magazine is pleased to unveil this exclusive track from Neon Trees upcoming Lessons in Love (all day, all night) Remixes with this track by Michel Heyaca.

March 21, 2013 1:32 PM  |  Music

#STOPANDDANCE: Motive's Latest EP

If we may be so bold as to introduce Motive’s new EP, It’s Illicit.

March 04, 2013 12:00 AM  |  Music

Crowd Control: The Vaccines at Terminal 5

In no-nonsense rock 'n' roll style The Vaccines ascended the Terminal 5 stage at 10 pm Thursday storming straight into 'No Hope'.

February 01, 2013 12:00 AM  |  Music

Kitsune x Twelv Present WE ♥ NEW YORK

Join Kitsune Friday night to honor stars of the NYC downtown music scene at Le Bain, The Standard Hotel's penthouse discotheque.

January 22, 2013 1:30 AM  |  Music
by Shervin Lainez

Charlene Kaye: Animal Love

Charlene Kaye is not your typical singer songwriter. Her hit song “Animal Love” crosses more genres than a Girl Talk album.

January 15, 2013 3:05 PM  |  Music
MOTIVE

Twelv Presents: Motive, Computer Magic and Starlight Girls at Webster Hall

Twelv considered hundreds of bands before deciding which to include in issue 2. As a New York based magazine, Twelv is always on the hunt for emerging music talent in the New York area.

September 24, 2012 7:28 PM  |  Music
Photos by Katy Shayne Stroud

CHELSEA WOLFE

The young California native, who currently calls Los Angeles home, said she knew she wanted to be a musician all her life and begun self-teaching at the age of nine.

September 05, 2012 3:29 PM  |  Music

TWELV Night - Paloma Faith's British Invasion

Her name means nothing to most Americans, but Paloma Faith has the spirit of fame.

August 10, 2012 2:03 PM  |  Music
The head of a five hundred-count line! Photo by Naoko Takagi

TWELV Night – Lemonade, Chairlift, and Washed Out at House of Vans

Five hundred anxious New Yorkers stretched down blocks of Franklin Street last night – and not just for the complimentary booze.

August 04, 2012 7:52 PM  |  Music

TWELVIDEOS of August - a playlist

Is it really August already? Well we here at TWELV know how fast time flies when you’re having fun. Or when you’re vibing on the coolest new music videos.

August 01, 2012 2:10 PM  |  Music

Fiona Apple's Deep, Dark Woods

Fiona Apple has been known as many things during her decade-spanning career: Jazzy. Sensual. Sociopathic.

July 23, 2012 12:36 PM  |  Music

Dirty Projectors trade knots for new on latest LP

It's strange to see the word "accessible" appear again and again in interviews with the notoriously abstract Dirty Projectors.

July 06, 2012 10:14 PM  |  Music

Midsummer's Daydream: A Video Playlist

Not sure what your summer should look like? Well neither are we, but we've assembled five new music videos filled to the brim with sunny, stylish escapades.

July 06, 2012 9:51 PM  |  Music

UK’S CRYSTAL FIGHTERS BRING ETHNO-TRANCE CARAVAN TO NORTH AMERICA

The txalaparta, an ancient Basque instrument, is traditionally played through the use of partnership.

June 30, 2012 2:00 PM  |  Music

Small Black wade in the Hip-Hop water on new Moon Killer mixtape

What if you took your favorite rap beat into the sauna with a bottle of red wine?

June 30, 2012 12:30 PM  |  Music

DIIV IN

Brooklyn-based band DIIV, brainchild of Beach Fossils guitarist Zachary Cole Smith, was only formed about a year ago and played their first show late July of last year.

June 20, 2012 2:38 PM  |  Music

Tu Fawning's "Monumental" New Release

“Tu Fawning return this May with their sophomore release, A Monument.

June 05, 2012 2:25 PM  |  Music

Mystery Jets' New Album is the Culmination of their "Main Street Exile"

1. You guys are playing at Brooklyn Bowl in Brooklyn on 6/11 and at Beacon Theatre in NYC on 6/15. What do you like the most about performing in New York?

May 31, 2012 2:51 PM  |  Music

Folk Music for a New Generation: Canyon's Fresh Take on a Classic Genre

Hailing from Westport, Connecticut; Canyon Sharits is a self-proclaimed "Song Peddler and Storyteller" who takes a confessional approach to all of her melodically distinctive Indie/Fo

May 01, 2012 11:59 AM  |  Music

“So Good You Need To Be In My Collection”: Wildstreet Gives Rock & Roll a New Name

“Armed with big choruses, blazing guitar solos, and powerful melodies, WILDSTREET is a sex-fueled rock n roll explosion beckoning the glory days of 80s arena rock.

May 01, 2012 11:17 AM  |  Music
photo by CHAMA

Blonde Redhead Invades Brooklyn

Blonde Redhead is an American alternative rock band composed of Japanese vocalist and rhythm guitarist Kazu Makino and Milanese twin brothers Simone and Amadeo Pace, who play drums and vocals/lead...

May 01, 2012 9:42 AM  |  Music

Pages

SITE BY: monocomplex©Marbles & Marbles International Inc. Drupal Development by: DivDiv, NYC
▲ back to top ▲