Intended Creation

 

The artist behind Intended Creation is making music with great motivation – great philosophy. The Toronto native says of her project, “I love that it refers to manifesting something in the physical via the mental. To manifest something simply through intention is something that I absolutely agree with. The mind makes magic, and thoughts carry with them very powerful vibrations.”

Her debut EP, “Awake” represents this though process. We asked Intended Creation to get into it: “’Awake’ is my first real recorded body of music, and it involves an exploration of genre and style, instrumentation and improvisation, expectation, and the element of chance… The project has really opened me as a performer, and as a person, and it has led me to my own voice in many ways, and on many levels.” It’s an eye opener, with sounds that come off a beautiful pallet. She says “I think that I'm still exploring my options and tasting the flavors.  I'd like to be as versatile as possible, and I'd rather not settle into a consistent sound. There is a consistency, however, in instrumentation and method, and so I think that much of my sound is and will continue to be very percussion driven, usually including strings, voices, and varied woodwinds/brass.” Keep an eye out for a show with Intended Creation – tours are being pulled together right now. There’s more to learn, so keep going for the answers to the XXQ’s.

XXQs: Intended Creation

PEV: How would you describe your sound and what do you feel makes you stand out over the others in your genre?

Intended Creation (SL): I think that I'm still exploring my options and tasting the flavors.  I'd like to be as versatile as possible, and I'd rather not settle into a consistent sound.  There is a consistency, however, in instrumentation and method, and so I think that much of my sound is and will continue to be very percussion driven, usually including strings, voices, and varied woodwinds/brass.  I am also very influenced by world percussion, rhythms, and forms.  "Awake" is an exploration in sound involving acoustic, singer-songwriter style pieces, instrumental and percussion driven pieces, blues, elements of rock, world music, and an eclectic instrumentation. As far as standing out in my genre, I'm not really sure what genre I am... but I guess my "stand out" element would be the element of surprise.  I feel that the Ep is a bit of a surprise - I think that it really plays on expectations. 

PEV: Hailing from Toronto, Canada, what kind of music where you into growing up? Was anyone your main influence?

IC: Well although I live in Toronto, I'm actually from Cambridge, Ontario - a smaller city about an hour West of Toronto.  I was into all sorts of music, although my exposure to the mainstream was more or less limited.  We didn't ever have cable, nor did we listen to mainstream radio, so my knowledge of popular bands/music growing up was pretty sparse.  As a kid I had a collection of records - don't remember the specifics of how I obtained it, but it included a lot of classical music, nursery rhymes and stories, Donny Osmond's "Crazy Horses" (everyone needs to Youtube this... so entertaining), Cheap Trick, and others.  I also had an affair with Meatloaf's "Bat Out of Hell," as well as the soundtrack to "Dirty Dancing."  

As a teenager, one artist that I consistently listened to was Jewel - loved her music, and I learned much of it on guitar.  I have always loved singer/songwriters.  In high school I liked different bands here and there, mostly rock, art rock, singer-songwriter, and instrumental stuff.  I was exposed to the most music in university, and I'd say that most of my influences are the Romantic and Modern composers (mostly modern), world rhythms, and the ideas and concepts of other artists in other mediums.  One of my favorite pieces of all time is Steve Reich's "Music For 18 Musicians."

PEV: With that, what can fans expect from a live Intended Creation show?

IC:  At present, the live show is solo acoustic.  I play guitar and keys, and sing. Occasionally I have a sax player and a cellist, but until I write more parts for them...I feel bad having them only play a few parts each every time.  In the past, however, the sets have featured bass, guitar, drums, French horn, flute, sax, cello, spoken word collaborations, contemporary dancers, capes and costumes.  In the future I'd like to score more music and have live ensembles, as well as continuing to integrate the spoken word, dance, and other art forms. 

PEV: What is the story behind the moniker, “Intended Creation”? Why did you decide to run with that?

IC:  I originally called the project "Nightmusic," but then found a band that already had that name.  I wanted to have something of a synonym for "Music," and I looked up a definition of "Music" in a textbook of mine. It said something along the lines of "The intention to create..." etc. and as I pondered it, it just named itself. I love that it also refers to manifesting something in the physical via the mental.  To manifest something simply through intention is something that I absolutely agree with.  The mind makes magic, and thoughts carry with them very powerful vibrations.

PEV: Any preshow rituals before going on stage or do you just wing it?

IC:  I usually rehearse the day before, but I don't rehearse the day of the show.  I try to spend time with myself beforehand, I listen to the album and I drink plenty of tea.  This is if I have the time, of course... sometimes I have absolutely no time for anything, and I absolutely wing it - no set list, a borrowed patch cord. I guess it depends on the show.

PEV: What was the underlining inspiration for your music? Where do get your best ideas for songs?

IC:  Each piece has its own motivations and inspirations, and so each piece is special to me on its own, as well as within the album.  I think that my best ideas come from my most honest approach.  Occasionally I'll feel the pressure of an upcoming show and I'll try to write new music just to fill the set, but I never really end up using it.  The best music comes when I approach the act of creating honestly. I think that as far as songwriting goes, I'd say that "Only You" is probably one of my best, and that inspiration came from an attempt to empathize with someone else - to put myself in their shoes, in an effort to understand a lament, and to capture it in a song.  I think the best music comes from being as honest as possible - on many different levels.

 

PEV: Tell us about your debut EP release, "Awake". What can fans expect from this work?

IC:  "Awake" is my first real recorded body of music, and it involves an exploration of genre and style, instrumentation and improvisation, expectation, and the element of chance.  It began as a composition portfolio in the fall of 2007, and at this point - I'm not really sure if I've been creating it or if it's been creating me. I wanted to touch on a variety of genres and styles, and use an eclectic instrumentation, so as to create an "appetizer plate" of sorts - a selection of what I create as a composer.  The project has really opened me as a performer, and as a person, and it has led me to my own voice in many ways, and on many levels. The album features Mark Healy on alto sax, Rain Willow on cello, Elke Eble on French horn, and Michael Franklin on keyless wooden flute, and I think that the instrumental performances were the highlights of the album.  It was mixed and mastered by Kaylub Hyde, who really rounded off my edges and brought a subtle sort of beauty to the album.   Everyone did an amazing job.

PEV: What’s one thing we’d be surprised to hear about Intended Creation?

IC:  I guess in reference to the music - "Move" was played by hand in real time.  I know it seems like loops..

PEV: What one word best describes Intended Creation?

IC:  Honest.

PEV: What is like to play in the states for the first time? Any big difference from that of Canada?

IC:  I haven't played in the states yet!  Working on it....

PEV: Is there one area you wish you could travel around and play that you have not yet?

IC:  Everywhere!  I'm definitely planning to tour as much as possible, but I'd also really like to travel and study instruments and musical traditions of other cultures - Ghana may be first...it's been on my mind for a few years.

PEV: What can we find you doing in your spare time, aside from playing/writing music?

IC: I manage myself and I work. Ideally, I'd like to be as independent as possible, (label, management, etc.) and so I spend a lot of my spare time reading and researching the "business" aspects of independent music.  I also teach instrumental music to kids in the evenings.  I try to get out to shows, see other artists perform, and network, but in the cold weather....I do it a little less of it.  I am also into creative writing, and I read quite a bit.  In the summer I love the forest, and being outside.

PEV:  Is there an up and coming band or artist you think we should all be looking out for now?

IC:  I've actually been checking out Allie Hughes lately (she's from Toronto) - I like the song "Damaged Nail."  I played a show with her about a year ago - she closed the night, and she was awesome!  She has a great band, and she is a great performer - I like her ideas (costumes), it's dramatic and she's entertaining from the beginning of the set to the end.

PEV: If you weren’t playing music now what do you think you would be doing as your career?

IC:  I'd probably be a writer.

PEV: So, what is next for Intended Creation?

IC:  I'm going to be working on setting up a tour, working on new music, and writing parts for instrumentalists for my current music and for new live music.  I want to lend some more attention now to my live sets.

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