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

BEN HOWARD ROCKS 2014 ITUNES FESTIVAL

BEN HOWARD ROCKS 2014 ITUNES FESTIVAL / NEW RELEASE HIS NEW ALBUM  

 

September 30, 2014 7:08 PM  |  Music

SWEDEN'S ALICE BOMAN NEW VIDEO OF “BE MINE”

ALICE BOMAN has made her name with her lo-fi and haunting voice.

September 22, 2014 6:24 PM  |  Music

BRENDAN FALLIS INTERVIEW

Canadian import BRENDAN FALLIS has made a name as a recording artist for himself with the incredible taste in music and coveted style in the DJ community.

August 20, 2014 4:02 PM  |  Music

FULL MOON FESTIVAL- A MATTE PROJECT

FULL MOON FESTIVAL  - A MATTE PROJECTS 

 

As NASA's Science News reported, a “super moon”  will be dominating the sky – yes it was not only the sky but also everyone's heart. 

August 18, 2014 2:24 PM  |  Music

CRYSTAL KAY EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW

NAME: Crystal Kay
ORIGIN: Yokohama, Japan
OCCUPATION: Performer and musician

June 13, 2014 2:08 PM  |  Music

LISA LOEB IN CONCERT-EXCLUSIVE NYC APPEARANCE

Lisa Loeb is a Grammy-nominated singer-songwriter who was the first unsigned artist to have a number one platinum-selling single, her hit “Stay (I missed you),” without a recording contract. ...

May 29, 2014 2:56 PM  |  Music

SAINT LAURENT MUSIC PROJECT

For decades music and fashion has been closely intertwined.

May 23, 2014 10:49 AM  |  Music
Photograph by Shervin Lainez

TATI ANA X NEW YOUNG PONY CLUB AT BROOKLYN BOWL

TATI ANA and NEW YOUNG PONY CLUB performed last week at the BROOKLYN BOWL. The crowd was everything you would expect from the cool electric bands.

May 10, 2014 6:52 PM  |  Music
Photos courtesy of Charitybuzz

Get the Royal Treatment with Lorde at Coachella for Charity

TWELV readers and Lorde lovers listen up, here’s a chance to snag VIP passes for you and a friend.

March 05, 2014 3:45 PM  |  Music

Holding onto a Little Daylight

Little Daylight is Brooklyn’s newest synth-pop project, bound for glory.

February 28, 2014 3:11 PM  |  Music
Photo by Caroline Hafer

The Ludicrous Impossibility of Writing a Think-Piece on a Kanye West Performance.

[My editors told me I could “go crazy on this one”, they're going to regret that.] 

January 10, 2014 4:23 PM  |  Music

IKEMEN: Ian Alexander #17

IKEMEN (ē´k´mɛn): Japanese Slang

"REALLY, REALLY, RIDICULOUSLY GOOD LOOKING PEOPLE"

November 25, 2013 7:50 PM  |  Music
Photo by Miliken Gardner

Ariana and The Rose

There was a time when the word 'pop' was deemed a dirty word in the music industry.

October 21, 2013 4:19 PM  |  Music
Photo Courtesy of GoLightly Media

SLEEPY KITTY

TWELV got the chance to chat with Paige Brubeck and Evan Sult of the band "Sleepy Kitty" to discuss muses, life in their favorite cities, Robert Rauschenberg, and welding.

October 17, 2013 11:34 AM  |  Music
On Alex: Dominic Louis black Tortuga moto jacket, Hanes t-shirt, Rochambeau for Converse sneakers, Otto hat, own denim. On Drew: Passarella Death Squad Leather Bomber Jacket, SIKI IM black "Kimono" tshirt with back strap, own denim, Pierre Hardy sneakers.

The Chainsmokers

NYC-based DJs Andrew Taggart and Alex Pall from "The Chainsmokers" recently let TWELV dress them up and pick apart their brains.

August 27, 2013 12:34 PM  |  Music
Photo courtesy of Cherry Tree/Interscope Records

Ivy Levan: Queen of Swamp-Hop

TWELV recently had the opportunity to chat with up-and-coming singer/songwriter Ivy Levan, who just released her debut EP, “Introducing the Dame,” on Cherry Tree/Interscope records.

August 19, 2013 2:29 PM  |  Music
Photo By: Will Morgan Holland

Kopecky Family Band

Interview with Gabe Simon

Musical roots hold a bond thicker than blood for this "family."

July 30, 2013 7:13 PM  |  Music

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

INTERVIEW: HAIM? Never heard of them

Haim (pronounced Hime) are three sisters who put most of their male counterparts to shame. This girls completely own rock 'n' roll.

February 26, 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
SITE BY: monocomplex©Marbles & Marbles International Inc.
▲ back to top ▲