Responde Tony Dekker, frontman de Great Lake Swimmers…
Where was the nominated album recorded? How long were you in the studio?
The album was primarily recorded in the Thousand Islands region of Ontario and New York, including locations such as a church (St. Brendan the Navigator) and a castle (Singer Castle on Dark Island). It was mixed by Andy Magoffin at the House of Miracles in London, Ontario. The whole process took about 4 to 5 weeks.
What’s your best memory about recording this album?
Exploring the beautiful Thousand Islands region and learning more about the history of island life and life on the St. Lawrence River.
Which is the album’s stand-out song and why?
One of the standout songs for me is “Pulling On A Line” which I think is because of the creative chemistry of the band members.
When did music become your ‘life’?
I was laid off from a job at a film company in late 2004 and took the plunge into music as a full time career after that. Haven’t looked back since.
Who named the band and why?
Me (Tony). It was originally the title of a song, which appears on the first, self-titled record (it’s the final track).
When was the current line-up created?
It’s been a rotating cast of characters since the band’s birth in 2003, but the current lineup has been touring together for the last couple of years. Erik has been with the group the longest.
What was your most embarrassing moment on stage?
Who’s the funny one?
Who’s the serious one?
Who’s the tyrant?
Favourite song of all time?
“The Lakes of Canada” by the Innocence Mission.
Favourite band of all time?
Favourite singer of all time?
What band would you love to share a bill with?
Neil Young & Crazy Horse.
What career other than music would be ‘you’?
What is your most treasured piece of your memorabilia – and why?
Eagle feathers found on Wolfe Island, after a magical show in Kingston, Ontario at the Grad Club.
What is something fans don’t know about you?
I am an excellent swimmer.
What is your guilty pleasure?
Disappearing into the wilderness.
What was your first concert?
My high school band played at the talent show. That was one of my first performances.
What was your favourite concert?
Opening for Robert Plant and Alison Krauss at the Molson Amphitheatre in Toronto.
How old were you when you started playing music?