Singer-songwriter, Bodhi Jones, discovered his passion for music from a young age and has developed his own unique brand of Alt-pop-Acoustic-rock over the years. Hailing from Saltspring Island, BC, Bodhi has been an active part of the west coast music scene since 2005. He’s recorded five Eps, three full length albums, and sold over 30,000 copies while busking on the streets of downtown Vancouver.
When did you realize that you wanted to be a musician?
I was in grade 12 when me and some friends formed our first band, we were asked to play an acoustic set at a house party near the end of the school year, and during our last song (a sad one called “Sundown”) a few of the girls in the audience started to cry and at that exact moment I knew that I wanted to keep connecting with people on that beautifully raw emotional level.
What’s your favourite thing about playing on Roland gear?
It’s just world class music making equipment that I’ve always been drawn to. We used an old Roland RD-600 Keyboard in a bunch of the songs on the new album and the sounds are one of a kind, so warm and rich. Our Producer Elisa Pangsaeng has also been using the Roland JD-XA, SPD-SX and a GAIA SH-01 on the programming and beat making side of things.
Tell us how you started with using Roland products.
It was Christmas morning in 1994 and I had just unwrapped my very first keyboard, a brand new Roland JV-35! I was in music making heaven, and my loyalty to Roland products hasn’t wavered ever since.
Do you have any advice for Canadian musicians who want to turn their hobby into a career?
Hmmmmm… that’s a tough one. I’m still searching for the secret to musical success myself! A few bits of advice I can offer are:
- Write, and write, and write, and then write some more. It’s the only way to a truly good song, and a truly good song is the most important thing.
- Treat your career like a small business, have every step of the way planned out to the smallest of details, and never under value yourself.
- Assemble a really great team, find good people who believe in you, that are strong in areas that you may not be so strong in yourself (promotions, finances, scheduling, networking, etc.) and don’t forget to have fun with it! Sometimes we lose sight of how blessed we are to be able to create and play and share our music with others, but that’s what it’s all about!
What’s your practice routine like?
I’d say I usually sit down to write for about 3 hours, 4 times a week, and always make sure to get in 1 solid rehearsal with the band each week as well. That, combined with online work and gigs, I’d say I’m spending about 25 hours a week on my music career, with my ultimate goal being to eventually make it a full time job.
What keeps you inspired?
Knowing that there’s billions of people out there in the world that are in a really hard place right now, struggling to find a little bit of inspiration or hope for themselves. That keeps me inspired to keep on writing and singing from my heart. I want my music to be there for anyone who’s in need of a friend, I wanna let them know that they not alone, and that we’re all on this challenging but beautiful journey together. I’m inspired by all of us, and everything.
How does your music change from studio to playing live?
I love being in the studio, it’s so much fun, i think it might be my favourite place to be… but with that being said, when it comes to singing, I definitely prefer to perform live. There’s nothing like pouring your heart n soul out to an attentive group of music loving people. It’s such a cool give and take between the artist and audience, and I think sharing a real live human experience in todays “social” media soaked world is so important!
If you could jam with any other musician in the world, who would it be?
So hard to answer this question… I wanna jam with all of them! But if I must pick one, I’d have to go with Coldplay (Chris Martin was one of my major singing influences growing up). Honourable mentions to Ray Lamontagne, and David Gray.
What accomplishments are you most proud of to date?
My top 5 proudest musical moments are in no particular order:
- My last album, titled “BONES” was nominated for a 2014 Juno Award (for Album Design).
- Being Voted “Vancouver’s Best Busker” by The Georgia Straight Magazine (twice).
- Being selected for The Peak Performance Project – Top 20 Artists in BC (Three times).
- Performing at The Queen Elizabeth Theatre in my hometown of Vancouver (such a beautiful venue).
- Having my song “Suitcase Packed” in regular rotation on CBC Radio.
What projects are you currently working on?
I’m currently in the studio recording a new full length album titled “HEART BEATS”, and I think it might be the best music I’ve ever made. So I’m super excited to get these new tunes out into the world, hoping to have the album out in the fall. I’ve also been running an indiegogo crowd funding campaign, aiming to raise $35,000 to go toward the Recording, Mixing, Mastering, Manufacturing, and Promotion of “HEART BEATS”. Please stop and check out all the cool perks available for your kind contribution, big or small, it all counts, and I am forever grateful for your support. igg.me/at/bodhijones
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