Meet a new generation of innovative Native artists pushing new boundaries in music. We caught up with Beatrice Deer and Daybi on Aboriginal Day to talk music, inspiration and community. Get to know them in three questions and catch them at the Marché des Possibles on Friday July 1st alongside Timothy Armstrong, Odaya, Barbara Diabo’s Interactive Hoop Dance and more.
Many of the new songs you will be playing live are more rock fusion/guitar based - Can you explain the shift in sound happening on the latest album you have been working on?
The shift in my music lately has a lot to do with the state of the music industry these days. I find a lot of music coming out to be to over produced or just been done before hip-hop. My first instrument was the guitar and over the years I really utilized other producers and got too comfortable with that. I want new sounds, I want new vibes and energy. So I have to source other like-minded individuals or just sit down and write some shizz.
As a multimedia artist, do the themes you work with via different practices share a common ground or are they independent of each other? What is your favorite subject to explore?
I definitely think my multi-media works and musical works are related. Most of my lyrics come from visuals in my head. I really appreciate music for its ability to transcend it's non-visual with the simple use of a word or chord and it’s like the opposite with visuals. So it’s the ying and yang of it all that I find myself most comfortable. It can be perfect!
What has made you feel more at home in a metropolis rather than on a reservation?
I guess I would have to credit my father for that. Our family comes from a small community in Northern Manitoba. He had the mind to get out through education at a young age. I grew up in Winnipeg but he eventually got our family all the way to Vancouver. From there I followed his lead and just chased down my dreams. Being born and raised in a city and just growing into bigger cities was natural as my expectations grew. Thanks Dad. Now that I'm older, I'm comfortable knowing I've done the damn thing. Chilling, writing albums and art is awesome, I can do that, watch my son grow up and play golf!
What brought you from Quaqtaq, Northern Quebec to Montreal nine years ago?
I wanted to go to college and get better opportunities for my music. Wanted my two kids to go to school here too.
You perform pop songs and also traditional Inuit throat singing. What kind of topics do you raise in these styles?
I sing about my personal experiences, about love, about my culture.
Today on June 21st, Aboriginal Day, how do you celebrate and make a difference as someone who has spoken out about the suicide crisis in Quebec's Inuit and Aboriginal communities?
I celebrate our perseverance as Inuit. We have overcome so much and we are still thriving in our culture. I celebrate life. I hope we can spread positivity not just today but everyday.