One of the most recent talents to export from Canada, Bird has recently released his debut album, “La Notte” to critical acclaim and we had an opportunity to sit down and talk with the talented musician on his first release, his background, and where he sees himself in the future.
Hey Bird. How are you? Congrats on your debut release of La Notte. To start off, tell us who Bird is.
I’m doing well, thank you. How are you? I am an independent producer/singer/filmmaker out of Toronto. I do graphic design by day, but music has always been a passion of mine since I was young.
Your one sheeter says, “If Alfred Hitchcock had made a western soul and hip hop thriller.” What’s that all about?
Well I’m a huge fan of old cinema, it reminds me a lot of old vinyl. Films had that warmth and grittiness, similar to what you would find on old records. There was something about that era that really struck a cord with me when I was growing up. I loved old Film Noir and Western movies and felt like I wanted to make a concept album that combined all my interests.
La Notte is your debut album but you didn’t start making music just yesterday. Tell us about your musical upbringing.
I started out playing piano when I was young however that only lasted a couple years. The majority of it is self taught. Listening to the greats and trying to learn their methods. I would sit and listen to a record front to back and only listen to the production. After a few years, I finally felt my music was good enough so I reached out to a few artists. Abdominal, who had been working with DJ Format oversees, introduced me to the music scene here in Toronto. From there, I met Notes to Self and D-Sisive, two of the features on the album.
Who were your biggest influences growing up and currently?
When I was a young little guy, I remember listening to a lot of Michael Jackson and Stevie Wonder. As I hit my teenage years while everyone started listening to Nirvana and Spin Doctors, I got into hip hop and R&B. De La Soul, Tribe Called Quest, Outkast, Jodeci… yeah I said it… I loved Jodeci when I was young [laughs]. I swear my mom would bust into my room to find her son singing “Every freakin’ day, and every freakin’ night, I want to freak you baby in every freakin’ way.” Obviously, I had no clue what that meant at the time. And considering I was also such a big fan of old film, I ended up falling in love with composers like Ennio Morricone. Nowadays I have a vast love for all types of music. From Beach House to Frank Ocean, Max Richter to Daft Punk.