By: Via Reyes
Before I could even get a word in, singer-songwriter Laurent Bourque introduces himself and promptly asks me what my job is as I sidled into the booth after Nathan Hood (VPSL), breathless and still in my coat. â€œIâ€™m the Arts and Entertainment Managing Editor,â€ I answer. â€œFor the school newspaper.â€ I explain to him that I undertake theÂ special taskÂ to meet artists and chat with them, both local and those passing through, which are experiences that are a little harder to get at home. He then asked me about my home, Manila, and how I ended up here on the island, which led to a discussion about how great Prince Edward Island is and all the places we have all been, which then led us to talking about his travels on tour. BorqueÂ has toured around Ontario mostly. Other places he has toured so far would be Quebec, the East Coast, the North East Coast of the United States, and has even had tour dates in Europe. â€œItâ€™s difficult travelling all the time, but it definitely has its perks,â€ Borque adds.
We thenÂ move on to talk about the processes he undergoes for creating his music. â€œPieces of Your Past,â€ his latest album and the one he is currently touring, took on a different production process than his debut album. Aside from working with a producer, Borque says that the entire album was recorded live. Everything, from the instruments and vocals, were all played together and recorded. They finished recording the album at the end of the day, with Borque expecting some redoing after, but that dayâ€™s workÂ became the finished product. â€œIt was sort of weird, but it was awesome,â€ Borque adds. As for his creative process, he says it is a constant process. Music and lyrics are always being written down. He says he will sit and down and play for a while,Â and just sees what comes out of that. From these sessions, he would use these “building blocks” to form a song.Â “You have to be there to catch a song when it jumps out at you,” Borque says.
When I askedÂ him how he would describe his music for people who have not heard it yet, Borque says that it might be easier to say who he has been compared to, which would be artists like City and Colour and David Gray. He says his music is comprised of honest songs. â€œMostly love songs,â€™ Borque adds. His lyrics tell of break up stories and make up stories; stories of love and life. On his website, it even says that his debut album â€œWhat We Talk Aboutâ€ made his ex-girlfriend cry, which he calls a big win for him.
We went on to discuss the kind of music Borque listens to and the artists who have inspired his music and who have inspired him as an individual. â€œThereâ€™s a lot,â€ Borque says. â€œI listen to everything.â€ He talks about how he grew up on 90s rock, with bands like Smashing Pumpkins, but he has a love for all kinds of music. â€œThe song I had on a loop this week was the new Kanye West song,â€ Borque says, and although he says it has nothing to do with what he does, it is the song that he has been playing all week. â€œI do like that Selena Gomez song,â€ he adds, referring to the pop starâ€™s track â€œSame Old Loveâ€ which was playing while he was doing sounds check. â€œItâ€™s fucking good, man! Itâ€™s really good!â€
At the end of the interview, BourqueÂ gives me a copy of his latest album “Pieces of Your Past.” The first time I heard his music was before the show at the Wave and I can say I have not stopped listening to it since. The music is beautiful, the lyrics areÂ honest, and the aspect of a live recording adds so much to the sound as it displays the rawest kind of emotion. It also adds to the experience, giving off the feeling I am watching aÂ live performance, wishing I had a beer in hand with someone I love cuddled upÂ right next to me. Give his music a listen atÂ http://laurentbourque.bandcamp.com/ and if you like what you hear (and I know you will) give him some love and purchase.
For upcoming tour dates, links to purchase his music, and for more information on Laurent Bourque visit his website:Â http://www.laurentbourque.com/