Toronto native Gregory Vitale just might be the next great savior in Canadian rock. Taking influence from legends like Led Zeppelin before him, Vitale has a brand spankin’ new record on store shelves now under the name Flowerchild.
Produced by former Tea Party member Jeff Martin, Vitale speaks highly of Martin’s ability in the studio, guiding him when needed but ultimately letting him dictate the path that the album would follow.
“My friend Renee had been a stylist for the Tea Party and has sent my material to Jeff,” Vitale starts. “Jeff heard it, liked it and we touched based with one another soon after.”
It was not long before Gregory was off to Martin’s studio in Ireland to make what would become his self-titled record.
“Jeff had this little cabin on the hillside and in it had a cool studio set up. That is where we made the record; beside the ocean with lush fields of green all around us. It really felt like a magical, beautiful place.”
Where do you currently call home?
Toronto, Ontario, where I was born and raised.
Why do you live where you do?
I live in Toronto because it allows me to be very close to my family. But it also provides me a lot of resources and the opportunity to work with a lot of different writers and musicians. There is a wealth of talent in Toronto because of the size of the city. There is a lot going on and it works really well for me for now.
First record purchased and at what age?
I’m not going to tell you how old I was but the first records I remember buying were the Grease Soundtrack, Pink Floyd’s The Wall and The Knack’s Get The Knack.
When did you start to play music?
I dabbled in playing music when I was in 6th and 7th grade. Then it resurrected itself when I was in high school.
What three records could you not live without?
Led Zeppelin – Presence
Jeff Buckley – Grace
The Beatles – 1962- 1966
What has been your most memorable show?
I recently played a show here in Toronto that would rank as one of my favorites. It was so memorable because it was the first show for me and the line up of guys that will be touring with me. The show confirmed for me that I got the right guys to help me interpret the record the way I want the record to come across live.
Worst career moment thus far?
It would definitely be the show I played at an old age home over a year ago. Somebody suggested I drop by and play some songs. They said if you can win over this crowd, you can play anywhere.
Most extravagant rider item?
Towels. But really as long as the band is happy, I’m good to go.
Why should people care?
The way we approached making this record was very traditional and I think that is somewhat unique in today’s day and age. It is a very honest and organic record.