See that picture to the left? There is a reason why so many colours surround Halgonian pop wonderkid Rich Aucoin. Dubbed as “a musical scrapbook compiling over 500 musicians, friends and fans from across Canada”, Aucoin’s fantastic new record, We’re All Dying To Live (reviewed here) is turning out to be one of my favorite records of the year. On his record, he brings together a myriad of pop and electronic influences and adds indelible melodies and hooks that would make the average music enthusiast foam at the mouth.
Aside from a seemingly ceaseless tour schedule , Aucoin has ambitiously been piecing films from the public domain together to serve as a visual accompaniment to the music featured on We’re All Dying To Live. I’ve posted the video to the track All You Cannot Live Without below and would like to strongly encourage you to head over to Rich’s YouTube page and check out his other videos for yourself.
Before he jets off to Brazil for a pair of shows this coming weekend, Rich graciously took the time to answer a few questions about his influences and how they helped shape his new record.
Did you find it tough to translate the energy from stage onto the record?
Aucoin: No. i just approach them differently. i’ve been making this record since before my shows have turned into high-energy parties so i never was thinking about this record as “documenting” the live show. Maybe i’ll think about that a bit more when recording the next one though.
And conversely, is there much on the record that you have difficulty replicating live?
Aucoin: For sure. There is a ton of songs and interludes on the record that I would never play at a bar. i’ve played the whole record once through at the Halifax Pop Explosion but luckily it was with 89 friends backing me up! There are definitely some parts that won’t be performed live again anytime soon.
You had essentially put out an “open call” for contributions to We’re All Dying To Live. Were you at all overwhelmed with the amount of responses you had from people looking to contribute to the record?
Aucoin: Yeah, there was never a “goal” set for the number of people to include on the record and it’s easy to keep wanting to include people to get the chance to work with so many amazing musicians and friends. The overwhelming part was when the “party” of recording was over and I was left to “clean up” the files and organize everything into a cohesive record.
I hear influences from everyone from The Beach Boys to Phoenix on your record. Do you feel this is a pretty accurate summation of where you’ve come from?
Aucoin: Totally. I love both of those bands. One of the original ideas for this record was to wear a lot of influences on my sleeve and to try to make recordings like what a lot of my favourite artists have done. it was a great exercise to learn about the different methods of songwriting and production.[youtube q3RIlQHjYY8]