Check out our interview with The Belle Game from Canada!
How did you all meet?
I (Adam), met Alex in Kindergarden and Andrea in grade 8, so we’ve been friends for a long while. Katrina responded to a Musicians Craigslist ad I posted while living in Montreal. When we met for the first time, we realized we had actually known each other for months (I used to go into a restaurant she worked at every weekend for breakfast). Rob also responded to a Craigslist ad when the band was operating out of Vancouver. I guess the rule is: if you want to be in The Belle Game, you have to either had to go to school with one of us or be really good at writing responses to craigslist ads.
When did you know that you wanted to create music together?
I don’t know if there was a specific moment that stands out. It was something that we have always just felt compelled to continue pursuing. That being said, we recently did a short residency at the Banff Centre to begin working on new material… While we were there we really began to lock into each-other creatively. It takes a long time to recognize your own strengths and weaknesses as a band and I think we’re really starting to discover what they are. It’s a really wonderful feeling when you can get on the same wavelength with each other.
Did you always know you wanted to create music?
Music has been a part of all of our lives in some form or another. What I like about our band is that we all get something different out of writing and performing.
What does the band name The Belle Game mean to you?
When the band first started, the mandate was to work within an aesthetic that fell somewhere between romance and sadness. To me, the band name gives off that feeling.
Your latest album Ritual Tradition Habit seems a bit different than your earliest EP, Inventing Letters. How did you evolve into your latest sound?
I think the sound and mood of Ritual is a lot closer to what we had always intended on making. Inventing Letters was our first time writing and recording as a (somewhat) serious band, so we don’t always know how to actualize what we imagined in our minds. With some experience behind us, those intentions became a lot easier to realize. That being said, the writing and recording process of that album spanned over an entire year. It was probably wasn’t until the last month that it all started to feel cohesive to us. The overwhelming thing about a debut (if you over-think things like we tend to), is that you’re deciding what type of band you’re going to be, at least for the near future. We made sure to take a lot of time to make sure we were accurately portraying the music we wanted to make.
Continue reading the full interview on our 8th issue of Artnois Magazine! But before you do, check out one of their latest music videos below.