SEPTEMBER | 2010
VOLUME 2 ISSUE 1
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I can’t help but notice that you’re not a grizzled 65 year old man sitting in a smoky, sultry bar—which I think is what comes to mind for a lot of people when they think of jazz. How do you think your age plays into your music? I think that people have this misconception that jazz is for the fifty plus crowd. Even if you look at the MacEwan music program, you see that there are so many young people who are interested in jazz— myself included. So, why Jazz then? One of the things I admire most about jazz is that it’s about the music itself. You can be the ugliest dude on stage but if you know how to play and you put your passion and your soul into your playing, you’ll be successful. You don’t think that jazz has an image? I think Jazz is all about creating your own image. That’s what people become fans of—an image that you create; one that’s honest and true to yourself and what you do. Let’s get back to you. You seem pretty busy playing shows throughout the city, what kind of venues do you prefer? I think you can take away something different from every gig. I really enjoy the bigger theatre shows as they kind of push you to focus and be on top of your game. You can’t look at the face of someone in the audience, as it’s sort of just this big black vacuum. However, the smaller intimate venues give you a little more leeway with the audience—it’s more one on one. You say you like Oscar Peterson, how did you get into him? When I was 13 or 14, I was sneaking around looking for Christmas presents. One of them was Night Train, so being a little brat - I stole it and started listening. After that I was just hooked. Would you say he has an image? Honestly, he could look like the hunchback of Notre Dame, the way he rips on those keys and the amount of energy he has, it’s really all that matters. But luckily he isn’t a hunchback.
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You talked about having to legitimize the landscape painting. What is not legitimate about it?
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The landscape, as a genre, is somewhat dated... It is however a very iconic Canadian genre. I was not a fan before I was in school and I couldn’t see relevance in it. I didn’t understand its place in contemporary art... I guess I just didn’t get it. So what in the world made you start trying to paint them yourself then? I did it mostly as a challenge to myself. When I left school I was disenchanted with art, a by-product of art school. I did not paint for two years after graduation. I hated having to create on-demand, I hated having to create in the context laid out by the department.
How have you been able to find a way to make landscapes more contemporary and appealing? I photograph all my own source material, so I spend considerable time driving along Alberta’s highways. I once believed that the flat prairies were so boring in comparison to the mountains, but the older I got, the more I began to appreciate where I am from and where I live. The idea of autobiographical artwork really struck a cord with me. These landscapes are my past and present, they are very Canadiana and I think they are more emotional that way. Do people embrace your paintings for their obvious Canadiana, or do they reject it for that same reason?
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There are both really... Although, selling landscapes commercially, in Alberta, is not a problem, as long as you are good. What has been trying for me is selling my work commercially while maintaining my dignity in the art world among my peers. I am friends with a lot of wonderful artists, and I need to be able to justify why I am doing this. For me, I am able to do that through the iconicity of these types of painting and through the personal relation with respect to the place I was born and raised.
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You are in school full-time and you help run the family business? I have been working in restaurants since I was eighteen and I applied for school the day my dad decided he wanted to open a restaurant. It was probably the worst timing; nothing like finding out I am going to have to work and study full-time. What is it like having your own personal restaurant? It is wonderful! I rarely ever eat from the menu because the boys in the back are amazing chefs. We could not possibly put everything on the menu that they can cook. The best feeling is finishing a shift and all of us sitting down to a feast of delicious indian food. What’s the best way to try Indian food? Because I sometimes get a bit overwhelmed. It is best to come in and talk to the waiting staff. If you say you are open to trying new things, we graciously comply. I love when people ask me what I think they should get, then I am empowered to give them an experience. If you come in knowing that all you are going to eat is butter chicken, you are never going to experience the possibilities of Indian food. Is it true that Butter Chicken is really just a western spin on Indian food? Indian’s don’t eat butter chicken! It was created here and it doesn’t exist in India! I think it is pseudo-Indian food for the masses but it really doesn’t do Indian food justice. What kind of business decisions have you made concerning the restaurant?
I finally got my dad to open the restaurant late at night after the bars are closed! I know people love to eat after going out, and being right on Whyte Ave, I think it is in a perfect spot for it. Plus, I am sick of eating donairs and pizza, I just want to sit down and chill out with some friends before I head home. Nice. Look for me to take full advantage of these new hours.
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Athlete, gym owner, personal trainer, musician, motivational speaker, actor... The list goes on. Tell me about this bucket list of yours... At about twelve years old, I made a list of things I wanted to accomplish in my life. It started out really small: I wanted to be on television, I wanted to be a superstar athlete, and I wanted to own lots of things, like a building, for example. Over the years that list has changed and It continues to grow. I can’t even list them all now.
Tell me about your other goal of doing something that you regret at least once a month. Every once in a while, I want to do something where I can say “I have no idea how this is going to turn out and I’m okay with that”. It has only been in the last couple of years that I have been okay with being flawed. At this stage, my flaws have allowed me to grow more than trying to cover-up my blemishes. That sounds like a tough thing for an actor to realize. Being yourself is hard to do. It is exactly what being an actor forces you to do. I had a really hard time trying to be myself because I had never really reflected and asked myself: “who am I?”. Has that recent realization helped with your acting?
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Hands down. My acting career started when I was 14. I got a roll with Sidney Poitier and the show got nominated for an Emmy. Things started rolling from there. I was just a cute kid who got cast, I had no idea what acting was. There are old interviews of me on ET and Extra talking about how I was the next Denzel and I would say things like: “Acting is easy! I get paid a lot of money for doing nothing”. I look at that kid now and I am like “You’re a jerk! I hate you!” I was just a little brat getting paid, but had no idea what I was doing. You have certainly been identified by your career in high jump and now your roll as a personal trainer, but in reality that’s a pretty small fraction of your life. You know what, as a personal trainer, I have two clients. I started off in the training business, but found I did not affect as many people as I would have liked. As a motivational speaker, or educating my staff, I feel like I can positively affect way more people everyday. And now you are off filming a western show for AMC with rapper Common. You never stop man...
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You have done some interesting research that has gotten some international interest. My research is about oral sex. I got interested in it because there has been so much press coverage on, what has been called, the “adolescent sex epidemic”. The tag line that is being used is: “oral sex has become as inconsequential as a goodnight kiss!” A line inferring sexual promiscuity among females. Is this a subject that research has dealt with in the past at all? There is not much research on oral sex and there is certainly very little about their attitudes towards it. That is what I did my study on. What did you find of interest in your research? I found a couple of things that really interested me. In my sample, of 1825 year old females, a full quarter of them had not engaged in oral sex or vaginal intercourse. I think that is very important to highlight as it hasn’t exactly been highlighted in the media coverage of my study. What’s the main thing that you are hoping people understand from your research thus far? The main point is the same safe sex message that we have been pushing for years with regard to vaginal intercourse, has not been promoted with respect to oral sex. That’s something that as sex educators, we need to begin talking about seriously. What has been some of the feedback outside of academia regarding your research? Well, my husband likes to talk about how I research oral sex and he tells people I am a “blow job expert”, needless to say, there is a little bit of a shock value to it. It is important to take it seriously but at the same time still be able to poke fun at it when need be and have real conversations about it.
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Why don’t we start by explaining how you got here? I’ve been in school for a really long time… I took some time off after my first jaunt and then came back for business. I think that gave me a little bit of perspective on where students are coming from. In Alberta, we deal more and more with students with a little bit of life experience who are coming into post secondary education at later times in their lives. It’s helpful to be able to relate to those people; understanding issues like financial aid, families, having mortgages to pay. Do you have some sort of big vision or plan for the upcoming year, something you’re trying to achieve? I simply want to empower the vice presidents to do a good job. Make sure they have got the tools and resources to accomplish their goals, and ultimately to leave the Students Association better off than when I found it—as cliché as that is. It’s not too bad. Any other plans for the year?
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And outside of student politics? Where would we find you on a weekend? I love music. My fiancé and I are both big live music fans. We try and make our way down to Sasquatch every two years in Washington and Osheaga over in Montreal every other year as well. Camping is also a big thing, especially in the North-western United States. The people there are pretty laid back, they have kind of a Canadian feel to them, which is funny as at most of those festivals it’s the Canadians that come off acting the most “American”.
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We are advocating for the redevelopment of the City Centre Airport—that’s big for the SA. We are looking to build a building on that land, to drive down fees with added revenue and give students some space on campus, hopefully right beside the new LRT stop which is planned to come up in 2014.
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My grandfather has a picket fence, but that’s about it. My brother fenced Sabre for a year, and I watched and thought “Hey that’s cool!” You fence “Sabre” - What exactly is involved in that? There are three weapons in fencing; Sabre, Foil and Épée. Sabre is a slashing weapon and the target is just the upper body. And I hear you have won several competitions?
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How did you get into fencing? I have this image of it being a long running family legacy, like your father fenced and his father before him kind of thing.
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I defended my title in both Provincial and the Western Canadian championships this year. I’ve got a silver medal on the Canadian Junior circuit—a national medal—and about eight or nine bronze medals for international events. Are you gunning for the Olympics then? I think anyone who is competitive at any sport wants to reach that highest level. So above pretty much all else, yeah, it is the Olympics. How is it for time consumption? Does fencing clash with school? Last semester I was away for four weeks in Europe, and I managed to maintain my 3.9 GPA. They are absolutely amazing at NAIT! I couldn’t ask for better. My advisor helped me get through a tournament during the last week of exams—she was great. Fencing doesn’t have quite the following in Canada as it does in other parts of the world. Where have you been that it’s been bigger?
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Europe and China for sure. I was in France this year in February, and went to a world-cup competition in a small town about two hours outside of Paris. Here that means about two parents in the stands, but in France, they managed to sell out a commonwealth-sized stadium to watch the quarter and semi-finals. We got there and I had my camera pointed at the audience and not the fencing just thinking: “no one is going to believe me!”
Not everybody describes their sporting injury as: “my femur exploded”. Tell me about it. Well one day I was out in my back yard in Mackenzie BC training for Kokanee Crankworx and stuff went bad..... I came off the lip of the last jump, in a beautiful set of three, very wrong. I ditched the bike in the air and landed on my right leg, when I landed my femur snapped like a jazz bar. I was rushed off to the hospital in Prince George BC for immediate surgery. My friends that were there at the time of the accident said that when I landed they heard a tree fall. Apparently when your femur explodes it’s loud. So what kind of surgery is needed to repair an exploded femur? They basically take out your femur, drill it out and replace the middle with a titanium rod. It is a one and a half inch piece of metal that goes from the bottom of my hip to the top of my knee. I’m actually just getting back into biking again. How very cyborgish of you...Before the injury, what kind of competitions were you in? I was mostly racing downhill and duel slalom. Duel slalom is when four guys go down a manicured course at the same time. It can get a bit crazy. I’m hoping to get back into it next year and race independently. Aside from your love of the cycle, you are at MacEwan taking business. What do you plan on doing when you are done? I am hoping to move to Vancouver and work for a company out there called Hoots Inc. They work with communities to build bike skill parks and trail systems. What’s the bike community like in Edmonton?
It is pretty new really. The cross country scene is old, but it is revamping. The downhill and dirt jump scenes are brand new. The BMX scene is pretty old, there are some real prodigies out of Millwoods, but the new school, big bike era is really just hitting Edmonton. That’s what you ride? Why do you ride these “big-bikes” and not ride the traditional BMXs? Part of it is probably because we’re scared to ride those little bikes, but I also don’t want to be a BMXican. SEE MORE @ PROFILEEDMONTON.COM
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The first time I saw you perform, you were mixing some Ella Fitzgerald on your MPC Beat Machine in the basement of the Black Dog for about 50 people. Needless to say, it blew everyone away. How did you get into the game? I grew up in a musical family. I have three siblings and they are all performing artists. It helps that my mom is a music teacher. My middle name is Davis, after Miles Davis. If my dad had his way, my first name would have been Miles. That should give you an idea of the musical influences in my family. I was raised on Jazz and started playing it from day one. You play the piano, a little bit of drums and you are clearly very skilled on the MPC. How do you learn to use a MPC so well? I only got it a year ago and pretty much just started messing around, self-taught I guess. The funny thing is, the MPC is pretty much a combination of piano and drums. It is percussive like the drums, but I’ll also play it with at least three fingers at a time like the piano. You’re not just a producer though, you rap too correct?! How are things on that front? I have been doing a lot of shows lately. I put out a mixtape and in under a month, I started getting calls. I opened for Big Boi from OutKast, which was crazy. Last month, I opened for Choclair and in September I am opening for Chali 2na of Jurassic 5 at the Pawn Shop. What’s next for Mitchmatic? Now that I have got the mixtape out there, I’ve got a lot of beats by my own production that use a lot of old jazz samples that are just waiting to be used. I’m hoping to put out my first full album next summer, at the latest. I will not lie, your mixtape has been in my car all summer. Everyone should do themselves a favour and go download it at mitchmatic.bandcamp.com
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