Artist interview on The Plug-In @ The Scope at Ryerson

I had the opportunity to be interviewed by one of the journalists at The Scope at Ryerson last week.  Alexia Kapralos hosts her weekly podcast, The Plug-In, around the latest in Canadian and international rock music.  I sat with her at the Ryerson studios for a short interview on my musical journey over the year and Song Talk Radio. She also featured my song “One Great Mistake” on the episode.  It starts at about the 8:50 mark of her show.  Thanks Alexia!

Scope at Ryerson interview

Earlier this month, I had the chance to chat with Scope at Ryerson reporter Sara Cristiano about my music, songwriting, my album Counterfeit Lampshades, and the creation of Song Talk Radio.

Song Talk Radio with Neel and Peter

Last summer, I met Peter at the Songwriter’s Cafe meetup group, and shortly afterward, we began collaborating on songs. Peter is a poet and singer, with some rather intense and compelling lyrics around sexuality, politics, and other themes. Paired with some of my neat keyboard parts and arrangements, we created some unconventional music. Listen to the full episode here:

Album release on Song Talk Radio

I was fortunate enough to be a special guest on Song Talk Radio, a streaming program where songwriters talk to other songwriters about the craft of songwriting. OK, I’m also a co-host of the show, so perhaps it’s not so surprising that I got to be a guest, too.

I spoke with Phil, Bruce, and Eric about the development of three of my songs on my debut release, Counterfeit Lampshades. We talked about the influence the Songwriter’s Cafe meetup group has had on my music, and some of the writing tools I learned from Pat Pattison from his Songwriting course on Coursera.

I was also awarded bonus points for the best (and possibly only) use of the word milieu in a song.

Take a listen to the podcast here:

Download the full album for free.

Song Talk Radio Interview

As part of our “hosts as guests” series on Song Talk Radio, I had my turn to present one of my own songs and get some feedback from my co-hosts Phil and Bruce.  I presented Telepathic Androids, and we talked about odd time signatures (9/4 in this case), changing up your rhyme scheme, and how to pull off a bridge that plunges your song into a sci-fi inspired apocalyptic nightmare – if that’s your thing :).