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Courage My Love: Synesthesia, Horror Movies & Fan Connection

Joining us this week are twins Mercedes and Phoenix Arn-Horn of Canadian pop-punk group Courage My Love. The band formed in 2009, were discovered at a battle of the bands in Ontario in early 2010 and were soon signed to Warner Music Canada. Since then, they’ve released 4 EPs and 1 full length album, with their new album “Synesthesia” due for release in February 2017.

They were nominated for ‘Best breakthrough group of the year’ in the 2014 Juno Awards, and were named one of the  Top 100 Bands You Need to Know in 2012 by Alternative Press Magazine. In this interview, we hear more about their upcoming album, and the advice they’d offer to their fellow musicians.

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Highlights:

  • We hear how Mercedes and Phoenix work together
  • Mercedes and Phoenix want us to know that homeschooled children aren’t always sociopathic weirdos!
  • We hear about the benefits and opportunities Courage My Love have had through their label support
  • We hear about Courage My Love’s upcoming record “Synesthesia”
  • Mercedes and Phoenix tell us how they had a much clearer vision for the new album than previously
  • Phoenix tell us how she’s been more involved in the programming of Courage My Love’s upcoming album
  • We hear about the influence of 80s horror movies on the band’s new music videos
  • “We’ve found a sound we really like and can go ahead with in the future”
  • We hear about the producers Courage My Love worked with on “Synesthesia” and the recording approach they took
  • Mercedes and Phoenix tell us about some of their personal career highlights so far, including Warped Tour
  • Mercedes tells us what she describes as “the worst joke of all time”
  • Celine Dion is “the crown jewel of Canada”
  • We talk about the importance of having a strong connection with your fans

Advice:

  • Too many bands quit early – you have to stick with it
  • It takes time to get anywhere notable and to make things happen
  • Even overnight successes have been putting in years of work
  • Stay true to yourself and create music that you like and believe in
  • People will care more about you and your music if you make a personal connection

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