The Songwriter Strikes Back
By Charelle Evelyn on September 11 2012
WRITE WHAT YOU KNOW. IT’S THE MOST COMMON PIECE OF ADVICE GIVEN TO ANY SCRIBE.
But for Prince George native Bryce Lokken, that means he’s writing about pain.
“I can only write music when I’m really, really unhappy. It’s almost always driven by something I’m going through.”
In September Lokken, who now splits his time between P.G. and Vancouver, releases his first album under the moniker Swaggerwolf.
“I’m a big fan of songwriters who kind of leave it in the hands of their audience to decide [who a song] is about … but anyone who knows me will have a pretty good idea,” he said.
“The Adulteress EP is a bunch of shit I needed to get off my chest.”
Lokken made the leap from enjoying and playing music to writing his own at the age of 18. And while he’s mainly stuck to rock and pop songs, his new environment facilitated a change to Swaggerwolf’s acoustic sound and a moniker he calls the “most poorly named musical project in the history of time.”
But that’s not because he was swept up in the city’s yoga-granola vibe when he made the move for work.
“When you live in an apartment in Vancouver, you can’t have a drum set, a full band or even an electric guitar plugged in to anything,” he said.
Recorded in Prince George, the new album for free and by donation online on Bandcamp.com – a move Lokken said is good for creating a fan base since someone doesn’t have to be invested in him to want to hear his stuff.
“If someone says ‘I want to listen to this,’ I don’t want to put a price tag on that. Hey, cool, at least they’re going to listen to the music, that’s what it’s there for.”
REPORTER FOR THE PRINCE GEORGE CITIZEN
Journalist, west coast native, music lover. Made in Canada.