Finding The Future

By Charelle Evelyn on March 13 2014

PHOTO CREDITS: Sarah Hamilton

Part of growing up is learning that what you thought
you wanted when you were young isn’t necessarily
what will make you happy.

P.G. native Jeremy Breaks was already on what most people would call a successful run. His band Redgy Blackout was a consecutive Peak Performance Project contender that got some airplay on Vancouver and college radio stations Canada-wide, earning him and partner Scott Perrie a following.

“You’re going to hit a peak,” said Breaks, on a break from touring at his Vancouver home. When you reach that peak, he explained, one of two things is going to happen: you’re either going to go over the edge and things are really going to pick up, or you’re going to stay stuck at that point. For Breaks, it was the latter.

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“I think everything we do in life helps steer us in whatever direction we’re going to go”

“We had people telling us ‘you’re really good, you guys are writing awesome songs, everything sounds great’ but there was no real hope for me to think it was going to become a really successful group.” Redgy Blackout went their separate ways in December 2012, calling it quits after a six-year run.

Now, Breaks is set to carve his own path in the music industry, with a goal of being a song writer, session musician as well as a successful sideman. To that end, he has found himself back on the road. This time touring with Default front man Dallas Smith as part of the band on his solo country venture. He’ll be back in his hometown April 12 to play CN Centre when Smith opens for Florida Georgia Line.

“I think everything we do in life helps steer us in whatever direction we’re going to go,” said Breaks, who spent last summer touring the U.S. with Smith and experiencing the machine surrounding a band like Florida Georgia Line that was making big waves.

His foray into the country side of music was unexpected, but not uncommon. Breaks, who started out as a rock guy, held a soft spot for the traditional country stylings of artists like Hank Williams and Waylon Jennings.

A season spent tree-planting after his band Floored broke up exposed him to more folk music and he picked up the banjo, which he wielded to great success with Redgy Blackout.

“I think I picked up a banjo before Mumford and Sons existed,” he laughed. “I thought it was beautiful.” When things with Smith settle down, Breaks is looking forward to the chance to work on his own output.

“Success is nice and it’s nice being around all that, but I’m also an artist and I enjoy doing things just for the enjoyment of doing them,” he said – even if that’s playing around with friends at a café. “I feel sincerely blessed to be in the position I’m in right now. I can be in all these different scenes and playing different rooms and having lots of different experiences… but sometimes you miss playing your own music.”

 

CHARELLE EVELYN

REPORTER FOR THE PRINCE GEORGE CITIZEN

Journalist, west coast native, music lover. Made in Canada.

 

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