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Jonah Haché: Profile + Interview

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Jonah Haché: Interview

The first words that comes to your mind when you hear Inspiration, Passion, and Strength

Aberdeen Cultural Center

Who are you? (Answer how you interpret this question)

A Multi Media Artist

Why do you do what you do?

I may get rambley….

  1. Play music, mostly live loop based upbeat dance, funk and hiphop music. Projects I'm known for touring with are Les Paiens, ART>DANCE>PARTY, Stephen Lewis, and of course my solo stuff.
  2. I VJ, which means I project onto flat or 3D objects and stages for music and for poetry at cultural festivals. I sometimes also tour visuals with bands such a tool Tribute band and Scientists of Sounds.
  3. TBA Collective. I'm in a volunteer music and arts cooperative called TBA Collective, which puts on events often with live art, VJ projections, live music or DJ's, sometimes with comedy bits. My solo projects def been having a lot of that lately. We also put on Messtival, a indie music festival with large scale multi artist live art, laser tag, camping, swimming, fire dancers, yoga, and last year, a surprising amount of nakedness.
  4. Messtival. Oh man, what I said. My role in this festival since 2008 has changed from sound tech to stage managing to booking, to VJ. There's a lot I do internally, but it's more like "glue" stuff. A "glue" in a coop is usually someone with seniority who can help guide new members to do an efficient job.

When did you know this is what you wanted to do, and what events led you to choose it?

Officially May 2013 I said "right now, this is my career".

I was working full-time doing location sound for film and in a studio doing audio post production since 2009. Was a great job, the staff were awesome and I found myself constantly distracted wanting to get back to my art projects, that I probably put 40 hrs in also in my spare time. I lived well but was constantly putting all my money into new gear and at the time a shared creation space. I'd already gone part time because I could pay half of rent being an artist, but I was craving having the extra time to commit to the evolution of travelling more and putting more incubation time in for the future performances.

In May 2013, I did my last contract, trained a replacement for my job and was officially a full-time artist. That changed how my every day was. Weekends were to be shows, weekdays were art admin stuff, so grant applications, bookings, writing, recording sessions, audio (some video) editing and mixing for tracks. I'd started a comedy bit in between my songs so I'd practice that. Trying out new projection concepts and learning new softwares. With my last pay checks from May I jettisoned my lovely 1 bedroom apt in the Moncton Artist House, and lived everywhere I toured that summer. 

Toughest thing you had to overcome to do what you do? And what/who helped you?

Be poor hahaha. I hope thats not too lame to say. What's helps: Other hardworking poor artists who are kickass who inspire the heck out of me.

Has anyone/anything ever inspired you to become who you are (to follow your dreams)? Have you ever inspired anyone directly?

Don Levandier from Motorleague has always innovated scene concepts, hosting a local (Moncton) music online chat forum before Facebook was a thing. All the skits and stuff from motor league, cool music videos, and the will to keep going no matter what has always been an inspiration to me.

 

Jonas Colter who puts on Evolve inspires me every conversation I have with him. Wise man on so many levels.

 

Loop-based funk artists, Stephen Lewis recently went through a massive lifestyle change, taking alcohol and drugs out of his life and any word that comes out of his mouth right now is some real shit. It's like having a bowl of fresh vegetables in the form of words. The lyrics to his upcoming album have literally changed how I'm looking at things, in the best way possible.

 

M.K.W. (Matthew K. Williston) - my VJ and DJ creative partner for so many different kinds of gigs at festivals and other random things. Our work ethic collaboratively is seamless. Great incubation times for rehearsals, we evolve every time.

 

Hmmm, The guy who came up with the makey makey's pretty cool. Dave Ghrol too. Facebook loves showing a picture of him with his quotes on it. That's not a sass. They're usually pretty great quotes. 

One mistake that you made in your journey? How have you learnt from them?

Using shitty cables. Conclusion: Don't use shitty cables.

Upcoming projects? Plans/goal? (about anything, if you have any)

All my weekends are festivals and other shows for my solo project, Les Paiens, ART>DANCE>PARTY. Come the start of August it's all about Messtival.

This summer I go nomad again by July and I'll be living in a cargo trailer box, which on my off time I'll be modding to be a travel stage that I'll tour next year, with hopes to install and different outdoor festivals around Canada and the northern US.

The winter consists of a multi-artist design vinyl compilation and a tour around switzerland with Paiens and hopefully some solo shows too :)

What advice would you give to other people? (Just about life in general - It could be about anything)

DREAM BIG. As big as you want. Only after that, see what's possible. It's crazy how possible some things could be sometimes.

 

PRACTICE. Sometimes you're not "there" yet.

 

HIGHFIVE MORE. It's the perfect moderation between love and aggression .

 

TRY AGAIN. Even after you fail, the story isn't over. Sometimes you have to fail a few times first. Don't let it discourage you if your heart says do it.

Jonah Haché: Profile

Full name

Jonah Haché

Age

30

Place of Birth? (city, country)

Moncton, NB, Canada

Where you live now? (city, country)

Moncton, NB, Canada

Origins (where parents are from)? (city, country)

Moncton, NB, Canada

First Language?

English

What do you do? (Profession/Occupation)

Musician, VJ, producer,

How long have you been doing it?

10 years

Fav Song

Recently: Past is Prologue by Tycho

Fav Musician/Vocal artist/Rapper/Singer

Recently: In order: Reggie Watts, Beck, Speech Debelle

Fav Movie

#1. (hasn't changed since 2005) I Heart Huckabees

Fav Actor/Actress

Gary Oldman

Fav Clothing brand

the free kinds that happen in clothing swaps from friends that you love their fashion

Fav Visual artist/Photographer/Filmaker/Dancer/Choreographer

Banksy, Chris Jordan, Videoband, Danse Encore,

Fav Sport to watch

curling

Fav Sport to play

Laser Tag! We have laser tag at Messtival!! (our coops indie music festival)

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