Ingrid Gatin (Tim Jones)
Tonight, accordion slinging songstress Ingrid Gatin releases her new EP called Time Will Change Us Volume I.
Her music is thoughtful, romantic and highly creative. Ingrid draws on her daily experiences for inspiration and has just finished some relentless touring. She hits the road once again right after her EP release to bring her music to the people.
SCENE caught up with Ingrid during rehearsals to ask her about the new recording.
If you had to describe what this new recording is all about in one line, what would you say?
Making music to break down boundaries and build us back up again.
Where did the inspiration for the songs come from?
Each song was definitely coming from a different moment or period of my life, and I was trying to put my musical creativity into writing with full band arrangements and the audience in mind. That definitely influenced how the album sounded. After touring so much, you start to learn the kinds of things that make people happy, bored, inspired -- and you can start to craft your music so that you enjoy playing it while the audience connects to the inspiration and feels it on a deeper level. The audience has really inspired my music for this album.
The title of your recording is "Time Will Change Us", what's the message behind that?
The process actually was that I was doing my own graphic design, and still needed to decide on a title... the working title was actually Waking up the Neighbours, another track on the album. But with the way the graphics were going -- a beautiful solo shot of myself placed into an antique slide -- we needed something else. Time Will Change Us was the perfect match. The meaning? The song is kind of just exploring what happened in a relationship, with a certain nostalgia and holding on, which turns into a kind of acceptance with the words "time will change us now." Time changes us, and our lives and our relationships, and that's ok. It's very nice. I love performing that song.
The accordion is a much maligned instrument, often misunderstood... what drew you to want to play it?
I was actually listening to a lot of Beirut and Arcade Fire both, and I realized that something that I loved in both those bands were their songs with accordion. I wanted an instrument to busk with -- the piano being too large -- and I took the bus to Tuxedo and bought a second hand Italian accordion.
What were the three highlights about making your new recording in a cabin on Lake Minnedosa as opposed to a studio?
Freedom. The space to do what we wanted to do, not to mention the stars.
The opportunity to focus and have less distractions. Silence and beauty to work with.
What do you want listeners to come away with after listening to "Time Will Change Us?"
I want people to have heard a sound that is growing, songs that are swelling to beauty, and musicians that are committed to the music and just having a good time!