JP Hoe waxes on about music, burgers and buildings
Posted by SCENE Staff | Tuesday May 8, 2012
JP Hoe (Joey Senft)
I'm proud of the space we achieved on this record....we were able to restrain ourselves and hold back on adding more and more instruments to songs, allowing for more space. This, when combined with the right lyrics and melodies, can create a frailty and closeness that hopefully will lead to moving moments on the record.
—JP Hoe, singer-songwriter
JP Hoe loves Winnipeg. So when he writes songs he can't help but wax eloquently on his home city, where he lives and makes his living as a musician.
Lucky for us, he's got another new CD ready to share. It's called Mannequin and before he heads out on tour, JP Hoe is launching it on Thursday May 10 at the West End Cultural Centre.
SCENE went behind the scenes with JP Hoe.
Best place to get a burger in Winnipeg? Currently (though subject to ongoing change) Meat burger - Peasant Cookery, Veggie burger - Stella's.
If you were the Mayor of Winnipeg, what's one change you'd make? This is my favourite and the most challenging question on the list. I absolutely love politics and love the thought of civic improvement.
One change I would make would be to hire a master architect, similar to what the city of Denver did 15 years ago. Any building proposition must meet a certain aesthetic requirement determined by the city.
Architecture is one crucial way a city leaves an impression on visitors, and once a beautiful structure is built, it can be enjoyed by locals and tourists any time of the day, any time of the year. Once it's built it's a free mental postcard, and that's a good deal for the city.
If we continue to let developers build the cheapest, and ugliest structures, what does that say about our pride in ourselves and our city? You would not go to dinner with a big ol' stain on your shirt, why should we allow folks to build eye sores in our incredible town?
Given that answer, what's your favourite building in the 'Peg? As far as new buildings are concerned, I love the new Avenue apartment building. It's bold, urban, historic, and we finally have balconies that hang over Portage Ave. It would be incredible if that building and its style of balconies provided the template for more condos/apartments along Portage.
What's the story behind one of your favorite songs on the new CD? "Lions and Tigers" - As a singer-songwriter it's a curse and a blessing not having a full time band. There aren't any fights but you also need a stable of musicians available throughout the year. I've been doing this for some time and I can safely say that most of my best friends started as side musicians and became lifelong pals. I wrote the song "Lions and Tigers" about them/us and how our lives came together through whim and imagination and creativity. I'm so lucky to have these people in my life.
What's one aspect of your new CD, Mannequin, that has you bustin' out with pride? Overall,
I'm proud of the space we achieved on this record. What I mean by that,
is we were able to restrain ourselves and hold back on adding more and
more instruments to songs, allowing for more space. This, when combined
with the right lyrics and melodies, can create a frailty and closeness
that hopefully will lead to moving moments on the record.
Who are you dying to work with, that you have never had a chance to? Jon Brion. Produced Fiona Apple, Aimee Mann, has a crazy imagination and understands the singer songwriter through and through.
What music are you listening to right now? The Shins, Bob Dylan, & Aimee Mann