VideoThe Breakaway Point bring science to the stage
Posted by Anna Lazowski, SCENE Producer | Wednesday March 6, 2013
The Breaking Point enjoy shoe shopping and ladies who like watermelon. (Simining Photography)
Our philosophy is basically that commercial music has taken a turn for the worse as business interests have taken over.
—Mark Giroux, musician
Between them, the two members of The Breakaway Point have training in electrical engineering and physics, but Jessie Lapsley and Mark Giroux decided to apply their skills to making, producing, recording, mixing and mastering their own music.
With influences ranging from Michael Jackson and The Temptations to Beethoven and Debussy, The Breakaway Point will hit the stage as part of Manitoba Music's New Music Wednesdays at Ozzy's on March 6. SCENE figured it was high time we got to know this band a little better, so we checked in with Mark Giroux. Can you describe the music of The Breakaway Point? We create different music by bridging the gap between two very different
genres, folk on the one side, and hip hop on the other. Although the
best description is folk, I do not limit myself to it. I
write a song and let it be what it wants to be.
What instruments do you compose on? I write songs for
guitar, piano, percussion, and sometimes for entire symphonies (modern
software helps out, as most people do not have access to a symphony),
and I write lyrics as well. Jessie's main focus is on lyrics and the
engineering side of things.
We have all our own studio equipment and do our own recording, mixing,
and even duplication of CDs. A couple of our more vintage items include a
U47 Microphone ($10,000) and a V76 preamp ($5000).
You combine a lot of different influences, what musicians do you admire? Both Jessie and I have similar influences that include Beethoven,
Chopin, Tchaikovsky, and many other classical composers, as well as
artists from the sixties such as Sam Cooke, Gordon Lightfoot, Otis
Redding, and David Ruffin. Please describe the philosophy behind your work. Our philosophy is basically that commercial music has taken a turn for the worse as business interests have taken over. Derivative, cookie cutter music is pushed to the forefront because it is easily marketed, and different music is shunned because it is unpredictable.
For our music to flourish, we realize we need to be able to fly solo, hence the studio equipment and little outside help. There may come a time when someone has the courage to push something different, but be realize it will be a lonely road in the beginning.
The Breakaway Point, Chop Logic and Chez Willi will appear as part of Manitoba Music's New Music Wednesdays at Ozzy's on March 6.