Mahogany Frog is a band that draws from electronica, psychedelia, and experimentalism to create multi-layered music.

' As long as you have a really supportive community in the town where you are and you have a good thing going on then you can make great work' - Andy Rudolph, Mahogany Frog

The four piece band will open the first of two Pop Nuit shows at this year's New Music Festival, along with fellow Winnipegger Venetian Snares.

Andy Rudolph is the drummer and electronics wizard of Mahogany Frog.  

Rudolph thinks it's great that there are nights at the festival that are devoted to local acts that are pushing boundaries internationally. For people that are less familiar with the contemporary scene, he hopes that it opens some doors for them to check out other bands.

"There's a whole world of really amazing and expressive music that is moving forward," he explained. "Meanwhile, a lot of other genres are somewhat stagnant right now. I think there's a lot of room for more exploration outside of those safe genres like blues, country and rock music."

As for whether Mahogany will stay in Winnipeg, he had this to say: "I think after spending a lot of time in other places, I've learned that it doesn't really matter where you are. As long as you have a really supportive community in the town where you are and you have a good thing going on then you can make great work."

"If you play your cards right you can go all sorts of other places and maybe that's to your advantage," he continued. "I also like using the winter here, to buckle down and work in our studios. I think there are lots of artists here who have the same mindset."

Hear Mahogany Frog at the New Music Festival's Pop Nuit on Saturday January 25, 11 p.m. at Union Sound Hall. Before then you can hear Andy Rudolph from the band in conversation with CBC host Bruce Ladan on SCENE On Air. The show airs every Saturday from 5 - 6 p.m. on CBC Radio One, 89.3 FM/990 AM/97.9 FM in Brandon.