Raine Maida
Raine Maida Our Lady Peace
Our Lady Peace's frontman Raine Maida is as happy in a band as he is on his own.  His latest solo effort "We All Get Lighter" is an intimate almagamation of
personal poetic soulful songs.  It is, musically speaking, a clear departure from his work with Our Lady Peace.  I'd like to compare listening to "We All Get Lighter" to an unpredictable intimate journey into the life of a man searching for meaning.  Raine Maida is an active social activist having participated in past Occupy movement manifestations and a War Child advocate.

For more info on this artist and tour dates, vist: RaineMaida.net
Interview by: Valerie Bastien
Valerie: Congrats on releasing your new album “We All Get Lighter”. Why is this album special to you?

Raine: Anytime you complete a work its special. Especially in this day and age. We All Get Lighter represents the next level in my solo work. It broadens the curbs a little as far as where I’m able to go while at the same time focusing in on the type of songs and moods I want to create with my solo music.
Valerie: Tell us why you felt the title “We All Get Lighter” represented well the overall vibe of this album.

Raine: John Giorno's inscription on my book of his became the mantra for my writing. Wisdom vs. youth. Trying to meld the two so you're able to enjoy the moment.  Most of the work on this album somehow threads that theme "living in the moment"
Valerie: In a previous interview, you spoke about overcoming your ego to write music that met your own needs without making compromises to meet a label's expectations. How do you feel you were able to achieve this goal on “We All Get Lighter”?

Raine: First, there was no label in the traditional way. I basically made this record over 5 years. Took my time and when it was done I handed it over to my management. Second, my expectations for making a record or writing songs are uncompromised. I’m not ambitious enough anymore to sacrifice artistic value to fit some type of format or some person’s perception of what I should be. My ego doesn’t need that type of validation. It took a while to discern what it truly is that I get out of writing and recording music. I’m fortunate and in a different position to make that decision because I’ve had success as a musician so it’s different for everybody.
Valerie: Can you explain the lyrical context of the first single Montreal? How did this song come about from a musical perspective?

Raine: I’ve always had a love affair with Montreal. I spent a lot of time there when I was in University. In hindsight I should have gone to McGill instead of UofT because I was probably in Montreal every weekend.  The city itself is very unique. Has the best many worlds, great food, style, music, culture, passion, architecture. It’s a juggernaut!

Valerie: Tell us about a song that allowed you to analyze your psyche and learn something new you didn't know was there inside of you.

Raine: How to Kill a Man is a song that describes that wisdom that I pulled from John Giorno. Regret is an awful thing to carry.  Writing that song really made me take a look at the regrets I have in life. Important exercise in moving forward.
Valerie: My favourite song on the album is This Is Gonna Hurt; what would we be surprised to learn about this song?

Raine: It used to be a dance song. The original track I programmed was much more of a dance feel. Very linear and cool sounding but in the end it left me a little cold so I re arranged the instruments and rhythms.
Valerie: Are you the artist behind the art for this album? Tell us more about it!

Raine: No. 3 talented artists from Toronto.

Valerie: You released the song Fight The Good Fight in relation to your support of the Occupy Movement as well as Yellow Brick Road to raise funds for War Child a while ago. How have you been getting involved in social activism lately? Have you busked on the streets of Toronto, LAor anywhere else recently?

Raine: There is always something in the works supporting worthwhile causes. Right now I’m helping organizing a big event for KidsHelpPhone in October in Toronto.
Haven’t busked in a while but I look forward to "busking for change" making a resurgence this fall
Valerie: You conduct your solo career in conjunction to fronting Our Lady Peace. What is in the works for OLP? Will you be back in the studios soon to record new music?

Raine: We’ve begun the writing process, 2013 will see us finishing some new music and maybe debuting some new songs live.

Valerie: What are your touring plans to support “We All Get Lighter”?

The fall looks to be the best time to get out there and do a proper tour.

Valerie Bastien is a vocal coach, teacher, musician and freelance journalist.
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