Canadian husband and wife duo Whitehorse are about to release their new album ‘I’m Not Crying, You’re Crying’ in January next year. The release will coincide with their performance at UK Americana Music Week.
When did you first know that you wanted to be musicians?
Melissa: I was probably eight or nine years old. I remember lying in bed and at that point, I was already making up songs and kind of tinkering away on piano. I just remember thinking very decisively, that I wanted to grow up and be a musician. I had this autograph book that was like a journal. I found it years ago, and it said when I grow up, I want to be a waitress or a singer. I was a waitress for three days, that didn’t go well!
Luke: I had been in choir in school, I took piano lessons when I was about 11. When I was a teenager, I started to play the guitar. But there’s a university in Victoria BC, called the Pearson International College. It’s like a diplomacy school, highly academic with a focus on geography and International Affairs. At the time, around ninth grade, I was spending all of my spare time thinking about that and practicing my guitar. My mum was saying, if you want to pursue academics, I could send you to this college, which would have been a huge undertaking because my family was broke. I was wrestling with the fact that I’m going to have to make a decision. I remember walking down the street talking to my friend and saying, “I’m gonna be a musician!”
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Zoe Hodges, Editor