Ian Larue & the Heartbeat City will be playing the Rainbow Trout Festival this weekend in Winnipeg. They use many different elements to make a unique sound, including live looping and full out rock.
How would you describe your music?
Heartbeat City plays everything from the heart. We play driving indie rock songs about man-sparrows and we also play stripped down, subtle ballads about finding home. We also love reed organs. To sum it all up, we trust our words and our instruments to take us where we need to go and no further.
You have been playing and touring since 1998, what do you think the biggest changes to the music scene have been through that time?
I think the biggest changes to the music scene are (A) Not being able to make a living selling CD's and (B) having to try so damn hard to sell yourself as unique and new (which we are BTW) because everyone is a band now.
How do you think Winnipeg music and its isolation has influenced your music?
Winnipeg has an AMAZING community of musicians and artist that inspire and work with each other. Our isolation and desparate climate fosters hardworking and dedicated people. I have been influenced by so many local musicians that I look up to. There's something about Winnipeg that pushes me to survive and thrive.
Who inspires you most?
I'm inspired by people close to my life. As far as music goes, Greg MacPherson has always given me a lot to look up to, Doug McLean is owed a ton of credit for where I am today and my wife and durmmer Lea is the most encouraging person I've ever met and she inspires me everyday. I also really love and look up to Sigur Ros (and Jonsi, Jonsi & Alex...)
What is your favourite animal?
My favorite animal changes a lot. Right now I'm really fascinated with potbelly pigs as pets/companions
What are you passionate about other than music?
I'm passionate about building things out of wood and working to end men's violence against women, which is almost entirely a men's issue.
What do you think it takes to make music you connect with?
It takes sincerity, a good story or picture and a good melody. I'm a super sucker for hopeful sounding music.
If you could make a movie with no limits what would it be about?
It would be about making a record. Start to finish. But not a documentary. All the ups and downs. The drama!
What are you working on now?
I'm working on finishing up about 4 nearly written songs. They come in waves and I've been working on these for a few months now. I don't get a lot of time (thanks so much Lea for the time I do get though!) being a fairly new dad and all. But I have around 10 songs for the new record which we hope to start recording early next year.
What do you want people to know about Ian La Rue?
I'll never give up. I'll always be making music. Thank you and see you around!
Find out more about Ian Larue & The Heartbeat City at the Rainbow Trout Festival, Parliament Of Trees Label, and Bandcamp