B.Knox didn’t just have a hidden talent; he was a hidden talent, until now. A school teacher, who wrote songs for himself, only in 2019 did he consider a career switch to music. His first single ‘Deep Dark Love’ is lyrically and thematically, about forlorn or forbidden love.
Listen to the latest single and read our interview with the artist below!
Can you talk to us about the inspiration behind your new single?
The song came from an apologetic place. I liked the idea of being sorry for being sorry – how Canadian. It evolved into a love story, of sorts. I think anyone who has experienced intimacy and proximity can understand the need for walls and boundaries and being sorry for having to keep them in place: wanting to let them down so badly, but knowing that ultimately it isn’t in your best interest.
How has your community contributed to your success?
I am lucky to have an incredible group around me. My family, friends, and colleagues all threw their weight behind me from the start. In fact, I wouldn’t have had the confidence to put myself out there in such a vulnerable way without them. They were the ones who told me that I needed to record and to keep writing and to put something of my own out into the world. I owe it to them, for sure.
What advice would you give other musicians?
I’m not sure I’m the right person to give advice to other musicians. I guess the only thing I can pass on through my own experience is: don’t hesitate. Hesitation is the death of the creative instinct. You can edit and refine and work at something, sure; ultimately, it needs to find its voice, and it won’t if it is locked in a journal, or a voice memo in your phone, or your own head.
Describe to our audience your music-making process.
Generally speaking, I write first. Usually starts with a single line or idea, and I build a story around that. The melody and chord progressions follow, and then the band jumps in when it comes time to record. I take a couple of hours every day to write and work on editing material, then another couple of hours to play and mess around with structures and chords and melodies on piano or guitar. It isn’t fancy or romantic, but it works, and it requires constant work too. It ins’t always lightning in a bottle – sometimes you really have to chase it for a while.
How did it feel when you released your debut single?
It was a very mixed feeling. I was incredibly thrilled to have something out there and to see the response to it, but I also felt very naked and vulnerable. I don’t think that is an uncommon feeling. I worked hard on these songs, though, and overall I’m very happy and excited to see them make their way out into the world.
If you could collaborate with any musician/band, who would it be? And why?
I’d love to collaborate with David Ramirez or Noah Gundersen. I feel their music very intently. I think my songwriting, as a whole, would benefit from a good collaborative sounding board.
What first got you interested into music?
I grew up in Newfoundland. Music is life there. I can’t honestly remember a time when music wasn’t everything to me, which is ironic considering how long it took me to release my own music. Maybe that has earned me some patience and perspective though.