Owen Marchildon is a Toronto based songwriter and guitarist. He has been part of the Toronto music scene since 2002. Teaming up with long time collaborator Paul Shepherd, Marchildon! has released his new album entitled “Fantasy Mirror“!
According to Marchildon!, “Fantasy Mirror is a five song character study on the absence of spontaneity, the disenchantment of one’s own reflection and the constant pressure to entertain. A daydream that carries everything outside itself. A hyper sensitive whirlwind of all knowingness, where each personality becomes built like an unprotected iPhone.“
Listen to the focus track ‘She Is a Soil‘ and read our interview below!
Can you talk to us about the inspiration behind “Fantasy Mirror”?
I made this album with my friend Paul Shepherd. He’s played a big part in my development as a songwriter. Fantasy Mirror began with us telling each other stories as we always do. We got on a wavelength where all the stories had a cohesiveness. All the themes lined up. A natural flow. Then we started talking musical ideas, complete trust in each other and then very quickly patch cords were plugged in. It’s really hard to find people you enjoy collaborating with. Our friendship is a creative spark.
How has your community contributed to your success?
I moved to Toronto 22 years ago to attend theatre school. After graduation, i really didn’t want to act anymore. I realized that i was at my happiest when i was listening to music. So why not take a stab at making my own? I had played a bit of bass guitar in high school with friends but nothing serious. Was never in a band. It wasn’t until I met Rob Gordon. He introduced me to Adam Barnes and Quentin Ede. They were starting a band called From Fiction and needed a bass player. So I went to a rehearsal and I couldn’t believe what I was hearing. How the hell was I supposed to play to that beautiful craziness? But I relaxed and I was able to find my way. Playing in that band totally changed my life. It gave me confidence to pursue my own musical projects. To expand on my own interests. Those guys really supported me and still do. I’d also be nothing without my band of current collaborators, Jordan Bruce, Brent Hough and Paul Shepherd. All three of them have home studios. I’ve been able to be consistent with realizing my music because I have access to their spaces. So I’m deeply grateful for their collective belief in what I’m trying to achieve.
What advice would you give other musicians?
Have fun, find love and concentrate on your body of work.
Describe to our audience your music-making process.
For me it usually starts with the words. Then my guitar playing influences how I’m going to phrase the words. Sometimes the melody appears inside my head and sometimes i have to leave the dinner table out of fear i’ll forget. But most importantly it has be fun and you should feel like it’s time well spent. Because if you feel like you’re wasting time, it’s most likely a terrible song. So you go do something worthwhile, like replacing a wonky bathroom doorknob that won’t lock.
How did it feel when you released this new music?
It felt really great. It’s a total departure from the album I put out last year, Please Pass The Potatoes. That album is stripped down with poetically potent dynamics. With Fantasy Mirror, we went for drone driven guitars, whirling keyboards and comically skewed lyrics. It’s exciting to try a new approach.
If you could collaborate with any musician/band, who would it be? And why?
I’d love to collaborate with Moe Tucker. I feel like i could write a 1000 more songs with her behind me. She vibes on that Bo Diddley beat. Also, she’d be okay with not playing any cymbals. She’s so badass!
What first got you interested into music?
I had a friend growing up named Rob Burgess-Webb. If it wasn’t for him, I never would have had a deep rooted interest in music. I really enjoyed going to his house. He had an older sibling who had a record collection. He introduced us to a lot of cool shit. The Velvet Underground, Brian Eno, The Butthole Surfers, Iggy Pop and so many more. We were only 11 or 12 years old. So inspiring! I remember we were allowed to make a mix tape to play during lunch time in Grade 8. We had Surfin’ on Heroin by The Forgotten Rebels starting off the A side. Maybe not the best choice for Catholic school. Anyways, we were sent to the office and none of the things they said changed a dam thing. It only provoked us to dig deeper into his brothers crates.