Jamie Bonk | “No Tuition”: Episode #5 – Interview With Taylor Hoy

Producer, guitarist and DJ, Taylor Hoy joined me for Episode #5 of “No Tuition”. Taylor shared some insights into his workflow, both for his own original music and for his remixes, as well as talking about his approach to the guitar. I think the interview turned out great and hope you enjoy watching it!

Jamie Bonk | “No Tuition”| Episode #4 – Interview With Ron Scott

Episode #4 of “No Tuition” features musician/painter Ron Scott. We chatted about Ron’s artwork, his compositional process, his love of looping and his work on TV shows such as “Corner Gas” and “Antique Roadshow”. Ron was kind enough to perform a number of examples of how he uses his looper in a live performance setting. Even though I’ve known Ron for over 20 years, this interview gave me a deeper insight into both his music and his painting.

Jamie Bonk | “No Tuition”: Episode #3 – Interview With Matthew James Gibson

In Episode #3 of “No Tuition”, I speak with Vancouver-based singer/songwriter/guitarist Matthew James Gibson.  Matt’s debut album, “A Trip To Remember, A Place To Forget”, was just released and we chatted about the making of the record, his creative process and much more.

Jamie Bonk | “No Tuition”: Episode #2 – Interview With Nolan Hubbard

This second episode of “No Tuition” features an interview with singer/songwriter/guitarist Nolan Hubbard. Nolan was kind enough to speak with me on one of his few days off from his current tour. We covered everything from how he writes to his gear to his future plans and I think the interview turned out fantastic!

Jamie Bonk | “No Tuition”: Episode #1 – Interview With Andrew Beg

On this first ever episode of “No Tuition”, I chat with Toronto-based indie singer/songwriter/guitarist Andrew Beg. Andrew and I talked about a wide range of subjects including his three ongoing projects, the challenges of being an emerging artist and, of course, guitars and gear! I hope you enjoy checking out the interview as much as I did doing it.

Restrung

Watched “Restrung”, a very cool documentary on Wyn Guitars last night. It was great to hear Abraham Laboriel and James LoMenzo playing the basses, but just as interesting to me was getting to see and hear about Wyn’s workflow. He’s incredibly organized and deeply considers the ergonomics of his shop. I try to do the same thing, albeit on a lesser scale, in my studio. Also, Randall’s comments on efficiency versus enthusiasm hit home. I’m sure sanding necks for three days straight can’t be a ton of fun, even though it maybe highly efficient. I come up against similar issues when recording an album. Do I do all of the MIDI stuff for the entire record first? Record all of the rhythm guitars in one go? That sort of thing is more efficient, but it’s not nearly as exciting as taking a song at a time from nothing to a finished master. Anyways, the documentary’s good, so if you have about an hour to spare, check it out!

Merry Christmas

Sonya and I would like to wish everyone a very Merry Christmas! We hope your Xmas is filled with all the things that matter most to you. We also hope you’ve been (mostly) not naughty this year and Santa will bring you something cool! : )

Here’s a version of “The First Noël” that Sonya and I recorded a few years back that features the vocals of Wendy Irvine.

Merry Christmas!!

“A Little Sketch”

Thought I’d take a break from recording and record this little sketch called, oddly enough, “A Little Sketch”. Wrote the piece a couple nights ago on acoustic, but I was playing around with my Montreal Premiere and Bias Amp today and the tune seemed to work pretty well.