Back in Ottawa, I started teaching and continued working with my band The Other Side.
Things were going really well, but we decided to take a leap of faith and move to Montreal together to pursue music further. This was a risky endeavour, but it felt like the right thing to do. Personally, I had dreamt of moving to Montreal since high school, and it was a perfect time for me to have a change of scenery and start fresh in a creative and energetic city. So on July 1, 2012, Alexy and The Otherside moved to Montreal hoping to find a way to break into the Canadian music scene.
It started off as these things usually do, by being a whole lot of fun!
We played shows, busked four times a week, and rehearsed all of the time, which made us feel increasingly in sync with one another. It seemed like the greatest thing in the world to be living with your best friends making music 24/7, but being in a band is a huge commitment. It’s like being married to multiple people at the same time, and when you’re all living together, there’s bound to be a little bit of tension.
What happened over that first year in Montreal was something I truly did not expect.
One after the other each of my bandmates left the city to pursue different avenues and opportunities. It was unanticipated and it felt like a piece of me was ripped off with each departure. This was the beginning of the end for The Other Side.
Throughout this transition, Ben and I kept working on the album, but in a very limited way. He lived in Toronto after all, and it was impossible for us to have more than two or three days every couple of months to record and mix. The lack of progress was very frustrating, but I knew that I had to be patient for the project to be completed to its full potential.
The time away from the record helped to make it grow organically, since every time we came back to a song, we would hear it with a fresh perspective. This enabled us to focus on exactly what the songs were asking for, and to perfect the arrangements and vocal parts that we still needed to record. Without this time to develop, I know Future Architects would not sound as it does today.
It felt like I was evolving as a musician, and finding my sound as an artist.
Read part IV on 02/15/2018
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