The pause is sudden, but in addition welcome. They spent the Victoria Day lengthy weekend at their cottage close to Sauble Seaside. They’ve been going to that cottage for 20 years this summer season. Today they stay close to each other in Toronto and get collectively for normal songwriting classes.
“It’s time we will use for songwriting, and simply getting our issues to ensure that when it begins up once more as a result of it’ll be wild when it does,” mentioned Jenna.
They every carry 10 to 20 concepts to a songwriting session, written on their smartphones or laptops. They pitch these concepts to hotshot lyricists and producers in Nashville throughout Zoom calls.
“Titles and concepts, no matter,” mentioned Jenna.
“Precisely — it may very well be a phrase, it may very well be a whole refrain written out,” mentioned Stuart. “If individuals are into it that’s nice, if not then you definitely take it with a grain of salt and keep on.”
Their artistic methodology is working music trade wonders. The 2018 single “Lengthy Reside the Night time” went Gold and was streamed greater than another Canadian nation tune that 12 months. The Canadian Soccer League used it as a theme tune for weekly tv broadcasts.
“We go in with titles and we do like to write down to tracks,” mentioned Stuart. “So, if there’s a producer or observe man in that day, we hope that he has a beat able to go, and we attempt to write to that and see what the vibe is of everyone within the room.”
Signed to Common Music, their story is like one thing straight out of the films. They went from their hometown of Cambridge to festivals and venues across the continent. Already profitable, they’re touted as the following nation music superstars.
“We’re simply going to attempt to keep in a artistic area, carry on writing and keep optimistic in each means we will,” mentioned Stuart.
No shock there. Their music just isn’t the unhappy twang of lonely hearts, dishonest wives, misplaced farms and useless canines. The Reklaws are joyous and celebratory.
“I feel we’re fortunate as artists. Now we have a fan base that’s fairly robust. They comprehend it’s not over. They know we’re going to come again even larger,” mentioned Jenna.
Human trials of three completely different vaccines are underway in Canada, England and the U.S. There’s a prototype of 1 vaccine that has already protected lab monkeys from COVID-19. It is going to take a vaccine to avoid wasting the stay music enterprise.
“Which means the world to us,” mentioned Jenna. “We’re going to get stuff so as when it comes to songwriting. It’s humorous, once we are working and we’re taking part in exhibits we run out of time to get every thing else collectively. And once we do go to song-write it seems like we’re flying by the seat-of-our pants and simply making an attempt to maintain up.”
Stuart believes the pandemic shutdown is a check of each single musician. And whereas he and Jenna just like the interplay with particular person followers that occurs throughout on-line exhibits, there may be nothing like a venue filled with loud, appreciative followers dancing to the music.
“I feel the place we thrive probably the most is stay, onstage, earlier than a crowd,” mentioned Stuart. “The net exhibits are a distinct arrange than that, however we now have been doing plenty of them and it has been good thus far.”
New songs shall be launched this summer season, materials that was recorded in Nashville earlier than the shutdown. They’ll do as many on-line exhibits as attainable to attach with followers.
“We will’t take a look at it negatively as a result of the entire world seems to be at it negatively,” mentioned Jenna. “When the vaccine is right here, we will all have an enormous social gathering.”
Terry Pender is a Waterloo Area-based reporter specializing in arts and leisure for the Report. Attain him by way of e mail: firstname.lastname@example.org