Episode 1: Careers in Music

Gord and Travis Matthews are father and son, and a pair of fabulous musicians! The Shared Mic would like to thank Gord and Travis for producing our very own, brand new and locally-curated theme song! Their conversation reflects the evolution of Edmonton’s music scene and the challenges that accompany this creative career-past and present.

While producing music in the era of the internet has made marketing oneself easier in certain respects, it also brings along its own set of challenges. New and upcoming musicians pit themselves against the big names of yesteryear in an endless catalogue of digital music archives. The internet has also revolutionized the way we enjoy music. In the eighties, it was common to see line-ups out the door at venues like the “Riv Rock” every weekday while now people enjoy an endless array of entertainment from home. Listen to Gord and Travis discuss some of their connections and differences, working as musicians in Edmonton.

The Shared Mic is inspired, recorded, and produced on Treaty 6 Territory. Treaty 6 Territory is the traditional territory of the Plains Cree, Woodland Cree, Beaver Cree, Saulteaux, Blackfoot, Metis, Nakota Sioux and many others whose footsteps have marked these lands for centuries. We are just beginning to understand the significance of the land and want to ensure we honour the people and place. Today, this land is still home to many Indigenous people from across Turtle Island whose histories, languages, and cultures continue to influence our vibrant community. We are grateful to have the opportunity to work on this land.

The Shared Mic is produced by Age Friendly Edmonton.

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