Updated: Oct 18, 2021
Few modern day artists are as hard to pin down to a single musical style as the up-and-coming Polychuck. Is he pop? Rock? A six-string shredder? This Canadian multi-instrumentalist/singer/songwriter seems to be able to handle it all – as evidenced by his new EP, Shadows Exposed. The man himself spoke with BraveWords correspondent Greg Prato about the EP, his eclectic style/approach, and his interest in martial arts and kickboxing.
BraveWords: Where are you from?
Polychuck: “Montreal, Canada.”
BraveWords: I hear quite a few different styles in your music. How do you define your genre or style as an artist?
Polychuck: “I would say that it’s alternative rock but without trying to fit the mold. I guess we can say that it’s a little bit on the ‘prog’ side. I blend together sounds of progressive rock, urban music and metal. Everything I like, basically.”
BraveWords: How did the new EP, Shadows Exposed, come together?
Polychuck: “I’ve been writing music for years but the beginning of the pandemic was really the moment I decided to take it to the next level. Some of the songs on the EP were already written as demos, but my style really got defined during the pandemic. Especially with the arrangements.”
BraveWords: Is it true that you played, produced, recorded, and mastered everything on the EP?
Polychuck: “It’s absolutely true. Everything on there was played, recorded and produced by myself at my home studio. Some of the instruments I didn’t have were added as samples with a MIDI keyboard that I also played – i.e., the brass section In ‘Beating Myself Down’ or the turntable scratch in ‘Exposure’.”
BraveWords: Please discuss the lyric inspiration behind the songs “Beating Myself Down” and “Exposure,” as well as memories of filming videos for each.
Polychuck: “‘Beating Myself Down’ was a text that was already written before the song was composed. It was very dark, almost too much, but I knew there was something to do with it. The song has a very uplifting groove and is almost the opposite of what this text would normally fit on but I thought it was perfect. It made it almost caricatural and that’s what I loved. I’m singing about how life is horrible over a lighthearted pop rock song. Even the brass section adds an extra element of fun. The music video tries to show that we all have different facets of ourselves that sometimes are in conflict with each other but at the end of the day we shouldn’t take it too seriously. ‘Exposure’ was a little bit different. I wrote the text after the first instrumental demo was done. I really wanted it to be a callout song although it’s not directed towards anybody in particular. Partly inspired by ‘Break Stuff’ from Limp Bizkit, the groove and the chords really make it the perfect song to express resentment! The music video is literally me having a kickboxing fight with somebody and I think it speaks for itself!”
Get the full interview with By Greg Prato at bravewords.com