Release Day Series Podcast

Alex Huard

Conversations with award winning artists, independent musicians, and industry professionals. The Release Day Series Podcast dives into the stories, strategies, creativity and effort that goes into making release day a reality. Season 2 Theme music composed by: Graham Bieri Season 1 Theme music composed by: Evan Denley

Chastity - Building A Loyal Community & Inclusive Spaces Through Their Music
Jan 19 2022
Chastity - Building A Loyal Community & Inclusive Spaces Through Their Music
Community is undoubtedly one of the main reasons music is so important to our mental health. When you discover a song where you feel as though the artist is singing to you, or the instrumental is the perfect soundtrack at that very moment - you get this feeling like someone understands you, that you’re not alone. With so many artists focused on being present and relevant on social media and within the algorithm of streaming services, this is an element that gets lost on so many indie artists. Whitby, Ontario Based punk rock band Chastity have recognized the importance of creating community through their music. On January 13th 2022, the band released their 3rd full length album Suffer Summer - with many listeners singing its praises - myself included. Joining me today is the architect behind the project - Brandon Williams. Brandon and his band have toured Europe, parts of the united states with PUP the band, had most recently been opening for the Dirty Nil, has opened for City and Colour and Alexisonfire which likely won’t be the last time either - and has signed to one of the most iconic independent Canadian labels in Dine Alone Records, while Deathwish records handles their international distribution. Upon the release of the album Chastity have been featured on billboard in the heart of Toronto at Yonge-Dundas square, and as of the time of this recording - is the face of the Ready to Rock Spotify playlist.Brandon and I have a unique connection in that he and I share the same hometown of Whitby. We talk about how Chastity has been a vessel for creating a community and safe space for fans of his genre of music in a city ruled by sports arenas, and his plans for pitching the municipality on creating a more permanent venue to support an arts community that has been largely disregarded. Chastity Website - in 6 Minutes and 66 Seconds - Alone Records - Label and Distribution - Day Website -
Catherine MacLellan & Good Lovelies - Christmas Special
Dec 15 2021
Catherine MacLellan & Good Lovelies - Christmas Special
Well here we are - the final episode of 2021 and our very first Christmas Special! In this episode I am excited to share two conversations with you. My first is with JUNO Award winning Singer/Songwriter Catherine MacLellan. On November 26th 2021, Catherine released her debut Christmas EP - “Holiday”. Consisting of 3 beautiful renditions of holiday classics and 1 original Christmas song that Catherine wrote during the winter of 2020, we talk about why this was the time to record and release her first Holiday project, a collection of songs she self-engineered and self-produced. We get into the production timeline for the music and accompanying marketing material when putting the holiday project together in order to have successful Holiday release, what being a JUNO award winner has done for her musical career, and why nearly 55 years later, Catherine and her family are re-releasing her father - Gene MacLellan’s debut record.After that, I will be joined by the JUNO Award winning trio - Good Lovelies, for an incredibly fun conversation that includes discussions about their annual Christmas tour which includes as stop at the newly renovated and recently reopened Massey Hall, the secret to writing an original Christmas song - of which they’ve written many - and some holiday traditions they look forward to every. It’s a great way to cap off a wonderful year for the podcast.If you have music you would like us to hear, or have a great release day rollout plan you want the world to know about, send an email with your EPK and release plan to: contactreleaseday@gmail.comThank you so much for listening, and Welcome to Release Day!Theme music composed by Evan Denley.Reference Links:Catherine MacLellan website - MacLellan website - Lovelies Website - Clothing - Day Spotify Playlist - Day Website -
The Fretless - How the string quartet took collaboration to another level in 2021
Dec 1 2021
The Fretless - How the string quartet took collaboration to another level in 2021
On episode 34, Ben Plotnik from the JUNO Award winning string quartet, The Fretless, joins me to talk about their latest, collaborative album “Open House”, released on October 22nd, 2021. "Open House" is a 10 song album and the first project that sees The Fretless feature vocals on all the tracks and in such a prominent role. Working with artists like Celeigh Cardinal,  Nuela Charles, The Bros. Landreth, Dan Mangan and more. We talk about the process of interpreting and re-arranging songs from Bruce Cockburn, Steely Dan, Feist, and Alessia Cara - to name a few - for the the fiddle/viola & cello, and what they needed to do in order to clear the songs for publishing on the album.A supergroup of celebrated solo artists, The Fretless has been creating a singular and signature sound that dares to expand the idea of what a string music quartet can be—transforming fiddle tunes and folk melodies into intricate, beautiful, high-energy arrangements that have quickly gained a dedicated following and accolades from around the world. Within what appears to be a simple construct — two fiddles, a viola, and a cello — The Fretless has created a sound that is distinctly rich, multi-layered, and uniquely percussive. This tonal quality is pushing traditional music to new heights, producing a completely fresh approach to Folk music.If you have music you would like us to hear, or have a great release day rollout plan you want the world to know about, send an email with your EPK and release plan to: contactreleaseday@gmail.comThank you so much for listening, and Welcome to Release Day!Theme music composed by Evan Denley.Reference Links:The Fretless website - Clothing - Sleep Til Sudbury Podcast with Brent Jensen: Day Spotify Playlist - Day Website -
Daniel James McFadyen - How a Musician Overcame the Pandemic Identity Crisis
Nov 17 2021
Daniel James McFadyen - How a Musician Overcame the Pandemic Identity Crisis
Hello and welcome to the release day series podcast, I'm your host Alex Huard, joining me today from the east coast of Canada in Nova Scotia, is singer songwriter Daniel James McFadyen to talk about his debut album August, I’m Yours that he released on October 8th, 2021. In our conversation we really dig into the inspiration behind the songs on the album, learning more about what they mean to Daniel and the circumstances under which many of the songs were written. We also talk about the process of booking his tour from Halifax to Toronto while the pandemic carries on, and what the response has been from venues and his audiences. A couple familiar names pop up as well, names that you might recognize from the wonderful music they write, or from the podcast itself...small world.At the start of 2020, McFadyen had just recorded and released an EP. He had a hit song going viral on YouTube and he was ready to start a summer-long tour across Canada. Then the world shut down, the tour was cancelled, and he needed money. With no shows on the horizon, McFadyen found himself on a plane to Ontario, going to work construction for his brother-in-law to pay off his debts. Between the lost tour and the lost money, he started to question if should return to music at all, or just stick to a safe day job. It was the typical pandemic identity crisis. But it was short-lived. Conceived, written and recorded in a time of worldwide and personal uncertainty, August, I’m Yours is an album about change, letting go, and, ultimately, coming home. Daniel begins our conversation taking us through the events that would play significant role in his music career, leading up to the pandemic.If you have music you would like us to hear, or have a great release day rollout plan you want the world to know about, send an email with your EPK and release plan to: contactreleaseday@gmail.comThank you so much for listening, and Welcome to Release Day!Theme music composed by Evan Denley.Reference Links:Daniel James McFadyen's website - Clothing - Sleep Til Sudbury Podcast with Brent Jensen: Day Spotify Playlist - Day Website -
Dropout Entertainment - How the Canadian Indie Music Publication has created a worldwide audience
Oct 6 2021
Dropout Entertainment - How the Canadian Indie Music Publication has created a worldwide audience
Well am I excited to say this is episode 30 of the podcast, and joining me are Jesse Read and Ben Gibson - the creators and curators of the online Canadian music publication Dropout Entertainment. The reason these guys are special - aside from doing great things for the Canadian music community, is they’re the reason the release day series started in the first place!What I love the most about Dropout is their focus on truly independent musicians, artists you’ve likely never heard before but are deserved of the spotlight and recognition. Jesse and Ben open up about the creation of the publication, their mission to highlight undiscovered talent, and the great additions to their platform to continually elevate and broadcast Canadian music through their SOCAN certified online radio station and podcast.While Dropout Entertainment has been reaching hundreds of thousands of readers and listeners online - they’ve also gone beyond the digital platform, creating Canada’s first Independent Music Video Awards show - now 3 years running - and held their very first music festival in 2021, hosted by Canadian music icon Ed the Sock.If you have music you would like us to hear, or have a great release day rollout plan you want the world to know about, send an email with your EPK and release plan to: contactreleaseday@gmail.comThank you so much for listening, and Welcome to Release Day!Theme music composed by Evan Denley.Reference Links:Dropout Entertainment: Dropout: info@dropoutentertainment.caDecolonial Clothing - Day Spotify Playlist - Day Website -
Good Kid - How the indie rock band got their music into Fortnite
Sep 22 2021
Good Kid - How the indie rock band got their music into Fortnite
On episode 29, I am joined by Jacob Tsafatinos of the band Good Kid - who’s latest EP - Good Kid 2 came out on November 6, 2020. This band is one of my favourite musical discoveries of 2020, with a sound reminiscent of The Strokes and Tokyo Police Club, with a little Fallout Boy or Panic at the Disco in vocals for good measure. What I love about the band is the visual and creative identity they have developed for themselves based on their passions and interests that lie outside of the music world, from video games to anime. We talk about the character the band has created called “Nomu” who is embedded in all of their album art - like Eddie from Iron Maiden - generating what they call “fan art friday”. We get into the creation of the band's very own 8-bit side scrolling video game called Good Kid - Ghost King's Revenge, and it's accompanying 8-bit soundtrack of their music - that they created themselves. We also talk about how they got their song “Witches” added to Fortnite radio on the ever popular video game - Fortnite.If you have music you would like us to hear, or have a great release day rollout plan you want the world to know about, send an email with your EPK and release plan to: contactreleaseday@gmail.comThank you so much for listening, and Welcome to Release Day!Theme music composed by Evan Denley.Reference Links:Good Kid Website: from Twitch RE: DMCA: Clothing - Day Spotify Playlist - Day Website -