Park Sound Presents is a monthly musical showcase hosted at Park Sound Studio, a recording studio located in North Vancouver. On Friday, April 26, we're welcoming Kaylan Mackinnon, Holly Rees and Derek Wayne Martin.
Tickets: $8/advance, $10/door*
*Admission comes with 1 complimentary brew from Balderdash Beer. BYOB after that.
For Kaylan Mackinnon it's all about creating that perfect song, and generating feelings.
"I love writing lyrics that listeners can relate to or play at any given occasion. The kind of songs that make you want to sing at the top of your lungs," Mackinnon says.
This songwriter grew up in Southern Ontario, and from the young age of 13, she began playing guitar, singing and writing her own songs.
Mackinnon has spent the past five years living in Vancouver completing her Creative Writing degree at the University of British Columbia. However, school hasn't been the only thing on her plate. She has spent the last year and a half working on her EP titled Savour with west coast writer-producers Winston Hauschild and Troy Samson. The album is now available online everywhere, and some of the songs can be heard in the Hallmark movie The Perfect Bride, as well as her song "Run" in the upcoming feature film The Miracle Season starring Helen Hunt and William Hurt coming to theatres worldwide April 13th, 2018. Currently, Mackinnon is working on new music and is looking forward to sharing it with audiences soon.
Holly is an emerging singer-songwriter who grew up in the moors of the Durham Dales. Her debut EP ‘Ilex’, released in 2017, received support from BBC 6 Music and a feature on Tom Robinson's BBC Introducing Mixtape. 2018 has seen this success continue with festival slots at Hit The North and Evolution Emerging, as well as supporting the likes of CoCo and the Butterfields, Joseph J Jones, X Factor's Sam Lavery, and Hannah Trigwell. Her sophomore EP ‘Slow Down’ was released in August 2018, reaching #6 in the iTunes charts alongside support from BBC Introducing and even radio play further afield in the USA, and was followed by a UK tour with Matt Dunbar. She recently played her biggest headline show yet at Think Tank? Underground Newcastle, with a full band to celebrate the release of her new single ‘Stick Around’ (released December 1st).
DEREK WAYNE MARTIN
Derek Wayne Martin, of Atlanta, Georgia, recorded his first EP entitled A Million Miles which helped establish a sound nestled somewhere in between Americana and indie rock. It's definitely a windows down, sun-shining, road trip EP. Joshua Pickard with nooga.com writes that Martin channels "the spirit of artists like Jeff Tweedy and Ryan Adams,” both of which are artists he looks up to. The tracks “Out of My Head” and “Prostitute” channel the guitar vibes from 90's Americana, and rounding out the end of the EP with the song “Too Much” takes things forward into Martin's next two EP's.
2013's "Hard Times," and 2015's "Ghost Town" take a departure from the rock and roll and delve into the more intimate side of things. “I realized that writing songs like “Too Much” came natural. It's very natural for me to write songs about hurt with a sense of poignancy that says 'yeah, this sucks, but maybe it won't be like this forever.’”
In 2018, Martin was able to flesh out his crowd favourite, “Too Much” in the studio. With tastefully reverb saturated vocals and a melodic guitar hook courtesy of Daniel Nelson of the band Focus Fox, this reimagined single is likely to continue its streak as the most authentic song of Martin’s repertoire.
Above all else, Derek Wayne Martin is damn sure to make you feel something. "I'm hoping that in some place, in some room, there is at least one person who can say, 'Man, I know exactly how that feels.'"