Rachel Pool: Explain, in ten words or less, the music scene in Vancouver.
It’s a thriving hotbed of talent.
What made you choose the name, ACTORS?
It felt just interesting enough. All the good names were taken and Duran Duran Duran was too long.
Does that name allow you some security in your songwriting? Was it by intent to create a lyrical fiction? How much of your songs are written from life experience?
A name means less and less as time passes. It’s not something I think about. All the songs are written from life experience although it’s not 100% autobiographical. Sometimes you just need a visual and a good rhyme.
Describe the original formation of Actors. How did musicians of your talent level come to together into one singular vision?
We are all friends first. It just made sense for us to fall together with ACTORS. We respect each other and everyone has something special to contribute. I couldn’t do this with just anyone.
Bands of brothers and sisters: what do you argue about most, as a band?
We don’t really argue. I snore so I’m pretty sure the others members have wrestled with the idea of holding a pillow over my face in the middle of the night.
How do you feel about remixes? Are they necessary to band networking? Is it comfortable to have other bands interpret your music, and how do you deal with what you may feel is an inaccurate rendition of your song, or indeed one which may have captured the spirit/leitmotif better?
I’ve recently started doing remixes for other artists again. It’s fun. I haven’t had anyone remix an ACTORS song since the first single Post Traumatic Love. I don’t think they are “necessary” but I do love to hear different interpretations of songs. Sometimes a remix will be better than the original.
If you could have any band/musician remix one of your songs, who would you choose?
I would love to see what David Lynch would come up with. Maybe he would just light one of our records on fire and record it burning.
How did you find music? Did you grow up with musicians, or did a certain album or artist inspire you to create music yourself?
It was always around. The radio and music videos on tv. Bowie was the first big inspiration for me. Ziggy Stardust > Let’s Dance > Scary Monsters, in that order.
Your album has been considered by many to be one of the most important releases of 2018, does this shock you? What is a best case scenario of what you want to accomplish in 2019?
I wanted to believe that if enough people heard these songs that the album would find an audience. I had learned to temper my expectations over the years so the reception this time around was initially hard to believe. Best case scenario is we keep touring and continue to create opportunities to connect with more and more people. We plan on releasing our next full-length album in 2020.
There has to be at least one of you who is a Cat Person™?
Freyja Six Beans (our cat) sat on our computer desk and had to be forcibly removed several times while we were playing your album. How can you explain your animal magnetism? You’re very intuitive. We love cats. I’m sorry you had to forcibly remove Freyja Six Beans on our account. Can animal magnetism be explained?
Interview with Actors by Rachel Pool from Sounds and Shadows.
Please read more about the last Actors album here: Actors – It will come to you