SXSW 2015: Interview with Peter Sagar of Homeshake

By Tafari Robertson

Music Reviewer

Homeshake performing at SXSW. Photo by Tafari Robertson
Homeshake performing at SXSW. Photo by Tafari Robertson

 

This is Tafari Robertson here at KTSW South by Southwest 2015 with Peter Sugar from Homeshake. Did I pronounce that right?

I mean it’s a pseudonym, but yeah, we’ll go with Sugar.

Well first question, what’s your real name?

Peter Sagar.

How is your south by southwest going so far?

It’s just really crazy. This is the second time I’ve been here, first time with Homeshake. It’s, like, a lot to deal with. I almost wish we were playing more just so we had more stuff to do but it’s cool as long as you’re not playing downtown. Downtown’s terrible.

Talk to me about your latest album In The Shower. How has it been different playing those songs as opposed to your previous albums?

Well I don’t know, like the old songs were just different. There wasn’t a lot of bass on the old album and then I decided that bass was the best thing and so I got the best bass player in Montreal, Brad, to hit it up. I got the finest players in the group. The group seems to be doing pretty well on the stages. I don’t know. It’s just newer so it’s, like, fresher. Although we have been playing a lot of brand new songs that aren’t on that record.

How do you transition between recording and then touring and playing shows live?

I don’t really tour a lot. I don’t know. I record a lot actually lately. Ever since I’ve been home a lot more, the past year. I, like, recorded another album and I’m working on another one after that and everybody in the band has other stuff they do. Brad and Greg both have other bands they’re in. Mark goes to school and so yeah, we get together when the time is right and work it out.

Homeshake performing at SXSW. Photo by Tafari Robertson
Homeshake performing at SXSW. Photo by Tafari Robertson

Can you talk to me a little bit about your influences and what goes in to writing your songs?

All my songs are influenced completely by my own depression and how depressing everything around all of us is but, you know, whatever right? [laughs] And then I just listen to a lot of R&B, like a lot of R&B.

Can you call anyone out?

Brandy. I mean this week. We found a Brandy CD at a Good will. It’s the one with I Want To Be Down and it’s just like the best song ever and that album is pretty stacked with hits but yeah, you know, Brandy, Faith Evans, Usher, I really like. Usher’s, I can’t believe I’m going to say this, underrated. He’s at least underrated with like kids. They just think it’s like “oh it must be bad because it’s on top 40,” but top 40 is pretty good sometimes. I don’t know. You know, yeah, a lot of 70’s soul music also like Al Green and O.V. Wright. Stuff like that.

Have you gone to see any rap show this SXSW?

No, I haven’t really gone to any shows that weren’t my friends playing basically, just because it’s such a crazy festival; going out of your way to see something, I just can’t be bothered. I’m too stressed.

Can you talk to me about what’s next for Homeshake?

I don’t know. We’re gonna tour back to Montreal then we’ll be chilling until the summer. Then I’ve got another album ready to come out at some point.

Awesome, Thank you very much Peter Sagar from Homeshake. This is Tafari Robertson for KTSW at SXSW 2015.

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