Van­cou­ver’s Real Ponchos built their fourth al­bum from the ground up, guerilla-stu­dio style, in the Gulf Is­lands.

The Georgia Straight - - Contents - By Mike Usinger

Q. What was played around the house?

A. My par­ents are mu­sic lovers for sure, so there was a lot of Neil Young and Bob Dy­lan, and old coun­try stuff as well. Those were def­i­nitely my he­roes. My dad’s dad was from P.E.I. and re­ally loved coun­try mu­sic. That just sort of per­co­lated down.

Q. What band changed your life?

A. For sure the Grate­ful Dead. They were huge for me. That was kind of what de­fined my in­di­vid­ual iden­tity, be­cause it wasn’t some­thing that I got through my fam­ily. I got to­tally into the whole ’60s ethos and thought it was the coolest thing ever. Long hair, tie-dye, neck­laces. It still feels like com­ing home when I lis­ten to the Grate­ful Dead.

Q. How did you dis­cover Zen Bud­dhism?

I was in­ter­ested in med­i­ta­tion, and the first place I went hap­pened to be a Zen Bud­dhist place in Vic­to­ria. I re­ally found my­self en­joy­ing the talk the teacher was giv­ing. When I moved back to Van­cou­ver it just so hap­pened that I’m across the street from a Zen cen­tre. So I’ve been prac­tis­ing with that com­mu­nity now for three-odd years.

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