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