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Get ready to dance your heart out with The Commotions!

Songs from Volume III by The Commotions

By mysoundMusicPublished 4 months ago 5 min read

Introducing The Commotions, a powerhouse of musical talent that will make your heart skip a beat.

Led by the charismatic Brian Asselin on tenor saxophone, this band is fueled by the soulful vocals of Rebecca Noelle, Jeff Rogers, and Mackenzie DiMillo. With Jeff Asselin on drums setting the rhythm, Deniz Lim-Sersan on keys adding depth, Ken Seeley on bass keeping it groovy, David Gaw on guitar shredding those solos, and Ed Lister and Eric Littlewood on trumpets bringing the brass magic. Completing this dynamic lineup are Caelan Roberge-Toll on bari saxophone and Mike Lett on tenor saxophone.

Together, they create an electrifying sound that will leave you craving more. Get ready to dance your heart out with The Commotions!

May I ask how you arrived at your band’s name? Give us the scoop.

The name was brought to the table by our guitarist, David Gaw. I really liked the name because I felt it was a bit of a throw back to Motown. I also like the meaning of the name – to cause a commotion or a stir. I have always had the mentality of going big or home with the band, so we definitely cause a bit of a commotion when we all play together simply because we are such a large ensemble.

How long has the band been creating music together?

We have been playing as a band for 10 years.

Are you signed to a label, or would you like to be?

We are with my own label called YOW Music Group. I would love to see our little label be distributed with a Major to help us with digital and physical distribution.

Do you have a preferred genre?

I always classify the music we perform as Soul-pop with a bit of funk mixed in.

Do you write your own music?

Yes all the music is written by myself plus a co-writer. Almost every song has a different lineup of writers – some are in the band some are not. I do most of the songwriting and arranging and I co-write with various members.

Were there any challenging aspects to writing and/or recording the album?

This album is really years in the making. We released our last album, Volume II, in 2017 and I thought this record would come out in 2020 but with the pandemic, I had to wait.

We did do a lot of writing during the shutdown but it was all done on Zoom and some of those tunes made this recording. Another reason this record was a little difficult is just trying to schedule that many musicians together. We may be a 12-piece band but the record has 29 musicians on it.

Do you have any other plans relating to this release? A video?

We have 5 music videos coming out in the next couple of months featuring songs from this record. The first one will be of our ballad, Where Does the Love Go? and it will come out towards the end of November.

What was your creative process like? Where did the ideas come from?

I do most of the writing meaning I usually come up with an idea and then get a co-writer or co-writers involved. I am very fortunate to have amazing writers in the band so it is always an easy process getting more members into helping me write the music. Our ideas for our music come from really anything that inspires us at that moment. It might be a headline or a line we hear while watching a movie or TV. Inspiration is funny that way – it can come from anywhere.

What is the best song you ever released and why?

This is a great question. I truly believe this is the best record we have ever released as a band. Every song has been crafted and molded over months of arranging and re-arranging. My top favs from the record are Love in the Fast Lane, Where Does the Love Go?, Twisted, What Are We Waiting For, and You Complete Me.

Do you create music for yourselves or for your fans?

I would like to think we make music for ourselves and we are so grateful that our fans follow us along on our journey.

What song do fans seem to favor?

I always hear that fans really like a tune of ours called Believe In Yourself which is from our Volume II record.

Do you, or would you like to, perform live?

I try to get the band on stage as much as possible but again it is tricky with such a large ensemble. The band really shines when we perform at festivals during the summer months – it’s just such a great feeling being on a big stage with a large crowd.

Which of your songs is, or do you think would be, fun to perform live?

One of my favourite songs to perform live is The Time Is Now because it is such an amazing horn feature – lots of notes and its pretty quick so it keeps us on our toes.

What do you value more, creativity, or perfect execution?

Great question – I value creativity more for sure. There is nothing wrong with spontaneity during a show – it keeps us in the creative mindset and it reminds us that we are human.

Has your musical journey had a deliberate direction, or did it simply evolve in whatever direction it found?

I am so proud of this band and what we have been able to accomplish in the last 10 years. The original idea with The Commotions was just to release one album but we enjoy making music together so much that I hope we never stop.

What would be your ideal press headline, either now or in the future? In which publication? Why?

The Commotions to perform alongside Chicago and Tower of Power! This would be my favourite headline for sure – Chicago and Tower of Power have been such a big influence on me and the band. It would be an honour to open for either. We would be on cloud nine.

Share a funny moment or positive experience that has happened during your career.

I cannot think of one particular moment but I will say that I am so lucky to have such a great crew with me. They make every gig and rehearsal a special moment.

What is your favorite/best outlet to connect with your followers Instagram, Spotify, FB, Twitter, iTunes? How would you want them to follow?

We are really trying to connect listeners on Spotify and I think it is working. We are just about to reach 10,000 monthly listeners which may not sound like much but it is the most we have ever had. We are also letting our fans know about our upcoming gigs and we just started selling merch on our Spotify page.

Are you currently working on any projects we should look out for?

Volume IV is already in the works 😊


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