Who: Julie Doiron
Why: Doiron began her career in 1990 playing bass in Eric’s Trip. After the band’s demise in 1996, she decided to go solo. Six full-length albums and one Juno later, the folky songstress is back with Woke Myself Up.
Flare : How has the Canadian indie music scene evolved since you first started in the industry?
Julie Doiron: In the late 90s it was pretty rough, a lot of venues turned into discos. Now, it seems to be taking off because of the success of bands like Broken Social Scene, Feist, Metric and The Arcade Fire.
F : Who or what inspires you?
JD: My kids were a big part of songwriting for me, but at this point I’m pretty used to having them around. In my formative years I listened to a lot of My Bloody Valentine, Sonic Youth and Neil Young. Pavement, The Cure and The Smiths were all up there too.
F: Is music therapeutic for you?
JD: Yes. Music is the only way I can really express myself and fully let go.
F: What do you find most challenging about being a parent?
JD: Having to go away and leave my kids for a month at a time. There is a part of me that would love to be a stay at home mom.
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