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Hilary Grist: Secretly a duo

Monday 21st, July 2014 / 09:31
By Gina Loes
Photo: Jennifer Picard

Photo: Jennifer Picard

Hilary Grist is on her way to an eventful and rewarding summer of music and new experiences as she gears up for the release of her next record Come & Go. BeatRoute had the opportunity to chat with Grist about the months ahead and gain some insight on her musical perspective. With a rigorous tour scheduled across BC and Alberta and new videos on the horizon, Grist manages to maintain her intrinsic sincerity and creative drive while balancing the demands of her growing career.

In comparison to her previous releases, which were largely a process of exploring different influences and trying new textures and instrumentation, Come & Go maintains its musical integrity and cohesiveness. As a studio album, it is somewhat moodier and it is more reflective of what Grist sounds like with her full band.

“It’s a little bit darker”, Grist admits, “but ironically I actually feel way happier than ever.”

Hilary’s tour schedule for the summer has been ambitious, but so is everything else about her. Her itinerary features venues that are deliberately conducive to her lyric-focused songs. Seeking this type of listening environment, Grist’s tour featured a variety of house concerts in addition to the standard rock rooms and outdoor events.

“House concerts are really intimate and I’ve just always loved doing them, so I’m kind of excited about that change. They create an opportunity to really connect with people.”

Previously, Grist has always toured solo or with other songwriters. Her Western Canada tour is also unique in that her husband, Mike Southworth, will be travelling and performing with her.

“He’s definitely the unsung hero behind me, or consultant-on-everything person,” expresses Grist. Well respected in the audio and film industry, Southworth has been a helpful sounding board for Grist as she’s progressed in her own career. Together they make a pretty remarkable team. “It’s really a duo,” she says. “His fingerprint is on everything.”

Grist is particularly known and revered for her quirky and imaginative music videos. Her latest video, “Chemical Reaction,” premiered in June as part of the Public Records Winter Video Grant Program. This to date has been the most ambitious drawing project she’s ever done. The video is animation heavy, featuring over 2,000 photos and large-scale drawings. “I’m really happy with how it turned out. I learned so much.”

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