I am excited to share with you an interview with James Hiebert from The Xanad00ds, for you that are unaware of their music I ask James to describe their sound in a few words and he said it is like, rock music plus dance music = awesome, they take a ton of different forms of dance music and infuse them with rock. I saw them play a few weeks back and they are great, they have such a great vibe and feel that just makes you feel good.
James has been in the music scene for almost 20 years, playing everything from country to soul. His love of music started as a child thinking of songs and making them up in his head, but didn’t really pick up an instrument till he was 21. After playing martial arts and a list of full contact sports, then after a surgery and a doctor’s advice, to look into a new hobby, james picked up a guitar. Immediately he felt inspired, he started writing songs and has never looked back.
He wanted to start playing in bands as soon as possible, he sang with his first band, but after musical differences but no hard feelings he took another direction. James wanted to focus on writing songs, He has played with other bands, and one blues band that took him on a tour of Western Canada two years in a row, also playing a big blues festival out in Penticton.
Now with the Xanad00ds, which are releasing their first album after 4 years in the making. This album they wanted to focus on what they do best and really follow their hearts. They started off with their rock roots but as they jammed they wanted to incorporate the danceable music with the rock sound. This album offers a mix of rock and grove style music that everyone will be able to enjoy and give the people a taste of their different influences.
I asked James about what advice he would have for the new comers coming into the music scene. He say’s you have to follow your heart, sometimes people go through rough times, which he is no stranger to, and use that to write what is in your heart, it can be a healing process. Write what is in your gut and if it feels good do it. For people starting off, and want to get out there it takes a lot of hard work and dedication. It takes playing shows and being on social media, you gotta bust your butt and put in the time just to get a bite, but it is worth it and if you can hire a publicity and manager, so you can focus on being a musician and writing and playing shows.
We talked about the local music scene which he loves and goes on to say, we have some amazing artists and the scene is phenomenal. Its great working with band members who play with different bands because it helps build that musical community. The community really supports one another, and there are people who are doing some great things. They are doing it for the love of music. The music venues are great, you can go to a place like Times Changes and everybody knows your name. Some of his favourite venues are places like Shannon’s Irish Pub, which has been like home to them, and The Park Theatre, where the Xanad00ds album release party is at this Saturday. But checking out La Garage, Maw’s Eatery, The Kings Head and so many other great new venues, you are going to find some great music and great people.
It was great to sit down and talk to James, he is a local musician who has been around and been making music for years. He knows what it takes and has a great deal of passion for his music and for the Winnipeg music scene. I asked him whats next for the The Xanad00ds and they hope to plan a summer tour and film and release some new music videos as well look at doing a concept album, something they have been wanting to do for a while.
I recommend that everyone that can get down to the Park Theatre tonight for The Xanad00ds album release party, which is going to be an awesome time. Playing with them are Those Guys – A Cappella, DJ King Cabernet Events, Thebahatizz, and Moon Tan.
Tickets are $12, Doors open at 9 and the show starts at 10! Don’t miss this night, it’s going to be amazing with so much Winnipeg talent. I know I’m going!