Artist Spotlight: Jeremy Fisher on touring, creativity, and the price of gas

[Ed’s note: Today we introduce a new feature to NW CanCon, which we hope to run on a regular basis. For now, it’s called Artist Spotlight, but we promise to come up with a more creative name before the next edition.]

Jeremy Fisher © 2008Toting a well-worn guitar that smells like chai tea, Vancouver-based singer/songwriter Jeremy Fisher pulled into Portland Thursday to kick off a two-week tour down the West Coast. He met with NW CanCon Editor Matthew Ginn before his show in a dark dressing room deep in the bowels of the Roseland Theater.

“No matter who you are, you’re always new to somebody, you know … Even Celine Dion, I bet there are people in the world who haven’t heard of her. Considerably less people, though, than those who haven’t heard of Jeremy Fisher, I’m sure.”

Though he has been touring North America since 2002, it wasn’t until about two years ago that his career really took off, thanks to his home-made video for “Cigarette” and the power of YouTube. Since then, he’s made appearances on NPR, CNN, Craig Ferguson and numerous other programs, released a new album and, of course, continued to tour. This spring he was nominated for two Junos, including Best New Artist.

In Part 1 of the interview, Jeremy talks about getting noticed, iTunes, and the price of gas.

“It’s so expensive to buy gas now—as it should be ’cause we’re running out of the stuff and it doesn’t seem like we’re doing as much as we should to find a new fuel or a new technology to be more efficient—but sometimes I wonder … I wonder what touring will look like for me in five years. For any of us, really.”

In Part 2 of the interview, Jeremy talks about the differences between the audiences in the U.S. and Canada, his theory of creativity, and his natural magnetism.

“As human beings, we just imitate, that’s what we do from the moment we’re born … and I think that creativity is the discrepancy between that original person that we’re imitating and our interpretation.”

“Sometimes it doesn’t connect, and other times it does, and to be honest with you, I think I don’t really want to know [why]. I think part of the draw for me to do this is that it seems like I can’t just figure that out for once and for all. Every night’s different.”

Here are the interviews:

Jeremy Fisher, Part 1 (11:31)

Jeremy Fisher, Part 2 (7:31)

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