1. Hi Sykamore, can you tell me a little bit about yourself, before you became a country singer/songwriter?
Hi! Originally I’m from Calgary, Alberta – I grew up on a farm outside the city so my childhood was lots of climbing trees, riding horses and floating down the river, stuff like that. I moved to Calgary to go to Ambrose University where I got my Bachelor’s Degree. It was during school that I realized I wanted to do music full time, so as soon as I graduated I went and made my first record.
2. How did you become a country music fan and how did you know you wanted a career in it?
My parents met at a rodeo, where they were both competing. They both come from ranch families, so I came by it pretty honestly. Country is what we played on the radio and my parents worship George Strait – hearing country music is home to me. That said, I love all kinds of music and have been in bands that were folk and pop/rock – but when Sykamore started to take shape it was my first solo project, so I let more of my authentic self bleed through, which happened to be more country than anything else.
3. Who are some of your musical icons?
Elton John, Lee Ann Womack, Keith Urban, Reba, Kacey Musgraves, Tim + Faith, George Michael, Lana Del Rey, Ellie Goulding.
4. How did you come up with the title “Self+Medicine,” for your latest album and what is your favorite song from this album?
For me, writing music is very cathartic and therapeutic, so in that sense I always think of it as a kind of self medication. When it came time to title the album, it felt appropriate to call it Self Medicine, because in writing these songs, at the end of the day that’s what they are to me: a release, an outlet, a remedy.
5. Is there anything new coming up with your music for the rest of 2018?
I’m very excited to be playing at Big Valley Jamboree this August, and I have a few more shows up my sleeve that I’ll be announcing soon 🙂
6. If you could sing a duet with a famous singer or group who would it be and why?
I would love to collaborate with Ellie Goulding – I think our styles would vibe really well together and she’s someone I really look up to – I’d love to watch her in action.
7. Where do you see your music career in the next 5 to 10 years?
I want to share the music with as many people as I can, so I would love to be able to build an arena show and headline it around the world. That would be such a blast to me and very fulfilling.
8. What is one of your favorite quotes?
“Fortune favours the bold.”
9. Is there anything you else you would like to share?
My single “We Were Alright” is nearing half a million streams on Spotify, it would mean so much if we could get it to 500, 000 – so feel free to have a listen or tell your friends!