I always say music is like life; you never stop learning. You need heart to make it happen. I play bass, acoustic and electric guitar and am teaching myself the drums. I make my own home recordings in my teepee with drums, a couple mixing boards, microphones, equalizers and a digital recorder. There is no echo because the teepee is all round. It is a very real sound. Over the years, there have been many recordings done in my teepee, probably hundreds.
I started playing guitar after I got back from residential school when I was nine. When I was about 13, I learned a few chords from people. After a while I started thinking, ‘how come they’ve lived this long and only know these few chords?’ so I started teaching myself. When I got my first guitar a year later, I wanted to play all the time. Music gave me a better way to spend my time other than drinking. I stuck to music because I didn’t want to have anything to do with that situation. It took me out of a bad, dysfunctional environment and I thank the Lord for that.
There is no feeling in the world like playing music. It can take you anywhere. Playing with others and making everything fit is like two hands holding each other. There are quite a few closet musicians in Fort Good Hope so there are plenty of opportunities to play. I am inspired by bands like the Tragically Hip and Canadian rock like BTO, which is a good clean rock and roll and with no crazy sound effects or anything. I like playing covers like Eric Clapton, Bruce Springsteen or B.B. King. I like the blues where the bass is fast sometimes. It keeps me sharp.