CULTED SOUNDS: HOMESHAKE TALKS LISTENING TO PROJECTS START TO FINISH, TOP TORONTO SPOTS & RIDERS
Homeshake, AKA Peter Sagar, has been at this for a while – first touring as part of Mac DeMarco’s band, before branching off to undertake the creative project that is Homeshake. Releasing consistent albums and musical endeavours has become second nature to him – but his latest project aims to do something different.
Releasing a 126-track project dubbed the Pareidolia Catalogue, Homeshake took what was a lockdown experiment and shared it to the world. Now setting off on a European tour which will run til Oct 12th, we caught up with him to ask what’s in his rider, where his top Toronto spots are, and where he derives inspiration from.
Hey! First off, congrats on the tour. What have we got to expect?
Thank you. We will play 17-19 songs in a row, in a relaxing fashion, as well as we can.
Speaking of touring – what’s the craziest show you’ve ever played and why?
It’s hard to say. I’ve been doing this so long that all the memories kind of blend together to the point that I don’t know what happened during what show in what city.
What’s in your rider?
We got some beers and some tequila, some bourbon and some chips.
Where’s the best spot to hit up in Toronto?
There’s a walnut cake spot in Koreatown that I really love, and a pizza place that always has a line and runs out of pizza by like 6 o’clock every day. I mostly stay home though.
Talk to us about your recent project, the Pareidolia Catalogue, which houses a whopping 126 tracks. How did it come to be and were there originally more than 126?!
I was buying a lot of pedals and stuff during the lockdown and started screwing around making little loops. I hadn’t initially intended on sharing them like this, but grew quite fond of them as a whole piece and figured I might as well share it. this is every single one that i made, no item left behind.
Your music places emphasis on being enjoyed in its full form: how important is appreciating the whole project as opposed to pushing a single for you?
I guess I grew up listening to whole albums, so my work flows in that way naturally. i always get stressed choosing songs to release as singles leading up to an album release, it feels like taking a kid away from their siblings or something.
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Saying that, where do you envisage your music as being best received?
I suppose when I’m writing and recording it’s late at night and I’m alone, so that would seem natural to me. Once the songs are out I feel like it’s not really my business anymore as to how people enjoy it – however someone chooses to listen is fine by me!
Who (or what) are some of your main forms of inspiration?
My partner Salina, our cat, loneliness, TV shows. I’ve actually been very inspired by touring lately. Going back to work after being without it for a few years was like seeing what I do for a living in a new light. It’s a really weird job.
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Lastly, name 5 tracks you’re loving right now and why?
Dust by You’ll Never Get Into Heaven
I heard this on heaven and earth magic on NTS, beautiful track with the wild fretless bass harmonics.
Cave-in by Codeine
so slow that it makes my music sound fast
The elephant man’s bones by Rod Marciano and the alchemist
good ass track these guys know what they’re doing
Bibo No Aozora by Ryuichi Sakamoto
the 1997 version off the album smoochy, it’s got that late 90s production paired with the cinematic chords, beautiful
Washed Away by kelela