The Ollivanders WIN 2014 NAMA for Best Rock Recording
The Ollivanders, whose members hail from both Six Nations and Caledonia, have won a prestigious Native American Music Awards (NAMA) for “Best Rock Recording” for their DEBUT Album “Two Suns” Due out in 2015!!
The hard-driving tune with its distinct primal beat is a cut from their 13-song album ‘Two Suns,’ recorded at Jukasa Studios in Ohsweken.
The three-member group, all close friends since attending McKinnon Park Secondary School in Caledonia, consists of Ohsweken residents Ryan Johnson (bass guitar, back-up vocals) and Marty Isaacs (lead guitar, vocals), and Ryan Mickeloff (drums, percussion) of Caledonia.
They came together at a time when the Douglas Creek Estates land claims conflict was at its full height, and relationships between the two communities were strained for many.
Also contributing on the CD is 2012 Juno Award winner for Aboriginal Album of the Year, Murray Porter (keyboards) and Emily Rose (vocals).
“I was completely surprised,” Mickeloff said of the nomination. “But I also think it’s exciting that our music has been recognized. It’s a bit intimidating when I look at who we’re up against; George Leach is a Juno award winner. Next to him, I feel like we’re like an appetizer to the main course. But all in all, I’m excited and I am hoping for the best.”
“I believe that… our goal with the album was to make something that was a mix of our all our musical influences create a reflection of the diverse influences,” Mickeloff added.
“Being nominated for the NAMA’s best rock recording is deeply gratifying and a great honour to be placed in a category with such other amazing talent and respected musicians,” said Johnson.
“Two Suns is a great leap in writing and performance from our first album under ‘The Breaking Wind.’ Not only is the style and tone different, it reflects how far we’ve come, and our past experiences through life individually, and as a band. A lot of these songs come from the mind of our guitarist and lead singer, Martin Isaacs, but the most interesting thing I find is how we added our own individual parts to his songs.”
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