Seeking Good Melodies, Good Grooves, Good People

Dave Haddock is gearing up to celebrate the release of his third album. On Sept. 18 he’ll be having a release party for the full-length album Talk to Me at the Yukon Arts Centre.

Co-recorded-and-produced with Jordy Walker, the album is a self-released work of nine original songs. Following 10 years after Haddock’s last release, Talk to Me is a new direction for this seasoned Yukon musician.

“Some things are similar, but I also definitely took a couple of chances musically,” he says. “There’s a few cases of interesting work with time signatures, so that was fun, I always wanted to do something like that. I’ve also introduced a bit of a cappella voice stuff, as some interlude material between a few of the songs, which is based on some of the work I’ve been doing recently with improv.”

Because the album was self-released Haddock felt much more involved in the recording process this time around, as both he and Walker shared in the song choices and arrangements. The results are something he can stand behind.

“I’m happier with it as a finished product,” he says.

Haddock and Walker recorded preliminary bedtracks for the album at Northern Town Films, a production studio run by Daniel Janke. Final recording and mixing took place at Walker’s own studio, with the help of a grant from the Yukon Film and Sound Commission.

“It’s continuing a long path of interested self-realization,” says Haddock. “Just a love of playing with language, singing good melodies and making interesting grooves to play over. And playing with good people.”

While the majority of the studio instruments were recorded by Haddock and Walker themselves, Jesse Zubot is on violin for several tracks, and one track features the accordion, contributed by Andrea McColeman.

The stage musicians for the Sept. 18 show will include McColeman and Walker, along with Lonnie Powell on drums and Micah Smith on bass, acoustic guitar and vocals.

The CD release show will be “on the wing,” meaning the audience will be onstage with the performer in a cabaret-type setting. Haddock explains that when the audience is offstage, it can be very hard to bridge the gap and make a connection.

Haddock’s plans for the future include a spring tour for Talk to Me, and farther in the future, another recording project, this time for young children. He was inspired after participating in a workshop in Edmonton called Music Together, which focuses on fostering music exposure in children up to age five, along with their parents.

“It was really fun, it awakened my interest in playing for young people,” he says. “It’s important to be exposed to music in general at a really young age; it fosters their development of musical competence… Kids at that age are sponges.”

Haddock also has a project planned for the other end of the spectrum — an adult-only, no-experience-necessary choir that focuses on world music and folk traditions.

“I think lots of people have a longing to sing a bit,” he says. “I just want to [facilitate] one on my own… it’s a good thing I can offer, more as helping a larger group of people.”

Dave Haddock’s CD release party takes place on Wednesday, Sept. 18 at the Yukon Arts Centre. Sauna Music will open for Dave Haddock with ambient sound and music.

Talk to Me is available for sale at local outlets, as well as online through

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