Whistler is playing host to some well-known international acts during the Olympic and Paralympic Games, but the community is also home to some talented musicians and performers who have been tapped to perform for the thousands of visitors here for the Olympic experience. To make sure they aren't lost in the shuffle, Pique would like to introduce you to one such group: Brother Twang.
Names: Downtown Jay Brown on lead vocals and rhythm guitar, George Skoupas on lead guitar and backing vocals, Derek Stembridge on bass guitar and Todd Vague on drums.
George and Derek are from Toronto, Downtown is from Hamilton, and Todd is from Edmonton, but all have called Whistler home for 10-plus years.
Pique: So, what's your Whistler story?
B.T.: Ours is the typical Whistler story. We all came for vacations individually and the various elements that grab everyone grabbed the Twang as well. We stay for the same reasons... living in paradise, great neighbours, everything outdoors and our commitment to seeing out the vision that is Brother Twang.
Pique: Your style can be loosely defined as acoustic rock, but how do you describe your sound?
B.T.: We play everything from outlaw country to instrumentals, hard-charging twangers to ferocious metal... all in a rock format.
Pique: Which artists have been influential in developing your own sound and musical style?
B.T.: Clutch, Iron Maiden, RUSH, Neil Young, Dave Mathews Band and Alice In Chains are but a few of the amazing bands that have helped shape our diverse and original sound into what has become Brother Twang.
Pique: What are your thoughts on Whistler's musical and artistic community?
B.T.: We appreciate that Whistler has been supportive of the arts and live music over the years and we have all, as a band and as individual musicians, been honoured to have played with the very best that the Sea to Sky corridor has to offer. We hope that our tight-knit community continues to thrive and grow, so that original and fresh ideas may be nurtured long into the future.
Pique: What do the Olympics mean to you?
B.T.: We see the Games as a chance to put Brother Twang on everyone's lips and into everyone's ears through extensive live performances in support of our newly released EP A Taste Of The Twang .