1)Would you like to introduce yourself?
Yes. I am Buckman Coe. Soul and World artist from Vancouver, BC. Activist. Romantic. Purveyor of bad accents. Loves full-band sweaty dance floor shows of soul & reggae, and also listening-audiences for folkier performances.
2)When and why did you start playing?
I started playing in University while in England. I had been writing songs for years and was really drawn to perform on stage, so formed a band and started putting on events and tours with friends wherever I have lived. I do it for the incredible connection between musician and audience that uplifts and inspires all of us.
3)What is your favorite part about this line of work? Your least favorite? Why?
The best part is losing oneself in the music and feeling the audience losing themselves in dance and connecting with the message and vibe of the music. The least favourite is the stress associated with the risk and responsibility to put on shows and tours. Also social media has become so pervasive and necessary as an artist, it’s a tool but this constant thing we seem to need to engage in.
4)Is there a hidden meaning in your song ‘Gathering Storm’?
This song was inspired by environmental activist work and visiting frontline communities such as Standing Rock, the Tiny House Warriors, and being involved with other indigenous-led organizations in the Pacific Northwest. It is about all the people coming together for social and environmental justice.
5)How do you handle mistakes during a performance?
Keep on going! In my experience most people don’t notice so just keep rolling with it and having a good time.
6)Which of your tracks would you recommend for any new listeners?
I have such a diverse range of music I would give them a sampling. So I would suggest ‘Malama Ka ‘Aina’ and ‘Gathering Storm’ to showcase some of the reggae-world fusion material. And ‘So it Goes’ and ‘Brother’ to showcase more finger-picking folk styles.
7)If you were given the power to do so, which overused interview question would you have banned?
I would not ban any question.
8)And, most importantly, what is your favorite type of cookie?
If I had to eat one cookie for the rest of my life it would probably be a solid classic like oatmeal and raisin.