WM: How did you come up with the band name, Digging Roots?
DR: There are two explanations for why we’re called, Digging Roots. The first reason is that we wanted our name to represent how everyone at some point in their life digs back into their roots in order to rediscover themselves. The second is that I (Raven) had carpal tunnel and tendinitis for seven years and I couldn’t play music. I had seen nearly 30 doctors and various specialists who couldn’t find a cure. In the end I went to see a traditional healer from back home and he took me out into the bush and picked some roots. I made a tea with these medicines and was performing within one month!
WM: Digging Roots won a Juno Award for Best Aboriginal Album of the Year in 2010 (among other awards). How does it feel to be creating music that is so well received?
DR: It’s always fantastic when your work is acknowledged by industry cohorts. It’s also great to have the support of an audience that keeps growing. We just want to continue making music and contributing to our musical community.
WM: You’ve toured from coast to coast. What is the best and worst part of being on the road?
DR: Touring opens up a new world of exciting experiences. The best part about touring is experiencing the people and culture first hand, the local cuisine, exploring their art and the different ways they choose to express it. We also love to take part in local activities that involve the community and look for ways to get more involved. We are currently working on a project called, Song Lines. In a nutshell, Song Lines involves creating music from studying the rise and fall of the tree lines or horizon lines in the field of sight. We are able to connect every place we have visited with a song. The song from our last album, “Spring to Come,” was based on this project.
The feeling of coming back home is another great thing about touring and helps us appreciate our time with our kids.
The worst part of touring is most often the travel. The waiting in airports, the delays, the rush, the anxiety, the variables of uncertainty and how they change and evolve from the original plan.
WM: Where would you most like to perform next?
DR: We would most like to perform at the Bonnaroo Music & Arts Festival. Anything that translates to ‘A really good time’ or the French translation, ‘The best on the streets’ has to be amazing! On a more serious note, it’s a venue where fantastic artists from all genres take the stage and they have been consistently environmentally conscious. Great artists, fans that appreciate a wide spectrum of genres and a massive venue. Enough said!
WM: What does being part of CMW mean to you?
DR: We take CMW very seriously. Over the years we have received a lot of love and support from key players in the industry that have made it out to our shows and enjoyed our music. There is a lot of preparation that goes into showcasing at CMW and it is not to be taken lightly. CMW is also great for the fans. With thousands of artists performing in multiple venues in the city, all within reach, during one week, it’s incredible!
It’s a wonderful event for everyone involved and we’re already looking forward to next year after the launch of our upcoming album!
Digging Roots is currently working on their new album, LOVE DRIVE.
Stay tuned for our Interview with Digging Roots coming this summer!
Check Out Their Cool Pinterest Page: pinterest.com/diggingroots/
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