Interview: Broken Social Scene & Stars


What Canning and Campbell’s bands have been partly responsible for is the attention Canada’s indie scene has recently enjoyed. A lack of financial muscle to market themselves internationally meant most groups welcomed fans who spread the word through the Web, even if it meant some people downloading their music illegally. “I don’t see how it hurt us,” says Canning, referring to MP3 music files swapped through chat rooms. “And how are you going to stop it, anyway? You could say it hurts [independent artists], but how else are you going to hear them? Radio isn’t going to play them.”

“I think [the Internet] has probably made indie-rock bands more self-obsessive than they used to be,” Campbell adds, “because now you can constantly check up on what people think of you [laughs]. That’s a very addictive and terrible aspect of it.”

While Canning admits only to clipping the occasional BSS article for Mom, Campbell says he enjoys following his band in the music press. “I’ve always been a pop music fan and kept up with the latest thing. The fact that I’m the latest thing hasn’t stopped me from doing that.”

Read the full interview at The Japan Times Online.

Canadian indie scene keeps it together | The Japan Times Online

About Jason Andrew Jenkins

In 1997, Jason left his home near Atlanta for a year abroad. He liked it so much that he never went back. After three years in Taiwan and 13 years in Japan, he and his wife quit their desk jobs in Tokyo, pulled their kids out of local schools and traveled as a family for six years, living in Malaysia, Spain, and Mexico along the way. They returned to Japan — Osaka this time — in the summer of 2019. Jason loves Google Maps, carry-on luggage, and most dishes registering on the Scoville scale.
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