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Jake Kussmaul

I come from a family who is passionate about all things music. I learned to sing at an early age, and by 13, had my very own Fender Strat guitar. I tried my hardest at learning all that I could. Because I was born with cerebral palsy, I had to teach myself an adaptive playing style. I learned to write and record my own music, despite these difficulties. In college, I started making great use of my writing abilities by reviewing music, as well as copy editing. I guess it's best to stick with what you know, while welcoming a fair challenge at the same time.

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Interview: James Priestner of Rare Americans discusses upcoming album, Rare Americans 3: Jamesy Boy & the Screw-Loose Zoo

Rare Americans is a Vancouver, British Columbia collective on the rise. Formed in 2018 by brothers James and Jared Priestner, the band’s identity combines an alternative rock base with a varied top end of hip hop and pop, a compelling visual concept called Rhythm Kitchen, and a personable, equally expansive …

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Interview: Bill Majoros of The Foreign Films discusses experience in Canadian music scene, upcoming album ‘Starlight Serenade’

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Interview: LJR discusses current singles, upcoming album ‘When the Sky Began to Fall’

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