Five Minutes With: Victoria-based Experimental Band Scrap Arts Music

Scrap Arts Music (formerly from Vancouver, but based in Victoria since 2014) is a distinctive musical group that merges rhythmic elements, physical movement, and innovative instrument design to produce performances that are visually striking and full of energy. They encapsulate elements of innovation, rhythm, and visual impact. They use a variety of recycled and upcycled materials, such as industrial scraps, pipes, plastics, and other discarded items, repurposing them into unique musical instruments. Their focus on environmental sustainability and creativity lends a distinct eco-artistic touch to us. Scrap Arts Music draws audiences from various demographics, due to our commitment to green creativity and imaginative performances.

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Name:

Gregory Kozak, composer and instrument designer of Scrap Arts Music

Genre:

Experimental

Founded:

1998

# of Albums:

2 (our focus – until the pandemic – was on live performance)

Latest Album:

Children of Metropolis

Latest Single:

Eccentricity

Latest Video:

Favourite musician growing up:

My favourites changed throughout my life but I did enjoy Harry Partch

Favourite musician now:

Gonzalo Rubalcaba – an incredible Cuban jazz pianist

Guilty pleasure song:

“Subway to Venus” by Red Hot Chili Peppers

Live show ritual:

Stop eating at 3 PM, drum rudiments to warm up, and a quick jog on stage behind the grand master curtain.

Favourite local musician:

Miles Fuller, my new favourite (also a new member of our ensemble)

EP or LP?

LP

Early bird or night owl?

Early bird

Road or studio?

Road (nothing builds a band like the road)

Any shows or albums coming up?

Just released our last album, “Children of Metropolis”

Where can we follow you?

Website | TikTok | Youtube | Instagram | Facebook

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Rapid Fire Local Questions:

What is your favourite local restaurant?

Fish Hook (Indian-French influenced sustainable local seafood) or just my own kitchen.

What is your favourite street in your city and why?

Fort Street – the bakeries… the restaurants… the shops… the auction house!

What is your favourite park in your city and why?

Mt Tolmie Park – I walk it every day with my girl and our dogs; great vantage point and it’s always changing – love the Camas lilies in May

What is your favourite music venue in your city?

Upstairs at Hermann’s is a terrific live room

What is your favourite music store in your city?

Ha – any industrial dumpster!

 

 

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