Five Minutes With: Vancouver Indie Artist JP Maurice

With an impressive 15-year journey navigating the twists and turns of the contemporary music landscape, JP Maurice has emerged at a juncture of unwavering command and self-assurance in his musical prowess. Initially rooted in sincere indie-pop origins, his musical evolution has now culminated in a refined and mature sound. The sweep of emotive melodies finds their crescendo in JP’s commanding vocal range, narrating poignant verses of love, resilience, and triumph over adversity. JP Maurice lays bare his profound sensitivity as a songwriter in his latest musical compilation, “Pressure Makes Diamonds,” representing his 5th studio album. This release follows the alt-country-infused rock album “Boys” (2018) and the moody, pop-noir sensation “Girls” (2017). Songs like “Runaway” resonate with buoyant, soulful vibes, while tracks like “Liquid Confidence” resonate with razor-sharp, ethereal highs, etching an emotional landscape brimming with anxiety, endurance, resilience, doubt, wanderlust, and sorrow.

Collaboration became a cornerstone for this album, reflecting the vibrant music community that JP has fostered and grown alongside throughout his illustrious career. A pivotal turning point occurred during a writing sojourn in LA in April 2018, where the foundations of some of the album’s most resonant tracks, such as “Matador,” were laid in the living room of Ted Gowan (The Rentals, Tegan and Sara, Kesha). The album materialized in Spring 2019, as a host of talented music creators began the recording process at Blue Light Studios in Vancouver, BC.

JP acknowledges the significance of personal growth, transcending limitations, and relinquishing the need for perfection in the creative process. Trusting the listener and allowing the music to evolve organically emerged as paramount lessons for JP. For as the old adage goes, fortune favours the bold, and in the face of life’s trials, “Pressure Makes Diamonds” becomes an indomitable anthem of hope and fortitude.

JP Maurice

Name:

JP Maurice

Genre:

Indie Alt Pop Rock

Founded:

First official solo release was 2011’s “Noverdubs”

# of Albums:

5

Latest Album:

Pressure Makes Diamonds (2021) and Twins EP (2023)

Latest Single:

“Thin Ice”

Latest Video:

Favourite musician growing up:

The Beatles

Favourite musician now:

The Beatles

Guilty pleasure song:

I don’t feel guilt about any song I enjoy

Live show ritual:

A decent buzz

Favourite local musician:

Dicky Neptune! He’s my drummer but also an immensely talented multi-instrumentalist playing other bands Such as Bend Sinister and an upcoming tour of Germany with Flora Falls. Also a big fan of Brandon Wolf Scott and his latest EP.

EP or LP?

LP

Early bird or night owl?

Night Owl

Road or studio?

Studio

Any shows or albums coming up?

New Single “Thin Ice” Playing Guilt & Co.

Where can we follow you?

Website | Facebook | Instagram | Spotify | Youtube | Bandcamp

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Rapid Fire Local Questions:

What is your favourite local restaurant?

Bao Bei

What is your favourite street in your city and why?

It’s gotta be Commercial Drive. I now live closer to Main, but Commercial was always my favourite when I moved to the city, and have lived just off it for many formative years of my adulthood. I’m an east van boy at heart. My studio, Blue Light, is in the vicinity as well.

What is your favourite park in your city and why?

Sunrise Park as it’s the home field for the East Van Baseball league that I play at all through the spring and summer on my team the Chinatown Cobras. Most underrated view of the north shore mountains in the city.

What is your favourite music venue in your city?

It’s gotta be the Commodore Ballroom. Amazingly sound and sightlines and an Iconic history.

What is your favourite music store in your city?

Gotta give some love to my Friend Ben Frith’s spot Neptoon Records on Main Street

 

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