When I got in contact with JJ & The Pillars, I didn’t know what to expect. I’ve met and interviewed some artists in the past who were either rude or seemed uninterested in being there, so I was nervous. These guys blew me away. If you want to find a band you can stand behind, a band whose music you can love, and a band that you want to promote not only because they sound good, but they truly are good people, then look no further than JJ & The Pillars.
Frank: I listen to your music and I try to pin down what it is, because you have a lot of sounds and feels in there, if you could make up a genre, what would you say defines you?
Brett: Its hard to classify, but that’s exactly it. We all come from different bands and different styles and that’s how we got our style.
Stefan: Recently someone said Pop Punk… I wouldn’t say that’s what it is though.
JJ: I think saying Folk Rock is a little skewed. I think we have elements of Folk and we have elements of Alternative Rock as well. I’d say Folk Alternative.
Frank: How did the band start? How did the bad all get together?
JJ: It took a while.
Brett: It was a process. JJ contacted me and said hey come play bass for one show and I kind of stuck with it. Stefan was in before us, we found him on Craigslist, I think.
Stefan: On Missed Connections actually. We were on subway cars passing each other near Ossington.
JJ: He was air drumming.
Frank: If you could pick one band you could do a collab song with, alive or dead, but they had to be Canadian, who would it be?
Stefan: Leslie Feist.
Brett: Hey Rosetta!
JJ: Hey Rosetta! would be great.
Frank: What advice would you give aspiring musicians?
Brett: I’d say biggest advice towards upcoming bands would be just be polite to everyone you meet and say please and thank you. It goes a long way.
Stefan: Just be yourselves, don’t try to be what someone else wants you to be. *Donnie rubs Stefan* And don’t be afraid to touch each other.
Frank: A little touching goes a long way I guess.
JJ: Finding a bunch of people in a band that you can see yourself working professionally with but also having fun is a huge step.
Beyond all that, at the end of the video a bit before they went on stage for their Panamania show, I asked them if they could do a special cover of The Wolves. They were intrigued and asked what I meant. I pointed around the room at some objects and asked if they could make the song with that. They one upped it by having Donnie hold the chords and JJ strum a la Walk Off The Earth from their Somebody That I Used To Know video. What resulted was an amazing and unique sound, which shows off how talented this band is.
What is your favourite unique cover an artist has done of their own song? I’m a bit partial to the Bathroom Session of If I Had A Million Dollars by the Barenaked Ladies. Leave yours down below!