MUSICal inspirations - Rezmyth
5 First Nation Members, One Sound
The band Rezmyth has big goals.
â€œBut all that will depend on how hard we work, and how much we dream on,â€ says Steven, vocalist and guitarist for Rezmyth.
He envisions an Aboriginal Peoples Choice Music Award. An even bigger dream is accepting a Juno award. But he knows it takes hard work and dedication to reach such goals.
The band was born out of North Spirit Lake First Nation in 2003.
â€œWe started the band because it gave us something to do while being in a remote First Nation community. It was something that kept us busy and away from alcohol and drugs,â€ says Steven.
Originally a cover band called Frantic, the band consisted of Darren Keno, Corey Rae and Steven Wesley. Interest in the group in North Spirit Lake prompted the band to set goals for themselves.
â€œWe started seeing a broader picture,â€ says Steven. â€œWe even started thinking about performing in front of an audience.â€ The band was inspired and took to the stage. â€œAll of our ambitions came true in the summer of 2003 when we officially performed our very first show in North Spirit Lake, â€œ says Steven. â€œIt was quite a turn out. I believe everyone was there that July afternoon.â€
The band continued to play live, often performing at the Muddy Water Music Festival in Sandy Lake First Nation. Frantic gained a small but growing following in the northern Ontario music scene.
But in 2005, the band stopped playing together. Wesley, however, would continue to play and record numerous demos.
In 2007, a long awaited dream was realized as all original members of the band got together to record in a studio in Winnipeg, Man. â€œAll of us had always dreamed of recording in an actual studio and having an album out.â€
A dream now fulfilled as the band recently released an album called Project 238 (the band number for North Spirit Lake). Upon release of the album, the band took up the name Rezmyth.