Today Ken Loxton put out the final call for a Winnipeg band to fill the one opening left for his new documentary “Canadian Homegrown”.
Ken Loxton graduated broadcasting in 1984 and started his first production company in 1987. He’s a Canadian and international filmmaker and photographer based in Winnipeg, Manitoba. Loxton has taught business, marketing, social media and radio and television broadcasting. He’s worked on previous film projects with Willie Nelson, Burton Cummings, 3 Doors Down, Puddle of Mudd, Blur, and many local artists.
Loxton is currently working on a music documentary he’s calling “Canadian Homegrown”. His website describes the film as a music series that will take
“an in-depth look at the local music scene and how it’s rapidly changed since the 1950’s. Altering ones style in the hopes of getting radio air play or a recording deal, leaves music in jeopardy. With the music industry now more than ever dictating the direction music will travel, were does that leave the artists true to their style or roots? However popular and cheap, will just sharing your music online get you real exposure?”kenloxton.com
Loxton agreed to answer a few question for Ohjusteatit.ca.
Ken, I found out about your film from a Winnipeg band called LOAD. I wrote a story about them at the beginning of the year. Can you tell me who else you have lined up to profile in this documentary?
Loxton: It’s a secret, you will have to watch the documentary to find out!
Why did you choose those bands/musicians?
Loxton: We did an open casting call for local musicians over a couple months. The artists were asked to submit one track that best showcased them. We are happy to say we were amazed and proud of the submissions. The quality of the tracks selected were not only amazing, but the track lyrics were outstanding. That’s why they were chosen.
What prompted you to make this film? What questions do you hope it will answer? What is the main question?
Loxton: I’m a music fanatic and have been for 40 plus years. I’ve seen great bands come and go over this time. In my opinion, Canada has the best musicians in the world. We hope to showcase these artists and many more to everyone who watches this documentary so they can get the exposure they deserve. If I don’t do it, who will. My main question is how do local artists get exposure and radio play to become successful…that is the question.
Regarding your statement “Altering one’s style in the hopes of getting radio air play or a recording deal, leaves music in jeopardy.” Do you think artists have lost the art of building a legend? Don’t you think they are more free today than ever to create their own persona that isn’t dictated by music execs?
Loxton: Let’s face it, record labels and radio stations want music that sells. Artists find themselves at the crossroads of selling out or being true to their music. I hope that they stay true to their music, that’s what makes music great. I think it’s harder today for musicians to create then before. We will ask this question to our artists and see what they say.
What do you think our relationship with music is today (from a consumer perspective)?
Loxton: I can only answer for myself, but music takes me to a place of imagination. Regardless of genre it makes me happy or sad, even lost sometimes.
What does the term “new media” mean to you? What does it mean for the music industry and the ability to make money with music?
Loxton: New media. It now allows artists to share their music online anytime, anywhere. It allows them to create a digital following worldwide. Artists have more tools at their fingertips allowing them global exposure with a click of a button.
“An artist needs to have an audience to have a voice.” What do you think of that statement. Who is the audience for this film?
Loxton: Tell that to people who sing in the shower! Totally false in my opinion. Our audience is people who love indie music, and music lovers in general.
Will the film be a bit of a rockumentary with live performances or video clips?
Loxton: Our viewers can expect to see both live performances and great artist interviews. We have chosen some great local artists with amazing sound and back stories that bring our documentary to life.
As a filmmaker, will you try to keep the documentary on track to present a particular perspective, or will you let the story unfold as you go? Are you looking for answers, or simply recording a moment in time?
Loxton: As a documentary filmmaker it’s my job to do both. At the end of the day the story needs content and the artists need a voice.